OCTOBER 1 TO 4 Just because you’re travelling doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally think about home. It’s easy to do this month at the Fall Home Show, which showcases home-improvement products and services from more than 300 retailers, all under one huge roof. And if you’re in need of project ideas and tips, a slew of experts are on-hand to discuss the latest and greatest innovations—from technology solutions, to helpful hints for holiday entertaining offered by top Ontario chefs, beverage experts and event planners. Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, general admission $13; click here or call 416-644-5400 for more information.
OCTOBER 21 TO 25 Now that the glitz of September’s Toronto International Film Festival is behind us, it’s time to shift attention back to real issues. Planet in Focus does just that with more than 70 of the finest Canadian and international environmental films and documentaries. To mark its 10th anniversary, the festival spotlights works that look forward a decade in the future and examine the challenges—and potential solutions—that lie ahead. Of course, the medium of moviemaking is meant not only to stimulate, but to educate. In keeping with that mandate, pre- and post-film discussions and workshops are offered with many screenings. Various venues, $10 per film or $100 for a festival pass; call 416-531-4689 for tickets.
OCTOBER 26 One of Toronto’s most venerable concert halls echoes with earnestly strummed guitars, electronic samples and cathartic melodies, as British folk-rocker David Gray ambles into town to promote his latest album, Draw the Line. The affable troubadour boasts a repertoire of commercial chart-toppers (“Babylon” and “Please Forgive Me” propelled his 1999 record, White Ladder, to more than 12 million in sales worldwide) as well as those lesser-known tracks that hold special significance to his fervent fans. Arrive early for opener Lisa Hannigan—the willowy singer-songwriter was recently nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize. Massey Hall, $54.50 to $64.50; call 416-870-8000 or visit Ticketmaster to purchase.