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PERFORMANCE: The Repo! Shadow Cats are back for their tenth shadow cast performance of Repo! The Genetic Opera, a Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Blade Runner rock opera. If you’re unfamiliar with the Shadow Cats and their shadow cast performances, the show will feature a live recreation and unique interpretation of the film, while it is being projected on a screen behind the Cats. In addition to blood, boobs, and off-beat humour, tonight’s Halloween-themed performance will feature the Repo characters in costume. Audience members are also encouraged to attend in costume for a chance to win prizes. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 9:30–11:30 p.m., $10.
FUNDRAISER: Also in the theme of Halloween, a cocktail and masquerade fundraiser is being held to raise funds for the Toronto Cyclists Union, a group that advocates for a more cycle-friendly city, promoting cycling as a legitimate, accessible, and safe means of transportation. The first part of tonight’s event is a reception with political and musical guests including Molly Johnson and Coco Love Alcorn, a bike expo, and silent auction. Following the reception will be the “Bike Love Party” where guests will do just that: profess their love (and perhaps simultaneous hate, but we’re trying to keep it positive here) for cycling in the city while enjoying live entertainment, dancing, and Steam Whistle brews. Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse (255 Bremner Boulevard), 6 p.m., $25–100.
THEATRE: Continuing to count down the days until Halloween, the Bathurst Street Theatre is hosting a staged reading of the official sequel to Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula. Backed by a score of original music, Dracula The Un-Dead employs Stoker’s notes for characters and plot threads taken from the original edition, picking up twenty-five years after Dracula crumbled into dust. Stick around after the reading to meet the author and great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, Dacre Stoker, who will be signing copies of the novel. Bathurst Street Theatre (736 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $10.
WORDS: Celebrated Canadian essayist and novelist—not to mention political and economic thinker and advocate for freedom of expression—John Ralston Saul is in town to discuss his latest book against the backdrop of the AGO’s reinstalled collection of Canadian art. In his book, A Fair country: Telling Truths about Canada, Saul argues that Canada is a Métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by the aboriginal values of social equality, balance between individuals and groups, and amicable negotiation. He hopes that embracing this viewpoint will inspire change and prompt Canadians to rethink our political culture and the future of our country. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 7–8:30 p.m., FREE.