This Halloween, the Gladstone Hotel transforms into a wacky wonderland of Futura fonts, saturated colour schemes and Wes Anderson characters: Tenenbaums, foxes and a whole lot of Bill Murrays. $35. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., gladstonehotel.com.
Tarragon playwright-in-residence Gord Rand explores the awkward, unsettling nature of the male mid-life crisis in this darkly funny new play about a high school volleyball coach who falls for his far-too-young star athlete. $55–$60. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., tarragontheatre.com.
The six finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize—including Miriam Toews (All My Puny Sorrows) and André Alexis (Pastoral)—discuss and read from their nominated works. $15–$18. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., ifoa.org.
Canada’s coolest space commander’s variety show blends music, comedy and astrophysics with the help of English comic Robin Ince and the keytar-playing nerd-rock outfit Tupper Ware Remix Party. $39–$189. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., roythomson.com.
Sixty female chefs from restaurants and catering companies across the city—including the Drake, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky and Tilde taqueria—will serve up snack-sized eats to raise funds for people living with and affected by breast cancer. $175. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., eattothebeat.ca.
Two standouts at chef Sujoy Saha’s new spot in Mimico: the tandoor-grilled kesari prawns soaked in yogurt and saffron, and the lamb vindaloo, a defiantly hot curry with plenty of garlic, vinegar and cloves. Few dishes in the city hurt this good. 2314 Lake Shore Blvd. W., tich.ca.
This contemporary art fair—a smaller alternative to the city’s 15-year-old heavyweight, Art Toronto—will feature work by artists from 29 Canadian galleries, including Toronto’s Stephen Bulger, Montreal’s Battat Contemporary and Vancouver’s Equinox. $15. Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front St. E., featureartfair.com.
FASHION Magazine’s twice-annual event has swiftly grown from an intimate cocktail affair to an all-night, all-out party. This fall's edition includes accolades for best emerging designer and best collection as well as a set by Skrillex collaborator Kai. $50. Design Exchange, 234 Bay St.,fashionmagazine.com.
The National Gallery of Canada, Canadian War Museum and other attractions make the country’s capital a worthy destination any time of year, but the post-election buzz—and bustle of newly elected (and ousted) MPs—makes this weekend particularly ripe for a visit. ottawatourism.ca.
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly and Doc Brown warped to this day in their time-travelling DeLorean. To mark the date (made slightly less momentous by the absence of hoverboards and self-lacing sneakers), the Royal is screening the first two films. The Royal, 608 College St., theroyal.to.