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Toronto Palestine Film Festival | Until Friday October 3 | Bell Lightbox

A celebration of Palestinian culture, the Toronto Palestine Film Festival showcases films of various themes and genres, many of which are world or Canadian premieres, and spotlights Palestinian poetry, music, cuisine and art. The full program and tickets are available from the TPFF website. Films are screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the AGO’s Jackman Hall (formerly Cinematheque Ontario).

Highlights of the 2014 festival include the opening night film “Palestine Stereo” directed by Rashid Mashrawi, and the closing night film “My Love Awaits me by the Sea” directed by Mais Darwazah, among others.

Our Country's Good | Until Sunday October 26 | Royal Alexandra Theatre

In 1788, Britain opened Australia’s first penal colony with 734 men, women and children—criminals—sent into exile “for our country’s good.” This brilliant historical drama tells the powerful, true story of a ragbag cast of those first convicts who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes.

On the 25th anniversary of its Olivier Award-winning premiere, original, acclaimed director Max Stafford-Clark brings his new production of this great classic. A co-production by Karl Sydow, an Out of Joint, and Octagon Theatre Bolton production.

Kurios – Cabinet of curiosities | Until Sunday October 26 |

Cirque du Soleil’s new show immerses the spectator in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients senses and challenges perceptions, leaving one to wonder: "is it real, or just a figment of the imagination?" Reality is Relative, says the programme.

Kurios is an ingenious blend of unusual curiosity acts and stunning acrobatic prowess, a Cirque’s trademark. The audience is led into the curious cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that’s as beautiful as it is mysterious.

Wicked | Until Sunday November 2 | Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon)

Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony awards, Wicked is one of Broadway’s biggest musical blockbusters. Two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, with emerald green skin, is smart and fiery but misunderstood while the other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. They grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes | Until Tuesday November 25 | Art Gallery of Ontario

For more than 12,000 years, the Great Lakes region has produced a distinct culture of Anishinaabe artists and storytellers. These artists and stories are being celebrated with Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, featuring artworks by leading modern and contemporary artists -- including Norval Morrisseau, Bonnie Devine, Robert Houle, Keesic Douglas, Michael Belmore, Daphne Odjig and others -- who sought to visually express the spiritual and social dimensions of human relations with the earth.

The traditional home of the Anishinaabe peoples -- comprised of Algonquin, Mississauga, Nippissing, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), Potawatomi and Saulteaux nations -- the region includes Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec in addition to eight U.S. states and has inspired generations of stories and experiences that are spiritual, political and challenge certain accepted accounts of history. These same sources of inspiration are visible in traditional Anishinaabe arts included in the exhibition, including clan pictographs on treaty documents, bags embroidered with porcupine quill, painted drums and carved pipes, spoons and bowls.

Alex Colville | Until Sunday January 4 | Art Gallery of Ontario

More than 100 works by Canadian iconic painter Alex Colville marks the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the exhibition honours Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

Known for painting decidedly personal subject matter, Colville’s painstakingly precise images depict an elusive tension, capturing moments perpetually on the edge of change and the unknown, often imbued with a deep sense of danger. Featuring works assembled from museums and private collections nationwide, many of which have never been shown publicly, the exhibition spans Colville’s entire career.

Kiss and cry | From Wednesday October 1 to Sunday October 5 | St Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Two hands, one male, one female, portray the characters of this narrative with an engaging and sensual presence as they dance around a set of miniature landscapes with absolute precision. Projected live, this extraordinary blend of film, dance, text and theatre is unlike anything you’ve seen before and is sure to leave you breathless.

The Boy with Tape on his Face | From Wednesday October 1 to Sunday October 19 | Panasonic Theatre

This silent comedy had sold-out season in London's West End. Its unique blend of stand-up comedy with no talking, drama with no dialogue, and punch lines without words won the Edinburgh Comedy Award, The Boy is New Zealand's Sam Wills, whose piercing blue eyes stare out above a mouth that remains firmly sealed with gaffer tape throughout the show. Everyday objects are put to creative new uses, with the help of slapstick imagination and a popular soundtrack. Each scene builds suspense until its hilarious and unpredictable climax... sometimes with the help of audience volunteers!

