Today in Toronto: see the National Ballet of Canada kick off its 60th season with Romeo and Juliet, rock out to indie supergroup Mister Heavenly, and listen in on three authors at the Pivot Reading Series.
BALLET: The National Ballet of Canada is unveiling its 60th season with Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s take on the classic tale of star-cross’d lovers in Romeo and Juliet. The show is set to a score by Prokofiev with Tony Award winner Richard Hudson in charge of set and costumes. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $25–$234.
MUSIC: Indie rock group Mister Heavenly performs a show in Toronto tonight at the Great Hall. The trio is made up of Nick Thorburn of Islands, Honus Honus of Man Man, and Joe Plumber of Modest Mouse. Earlier this year Michael Cera temporarily joined the new group on its West Coast tour, and tonight they’ll hit the stage with Mr. Dream. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $14.
READING: The Pivot Reading Series is hosting three authors this evening for its bi-weekly reading. Hitting the stage are Cris Costa, who recently completed a poetry chapbook called liv-id-in-wake; Hal Niedzviecki, whose most recent work is a collection of short stories called Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened; and Robin Richardson, with her first poetry collection, Grunt of the Minotaur. The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC.
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