Thursday 12 Friday 13 Saturday 14 Sunday 15 Monday 16 Tuesday 17 Wednesday 18 Thursday 19 Friday 20 Saturday 21 Sunday 22 Monday 23 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 25 Thursday 26 jenny whiteley Country heartbreaker treats Hugh's Room fans to tunes off her new Dear disc. $18-$20. 416-531-6604. Protect the Nahanni River NDP MP Olivia Chow joins Harvey Locke of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Soc urging protection of our north. Innis Town Hall. Free. 416-533-2710.
hosanna Michel Tremblay's classic two-hander gets a remount at the Young Centre, till Oct 28. $18-$35. 416-866-8666.
+jolie holland Peripatetic gothic roots sirenwails sad songs and waltzes for the broken-hearted Horseshoe crowd. $15. 416-598-4753.
+the queen Helen Mirren plays Elizabeth II in the controversial weeks after Princess Diana's death in this Oscar-buzz film. Opens today.
the diableros Scorching-hot local post-punk threats jitter and jerk through their last T.O. show of 2006. Lee's Palace. $8-$10. 416-532-1598. randy newman Calling all short people! The wry songster spins fantastic yarns at Convocation Hall. $47.50-$54.50. 416-870-8000.
badly drawn boy Damon Gough wears his Springsteen allegiance on his sleeve with songs from his forthcoming Born In The UK disc. Mod Club. $28.50. 416-870-8000.
PLEDGE T.O. GREEN City council candidates pledge to make T.O. greener, with keynotes Elizabeth May and Peter Tabuns at City Hall. Free. 416-469-3033.
+Laurie elliott It's the final night to catch the raspy-voiced stand-up's headlining week at Yuk Yuk's Downtown. $10-$17. 416-967-6425.
supagroup Ass-kicking N'Awlins rock hooligans get down 'n' dirty at the 'Shoe. $10. 416-598-4753. +iron maiden Metal's elder statesmen cement their comeback bid with headbanging heaviosity. ACC. $39.50-$67.50. 416-870-8000.
beck Indie rock's Dorian Gray keeps the dream alive for closet Scientologists everywhere. Ricoh Coliseum. $42.50. 416-870-8000.
barbra streisand Why not take out a second mortgage and pony up for primo tix to the first of la Barbra's two glorious Air Canada Centre shows? $85-$550. 416-870-8000.
sankai juku Those cool-looking Japanese dancers bring their unique art to the Hummingbird Centre. $39.15-$75. www.ticketmaster.ca.
cosi fan tutte Mozart's comic opera opens at the Four Seasons Centre and runs till Nov 5. $20-$275. 416-363-8231, www.coc.ca.
World food day Dine with Oxfam to music and speakers on food security, AIDS and women. $15-$25. St. Lawrence Hall. www.oxfam.ca
bonbons assortis Théétre français de Toronto's production of Michel Tremblay's new play gets a preview before its Oct 20 opening, at the Berkeley Street Theatre, till Nov 4. $23-$46. 416-534-6604.
+madeleine peyroux Smoky-voiced singer sets down at the Danforth Music Hall. $29.50-$34.50. 416-870-8000.
+International festival of authors The big Harbourfront literary event heats up with appearances by Adrienne Clarkson, Louise Welsh, Thomas King and others. $15-$25. Till Oct 28. 416-973-4000.
+Apple Vern Thiessen's drama about a rocky marriage opens at the Factory and runs till Nov 12. Pwyc-$35.50. 416-504-9971.
ladysmith black mambazo The ensemble that helped take Paul Simon to Graceland sizzle at Roy Thomson Hall. $29.50-$69.50. 416-872-4255.
heaven Sasha Ivanochko's new dance piece -- performed completely in the nude -- gets its second of three performances at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. $17-$27. 416-973-4000.
john pinette The Just For Laughs fave jokes about his weight and his drag turn in Broadway's Hairspray. Winter Garden. $39.50. 416-872-1111.
the killers Watch amusingly 'stached Brandon Flowers indulge his Springsteen hard-on at the Kool Haus. $35. 416-870-8000.
marie antoinette Don't miss the opening weekend of Sofia Coppola's controversial style-mashing movie about the French icon (Kirsten Dunst).
up darling 3 Aimée Dawn Robinson and Barbara Lindenberg host a contemporary dance series, till Oct 23 (opens Oct 19) at the Winchester Street Theatre. $10. 416-534-4509.
arcfest The fest devoted to art for social change opens in the Queen West 'hood with Judith Thompson, d'bi.young, Drew Hayden Taylor and others. Till Oct 29. Free-$20. 416-978-8849.
SARAH WATERS NOW's Susan G Cole interviews the Booker shortlister at IFOA at the Brigantine Room. $12-$15. www.readings.org.
matisyahu Improbably popular Hasidic reggae MC bridges the gap between Zion and Zionists at the Docks. $36.50. 416-870-8000.
the tragically hip Gord Downie and his hairy Canrock stalwarts rock through the second of four (!) Phoenix shows. Bring beer money, eh? $59.50. 416-870-8000.
of mice and men Don't miss the pay-what-you-can Monday performance of the Steinbeck classic, CanStage's season opener, at the Bluma Appel. Till Nov 11. Pwyc-$95. 416-368-3110. lady sovereign Pint-sized princess of grime spits ferocious rhymes for hiphop heads at the Opera House. $20. 416-870-8000.
the l word/the o.c. Vid stores will be busy this week, as the third seasons of the Sapphic soap and the tween fave come out on the same day. 7a*11d It's the final week of the international fest of performance art, till Oct 29 at Xpace and other venues. Pwyc. 416-822-3219, www.7a-11d.ca. out of bounds Choreographers Nova Bhattacharya and Jenn Goodwin team up for a series of four eclectic dances, at Harbourfront Centre till Oct 28. $17-$28. 416-973-4000.
spotlight on the creator/performer The second week of Buddies' look at works in progress features pieces by Andrew Kushnir and Nathalie Claude. $10-$15. 416-975-8555.