The Kingston Prize
They come in all different poses and settings, some close-ups and some not, and the self-nude in front of the bathroom mirror is nonchalantly full of Monty. Thirty finalists in Canada's biennial portrait competition make for a curious exploration of human expressions. To Jan. 29, 2012 . $12 to $15 . Royal Ontario Museum , 100 Queen’s Park , 416-586-8000.
RBC Canadian Painting Competition
Not only was the influential German performance artist and theorist Joseph Beuys an inspiration for Vancouver’s Rebecca Brewer, he was her subject. Her Beuys painting, a depiction of the static figure (and this year’s winner of the annual $25,000 prize) is part of an exhibition of pieces by emerging artists. To Nov. 20 . $3 to $6 . Power Plant , 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4949 .
Tribute To Fraser Finlayson
As testament to his high regard within the blues crowd, the life of the late blues harpist Fraser Finlayson – he co-led Cueball in the 1970s and ’80s, some will recall – is celebrated with performances by all-stars Fathead, Morgan Davis, Carlos del Junco and others. Nov. 15 , 8:30 p.m. $14 to $16 . Hugh’s Room , 2261 Dundas St. W. , 416-531-6604.
No relation to Deerhoof, Rhode Island’s Deer Tick is the band and vehicle of John McCauley, a scratchy folk-rocker who makes ragged indie music comparable to that of Bright Eyes and Elliott Brood (who, by the way, play the Phoenix on Friday). Live shows are robust and prone to go haywire – part of Deer Tick’s charm. Nov. 16, 8 p.m . $16.50-18 . Lee’s Palace , 529 Bloor St. W. , 888-222-6608 .
Crazy to Kill
First staged at the Guelph Spring Festival in 1989, a chamber opera based on a 1941 detective novel – who’s killing all the wealthy patients on the loony-bin ward? – features 23 roles but only five stage performers, the difference made up with original puppets designed by Anna Wagner-Ott. The music reflects popular forms from the 1930s and straddles the line between speaking and singing. Nov. 12, 8 p.m . $20 to $40 . Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-410-4561.
Matthew Barber with Louise Burns
Two singer-songwriters invoke the music of the Nixon era for a double bill of pop melody and vintage presentation. The big-voiced Louise Burns from British Columbia, who makes music that swirls and gazes, opens for Toronto’s Matthew Barber, a gifted songster whose latest album (self-titled) reveals an appreciation for Paul Simon, eight-track analogue equipment and the Rolling Stones’ classic Beggars Banquet album. Nov. 18, 8 p.m . $20 . The Music Gallery, 197 John St., 416-204-1080 or maplemusic.com.
Its o-daiko is so massive you could probably fit three of Neil Peart’s entire drum kits inside the thing, with room leftover for the local Japanese-percussion troupe’s various bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes. Hana, a show of song, bong and gong, rolls like thunder for three performances. Nov. 18, 19, 8 p.m, and Nov. 20, 2 p.m. $20 to $35 . Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, 416-973-4000.
The Addams Family
We always pegged Uncle Fester as a Curly Howard ( Three Stooges) knockoff, but the macabre mid-sixties television series The Addams Family did have its charm. And now a finger-snapping musical-comedy, created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, attempts to sing and dance – not lurch – back into our hearts. Nov. 16 to 27 . $62 to $180 . Toronto Centre for the Arts , 5040 Yonge St., 416-644-3665.
While undergoing an experimental procedure for an incurable disease, a woman is inadvertently transported down a very peculiar rabbit-hole, where she encounters the ghosts of her genealogical past and discovers disturbing keys to her present. And you thought you were having a bad day. New from the physical-drama troupe Theatre Gargantua. To Nov. 26. $17 to $27. Factory Studio Theatre , 125 Bathurst St., 416-504-9971.
The Children’s Republic