Urban Planner: July 25, 2011
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Urban Planner: July 25, 2011

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Comedic folkin’ songstresses Chelsea Manders and Alison Jutzi perform Folk With Benefits. Photo by Phillip Sullivan.

In today’s Urban Planner: a discussion on local democratic reform; funny local women playing folk and doing stand-up; and folk singers from afar.

DEMOCRACY: Rabble-rouser (and we mean that in the best possible way) Dave Meslin, who stirred the two-wheeled crowd with an introductory address at last week’s 1,000+ bike protest on Jarvis, is convening a public meeting to discuss RaBIT‘s campaign for local voting reform. Meslin and fellow RaBIT organizer Amanda Klein will address questions and concerns about the possible implementation of “Ranked Choice Voting” for Toronto’s municipal elections. Pauper’s Pub (531 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE (RSVP here for a chance at a door prize.)
VAUDEVILLE: Funny (and musically inclined) lady Chelsea Manders, who won a Canadian Comedy Award last year for her solo show Naughty Little Children, has paired with Alison Jutzi (CBC’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?) for another risqué duo music act: Folk With Benefits. Manders and Jutzi are previewing their new vaudeville show tonight for the hometown crowd before taking it to the Calgary Fringe Festival; opening are local comics Rhiannon Archer and Helder Brum. Annex Live (296 Brunswick Avenue), 7 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: Another one-night-only preview of a show a funny Toronto femme is taking on the road; veteran comic (and inspiring stand-up instructor) Dawn Whitwell‘s Dawn of the Dawn is scheduled for a run at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is at Comedy Bar tonight for the show’s Toronto premiere. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10 in advance, £10 (or $15) at the door.
MUSIC: Toronto’s sending all sorts of musical (and comedic) talent out on the road, but meanwhile, there’s also plenty of it coming here; NYC-based singer-songwriter Gillian Welch is playing tonight at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street, 8 p.m., $26). And from much further away, there’s a trio of Australian folk acts—six-member “death folk” act Graveyard Train, and solo folkers Kim Churchill and Eli Wolfeplaying the ‘Shoe tonight. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $10.