Urban Planner: August 31, 2012
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Urban Planner: August 31, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: the Critical Mass ride is joined by a memorial group; Cuff the Duke play Yonge and Dundas; and comics to make you hoot at the Hirut.

Veteran local roots-rock band Cuff the Duke play a free show at Yonge & Dundas Square tonight as part of the square's Indie Fridays programming. Photo by Vanessa Heins.

BIKE: The last Friday of every month always features a Critical Mass bike ride—a leaderless collective ride through downtown Toronto’s core, meeting 6 p.m. at Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue. Today’s ride will have an extra mass of riders: friends, colleagues and supporters of Darcy Allan Sheppard, the bike courier killed in an vehicular altercation with Michael Bryant three years ago today. They’re holding a memorial down the street at Avenue Road and Bloor Street at 5 p.m., and plan to add their wheels to the mass when it passes by. Matt Cohen Park (Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue), 6:30 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: Cuff the Duke is closing in on 10 years as a band, and a darn fine one at that. The roots rockers have a new album coming out in October, and a local CD release planned for the end of September, but before their busy fall starts, they’re closing out their summer with a free downtown outdoor concert this evening as part of the Indie Fridays series. Yonge-Dundas Square, 8 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: The Hoot Hirut comedy show (like Critical Mass, it happens every last Friday of the month) presents a “post-Canadian Comedy Awards Edition” tonight. Guest comics include award nominees Pete Zedlacher and Kevin MacDonald, and funny lady Zabrina Chevannes. Hirut Restaurant (2050 Danforth Avenue), 9 p.m., $5.

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