Urban Planner: September 12, 2011
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Urban Planner: September 12, 2011

Hawksley Workman and Justin Rutledge pay tribute to Jack Layton, the Geek Love crew love them some Captain Tightpants, and new comics are emerging at Second City and Comedy Bar. Oh, yeah, and a little thing called TIFF.

Stand-up comic DJ Demers plays award nominee showcases at both Second City and Comedy Bar tonight. Photo by Andrea Ground.

TRIBUTE: Jack Layton was an outspoken supporter of local music and culture in Toronto, and it’s for that reason there’s a musical tribute to him tonight, featuring Hawksley Workman, Justin Rutledge, Andrew Cash (MP, Davenport), and more. There’ll probably be stumping for the NDP from the stage and between acts (Jack would have approved), but mostly it’s just about remembering a guy people from all parties respected, and music fans of all political affiliations should feel welcome to attend this star-studded free show. The El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), doors at 7:30 p.m., FREE.

TIGHTPANTS: Jack Layton’s not the only person being given a tribute in Toronto tonight; the folks at Geek Love TO have chosen to fete “geek god” Nathan Fillion over all the stars at TIFF at their monthly gathering, this time entitled The Fillionaire’s Club. They’ll be screening episodes from Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and other fan favourites, though perhaps not his PG Porn appearance (slightly NSFW, though not for the reason you’d think.) The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), doors at 7:30 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: It’s a night to check out rising comedy talent, as 20 different acts compete at Fresh Meat 2011 (Second City Toronto, 51 Mercer Street, 8 p.m., $15.82) for the five finalist spots on the Tim Sims Cream of Comedy awards. One of those 20, DJ Demers, will have to have a cab waiting outside, as he’ll need to rush to a second set for the evening—a showcase for the five Best Stand-Up Newcomers nominees for the Canadian Comedy Awards, hosted by past winner and semi-retired stand-up Mark Forward. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $10.

TIFF: In case you live under some sort of Toronto-sized rock and haven’t heard yet: the Toronto International Film Festival is on from September 8–18. We have full coverage of the fest, including loads of reviews and interviews, a survival guide, and other fun TIFF-y stuff to help make this TIFF the TIFF-iest TIFF that you ever TIFF’d.

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