In today's Urban Planner: Pride-celebrating roller derby, comedy, and music; a convival party for the Power Plant's new summer exhibit; and One Hundred Dollar's Simone Schmidt makes change.
PRIDE: We’ll have a special Pride event planner later today, but here are a few Pride-affiliated events taking place tonight that are away from the main drag:
- The ladies of the Toronto Roller Derby are hosting an “all queer roller derby bout” called the Clam Slam. It’ll be an exhibition event, highlighting out and proud athletes on skates from across North America. The Bunker (40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3), doors at 6:30 p.m., game at 7:10 p.m., $12 in advance ($18 at the door), kids aged 9 and under FREE.
- Bitch Salad Gives Back 2012, the annual Pride edition of the (mostly) female comedy show produced by host Andrew Johnston, tonight features sets from Gavin Crawford, Christina Walkinshaw, Julia Hladkowicz, Emma Hunter, and crowd favourites The Cheeto Girls. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $20.
- An alleged last-minute contract dispute with former headliner Venus X’s new management means the Mansion warehouse party actually gets what we consider to be an upgrade; Montreal/Los Angeles music makers LOL Boys, who collaborated with Cadence Weapon on his recent Polaris Prize nominated album Hope in Dirt City, have joined the bill as the top act. Also pumping out beats will be rising NYC beatmaker RL Grime, and supporting sets from Alex Brooks and B2B Basha. Amsterdam Brewery (
21 Bathurst Street), 10 p.m., $10 in advance (more at the door).
ART: Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre’s resident contemporary art gallery, opens a new exhibition, “Tools for Conviviality,” with a launch party tonight. The party will take place on the site’s Lakeview Terrace, and feature BBQ, plus DJ Jodie James Elliott. The Power Plant (321 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: One Hundred Dollars’ frontwoman Simone Schmidt launches her new side project, FIVER, with a seven-inch single and live show tonight, with openers USGirls and Nordic Nomadic. The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Avenue), 9 p.m., $8.
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