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Tonight is the launch for Markets of the World. Photo by Dean Bradley.
In today’s Urban Planner: a marathon book reading; a launch party for a photography book showcasing markets around the world; a workshop on canning; and farewell show from a trio of comedians before they leave the city.
READING: The average marathon runner takes between four and five hours to complete the gruelling race. So, how many hours does a reading marathon take to finish? Well, by tiny bird theatre and Sore For Punching You’s estimates it should take around 55! The War and Peace Marathon—a cover-to-cover reading of Leo Tolstoy’s work—is a performance-art event celebrating literacy and raising money. Various readers will participate, and you can sponsor one online in advance. Winston Churchill statue at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–Thursday 5:00 p.m. (approximately), FREE (but you can sponsor a reader).
PHOTOGRAPHY: One of Torontoist’s own photographers, Dean Bradley, is launching a photography book and hosting a gallery show tonight at St. Lawrence Market. The location is appropriate because the book, Markets of the World, showcases the connection between merchants and customers, and the importance of markets in communities worldwide. The book will be available for purchase at the event. St. Lawrence Market (92 Front Street East), 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., FREE ($30 to purchase the book).
FOOD: Got leftover strawberries from your weekend visit to the farmers’ market? The West End Food Co-op can teach you what to do with them. Join them for a community cannery workshop tonight to gain hands-on experience and leave with a jar of yummy preserves that your friends will be fighting over. Space is limited, so register online in advance. Parkdale Neighbourhood Church (201 Cowan Avenue), 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., $45–$50.
COMEDY: It’s always sad to see talented comedians leave the city, but at least you can say goodbye during one final hurrah. Nathan Macintosh, Steve Scholtz, and Nick Beaton—roommates and fixtures in the Toronto comedy scene—are all leaving in July for various international destinations and The Last Ride of the Bloor Horsemen is their final show in Toronto. They have all performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and have various awards and accolades among them, including the Canadian Comedian Comedy Award. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9:00 p.m., $10.