In today's Urban Planner: storytellers weave their tales at the Festival of Oral Literature; Chad VanGaalen, Dan Mangan, Library Voices, and Sheezer play all over town; Mantown gets up to their usual shenanigans; the Toronto Triumph's depleted lineup tackles its second game; and the IFOA continues.
FESTIVAL: The Festival of Oral Literature (or FOOL, wink) is the spoken-word version of IFOA (see further down this post). Storytellers and performers creating “mind-movies” today and tonight include Pennishish (Louis Bird) at the afternoon Mythtelling session, and Erika Batdorf, Eddy Da Original One, and Zimbabwean musicians Pasi Gunguwo and Raino Mutamba around the campfire starting at 6 p.m. Mercer Union Gallery (1286 Bloor Street West), 4 p.m. onwards, PWYC.
MUSIC: It’s one of those jam-packed days for live music in T.O today and tonight: Chad VanGaalen’s playing an instore at Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst Street, 6 p.m., FREE) before his Mod Club set; Dan Mangan‘s at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes Boulevard, doors at 7:15 p.m., $30), and Library Voices play the Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West, doors at 9 p.m., $12). But our pick would be Sheezer at Lee’s Palace (and not just because Torontoist contributor Robin Hatch is in their lineup). The all-female Weezer cover band just shreds live, plus they have a history of clever Halloween costumes on stage, and they’ve got up-and-comers the Elwins and Donlands and Mortimer opening. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street), doors at 9 p.m., $10. (all prices are in advance from Soundscapes or Rotate This.)
SPORTS: The Toronto Triumph head into their second game tonight after losing considerable womanpower due to allegations of poor coaching and shoddy equipment (not to mention their first game). Hopefully that equipment and their playbook have been upgraded, as they’ll be facing the Baltimore Charm in a late-night game. (We’re assuming the Charm are really badass, having seen several seasons of HBO’s The Wire.) Ricoh Coliseum (100 Princes Boulevard), 10 p.m., $11.50–$90.50.
COMEDY: The comically gifted wastrels of Mantown typically have characters in shabby costumes at their drink-ups/shows anyway, so tonight’s Halloween edition promises to be even more zany than usual. “Dean” Rob Baker will be on hand, and the special opening guests include Sex, Religion, & Other Hang-Ups‘s James Gangl, Bad Dog Theatre artistic director Julie Dumais, and Punch in the Box’s Ashley Botting. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $5.
IFOA: The weather is cold and miserable, so it’s time to let new books light up your world! The Harbourfront’s annual International Festival of Authors “brings together the best writers of contemporary world literature” and runs from October 19–30. Check out our preview of IFOA 2011 to strike the perfect balance between meeting your authorly idols and discovering new literary loves.
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