Hot tickets: November 27 – December 2

Gordon Lightfoot, Blonde Redhead and the Arkells make this week's list of must-see shows


Toronto gets three nights of Hammer Town rock when Arkells roll through Thursday through Saturday. Their new album, High Noon (Dine Alone/Universal) has been praised for its diversity: tunes range from classic pop and glam rock to new wave and straight-up indie. Is a third Juno in their future? 

Since High Noon’s release in August, the five-piece have toured it steadily. Their Canadian dates come on the heels of a European tour with Augustines, which they press pause on to play the Danforth shows and then pick up again on December 1 in Manchester. 

Expect them to be a polished, hard-driving rock machine. X Ambassadors and Adam Baldwin open. 

Thursday to Saturday (November 27-29) at Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth), doors 7 pm, all ages. $23.50-$39.50.,,

Death, Obituary, Massacre Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Thursday (November 27) Progressive death metal.

Gordon Lightfoot Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Thursday to Saturday (November 27-29) Canadian Songbook folk icon.

Jazz Cartier, Wish, Plumes Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (November 28) See preview.

Crosss, HSY, Boyhood, Poster Boy Smiling Buddha (961 College), Friday (November 28) Doom and punk.

Tasha the Amazon, Brendan Philip, Joseph of Mercury Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner), Friday (November 28) Tiger-loving rapper.

Solids, the Dying Arts, the Obgms, Champion Lover Tattoo (567 Queen West), Friday (November 28) Good times rock and roll.

Blonde Redhead, VBA Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (November 29) See preview.

Sloan Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne), Saturday (November 29) Hooks and harmonies aplenty.

Hooded Fang, Milk Lines, Moss Lime Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (November 29) See preview.

Yusuf Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Monday (December 1) Cat Stevens returneth.

Jason Collett’s Basement Revue Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington), Tuesday (December 2) Myriad musical surprises.

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