Today: attend the launch party for City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists, or see the The Nutcracker, or A Christmas Carol.
DANCE: With graceful ballerinas, battle scenes, and the magic of toys coming to life, The National Ballet of Canada‘s The Nutcracker has something for everyone. Prepare to be taken on a journey through the mysterious world of the Snow Queen, and the Sugar Plum Fairy’s palace. The show’s run starts tonight and goes until January 5. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $52–$136 (HST included).
THEATRE: What’s more festive than a play about greed and ghosts, staged in a castle? Of course, we’re talking about A Christmas Carol. Join the Humber River Shakespeare Company at Casa Loma, as they present Dickens’ classic tale of redemption. Starring Claire Frances Muir, Kevin Hammond, Mark Huisman, Christopher Kelk, and Sara Moyle. Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace), 7 p.m., adults $15, children $10.
BOOKS: Suffering from holiday exhaustion? Fear not, this event only requires you to listen quietly and appreciate. Local writers Jordan Tannahill, Jason Maghanoy, Jessica Moss, Marcia Johnson, Kat Sandler, Kate Hewlett, and others have contributed to City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists, which launches tonight with readings, plus music by DJ NIX. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 7 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. readings, FREE.
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