Hour of Power Halloween Special, Oct. 31, Rivoli
Rivoli regulars Laugh Sabbath promise a bone-chilling night of sketch, stand-up and videos for the Halloween instalment of its weekly comedy series. Hosted by local stand-up comedian Sara “Hell-nessey” Hennessey and headlined by Nick Flanagan, the show will bring together return performers s to make you giggle and shriek. 9 p.m. Oct. 31. $5. 334 Queen St. W. 416-977-5082. laughsabbath.com
Goin’ Steady Monster Mash, Oct. 30, Lee’s Palace
For their sixth annual Monster Mash costume bash, the Goin’ Steady DJspartner with the Exploding Motor Car multimedia collective for an evening of doo wop, R&B, rockabilly, soul and surf as well as spooky projections. 529 Bloor St. W. $10
UpArt, Oct. 29-31, Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone’s annual alternative art fair features works from up-and-coming Toronto artists to highlight the diversity and vitality of contemporary art. This year’s exhibit, titled For What It’s Worth: Curios, Collections and Counterfeits, explores the theme of collecting by questioning authenticity and the value that we place on objects. Noon-6 p.m. $5. 1214 Queen St. W. 416-531-4635. gladstonehotel.com
Team Macho, Oct. 28-Nov.28, Narwhal Art Projects
After two years working on individual projects, Toronto’s quirkiest art collective, Team Macho, has rejoined forces for a new exhibition called Hibernation Sickness. The show, named after the effects associated with awakening from a period of suspended animation, is dedicated to rebel fighters everywhere. Opening reception is Oct. 28 (7 to 10 p.m.) and the artists will be in attendance. 680 Queen St. W. 647-346-5317. narwhalartprojects.com
The Golden Dogs, Oct. 29, Horseshoe Tavern
The Dogs are coming home, but instead of resting, they’ll deliver yet another legendarily wild performance. The long-serving pop-rockers, fronted by Dave Azzolini and his wife, keyboardist Jessica Grassia, are also knownfor catchy melodies like the ones on their latest LP, Coat of Arms. The Dogs’ film-fest gig at the Drake hit capacity well before their set started, so get there early. With Maylee Todd (solo), more. $6. 9 p.m. 370 Queen St.W.
Quentin Harris @ Gotsoul Sessions, Oct. 29, The Great Hall
Though best known within house circles, Detroit native Quentin Harris does it all. He came up as a hip-hop producer, as well as a keyboardist who’s recorded with the likes of Aretha Franklin. Harris broke through in dance music circles in 2003 when his rework of Donnie’s “Cloud 9” led to remixes for Justin Timberlake, Femi Kuti and Jill Scott. In 2006 he followed with No Politics, a rich and deeply honest house album that preceded this year’s Sacrifice. With Ultra Nate, Jojoflores, George Chaker, Groove Institute, Idrum. 1087 Queen St. W. $15, advance tickets at wantickets.com. $20 before 11:30 p.m., $25 after.