Urban Planner: October 29, 2012
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Urban Planner: October 29, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: The final (outdoor) farmers' market in Sorauren Park; magic and music at the Song of Kosovo; the 2012 Cream of Comedy gala; and the Cowboy of the Western World.

The Cream of Comedy nominees. Photo by Dan Abramovici.

MARKET: The weather outside is frightful, with predictions that we’re in for a long winter. So the hardy souls at the West End Food Co-Op are holding their final outdoor Sorauren Farmers’ Market before moving inside for the cold season. On display will be fresh produce, baked goods, canned goods, and music performances from Mark Martyre and Joel Urquhart. Sorauren Park (Sorauren Avenue and Wabash Avenue), 3 p.m.–7 p.m., FREE.

(NOT A) READING: This Is Not A Reading Series and author Chris Gudgeon have lined up an eclectic mix of guests to launch his new book, Song of Kosovo. They promise “an evening of music, magic and literary mayhem.” Among the guests: illusionist “Magic” Mike Segal, musician Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes), and storyteller Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $5 or FREE with book purchase.

COMEDY: The Tim Sims Award—a $5,000 cash prize plus Second City perks, bestowed annually on a young and promising Toronto comedian—will go to one of five nominees performing tonight at the Cream of Comedy gala. The finalists are sketch duo Templeton Philharmonic (Briana Templeton and Gwynne Phillips), and stand-up comics Ben Beauchemin, Christi Olson, Jamie O’Conner, and Robert Keller. Past nominee and three-time Canadian Comedy Award–winner Kristeen Von Hagen hosts. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $15 in advance.

MUSICAL: Musical co-creators Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston’s Blood Ties was one of the best and funniest shows of this year’s SummerWorks. The duo are back with a new project previewing tonight only: The Cowboy of the Western World. Among the top calibre actors and singers taking part are Brent Carver, Kate Hennig, and Julian Richings. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), 8:30 p.m., $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door.

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