Massey Hall (178 Victoria), tonight (Thursday, March 17)
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than a concert with the Chieftains? If this show doesn't sell out, Paddy and the boys had better start looking at alternate careers.
De La Soul, Les Six, Saukrates
The Phoenix (410 Sherbourne), tonight (Thursday, March 17)
Evidently, shamrock hiphop crew House of Pain weren't available, but De La Soul's brilliant rhyme exchanges will still turn you green with envy.
Rez Abbasi CD release party
The Rex Hotel (194 Queen West), Thursday and Friday (March 17 and 18)
NYC sitar-guitar star Rez Abbasi and his organ combo - with Kiran Ahluwalia - unveil the dazzling Indo-jazz fusions of their Snake Charmer disc. See feature, page 47.
Republic of Safety
Stones Place (1255 Queen West), Saturday (March 19)
With a great indie rock pedigree, songs that sexy-up social criticism and brainy hot ladies on board, you'd be a fool to miss Torontopian crew Republic of Safety's EP release at Saturday's Hey Ladeez shindig. See feature, page 50.
Supermarket (268 Augusta), Monday (March 21)
Get soused with a slew of fab singer/songwriters including Jason Collett, Andre Ethier and Wayne Petti during this week's instalment of the casual throwdown. Monday is the new Saturday. See feature, page 48.
Toots and the Maytals
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (March 22)
Considering the talent involved in the the Grammy-winning One Love album, it may be Toots Hibbert's most disappointing work yet, but Toots and the Maytals still put on a killer reggae party. See Celebrity Spins, page 52.
Juliette Lewis, the Organ
Church at Berkeley (315 Queen East), Tuesday (March 22)
Never heard of Strut Magazine? You're not alone, but apparently the Montreal-based mag is celebrating its second anniversary with singing Scientologist/ actress Juliette Lewis and BC brooders the Organ. Sure to be a hoot.