Today: Dave Meslin loves democracy, and you should too; The Weather Station loves singing with friends; Claire, From the Bus loves Ralph (and it scares him); improvisers love White Rhino; and Doldrums and pals love partying late.
TALK: City-building activist Dave Meslin hosts a discussion on why we should all love democracy, rather than play hot or cold with it, or send it ambiguous Valentines. Flirting With Democracy will examine how to get more people involved in the local democratic process, and make politics fun (or at least, engaging) for everyone. Hart House East Common Room (7 Hart House Circle), 6–8 p.m., FREE (reservation required).
MUSIC: Tamara Lindeman, better known musically as The Weather Station, plays with many of her talented friends this evening. Among her partners at the launch of the You’ve Changed Records’ Duets series: Misha Bower (a fellow bandmate in Bruce Peninsula), Simone Schmidt (of Fiver, and One Hundred Dollars), and Baby Eagle (Steve Lambke, of Constantines fame). The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 7–9 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: Writer and director Kjartan Hewitt premieres his new comedy, Claire, From the Bus, at one of the city’s newest venues, the Storefront Theatre. The titular Claire (Bryn McAuley, PBS’s Caillou) begins to turn the screws on protagonist Ralph (Ennis Esmer, CTV’s The Listener) when his birthday celebrations get out of hand. The Storefront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $20.
COMEDY: Irrepressible improvisor and show producer Wayne Jones has assembled a blowout list of a dozen top local comics for White Rhino 4. Bonuses: giggle-inducing host Pat Thornton, and funny-in-her-own-right musical guest Maylee Todd. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10 advance, $12 at the door.
PARTY: After his appearance at the Wavelength 13 Festival, Doldrums will be hosting a late-night record release for his new LP, Lesser Evil. Sean Nicholas Savage, Agor, and Sexy Merlin will play live sets; Doldrums, Cadence Weapon, and Easyboy will take turns DJ-ing. Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue), doors at 11:59 p.m., $5.
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