In today's Urban Planner: Mark Little appears onscreen in Rollertown, and onstage in the Just For Laughs Festival; new editions of Steam Whistle Unsigned, Shake a Tail, and The Big Sound.
COMEDY: It’s a big day for comedy in Toronto—and for Mark Little, in particular. The stand-up comic and Picnicface sketch troupe member stars in Rollertown, the troupe’s multiple Canadian Comedy Award-winning feature-film debut. It opens Canada-wide today. Also, Little headlines a Just For Laughs showcase for the next three nights at the Rivoli, as the comedy festival welcomes an international roster of comics for the next nine days at various venues across town—all of whom, including Louis C.K., you can see on a festival pass. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $99–$149.
MUSIC: It’s a big day for a number of local regular music events, too, competing against out-of-town draws like alterna-pop sensation Grimes (at Lee’s Palace; sold out) and psychedelic space-rock orchestra Flowers From Hell (at the Tranzac Club; 10:00 p.m.; $10 with CD):
- The Steam Whistle Unsigned Series brings together Odonis Odonis, Indian Handcrafts, and Young Mother for a bill of live local heroes on the cusp of breaking out. Steam Whistle Roundhouse (255 Bremner Boulevard), 8 p.m., $5 (proceeds to the Artist’s Health Foundation).
- The Shake a Tail “’60’s pop, rock, and soul” dance series has proven to be so popular, it’s launching a second monthly Friday night east-end edition. WAYLA bar (996 Queen Street East), 10 p.m., $5.
- The Big Sound starts its second year off in a big way, with the usual massive lineup of guesting local artists and a newly expanded repertoire. The band will be covering soul hits not just from Detroit, but also from Chicago, Memphis, and more. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10 pm, $12.
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