Urban Planner: December 28, 2010
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Urban Planner: December 28, 2010

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Local singer/songwriter Catherine MacLellan invites musicians and music lovers to compete in an annual Pie-Off at the Cameron House tonight. Photo courtesy of Richard Flohil.

Today in Toronto: musicians hold a Pie-Off, comedians take a stand against cancer, a screening of the best ads from around the world, and a mystery show with a mystery host.

MUSIC/FOOD: For too long local musicians have been judged exclusively on their performances, with their many other skills going unappreciated. Some time ago local singer/songwriter Catherine MacLellan decided to put a stop to this and instituted an annual Pie-Off, in which local performers could demonstrate their skills in the kitchen as well as on the stage. Musicians and music lovers alike are invited to bring in their pies, to be judged by a panel consisting of singer Treasa Levasseur, Caroline Brooks of The Good Lovelies, and Toronto Star columnist Greg Quill. The audience will also be free to partake of the competing pies, while listening to performances by Catherine and friends, including folk/country artist Jadea Kelly. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 6 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: Canadian comedy icon and Whose Line Is It Anyway? alum Colin Mochrie will be teaming up with a squad of local comics tonight to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. Mochrie and team will be taking over the Rivoli’s Sketch Comedy Lounge to promote their cause. Comedians on deck include Dan Redican, Lauren Ash, Fraser Young, and more. The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: For the past month, Jason Collett has been taking over the Dakota Tavern each Tuesday, for his Basement Revue Series. Collett’s lineup of talented friends have performed to sold-out crowds each night, but this evening he’ll be shaking things up a bit. Unable to take up the curatorial reigns himself, Collett will be transferring hosting duties to a special guest—who will also be a mystery until the moment the show starts! The lack of details has hardly dissuaded anyone, as tickets are sold out at all retail venues; if you can track one down, consider yourself pretty lucky. Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $25 (SOLD OUT).