In today's Urban Planner: Jenna Morrison's death inspires a rally in support of cycling safety measures; Governor General's Award–nominated playwrights read their work at Playwright's Canada fall launch; Ride the Cyclone opens, setting Toronto's Twitter theatregoers abuzz; and the She's Got a Shape Tour has a gas before hitting the road.
RALLY: There’s an early-morning memorial bicycle rally and ride planned today in memory of Jenna Morrison, the cyclist who was struck and killed last week. Announced by the Toronto Cyclists Union and sponsored by ARC (Advocacy for Respect For Cyclists), the ride will wind its way through the west end to end up at the spot where the accident occurred and where a makeshift memorial has continued to grow. Southwest corner of Spadina Avenue and Bloor Street, 7:30 a.m. departure, concluding at Dundas Street West and Sterling Avenue, FREE.
LAUNCH: Playwrights Canada Press is holding a launch party for a new crop of Canadian plays they’re publishing, including Theatrefront’s collection of spooky stories about The Mill, Erin Shields’s If We Were Birds, and several other plays nominated for Governor General Awards. Now Magazine‘s Jon Kaplan and Susan G. Cole will host, and most of the playwrights will be on hand to read from their work. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 7:00 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Since it topped our list of favourite SummerWorks shows last year, Ride The Cyclone has had successful runs in Victoria (where Atomic Vaudeville created the creepily funny musical), Vancouver, and Whitehorse. Along the way, the show was also held up as a prime example of the national programming SummerWorks supports when the festival had its funding assailed, and there’s talk of a future off-Broadway run. After selling out several of its preview shows this weekend, it also earned a slew of enthusiastic shouts of support on Twitter from viewers; although tonight’s opening is also sold out, there is an at-the-door waiting list… Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $30–$35.
COMEDY: Six sassy ladies pile into a van to head out on a road trip. Nope, not the start of a horror movie; it’s the start of a six-city comedy tour by standups Diana Love and Julia Hladkowicz and sketch duos Ladystache and Cheap Smokes, entitled the She’s Got a Shape Tour. Tonight’s tour kick-off show will help the gals gas up the van to reach the Belle Province and come back again (it’s also Hladkowicz’s birthday). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $10.
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CORRECTION: November 14, 2011, 8:12 AM This article originally stated that the Playwrights Canada Press launch would begin at 7:30, rather than 7:00.