Urban Planner: October 15, 2012



Urban Planner: October 15, 2012

Today: sing for fun (and research) with Nightswimming Theatre's Why We Are Here!, chase ghosts around Casa Loma, and be entertained by reuniting improv troupes The Chumps and Slap Happy.

The Chumps, circa 1994; the improv troupe reunites on stage tonight for the Big City Improv Festival. Photo by Tim Leyes.

CHOIR: Nightswimming Theatre starts a series of free choir sessions this evening, entitled Why We Are Here! As part of their Pure Research workshop series, they’re encouraging singers of varying experience to join the a capella project, running weekly to December 3. “No public performance will be involved. No previous singing experience is necessary. And it will be fun—honest.” Distilery District Cannery Building, Studio 314 (9 Trinity Street), 7 p.m., FREE.

GHOSTS: Canada’s Most Haunted is running seasonal “Ghost Tracking” tours on select Mondays and Sundays this month. Toronto’s sort-of castle on the hill is up today. Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace), 7 p.m., $27 adults, $16 children.

COMEDY: The Big City Improv Festival continues all this week with nightly performances by performers from across North America. But some of the best shows will come from local veteran performers, like the reunion performance tonight by The Chumps. The troupe made a name for themselves with pop culture spoofs in the ’80s and ’90s, peaking with their CBC radio series The Chumps Without a Net. Following their set, there will be a late night reunion show by slightly less veteran troupe Slap Happy. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., $10 each show, $35 all fest pass.

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