In today's Urban Planner: celebrating Oktoberfest, a sale on CN Tower-themed theatre tickets, Blank City's made-up metropolis stories, a harmonica tribute to Little Walter, and album release parties for KASHKA and More or Les.
BEER: Oktoberfest celebrations are happening all over Ontario this weekend, but today’s the last day to experience it in the sort of hall the event deserves—rafters high overhead, long tables, Schuhplattlers, and more. The historic St. Lawrence Market’s second and final day of Toronto Oktoberfest was just about sold out as of press time, but it’s such a popular event, we wouldn’t discount the possibility of scalpers in lederhosen. St. Lawrence Market (95 Front Street East), 5 p.m. onwards, $20–$25.
THEATRE: Theatre Passe Muraille has put two years of workshops and research into This Must Be The Place: The CN Tower Show, a “love letter to Toronto” set “in the middle of a scramble intersection” that opened last night. Today only, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., to mark the 36th anniversary of the tower’s opening, the box office is selling $12 tickets to any show in the run. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $12.
COMEDY: At most improv shows, they start small—asking the audience to suggest a relationship or an object for their characters—and build out from there. At Blank City, they start with suggestions for kinds of cities (Monocle Metropolis, anyone?), and take it from there. Tonight’s performers include Daniel Bierne (The Bitter End), Tess Degenstein (Space Janitors), Anders Yates (Uncalled For), and more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street), 8 p.m., $8.
MUSIC: A number of high-profile local shows tonight, ranging from mouth harp blues to culinary-obsessed hip-hop:
- Blue Midnight IV is an annual tribute to Little Walter Marian Jacobs, a legendary blues harmonica player who guested on many of Muddy Water’s recordings. This year’s edition features several top “mouth harp” players, including Juno winner Steve Marriner, Chicago’s Billy Boy Arnold, and Raoul Bhaneja of Raoul & The Big Time. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), doors at 6 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., $9.50 in advance, $32.50 at the door.
- Forest City Lovers alumna Kat Burns’s KASHKA project, with in-demand producer James Bunton (Diamond Rings, Evening Hymns) and rotating guests, releases a full LP, Vichada, tonight. Opening act The Meek (fellow FCL alumni Mika Posen) also releases an EP. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., $10.
- Veteran local rappper and MC More or Les loves brunch (hey it’s in his Twitter handle) and all the other meals besides; for a fairly trim guy, his focus on food is well known. That theme continues with the title of his latest LP, Mastication. His all-star LP release party (guests include The Mighty Rhino, Laura Barrett, and Wordburglar) also doubles as a Daily Bread Food Bank fundraiser. The El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), doors at 10 p.m., $10.
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