Distillery Jazz Festival
Distillery Historic District (55 Mill, near Parliament and Eastern), to May 30
The second annual Distillery Jazz Festival launches tonight (Thursday, May 20) with a show by the reunited Shuffle Demons and gets more exciting by the minute.
Eyedea & Abilities
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, May 20)
Battle-hardened Minneapolis hiphop duo Eyedea & Abilities have a typically explosive performance planned to show off their great new E&A (Epitaph) disc.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday (May 21)
If the notion of Guns N' Roses fronted by STP's Scott Weiland sounds intriguing, don't miss this show. There may not be another.
Opera House (735 Queen East), Monday (May 24)
Forget about the chill-out thing - the touring version of Zero 7 is an altogether livelier experience, recommended for 70s soul jazz fans.
Merle Haggard, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Tuesday (May 25)
They just don't make country mavericks like Merle Haggard any more. Find out why George Jones calls Hag his favourite singer at this rare local show.
Offspring, Auf Der Maur
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Wednesday (May 26)
It's 1996 all over again when the Offspring join unlikely Smiths fan and former Montrealer Melissa Auf Der Maur, who shows off tunes from her upcoming album and locks down her rawk goddess title at the Kool Haus.