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Greta Hodgkinson and Aleksandar Antonijevic will be seducing audiences at Mad Hot. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.
CYCLING: Tired of competing with throngs of weekend cyclists for the city’s top paths? The Toronto Bicycling Network has a solution for you with their Tuesday Ravine Rides, offering weekly tours through a series of Toronto’s favourite routes. Today’s tour is Balfour and the Beltline, clocking nineteen kilometres of paved and unpaved paths through David Balfour Park, Moore Park, the Beltline and Cedarvale Park. Interested parties are invited to meet at Taddle Creek Park, one block north of the Bedford exit of the St. George subway station. Helmets mandatory. 10:30 a.m., FREE (usual $5 non-member fee waived).
DANCE: The National Ballet of Canada slips into something a little more comfortable this evening for Mad Hot: A Russian Seduction, their annual fundraiser gala. Drawing on the excess and splendour of Tsarist Russia, the event will feature a selection of performances chosen by artistic director Karen Kain and performed by the National Ballet’s artists. Following the performance, all audience members will be treated to Russian-inspired ‘Cosmonaut’ cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, while gala patrons will receive the epicurean treat of a dinner created by Mark McEwan. Dinner guests are invited to cut their own rug on the stage of the Four Seasons and mingle with the celebrated performers of the National Ballet. The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 5:30 p.m., $50–$150
THEATRE: Harvey Fierstein’s distinctive gravelly voice will be projecting over the Canon Theatre for one more week as Fiddler on the Roof returns to Toronto by popular demand. The multiple Tony Award–winning Fierstein will be reprising his role as Tevye, the beleaguered father sitting at the centre of this production inspired by Jerome Robbins‘s 1964 staging and directed by Sammy Dallas Bayes. Re-opening tonight, Fiddler’s limited return ends on Sunday and is already selling out fast, so grab your tickets while you can. The Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), 7:30 p.m., $26–$120.
MUSIC: Scandinavia has presented the world with no shortage of melodic indie folk-pop, and riding at the forefront of that wave is Norwegian duo The Kings of Convenience. Citing languid lyricists like Belle & Sebastian and Simon and Garfunkel as their primary influences, the Kings are a perfect way to relax into a carefree summer mindset. Originally slated to play in February, Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe bring their subtle guitar melodies to the Phoenix (where they will be honouring tickets from the postponed winter performance). Presented by Collective Concerts with Franklin for Short opening. Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street); 8 p.m.; $21.50 advance, $25 at the door; 19+.
Google’s name for it, but not the right one.We originally, mistakenly, called Taddle Creek Park “Tattle Creek Park”—