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The National play again tonight at Massey Hall. Photo courtesy of Collective Concerts.
BOOKS: Descant Magazine’s literary outreach Now Hear This! is screaming for literary support at its second reading series of the year, HEAR/HEAR Lucky Number 7. Tonight’s lineup includes Toronto writers Elizabeth de Mariaffi, Angela Szczepaniak, and Natalie Zina Walschots—they’ll be reading CanLit slash promoting creative writing workshops across the GTA. And if the good karma won’t get you there, there’s also a door prize giveaway by This Ain’t the Rosedale Library. (Something dirty, we hope.) Free Times Cafe (320 College Street), doors at 6:30 p.m.
CLASS: If you’re over yoga and pissed with Pilates, exercise is getting a lil’ funkier at Harbourfront Centre’s Circus Camp, starting tonight. Fly high with Cirque du Soleil master instructor and trainer Marsha Kennington—she’ll be teaching tight wire walking, juggling, and even walking on stilts. Take one or all six classes to learn the best and only party trick you’ll ever need. Harbourfront Centre (under the big top at Coronation Park), 6:30–8:30pm, $30–$150.
TALK: Strange Torontoist bedfellow (or maybe it makes perfect sense) Nadja Sayej—better known as that chick with the glasses in ArtStars*—will be knocking ArtSpeak (post-modernist irony be damned) tonight at the Toronto School of Art. The critic and self-proclaimed “Queen of Sass” is unveiling the 7 Unsolved Mysteries of the Art World as she exposes art bullshit once and for all. Or at least until the next edition of ArtStars* hits the web…snap! Toronto School of Art (held tonight at 410 Adelaide Street West, 3rd Floor), 6:30 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: Melody Gardot was nineteen when a car accident left her with short-term memory loss and acute sensitivity to light. Bummer? You know it. But wait, there’s more: since doctors suggested music therapy, five years’ recovery later, Gardot has three full-length albums worth of jazz hits. The most recent is the Grammy-nominated My One and Only Thrill, which she’s been touring to sold-out shows across Europe. She’s stopping tonight at the Harbourfront for an intimate show of retro hits and blues classics. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $40.
MUSIC: Cincinnati-by-way-of-Brooklyn music sensation The National perform the last of two Toronto shows tonight at Massey Hall. Following the monstrous success of Alligator—an indie fave gone LA Times Album of the Year—was Boxer, the orch-pop creation of guitar, piano, drums, strings, organs, and violin, and currently, High Violet, last month’s new album, which debuted at number two on Canadian charts. Add Matt Berninger’s token baritone pipes and a sweet affiliation with the Obama admin, and you’ve got yourself one melodramatic crowd-pleasing hipsterfest. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 8 p.m., $32.50–$53.50.