In today's Urban Planner: Elephant Empire and friends make funny at Unit 102 Theatre; Dirty Projectors play new stuff at the new Music Hall, while Dwayne Gretzky play all sorts of stuff at Lee's Palace; and free previews of the Fringe Festival at Market 707.
THEATRE: Whether you want to see a musical or sketch comedy, stirring drama or weird performance, the Toronto Fringe Festival has over 150 different shows, with something for just about every taste—and the best way to narrow down which shows to see is by checking out our 2012 Fringe coverage. And tonight only, you can see more than a dozen free previews of select Fringe shows at the Market 707 Outdoor Theatre. Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West), 6 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Sketch troupe Elephant Empire originated here in Toronto, but they’ve been performing in Montreal a lot lately, including the Best of Montreal Sketchfest 2012 series, where their comedy was award-winning. They’re bringing that comedy back to Toronto tonight, and have stellar openers Kathleen Phillips and Chris Locke, to boot. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), 8 p.m., $7.
MUSIC: There are still some tickets (both the $39 floor tickets and the $34 balcony tickets) left for the Dirty Projects/Purity Ring concert at the new Danforth Music Hall, where the Projectors will be playing new material. But if you’re looking for a guarantee of tried and tested material, you’ll want to see cover band extraordinaire Dwayne Gretzky, with openers The Elwins. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m. doors, $9 in advance ($12 at the door).
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