In today's Urban Planner: bicycle rides in memoriam; Faun Fables and local friends play Polyhaus; and comedy on screen, on stage, and in a guy's garage.
MEMORIAL: It’s a shame that a regular event that’s supposed to be fun and uplifting—the Critical Mass bicycle rides—has had to double lately as a memorial event for cyclists killed on Toronto streets. Peter Cram was the second cyclist to die in Toronto this year after getting a wheel stuck in a streetcar track. Friends and family will ride early this morning at 8:30 a.m. in his memory, and the greater Toronto cycling community will do the same this evening. Both rides start from Bloor and Spadina. Matt Cohen Park (Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue), 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Drag City signees Faun Fables, a “freak folk duo,” play Toronto tonight, bolstered by exceptionally strong local acts: both Fiver and The Weather Station open, plus new act Holiday Rambler (Hooded Fang’s D. Alex Meeks). Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Avenue), 9 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 at the door, all ages.
COMEDY: If you can’t make any of the Louis C.K. shows, here are some other stand-up options:
- Headliners, a comedy-on-film series co-presented by the Just For Laughs 42 Festival and the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, opens tonight, with comics in person introducing comics on the silver screen. Mark Little hosts the screening of Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic at 9:30 p.m.; Silverman also appears onscreen in the late night (and very raunchy) The Aristocrats, hosted by Big Jay Oakerson. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m., $19–$22 for a Headliners series pass, $6–11 single screening (FREE with JFL42 pass).
- Comedian Helder Brum‘s Garage Shows started out as just a few comics doing sets for friends and hanging out in his backyard garage, but a recent profile by the Toronto Star has raised the show’s profile significantly. You still need to reply “attending” on Facebook before he’ll message attendees with the address, as a measure of some privacy—after all, you get to the show by walking through Brum’s kitchen. In the garage tonight: Kathleen Phillips, Fraser Young, Laura Cilevitz, and more. Helder Brum’s garage, doors at 9 p.m., FREE/BYOB.
- Comedienne Rhiannon Archer headlines the LOT Comedy Club shows tonight, with opener Danny Polishchuk, and host Deborah Robinson (whose own raunchy comedy showcase Wet and Sticky returns after a long hiatus on Saturday night in the LOT’s 10 p.m. slot). Lower Ossington Theatre Cabaret (100A Ossington Avenue), 10 p.m. & 12 a.m. shows, $12.
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