The opening night of this dance showcase power-packs three performances into a few short hours: a National Ballet of Canada routine from superstar Guillaume Côté; a Toronto debut by Indian company Nrtiyagam; and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre's acrobatic Takademe, set to an a cappella score. $10. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., ffdnorth.com.
The annual book bag-stuffing extravaganza has a new home—it moves from Queen's Park to Harbourfront Centre this year—but all the same selections: thousands of books, magazines, publishing houses and too many author events to list. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., thewordonthestreet.ca.
The British-Indian novelist has depicted the relationship between East and West using mysticism, satire and controversy. Here, he presents his latest book Two Years Eights Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, a magical realistic novel inspired by the Arabian Nights. Free. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., torontopubliclibrary.com.
The Canadian music scene's swankiest event will crown the best album of the past year and provide a live sampler of its most memorable music. Expect performances by local indie upstarts Alvvays, folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie and more. $50. The Carlu, 444 Yonge St, polarismusicprize.ca.
There's plenty of ear candy at Riot Fest, but this rare opportunity to hear the L.A. geek-rock gods play their self-titled "blue" album in its entirety — from "My Name is Jonas" through "Say It Ain't So" to "Only In Dreams" — is impossible to pass up. $89.98–$249.98. Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd., riotfest.org.
Bid farewell to festival season with four stages of folk: alt-country faves Wilco, cultish ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and the indie-popping, foot-stomping likes of The Elwins and The Strumbellas. $89.50–$389.50. Fort York Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Blvd., torontourbanrootsfest.com.