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Summerworks artistic director Michael Rubenfeld speaks at last month’s launch party for the festival at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Photo by Joanna Barotta.
In today’s Urban Planner: a pop-up shop of African-inspired art and other wares opens; readings across Canada of Homegrown by companies “sympathetic” to Summerworks; Mae Martin tests out her show twice more before heading to the Edinburgh Fringe; lots more Toronto Fringe Festival shows to check out; and BA Johnston and pals bring sweet summer melodies to the Garrison.
SHOPPING: Part art exhibition, part gallery sale, the SUPAFRIK pop-up gallery opens tonight at the *Hotshot gallery, showcasing its wares and works until the end of the month. *Hotshot (181 Augusta Avenue), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
READING: We wrote last week about the cheekiness of theatre companies across Canada producing fundraiser readings of the play Homegrown in support of the Summerworks Festival, which lost all federal funding recently. The cleverness of their protest stems from the fact that most pundits believe the funding was cut in response to Summerworks producing the controversial play in the first place. Tonight’s reading in Toronto has almost two dozen local companies associated, which leads us to wonder who gets to read the play—there’s only a half-dozen roles. Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), doors at 7:20 p.m., reading at 8 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: Comedian Mae Martin, who we profiled in the lead up to Pride Week, has decided to give her show Mae Day: I’m Not Waving, I’m Drowning two more trial performances in her hometown before taking the show “across the pond” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Advance tickets for her shows tonight and Saturday night at the Cabbagetown Pubaret are available. The Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament Street), 8 p.m., $10 advance/$15 at door.
MUSIC: There are some really tuneful local music acts playing the Garrison tonight, including headliner BA Johnston; the Pinecones; the Terra Lightfoot Band; and the Hamilton Trading Co., an acoustic, foot-stomping rock ‘n roll choir a dozen strong. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 10 p.m., $6.
FRINGE: Want to see our picks from this year’s Fringe? Check out Torontoist‘s 2011 Fringe cheat sheet and map to find the best of the shows we’ve seen so far. We’re still Fringing hard, and, since our guide was published, The Soaps, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, War Of The Clowns, Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party a Go-Go, and Giant’s Garden have all got two thumbs up from our staff.