The Art of Collecting
Collecting? As in amassing some 7,000 decorative arts pieces over the last 15 years? The Royal Ontario Museum airs out its cupboards, bringing to light more than 100 antiques that include furniture by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, porcelain from the Sèvres factory, silver by Puiforcat and glassware by René Lalique. Opens Saturday. $16 to $24. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000.
Though her oil paintings are muscular, there’s a prettiness to the Montreal artist’s work as well. Likewise, her sculpture-paint hybrids (made of Arctic birch wood and Plexiglas, and treated with latex paint) are beautiful and tough. To Oct. 29. Free. Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Ave., 416-530-0444.
It gets 15 minutes of fame to the gallon, apparently. This year’s modern and contemporary international art fair is highlighted by Kent Monkman’s art-market “funhouse” installation and Andy Warhol’s 1979 Art Car – a sporty BMW M1 that gets good mileage. Oct. 28 to 31 (Oct. 27, sneak preview, $200 to $300, 416-979-6660, ext. 552).$14 to $18. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., 800-663-4173.
Moving beyond his DJ-centric shows, the Montreal-based Brazilian tours a live production dedicated to creating an immersive sci-fi/hi-fi environment. The show features a shape shifting 3-D art installation surrounding Mr. Tobin, enveloping him and his audience in a “projected” score. Sunday, 9 p.m. Sold out. Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., 888-222-6608.
Death From Above 1979
Dance-punk isn't dead, it was just in a bit of a coma waiting for this sweaty bass-and-drums duo to return. Oct. 27 and 28, 8 p.m. $36. Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., 888-222-6608.
Mumford & Sons
Contemporaries of Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale on the London new-folk scene, the rootsy quartet dramatically places lush vocal harmonies atop sturdy melodies, deeply steeped in British and American traditions. Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. $44.75 to $64.75. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 855-985-5000; Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $42 to $62. Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, 855-985-5000.
Here comes the big-voiced baritone from Manhattan by way of British Columbia, an oratorio singer lauded by the New York Times for his might, bite and “commendable diction.” He appears with his frequent accompanist, the pianist Erika Switzer. Oct. 27, 8 p.m. $29.50 to $49.50. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W., 416-872-4255.
I Send You This Cadmium Red
An evening of theatre, dance and music begins with a James Kudelka pas de deux called Soudain, l’hiver dernier and finishes with an inventive play that explores new ways to see colour. The piece is based on a BBC radio play, adapted by the Art of Time Ensemble and inspired by letters between writer John Berger and filmmaker John Christie. Closes Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m. $22 to $69. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 416-368-3110.
Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour
In Cirque du Soleil’s extravagant new arena thriller, a dancer dressed as Bubbles (the late king of pop's famous pet chimp) hovers in a giant, elephant-skull cradle and is spun gently by a mime. Yep, Wacko Jacko is back – here in the form of a splashy circus that pays tribute to an entertainer who’ll live on and on, one way or another. Saturday (8 p.m.) and Sunday (4 p.m.). $66.25 to $190.25. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 855-985-5000.
Bharati: The Wonder That Is India
When better for the over-the-top presentation of the dance, music, fashion and folk traditions of India to open, than the first night of Diwali – a joyous holiday translating to “festival of lights.” A story of love and homecoming is told by 70 performers and musicians. Oct. 26 to Nov. 6. $39 to $109. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 855-872-7669.
Ecstatic and exclamative, the true story of the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti is brought to musical life, with an aim to nudge hips into action and minds toward thoughts of political freedom and considerations of basic human dignity. Oct. 25 to Nov. 6. $35 to $130. Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria St., 416-872-1212.
Eight Ways From Mars