A Broken Social Scene show, a pair of Margaret Atwood appearances and six other things to do this week
A feel-good Broken Social Scene gig
Toronto’s resident indie supergroup headlines the third edition of Dream Serenade, singer-songwriter Hayden’s annual benefit for GTA schools supporting children with special needs. The local-heavy lineup also includes Barenaked Ladies, Stars’ Amy Millan and Lou Canon, as well as West Coast troubadour Dan Mangan and Brooklyn-based a cappella group the Persuasions. Saturday, October 22. $25–$100. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., masseyhall.com.
The best of Monet, Van Gogh and more at the AGO
The AGO has partnered with the Musée d’Orsay for Mystical Landscapes, an ambitious retrospective that highlights art made between 1880 and 1930. The 90 paintings and 20 drawings explore each artist’s search for spirituality during the industrial revolution. The show includes some classics—including Van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles, Monet’s Water Lilies (Nymphéas)—as well as works by Gaugin, Kandinsky, Munch, O’Keeffe, Whistler, Carr, and others. Saturday, October 22 to January 29. $25. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., ago.net.
A Shakespearian chat with Margaret Atwood
Two literary titans converge at this TIFF event. After a screening of Julie Taymor’s 2010 adaptation of The Tempest (featuring Helen Mirren as Prospero), Margaret Atwood will discuss how Shakespeare’s last great play inspired for her new novel, Hag-Seed. The onstage discussion will be followed by a book signing. Monday, October 17. $23.75. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., tiff.net.
A festival for #nofilter beer
There are still a handful of tickets left for the 12th edition of Cask Days, a festival that features over 200 breweries from Ontario and the U.S., and more than 400 of their unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated brews. Once tapped, cask ale must be consumed within a few days, so attendees will have their work cut out for them. Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23. $35–$80. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., caskdays.com.
Made in China, a deeply personal dance show
The members of Vancouver’s Wen Wei Dance explore their shared Chinese heritage in this highly personal dance show—what they describe as “a collective biography.” The Toronto premiere, which opens the 39th season of the Harbourfront Centre’s DanceWorks festival, features graceful, lethargic movements and traditional Chinese musical accompaniment. Friday, October 21. $42. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., harbourfrontcentre.com.
Canada’s finest literary talent in one place
Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Emma Donoghue and Linwood Barclay are among the 100-plus writers participating in the International Festival of Authors’ umpteen readings, interviews, panels and signings. This year’s focus: graphic novels, Irish lit and non-fiction. Budding readings can also take part in storytelling, puppet shows, theatre and magic activities in the Book Bash lineup. Thursday, October 20 to Sunday, October 30. Prices vary. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., ifoa.org.
A world-class indigenous film fest
The four-day imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival brings the history, culture and social issues of the Canadian and international indigenous community to the forefront through video, radio and new media works. One of this year’s highlights: A Night for Chanie, an evening to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Chanie Wenjack—an Anishinaabe boy who died fleeing from a residential school, and who is the subject of Gord Downie’s new solo project, Secret Path—with author Joseph Boyden, Senator Murray Sinclair and artist Kent Monkman. Wednesday, October 19 to Sunday, October 23. $18.75–$52.50. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., imaginenative.org.
The aptly named Everything To Do With Sex Show
Toronto’s annual celebration of the birds and the bees is now in its 17th year of telling you everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. With retailers, artists, performances, educational seminars and playrooms from all across the erotic spectrum, there will be something here to satisfy every itch. Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23. $20–$25. Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., toronto.everythingtodowithsex.com.