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In today’s Urban Planner: Happy Canada Day, Happy Pride, Happy Ribfest. We aren’t going to tell you about everything to see and do in Toronto this holiday Friday, but we’ll give you plenty of choices.
CELEBRATIONS: Most of the major cultural institutions in Toronto—especially the out-of-doors ones—have Canada Day programming today, and most of them are offering it free of charge. The City of Toronto’s historic sites have quite a lot of family-friendly day programming, particularly Historic Fort York (250 Fort York Boulevard, noon–5 p.m., FREE); Harbourfront Centre has FREE canoe rides, a layer cake world record challenge, strawberry-themed culinary demonstrations, and more (235 Queens Quay West, noon onwards, FREE); and, of course, down by the water is where you want to be for Ontario Place’s fireworks display—the park is open to the public all day. Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), 10 a.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: There are lots of big-ticket concerts this Canada Day as well, though not all are free. Many people will think that a day of music from Goldenvoice Canada, featuring the Tragically Hip, Weezer, Broken Social Scene, Hey Rosetta!, and Buck 65 is worth nearly 60 bones (Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Road, noon onwards, $59.50); others will pay nearly that much to see the Roots at the Toronto Jazz Festival, with DJ John King (David Pecaut Square, 225 King Street West, 8:30 p.m., $56.50). Harbourfront Centre’s putting on their traditional Canada Day show, with guests Esthereo and Luke Doucet & The White Falcon—and that show is free. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: There are two queer-positive, all-female (or just about) comedy showcases tonight: popular comedic gal showcase Bitch Salad Gives Back will feature host Andrew Johnston and guests Rebecca Kohler, Dini Dimakos, and Drew Droege (as Chloe Sevigny), raising funds for the AIDS Committee of Toronto and Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street, 8 p.m., $20). Also, Dawn Whitwell’s Comedy Girl Pride Show will feature Lindy Zucker, Zoe Whittall, Mae Martin, and more, at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street, 9 p.m., $10). Book-ending the Comedy Girl showcase will be the sober and not-sober editions of Norm Sousa’s Jekyll and Hyde experiment, featuring “Taylor Swift” (Georgea Brooks-Hancock, who credits Whitwell’s classes with getting her into stand-up), Connor Holler, musical guest Lake Forest (Will Whitwham from Wilderness of Manitoba), and more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) 7 p.m. show FREE, 11 p.m. show $5.