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Conductor Jacques Lacombe makes it happen tonight at the Royal Conservatory. Photo courtesy of Liz PR.
Long weekend over, what now? Beautiful people at Yonge-Dundas Square, funny people at Comedy Bar, musical people at the Royal Conservatory, and the rest of us get buzzed at The Phoenix.
COMEDY: It’s day two (and therefore twice as funny?) at the Comedy Bar Pilot Week. The brief synopsis: brave candidates submitted a one-page, made-for-TV “pilot” (game show, sitcom, and reality were all encouraged), selected rising stars perform live onstage for seven days, winner wins $1,000 and a development deal with Insight Productions. Non-comedians and our pals with stage fright can catch the performances for free and with no pressure. Too bad Kenny vs. Spenny is already taken. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West at Dovercourt), shows at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Ninety-four sickeningly talented young Canadian musicians, ranging from sweet-sixteen whippersnappers to ripe old twenty-eight-year-olds, were selected to perform with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada at the three-week TD Music 50th Anniversary National Tour, conducted by Maestro Jacques Lacombe. They stop tonight for one night only in Toronto at Koerner Hall on Bloor to show off their serious skills—besides their Juno nod, the NYOC was recently awarded the prestigious title of “best youth orchestra in the world” at the World Youth Orchestra Conference in Tokyo. Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $40 (or $20 with a student card).
MUSIC: The funky twosome Chromeo—comprised of best friends P-Thugg and Dave 1—plug their third album, Business Casual, tonight at The Phoenix. It’s been six years of jet-setting, globetrotting, and the general “conquest of planet Earth” (their words), but the Montreal duo has finally made it, Beyoncé-styles. Well, kind of: her sister Solange Knowles is featured on the new record. Club fave Holy Ghost! joins as well. The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street), doors open at 8 p.m., $30.
FILM: And for those still recovering from the long weekend, consider just sitting still at Yonge-Dundas Square’s special double-billing of the original Ocean’s Eleven (1960, Brad Pitt–free) followed by the much-loved remake (2001, Brad Pitt–a-plenty). It’s an orgy of Hollywood A-listers—George Clooney, Matt Damon, the other Affleck, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, and Wayne Newton as himself—in a bank heist gone right, then wrong, and then (spoiler alert!) right again. Better skip Ocean’s Twelve, though. Yonge-Dundas Square, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., FREE.