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Famed conductor Lorin Maazel brings the Castleton Festival Orchestra and Women’s Chorus to Toronto tonight. Photo by New York Philharmonic.
In today’s Urban Planner: illustrator Frank Viva launches his first children’s book; the Book Bakery is hosting a Fund-Fair, complete with kissing booth; BlackCreek Summer Music Festival presents a unique evening of music and performance; and Warm Summer Hotness hosts a night of sketch comedy, stand-up, and improv.
LITERATURE: Frank Viva is best known as an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker and the New York Times. He’s decided to put those skills to a new use with his first children’s picture book, Along a Long Road, which follows a colourful and eventful bicycle ride. The launch event will also feature an exhibition. Type Books (883 Queen Street West), 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: The Book Bakery is hosting a Fund-Fair, which will be “part funfair, part fundraiser, and all book launch.” The book launches celebrate the Book Bakery’s first three titles by authors Pasha Malla, Andrew Kaufman, and Tabatha Southey, as well as the launch of a special edition of Matthew Stadler’s new novel. There will also be carnival games, an authors’ kissing booth (!?), and baked goods, jams, and crafts. The 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst Street), 7:00 p.m.–midnight, $10.
MUSIC: The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival is bringing “Music Inspired by Shakespeare” to Toronto tonight. The unique evening event combines renowned conductor Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival Orchestra and Women’s Chorus with spoken performances of verses from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by award-winning actors Dame Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. Rexall Centre (1 Shoreham Drive), 8:00 p.m., $53.25–$137.
COMEDY: In their final show before taking a break for the summer, Warm Summer Hotness hosts a night of sketch comedy, improv, and stand-up. What Are You Laughing At?! will feature Warm Summer Hotness with Suzan Mazur, Cameron Wyllie, and Huckleberry Funn. W.A.Y.L.A. Bar (966 Queen Street East), 9:00 p.m., $5.