In today's Urban Planner: an election viewing party, Canada's tainted blood scandal, and the cream of the city's comedy.
- Civic Engagement: Torontonians across the city will likely be glued to TV sets, and those who’ve been campaigning and supporting candidates for mayor, councillor, and school trustee positions will likely be at official campaign parties. We’d recommend one of the many non-partisan parties for those a bit more removed from the machinations of the election—parties such as the Eyes on the Election Viewing Party being held at the Gladstone Hotel. Even if the candidates you were rooting for fall short, you’ll still be entertained by commentary from hosts Gavin Crawford and Stephen Eyes, sets by comics Ron Sparks and Steph Tolev and band Red Zeppelin, and appearances by drag performers Judy Virago and Miss Fluffy Souffle. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
- Theatre: Torontoist profiled Kat Lanteigne’s play about Canada’s blood scandal of the ’80s and ’90s, Tainted, when it had its first full run here in Toronto. As it dramatizes and explores a public health crisis that affected tens of thousands of Canadians, her company Moyo Theatre has decided to tour the work across Ontario, presenting it as a staged reading in all sorts of spaces. Its second and final Toronto reading takes place at Dancemakers Studio, with a superb cast. Dancemakers Studio (9 Trinity Street), 8 p.m., FREE. Details
- Comedy: The annual Tim Sims Encouragement Award show, known as the Cream of Comedy, this year features host (and past Cream of Comedy winner) Jeff McEnery and sets by short list nominees Sam Burns, Caitlin Langelier, Moist Theatre, Brendan Pinto, and Torontoist contributor Jeremy Woodcock. The award is intended to provide encouragement to Canadian comics early in their careers, and we hope a winner will be announced in time to poke impromptu fun at the election results. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $20. Details
Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email us with all the details (including images, if you’ve got any), ideally at least a week in advance.