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The crowd at Uma Nota’s previous roots and world music night at the Gladstone Hotel—see if you can spot Seu Jorge in the crowd! Photo by Phil Litevsky.
Today’s Urban Planner contains no April Fool’s jokes* and features an early-evening charity art auction and late-night dance party with international flavours; local stand-ups on the bill for a theatre fundraiser; an opening for Todd Glass’s Premium Weekend; early tunes from Dr. Ew; and a late-night reunion of Oh No Forest Fires.
FUNDRAISER/MUSIC: The Gladstone Hotel is the place to be tonight for folks whose humanitarian and musical interests range outside of Canada’s borders. The evening begins on the second floor, where Toronto Hearts Japan has organized a silent auction and dance party with DJs Paul E. Lopes and Jun, to celebrate the opening of their six-day exhibition. At 10 p.m., the action will start up in the Ballroom, where Uma Nota, a bi-monthly percussive and rhythm music night, presents Brazilian-influenced act Maria Bonita and the Band and DJs who will play late into the night. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $20 (art exhibition) & $5–$10 (music showcase).
FUNDRAISER/COMEDY: Urban Jungle Theatre has gathered an impressive bill of local comics for tonight’s Jungle Fever fundraiser in support of their upcoming Fringe show. Hosted by Marco Bernardi, some of the featured comics include Hannah Cheesman, Nile Seguin, and Sara Hennessey, whose recent web series has been banned in China for its use of the word “gunt“. Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 7 p.m., $12.
STAND-UP: Veteran comic Todd Glass (Todd’s Coma, Mr. Show, Last Comic Standing) will headline all weekend at Comedy Bar, with his own stand-up showcase tonight and Saturday, and end the weekend by hosting Sunday Night Live. His openers for tonight include local wits Helder Brum, K. Trevor Wilson, Gavin Stephens, and Pat Thornton, who recently landed a small but pivotal role in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $20.
MUSIC: Dr. Ew, whose Gadzooks album has been racking up great reviews, is headlining an early show tonight at the Drake, with openers Language Arts. Dr. Ew moustaches, popularized by his video for “Let’s Make It Legitimate“, will be given to the first fifty attendees. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m.–11 p.m., $5.
MUSIC: Oh No Forest Fires, who called it quits with a typically sweaty and enthusiastic show in January 2010, are reuniting for one night only tonight, playing a late show with local acts Indian Handcrafts, Seas, and Paramedics. ONFF band member Rajiv Thavanathan has brought a live puffin from St. John’s, and will kiss the bird onstage (“with tongue!”) at the stroke of midnight. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 10 p.m., $5.
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