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Photo of The Harder They Come by Robert Day.
THEATRE: The Harder They Come, the ’70s cult-classic film that made Jimmy Cliff a star, has since transformed into a critically acclaimed London musical, which has landed in Toronto for a limited time starting tonight. The Harder They Come is the story of a hard-up reggae singer who goes to Kingston, Jamaica, to fulfil his dreams, only to become a notorious outlaw after he gets caught up with the more unsavoury parts of the music business. Most of the original actors are still part of the cast, and the show features a reggae band that’s said to get even the stuffiest of audience members out of their seats to dance. Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), 8 p.m., $25–$95.
FESTIVAL: Showcho is a monthly variety show where the aim is to mash up as many disparate things as possible and somehow make it all work together. This month, Showcho Fest presents an indoor street festival, full of carnival games, music from Nika Smith, and a performance from the Fringe Festival’s favourite puppets, Rock Time. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street West), 9 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
MUSIC: The Toronto Summer Music Festival brings some of the finest chamber music performers from around the globe to Toronto audiences. Tonight’s opening performance is from two Canadian musicians who have never played together before, James Ehnes and Jon Kimura Parker. Ehnes is a virtuoso violinist who has won both Juno and Grammy awards, while pianist Parker has a laundry list of accomplishments, including performing for the Queen—twice! They will perform pieces by Mozart, Prokofiev, Kernis, and Ravel. The festival runs from July 21 to August 14 and will highlight performances of works by Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn. Carlu Concert Hall (444 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., festival passes $120–$300; single tickets $20–$75 (tickets for tonight’s performance start at $50).
FILM: Agua Mi Sangre (The Water Wars Are Already Here) is a critical documentary looking at the commodification of water. It follows a group of activists as they protest the 4th World Water Forum held in Mexico City in 2006. This, being a rather contentious issue in Canada itself, might be an interesting perspective to hear out. Aliss Terpstra of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health will give a talk after the screening. Steelworkers Hall (25 Cecil Street), 7–9:30 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($5 suggested).