Falstaff | From Friday October 3 to Saturday November 1 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

No money. No morals. No problem. Falstaff's life of sport and pleasure comes crashing down when his appetites lead to an ill-advised seduction scheme. Director Robert Carsen lovingly evokes 1950s England in this modernized production of the Canadian Opera Company, which recently had great success at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Met.

Performance time is approximately two hours and 50 minutes including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

Nuit Blanche | Saturday October 4 |

The ninth annual edition of Toronto's dusk-to-dawn celebration of contemporary arts and culture offers exhibitions and installation for one night only. More than 80 independent projects by Toronto's art community and four curated exhibitions featuring 48 projects produced by the City of Toronto are on display. An international network of Visual Arts happenings, taking place from Amsterdam to Copenhagen, Skopje to Košice, Florence to Madrid. Valetta to Riga, Nuit Blanche continues to expand around the globe.

Some works encourage an intimate encounter with art, while others wow the audience with large-scale spectacle. To check the map of events, click the pic.

What makes a Man | From Sunday October 5 to Sunday November 2 |

French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour is one of the world’s last living “showmen” who, at 90 years, is still a dazzling performer and songwriter. Created from his rich and diverse catalogue of songs, What Makes a Man is inspired by the life he lived, observed and wrote about. In a moment of personal self-examination, four distinct aspects of one man are born: poet, survivor, performer and prophet, collectively embodied by four extraordinary vocal artists.

A living portrait that deconstructs the fabric of personality, this world premiere piece is being created by Jennifer Tarver, director of Venus in Fur (2013), and Toronto’s Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Canadian Stage’s Berkeley Street partners for the next three seasons.

Toronto FC vs Houston | Wednesday October 8 | BMO Field

Toronto FC is a professional soccer team which competes in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Toronto became MLS's fourteenth team in the league, and the first Canadian team, upon their expansion in 2007. The team play their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore.

The club has won four consecutive Amway Canadian Championships from 2009 to 2012.

Madama Butterfly | From Friday October 10 to Friday October 31 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Love waits for no one. The story of the young geisha Cio-Cio San, her devotion to her American husband, and her subsequent heartbreak, unfold to Puccini’s exquisite score in one of the world’s best-loved operas.

Performance time is approximately two hours and 40 minutes including one intermission. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Helen Lawrence | From Sunday October 12 to Saturday November 1 | St Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock collaborate to create a production that is at the frontier of new media use in performance. Inspired by post-war film noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated simulations in this beautifully crafted suspense-filled tale. As Vancouver struggles to reorganize itself after World War II, forces diverge as to who should really hold the power.

The Delicious Food Show | From Friday October 17 to Sunday October 19 | Direct Energy Centre

The Delicious Food Show is a place to sample new products, watch innovative cooking demos, and attend interactive workshops. This year’s schedule includes specially curated features, exclusive and educational workshops, as well as celebrity chef appearances among whom Mario Batali, Tyler Florence, Dominique Ansel, Roger Mooking, and Nadia G.

With over 200 exhibitors, the three-day show also features Naturally Delicious: foods and products that are all-natural, organic, raw, gluten-free, additive and preservative-free.

Toronto FC vs Montréal | Saturday October 18 | BMO Field

Toronto FC is a professional soccer team which competes in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Toronto became MLS's fourteenth team in the league, and the first Canadian team, upon their expansion in 2007. The team play their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore.

The club has won four consecutive Amway Canadian Championships from 2009 to 2012.

ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon | Sunday October 19 | Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square

The ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a flat and fast course where many participants achieve a personal best. It is a qualifier for Boston. It is open to power walkers. The course because must be completed within a 6-hour time limit. The full and half marathon start on University Avenue just north of Queen Street and finish in the heart of downtown at City Hall, at Bay and Queen Street. Runners head out and back along the Lakeshore.

There is also a 5K course. A post-race party is held at Nathan Phillips Square until 3:30pm on Sunday.

Art Toronto | From Friday October 24 to Monday October 27 | Metro Convention Centre

Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. A popular event attended by art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto showcases galleries and is the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of collectors and dealers. Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.

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