There's no shortage of potential masterpieces playing at TIFF this year, including Ridley Scott's extraterrestrial epic The Martian, Eddie Redmayne's next Oscar shoo-in The Danish Girl, and Atom Egoyan's Holocaust aftermath film Remember. 1-888-599-8433, tiff.net.
The humble Haligonian heroes have left a lasting mark on the CanRock canon with their guitar-driven power pop (check out: "The Good in Everyone" and "Coax Me"). Their latest release, Commonwealth, is a double album with four sides, each written by one of the band's members. $18.94–$29.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., masseyhall.com.
Ivana Raca's namesake café is the perfect hump-day helper, serving up an exceptional seasonal menu and custom cocktails in a cozy, Bali-inspired Parkdale space. Our favourites: scallops and asparagus, mushroom risotto, and Nutella-topped treats. 1704 Queen St. W., 416-901-9951.
In this interactive show, the clown-nosed actor-playwright Rebecca Northan is stood up by her date at a Paris bistro. So she surveys the audience for someone to take his place, setting in motion an amusingly awkward and entirely improvised blind date. $55–$60. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., tarragontheatre.com.
On the menu this year: searing specialties from across the globe, never-ending music and dance, and red-hot recipe demonstrations from Dragon Vikram Vij (his family's chicken curry) and Fidel Gastro phenom Matt Basille (lamb meatballs). Free admission; food prices vary. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, harbourfrontcentre.com.