In this Urban Planner: a holiday fundraiser combines DJs and charity, Toronto remembers Jenna Morrison, local band Urban Preacher rocks the house with their latest LP, and a combined art installation and music gig will leave you floating in the abstract.
FUNDRAISER: “We built this party!” Such is the tune Twitter is singing with the return of HoHoTO, an event that originated in a single tweet. This holiday fundraiser supports the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank and has set a goal this year of $35,000. Besides raising money for a great cause, there will be DJs, prizes, surprises, and plenty of merry-making all night long. The Mod Club (722 College Street), 7 p.m., $35.
TRIBUTE: The loss of Jenna Morrison, a Toronto yoga instructor who was killed while riding her bicycle to pick up her son from school, produced an outpouring of grief across the city. Tonight, In Celebration of Jenna, a tribute to her life, features a whirling dervish, an aerial champagne pour, and a silent auction led by MP Olivia Chow. Proceeds from the night will be donated to a trust fund for Jenna’s five year-old son, Lucas. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $30 advance, $40 at door.
MUSIC: After the successful release of their latest LP, Shadows of Montreal, this past summer, Toronto-based soul/rock band Urban Preacher is coming back to town for one last show before their U.S. tour. This six-piece band was nominated for the 2010 Toronto Independent Music Award and has been making waves on CBC Radio and university stations since their debut EP. See what all the fuss is about tonight! The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
ART: If you’ve found your consciousness slipping away from reality lately, this might be an event worth considering. “The Critical Wake of Makemake” is an art exhibition that makes its statement through abstract ideas, an “un-realized vessel moving towards antirealism.” The exhibition also features a performance by art-noise band 253469, who use an electric stick guitar (!) among other unique instruments. Fountain Enterprises (1261 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
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