In today's Urban Planner: it's the second season for both New Music 101 and the Late Night With Matty D show; Clybourne Park has its final PWYC performance; and Nick Lowe and Peter Elkas hold court at the Phoenix.
LECTURE: The Toronto New Music Alliance wants to expose people to contemporary classical music and is hosting, for the second year in collaboration with the Toronto Public Library, a series of evening discussion and performance events entitled New Music 101. Tonight’s event is hosted by Globe and Mail classical music critic Robert Everett-Green, and feature music selections from (and Q&As with) the Array Ensemble, and New Music Concerts accordionists Joseph Macerollo and Ina Henning performing Andrew Staniland’s Pentagrams. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m.–8 p.m., FREE.
TAPING: Back for a second season, scrappy local Rogers cable show Late Night With Matty D aims to introduce Torontonians on the couch (and online) to some of the city’s best local live-comedy performers. Tonight, host Matt Drappel and his crew will be taping segments with guests Chris Locke, Amanda Brooke-Perrin, and Jon Schabel, as well as musical guest Blackboltt. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. taping, FREE.
THEATRE: Tonight’s the final PWYC performance of race-relation “dramedy” Clybourne Park, the Pulitzer Prize–winning play produced by Studio 180; our own Carly Maga assures us it will have you “laughing as you cringe. Linging?” Limited PWYC tickets are available in person at the box office, starting at 10 a.m.. Canadian Stage Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., PWYC–$49.
MUSIC: Legendary songwriter Nick Lowe, who wrote hits both for himself and other musicians like Elvis Costello, plays at the Phoenix tonight. He’s brought a backing band with him this time (last year’s outing as the opener for Wilco was a solo affair), and his opener here in T.O. is local roots-rocker Peter Elkas. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street), doors at 7:30 p.m., Peter Elkas at 8:30 p.m., Nick Lowe at 9:45 p.m., $34 in advance, $39 at the door.
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