Urban Planner: March 24, 2011
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Urban Planner: March 24, 2011

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Improv comediennes The Sufferettes (Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette) take part in the Parkdale Comedy Experiment tonight. Artwork by Shannon Gerard.

In today’s Urban Planner: the Complaints Choir sings in the Distillery, a Juno Block Party rocks Metro Square, The Road Less Traveled makes a stop at the Gladstone, some of Nohayquiensepa‘s questions are answered in a post-show discussion, and The Sufferettes perform their final hometown show before their upcoming European tour.

MUSIC: In the middle of a highly publicized week of public performances, Toronto’s first Complaints Choir makes a stop at the Distillery District, where the volunteer choir will regale the dinner and pre-theatre crowd with the best complaints they received and turned into song. Distillery District (Tank House Lane, just south of Mill Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: The Juno Awards are ramping up for this weekend’s fortieth anniversary awards ceremony, and tonight’s big public event takes the form of a Sirius Satellite–sponsored Juno Block Party in the middle of the downtown core. Headliners City and Colour and Hannah Georgas will play free outdoor sets for the Bay Street after-work crowd. Metro Square (King Street West & Duncan Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
LAUNCH: Independently produced TV documentary series Roads Less Traveled, featuring globe-trotting host and creator Natalia Kantor, is throwing a launch party for the show, featuring a premiere screening of the trailer, an interview with one of the series’ subjects, yurt dweller David Master, a Q&A with the creators, and live music and DJs. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $10.
THEATRE/DISCUSSION: Aluna Theatre‘s Nohayquiensepa, which opened last Tuesday, is a visually affecting multimedia performance, drawing inspiration from accounts and reports of the “disappeared” in Colombia, and the practices of Canadian mining companies in the region. Very little is explicitly said about it in the show; in fact, since most of the show is dance, movement, projection, and video, very little is said altogether. Tonight, after the performance, a panel discussion on Canadian mining operations in South America will lend some context to the beautiful and disturbing work of theatre. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), show at 8 p.m., followed by discussion at 9:20 p.m., $20.
COMEDY: Funny-on-their-feet ladies Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette, known together as The Sufferettes, are embarking on a six-date tour of Europe, but before they take their witty improv act across the Atlantic, they’re participating in the Parkdale Comedy Experiment. Tonight’s oddball comedic show, hosted by Conor Holler and “bodega owner” Sara Hennessey, will also feature a character turn by Kathleen Phillips and a musical performance from Dr. Ew. Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $3.