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Victoria’s SNAFU Dance Theatre opens their SummerWorks show, Pretty Little Instincts at Fort York National Historic Site tonight. Photo by Armado Tura.
In today’s Urban Planner: outdoor art and food stalls at the Distillery; international rap talents face off at World Domination 2; Sloan plays a free show at Echo Beach; Comedy Bar’s Pilot Week continues; and the SummerWorks Music Series opens, along with many theatre shows.
ART: Artisans, craft makers, and artists of all kinds (including the culinary arts) will be hawking their wares on the streets of the Distillery District today, for the Distillery Art Market. Regular tours of the Artscape studios will be ongoing, as well. Distillery District (55 Mill Street), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
RAP: Billing itself as “the largest international rap battle event in Canadian history,” World Domination 2 is bringing rappers from Ireland, Norway, he Phillipines, and other nations to compete in a two-day battle royale for top bragging rights (the weekend’s competition ends with an after-party August 7 at the Opera House.) Club XS (261 Richmond Street), doors at 7 p.m., $27.50.
COMEDY: Pilot Week continues tonight at Comedy Bar, with local comics and writers vying for prizes and a chance to be produced. Tonight’s offerings include Free Fall, a show set on a space station (not to be confused with Pat Thornton’s pitch for Space Bar in the Comedy Bar webseries), and a show about a small-town therapist, Small Talk. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m. onwards, FREE.
ROCK: Canuck rock legends Sloan, riding high on strong reviews for their current Polaris Prize–nominated record, The Double Cross, play a free show tonight at Echo Beach, Ontario Place’s free concert venue celebrating its 40th anniversary. Local up-and-coming bands Modern Superstitions (8:30 p.m. set) and Whale Tooth (7:30 p.m. set) open (Modern Superstitions played last night’s SummerWorks opening party; Whale Tooth plays the closing-night party, on August 14.) Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), doors at 7 p.m., FREE.
SUMMERWORKS: The annual SummerWorks Theatre Festival continues to bring edgy independent theatre and music acts to audiences eager to get a sneak peek at next year’s biggest hits. Check out our top 10 theatre picks and our music series guide for our suggestions. Tonight’s openings, besides Steven McKay and Hooded Fang at the Music Series, include One, a modern retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice; Out at Sea, a black comedy about survival in a lifeboat; and Pretty Little Instincts, a site-specific dance piece from Vancouver, staged at old Fort York. See the SummerWorks site for times, venues, and ticket info.