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Andy Kim The Toronto hit-maker always brings marquee-name surprises to his annual Christmas show. Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 8 pm, all ages. $25.50-$39.50. December 7. See listing. 

Kings of Leon and Deerhunter Few would’ve expected to ever see a Deerhunter show at the Air Canada Centre, but as openers for rock ‘n’ roll giants Kings of Leon, it’s really happening. 7 pm. $69.50. On sale October 22. January 16. See listing. 


Thursday 20

International Festival of Authors More than 100 writers hit town for Harbourfront’s 10-day book blitz, starting today. FREE-$50. Don’t miss our picks for the top ten IFOA events. More info.

Gojira The French heavy metal band takes over Rebel with Tesseract. 8 pm. $33.61-$48.87. See listing.

Friday 21

YG West Coast hip-hop star brings his Fuck Donald Trump tour to the Phoenix. 8 pm. $33.50. See listing.

Mouthpiece/Quiver Nightwood’s double bill – an examination of a modern woman’s psyche and a solo show about a single mom and her teen daughter – plays Buddies, to November 6. 7 and 8:30 pm. $20-$45. See listing.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show Underground art show with DJs, performances and free pancakes at the Opera House. 8 pm. $10. See listing.

Saturday 22

Hosanna (NNNNN) Last chance to see Soulpepper’s first-rate production of Michel Tremblay’s classic. 8 pm at the Young Centre. $32-$94. See listing.

Sunday 23

Charlotte Wood Aussie novelist (The Natural Way Of Things) joins a panel hosted by NOW’s Susan G. Cole at IFOA, in the Brigantine Room. 3:30 pm. FREE-$18. More info here.

Wet This all-ages Mod Club show is sure to be sweaty rock ‘n’ roll fun. Doors 8 pm. $21. See listing.

Monday 24

Temples The fashion-forward English psych rockers bring the good vibes to Lee’s Palace, with Vinyl Williams. 8 pm. $22.50. See listing.

Tuesday 25

Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth Head to Massey Hall for two nights of Canrock. 7 pm, all ages. $49.50-$79.50. And October 24. More info. See listing. 

Trump or Hillary? The Globe’s Clifford Orwin and the Post’s Lawrence Solomon debate the U.S. election. 8 pm. FREE. Green Beanery. See listing.

Wednesday 26

D’bi.young Anitafrika Playwright/performer Anitafrika revives the mesmerizing BloodClaat, the first play in her lauded, decade-old Sankofa Trilogy, as part of Watah Theatre’s Blk Bx Season. In her solo show, the Dora winner (Orisha Trilogy, among others) brings megawatt warmth to the role of a teen dealing with a menstrual rite of passage and childhood sexual assault.  To November 20 at the Watah Theatre. Wednesday-Saturday 7 pm, Wednesday and Sunday 2 pm. $30. See listing. 


Next week October 27 – November 2


Stiff Little Fingers The Belfast punk legends make a rare appearance. Horseshoe. 8:30 pm. $36.50. October 27. See listing.

Donovan Woods The Toronto singer/songwriter and Nashville hit-maker fetes his new EP and 2016 full-length at Trinity St. Paul’s. 8 pm. $29.50-$39.50. October 28. See listing. 

Ana Mendieta Videos and photos of the performance artist’s extraordinary land-body work are on view at Contact Gallery. FREE. 416-539-9595. To October 29. See listing. 

Theaster Gates The American artist’s meditation on Black history at the AGO, How To Build A House Museum, closes October 30. $11-$19.50. See listing.

Pomona A woman searches for her sister in this play that’s part Alice In Wonderland, part urban horror story. Geary Lane. $19-$34. November 1 to 19. See listing. 


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