In today's Urban Planner: another edition of Trampoline Hall; a feast of new comedy at the Fresh Meat Showcase; touring music acts Bloc Party, Mount Eerie, and Amon Tobin; and more TIFF.
LECTURE: Here’s the line-up for this month’s edition of “lectures by amateurs” series Trampoline Hall: Rea McNamara’s doing/dissecting the Jane Fonda Workout; Alec Donovan’s speaking about Satisfaction (the feeling or song, we’re not entirely sure); and Katie Hood’s discussing the theatre scene—in prisons. What few at-the-door tickets there are will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: Twenty-one comedy acts each have a few minutes to shine tonight at the Fresh Meat Showcase. They’ll each be trying to convince a panel of judges to award them one of five nominations for this year’s Cream of Comedy Awards, sponsored by the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund and Second City. Among the many fresh-faced contestants are a few acts who’ve already made splashes: female sketch duos Two Weird Ladies and The Templeton Philharmonic, actor/lawyer/stand-up Lwam Ghebrehariat, and comic/blogger Michael Jagdeo. Second City Toronto (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $12.
MUSIC: It’s not just movie stars in town tonight. Several noted out of town (and overseas) bands have stops in Toronto:
- Bloc Party bring their new disc Four to the newly restored Danforth Music Hall, with openers Ceremony. Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue), doors at 7 p.m., $25–$35.
- Washington’s Mount Eerie is at The Great Hall, with local openers Wyrd Visions. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), doors at 8 p.m., $15.
- Beat scientist Amon Tobin brings ISAM Live 2.0, an “immersive A/V experience,” to the Kool Haus, supported by Holy Other. Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), 10 p.m., $36.50.
TIFF: Ask any local cinephile and they’ll tell you: Contrary to Andy Williams’ time-honoured holiday standard, early September is, in fact, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Why? Because early September means TIFF (on this year from September 6–16), and TIFF means movies, movies, and more movies, with all sorts of big-time movie stars swanning about town. Keep an eye out for our daily recommendations, visit our TIFF ’12 hub for our reviews, and have yourself a merry little TIFF-mas time.
We originally listed the photographer for the image above as Kevin Thom, rather than Chris Besler. We regret the error.
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