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Multi-platinum GRAMMY-nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen , performs her chart-topping hit "I Really Like You" for 20,000 students and educators at WE Day Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on October 1, 2015.

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Carly Rae Jepsen

Her latest single is Boy Problems, but Carly Rae Jepsen's romantic situation is not the only snag. In short, the singer has career problems. Coming off the catchy-deluxe Call Me Maybe single from 2012 that escaped absolutely no one's ears, the Bieber-approved British Columbian released a dynamite pop album (2015's Emotion) that critics loved, but which flopped commercially. Now she's touring arenas, but as a support act to pop-rockers Hedley. Does the bubblegum pop star lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight? Maybe. April 29, 7 p.m. $39.50 to $79.50. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 855-985-5000; ticketmaster.ca

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The annual fandango of literary movers and art-scene shakers this year gathers no less than seven Governor General's Award winners alongside a crew of excellent up-and-comers. The festival's opening salvo on May 5 at the Gladstone Ballroom is called A Canada Evening, inspired by Richard Ford's glorious 2012 novel Canada and curated by filmmaker-photographer Mark Lewis and the art-world wunderkind Chantal Pontbriand. Among other moments, the electric young actress Sarah Gadon will read and the curious musician John Oswald will blow back hair. Along the way, a country's past, present and future is considered. May 5 to 8. AGO's Jackman Hall and the Gladstone Hotel. Various prices, eventbrite.ca

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Next week, the music industry swarms the city with an annual hubbub of showcases, celebrity speakers and back-slapping camaraderie. It's called Canadian Music Week (May 2 to 8), but outside that event is something new, a panel discussion with a title that refers to the dogged industriousness and determination of women in the music business. The format is loose, but topics covered by prominent female music journalists and all-star indie musicians Cold Specks and Austra's Katie Stelmanis are expected to include sexual harassment and abuse, pay equity and the gendered expectations of women musicians. All things that need work, it can't be repeated enough. May 1, 7 p.m. $18 (in benefit of Regent Park School of Music). Gladstone Hotel, workwork.ca

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

She's a recent Russian émigré with a troubled past, an "intense chick" and a "cousin of sorts." She's Natasha, the titular teenager in David Bezmozgis's coming-of-age story of an off-limits summer love that opens this year's happening of Jewish cinema. After the Toronto premiere of Natasha comes highlights such as Léon Blum, Loathed and Adored (a French documentary on the polarizing politician), Eva Hesse (about the important postwar artist), Baba Joon (an intergenerational drama) and Numbers Guy (a quirky Toronto-set story about a fella with a head for figures). May 5 to 15. $10 to $20. Various venues, 416-324-9121, tjff.com

Music Monday

The public outpouring of grief and song-based celebration that followed the deaths of iconic pop musicians David Bowie and Prince is a testament to the universality of lyric, beat and melody, and yet public music instruction is something strangely disregarded. Dedicated to raising awareness for music education in classrooms and communities, a yearly rally call and reminder includes appearances by politicians and artists, highlighted by the synchronized singing of the Music Monday anthem, We Are One, written by young Connor Ross. May 2, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Nathan Phillips Sq., 100 Queen St. W., musicmonday.ca

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