Urban Planner: January 13, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 13, 2012

In today's (lucky) Urban Planner: art supporting other art—literally—at G Gallery; Levi MacDougall returns to Hogtown; the Festival of New Formats hits get encores; The Wrecking Ball mashes up readers and rockers; Rich Aucoin Lives at the Drake (one night only); and A Soul (Winter Party).

Toronto-honed comedic wit Levi MacDougall and his TV boss Demetri Martin play two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tonight. Detail of a photo by Robyn Von Swank.



EXHIBITION: Sediment is “an exhibition of books, artist books, book works, and support structures.” Twelve artists were divided into pairs to work on creating projects that support other objects; as near as we can figure, the art work and books will prop up other art books and works in a layered approach to exhibiting art in both form and text. G Gallery (134 Ossington Street, entrance from Foxley Street, rear of building), 7–10 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: Comedian Levi MacDougall plied his craft in the backrooms and stages of Toronto for nearly a decade before Demetri Martin found a clip of his set online, loved it, and offered the lanky comic a writing gig on his TV show. Now, Martin is touring Canada, and MacDougall is opening for him; tonight’s early show sold out, resulting in a recently added late night set by the two absurdist life observers. Queen Elizabeth Theatre (190 Princes’ Boulevard), shows at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $39.50.

COMEDY: Comedy Bar’s third annual Festival of New Formats wrapped up last weekend and when the dust settled, a few shows were clear standouts. Tonight, two of those shows—Personals and Can I Get a Relationship?—will get encore presentations after Friday night (and festival) favourite Catch 23 Improv. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), $8 for 8 p.m. show; $5 for 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows, or FREE for attendees of 8 p.m. show.

MUSIC: The Wrecking Ball (not the activist theatre one) brings together local music writers with a penchant for chronicling our city’s rock, punk, and metal scenes, and bands from said scene. Tonight’s readers are Liz Worth, Liisa Ladouceur, and Natalie Zina Walschots; the rockers are Battlesoul, Corpusse, and Into Exile. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $10.

MUSIC: Halifax’s Rich Aucoin, whose prodigious live performances we’ve covered in detail, has been making waves on the ‘net by finally releasing his video for “IT“, featuring classic film recreations (his recent Nosferatu mash-up for “Living to Die” went up just this week.) Aucoin returns to the Drake for an official Toronto album release tonight, with guests Sandman Viper Command. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $10.

MUSIC: Maylee Todd, Matt McLaren, Jay Anderson, and other musical devotees of classic soul music are collaborating on an intimate late night jam at the Holy Oak tonight, joined by guests Emilie Mover, Thom Gill, and more. Come to A Soul · Winter Party, they say. “Don’t fight it. Feel it.” Holy Oak (1241 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., PWYC.

THEATRE: We went to all 10 productions showcased in the Next Stage Theatre Festival, so you don’t have to. The fest is having a record-breaking year, and the performances are good enough to stand up to the attention. Here are the best shows of Next Stage 2012, on until January 15.


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