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Cirque performers shtick it up at Banana Shpeel, opening tonight at the Canon. Image courtesy of OSA Images.
Today in Toronto: Cirque does vaudeville, a scandalous sketching session, and Simpsons fans get their chance to shine.
THEATRE: It’s a simple fact that Cirque du Soleil has systematically dominated every performance style they’ve ever tackled. What’s amazing is that they’re only now tackling the comic world of vaudeville in their new show Banana Shpeel, opening tonight at the Canon and hosted by Mirvish. Featuring eclectic acts including a Spanish foot juggler and a brother-sister tap duo, Cirque promises to pull out all the slapstick stops in revitalizing the underappreciated vaudeville shtick, no doubt including their usual array of death-defying acrobatics. Runs until October 10. Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), 7:30 p.m., $25–$110.
ART: The Keyhole Sessions kicks off the second season of their racy live drawing class tonight with Heat and Lust, featuring Dolores del Fuego and TKS newcomer Nymph Suicide. Sharpen your pencils and prepare for a debaucherous sketchathon as guest rigger lotuslily sets the girls into a series of scandalous poses for their audience of amateur artists to illustrate. Participants are asked to bring their own materials and knowledge of a few issues of etiquette, as illustrated here. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $15 or $12 with a student I.D.
TRIVIA: The Ossington will again masquerade as Moe’s Tavern, as popular demand brings about a second round of Classic Simpsons Pub Trivia. Grab some friends, crack a Duff, and test your knowledge on the first eleven seasons to win the title of Top Fan—and probably some donuts too. Know the origins of Mr. Sparkle, or for how many miles Grandpa chased the Kaiser to take back the word twenty? Then come be amongst your people. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.
FILM: TIFF’s in town! Torontoist’s complete coverage of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is all right here.