Sarah Harmer, Ox, FemBots
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), tonight (Thursday, June 10)
Get NXNE off to a good start with surefire Canrock sweetheart Sarah Harmer - but make sure to show up early and catch Mark "Ox" Browning, Sudbury's answer to Gene McLellan, and local ghost town balladeers the FemBots.
NOW NXNE Showcase
Reverb (651 Queen West), Friday (June 11)
Regina emo bashers Despistado - Jade Tree's first Canuck signing - headline a killer bill that includes Calgarian-turned-Parisienne torch siren Feist, rootsy songster Nathan Lawr, country rocker Kate Maki (who'll be backed by Halifax's El Torpedo) and local indie unpunks I Can Put My Arm Back On You Can't.
C'mon, the Organ
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (June 12)
In the past, BC brooder babes the Organ have suffered from playing alongside ill-matched tourmates, and while power party trio C'mon aren't exactly the same cuppa tea, the sheer rawkitude of Ian Blurton & co. should be enough to make even the moody Organ ladies crack a smile.
Sam Phillips, Priya Thomas
Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West), Monday (June 14)
Torchy song stylist Sam Phillips, aka T-Bone Burnett's plus-one, unveils her new A Boot And A Shoe (Nonesuch) disc at the Lula Lounge.
Hot Club of Cowtown
Top o' the Senator (249 Victoria), Wednesday to Sunday (June 16-20)
Get ready to party like it's 1939 as the period-perfect Austin crew bring back the jazzy side of western swing for a five-night Senator stand. Yowzah!
Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West), Wednesday (June 16)
Join stellar Autorickshaw vocalist Suba Sankaran and her fellow fusionists in celebrating the release of the group's delightful second disc, Four Higher, at Hugh's Room.