Today in Toronto: stop in for Quattro Books' spring launch, let The New Humourists make you laugh for a good cause, catch Randolph Academy's Cyrano de Bergerac, and watch Bowerbirds and Dry the River take to the stage at the Garrison.
LITERATURE: Quattro Books is kicking off the spring season with its first book launch of the year, featuring four authors. Hitting the stage tonight: David Day, with his work Nevermore: A Book of Hours; Trillium Book Award– and Governor General’s Award–winner Mark Frutkin, with a collection of short essays titled Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously; Caroline Di Giovanni, presenting Bravo! A Selection of Prose and Poetry by Italian Canadian Writers; and Beatriz Hausner for the late Abigael Bohorquez, with Pledged Poetry. Annex Live (296 Brunswick Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY FUNDRAISER: The New Humourists want you to come out and laugh for a good cause this evening. The comedy duo is launching a monthly benefit show to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. For My Own Benefit will feature The New Humourists alongside a rotating roster of comedians. Joining them on stage tonight are Personals, Mark Little from Picnicface, Anders Yates from Uncalled For, Tony Ho, and host Dan Beirne from The Bitter End. Parts and Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: The Randolph Academy is unveiling its newest performance today—the classic Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand, translated and adapted by John Murrell. The tale of romance and adventure tells the story of a man with the nose of a clown and the soul of a poet, who ends up in a love triangle convinced he doesn’t stand a chance. The play runs from today until March 31. Annex Theatre (730 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $22.
MUSIC: After a rough couple of years, Bowerbirds are back with their latest folk album, The Clearing. Fighting through a near-death illness, a break-up, and a reconciliation—and with a newly adopted dog in tow, Phil Moore and Beth Tacular—recorded the follow-up to Upper Air mainly at Bon Iver’s Wisconsin studio retreat. The band is in town to promote the album tonight at the Garrison, and Dry the River is also making an appearance. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8:30 p.m., $12.50–$15.
GUIDED TOUR: Jonathan Goldsbie writes for the National Post and appears frequently as a guest on radio and television news. Even so, he’s best known for his Twitter account, where he offers a take on municipal politics that is by turns sweet and acerbic, but always witty. Now, Goldsbie is taking his show on the road (or rather, the rails). As part of Free Fall ’12, a performance-art festival, he’ll ride a chartered 501 Queen streetcar for the route’s entire length, while conducting a guided tour for the car’s other occupants entirely over Twitter, with no speaking allowed. Tonight’s show is ticketed, but there’s an encore performance on Saturday, on a non-chartered streetcar, that will be free, aside from TTC fare. See here for details. The Neville Park Loop (Queen Street and Neville Park Boulevard), 7 p.m., $20.
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