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THEATRE: Now in its ninth season, the Canopy Theatre Company in partnership with Hart House Theatre presents Shakespeare’s story of tragic love, Romeo and Juliet. The summer season begins tonight and runs Wednesdays through Saturdays until August 1. BYOS (blanket or chair) to enjoy this tale of star-crossed lovers in an amazing open-air atmosphere. Philosopher’s Stage, U of T (80 Queen’s Park), 8 p.m., $8–10 (Wednesdays PWYC). Advanced tickets available online or by calling 416-978-8849.
COMEDY: The third annual Just For Laughs festival (younger cousin of Montreal’s Juste Pour Rire festival, now in its twenty-seventh year) opens today, featuring forty-two shows at eleven downtown venues over the course of five days. You’ll have the opportunity to see the antics of comedians such as John Cleese, Sarah Silverman, and John Pinette, just to name a few. All tickets start at $20, aside from the free break-dancing, drumming, music, comedy, and circus performances at Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend.
MUSIC: Australian electro-pop diva duo The Veronicas play a benefit concert in support of Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation program to support at-risk youth and combat homelessness. After tonight’s gig, The Veronicas, twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, will spend the rest of the summer spreading their electro-beats and synth-heavy songs throughout North America and Asia in support of their second album, Hook Me Up. CiRCA (126 John Street), 8 p.m., $23. 19+ event.
PARTY: The Bata Shoe Museum is breaking curfew to launch its new fashion and celebrity exhibits. Tonight’s event, ‘Till Ten at the BSM, will feature exhibition tours and “soulful and sensual” aerial performances by the dance theatre group Anandam. Cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will also be served on a candlelit patio. Email the museum to add your name to the guestlist and skip the line. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 7–10 p.m., PWYC ($5 suggested). 19+ event.