Way back in 1971, Neil Young's return to Toronto to play Massey Hall was more than just a homecoming - it was a coming-out party for the 25-year-old singer/songwriter determined to prove that he wasn't simply Stephen Stills's sidekick from Buffalo Springfield. Now, 36 years on, the 61-year-old is back at Massey Hall for three intimate shows with wife Pegi Young November 26, 27 (both sold out) and 29 to show that even after a couple of subpar albums, he's not quite ready to ride off into the sunset. $82.25-$185.25. 178 Victoria. 416-872-4255.
You can't escape Justice
French electro-house duo Justice's tracks are impossible to avoid in the clubs right now. Their four-year-old debut single, We Are Your Friends, is still getting heavy play, and their recent full-length has already spawned some similarly huge dance-floor anthems. Catch them October 18 at Circa. $21.50. 126 John. www.ticketweb.ca.
Whatever public controversies Sinead O'Connor has caused, and regardless of what you think of her politics, there's still one very good reason to see her perform - the thrill of her spellbinding voice. Admittedly, O'Connor seems to have chilled out since discovering the splendid sacraments of Rastafarianism, and her recent reggae album Throw Down Your Arms was well received. Listen for yourself at Massey Hall October 20. $37.50-$54.50. 178 Victoria. 416-872-4255.
A New Pornographers show is a crapshoot, since you never know if Neko Case and Dan Bejar will be appearing. But we're happy to report that, barring any last-minute changes, both are on board for the Phoenix soiree October 21 with classy openers Emma Pollock and Benjy Ferree bolstering the bill. $22.50. 410 Sherbourne. 416-870-8000.
Fool's rush in
Fool's Gold, the new label started by A-Trak (the Montreal-raised turntable terror best known as Kanye's tour DJ) and Nick Catchdubs, aims to capture that weird intersection of electronic music and hiphop that the kids seem to love so much these days. Joining them on tour are Kavinsky and DJ Mehdi (representatives of the new Paris dance invasion), and some don't-call-it-hipster-rap from the Cool Kids and Kid Sister. October 22 at Revival. $20, advance $15. 783 College. www.myspace.com/random_play.
Those surprised to hear a reconstituted Waterboys will be playing the Danforth Music Hall with Great Aunt Ida November 5 will likely be even more shocked that Mike Scott has quietly released five albums since resurrecting the name in 2000, seven years after dissolving the band. Expect Scott and current company to focus on the songs from the recent Book Of Lightning. But considering how infrequently they come here, a crowd-pleasing detour into The Big Music would be a safe bet. $40-$45. 147 Danforth. 416-870-8000.
Having missed the important lessons of Garth Brooks's career-derailing Chris Gaines fiasco, Tori Amos is evidently convinced she can make the whole identity-switcheroo shtick work for her. Since recording her latest album, American Doll Posse, as five distinct alter egos - Isabel, Clyde, Pip, Santa and ero Tori - Amos has been perplexing audiences on her current tour by opening shows with a performance by a different one of her invented characters each night. Call it elaborate lunacy or applaud her bold creativity. Either way, it should make for an entertaining show at the Sony Centre October 23. $25.50-$89.50. 1 Front East. 416-870-8000.