In today's Urban Planner: TIFF begins! Silent Shout curates the Drake's festival opening party; Chris Locke and pals love life and laughs; The Wilderness of Manitoba return from the wild; Tones of Voice's multimedia theatre; and Hunter and Cook open their doors (and an exhibition).
EXHIBITION: Hunter and Cook Projects is opening their gallery/office/magazine shop today with a reception, in the space that will also double as the launch for Sam Fall‘s Mexico City Wall Art exhibit. H and C founders Jay Isaac and Tony Romano, no longer content in showcasing Canadian works solely in the pages of the Hunter and Cook magazine, have long wanted a space of their own, and they have lofty plans for their new half-address space on the West Queen West strip. Hunter and Cook (1082½ Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Multimedia theatre collective Tones of Voices, in partnership with the Goethe Institut Toronto, has brought German actor/technician Sebastian Schäfer to Toronto to perform besidemyselfworld, a performance piece based on autistic author Birger Sellin’s autobiographical writings about his struggles to communicate with the outside world. The collective is enhancing Schäfer’s storytelling with visual and audio projection devices, and the technologically advanced theatrical work is being staged in the reclaimed historic environs of the Wychwood Barns. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), 8 p.m., $10 ($5 students.)
MUSIC: Toronto will be hopping with film fest parties over the next 10 days, particularly those venues that applied for and received permission to extend serving calls until 4 a.m., like The Drake Hotel. Kicking off their festival line-up is a killer bill put together by Silent Shout, with Brooklyn’s Class Actress and local outfits POWERS and Digits playing sets (followed by DJs until the morning is young.) Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: After a busy summer of touring all over the country, The Wilderness of Manitoba are playing their tour-ending and homecoming show tonight, with guests The Gertrudes and Gramercy Riffs. This will probably be one of the few concerts in the next little while where TIFF scenesters won’t be out looking to star spot, and yakking up a storm—they’ll get shushed pretty quick by the WoM’s devoted local fans. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), doors at 8 p.m. (show at 9 p.m.), $8.
COMEDY: Funny guy Chris Locke is taping material for a comedy special tonight entitled Do You Love Life Or What?, and he’s filled out the bill with other Laugh Sabbath regulars: his former Let’s Get Hot! co-host Aaron Eves, character comic Kathleen Phillips, and Tim Gilbert as the evening’s host (Gilbert hosts Pure Gold, the Laugh Sabbath show that replaced LGH!) The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 8:30 p.m., $10.
TIFF: In case you live under some sort of Toronto-sized rock—The Toronto International Film Festival is on from Sept. 8–18. We have 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. TIFF. Look for our review round-up later today.
This article originally misstated the name of Tim Gilbert’s Laugh Sabbath show. We regret the error.
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