Mos Def, Medina Green
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), tonight (Thursday, June 23)
Multi-tasking actor-rapper Mos Def takes a break from shooting Bruce Willis flicks to drop some rhymes beside the lake, while brother DCQ tries to prove Mos isn't the family's only talent with his Medina Green crew. See feature, page 66.
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Friday (June 24)
Acts like Keren Ann and RJD2 may coax the kids to buy tix to the Downtown Jazz Festival, but the real jazz fans will be lining up for tenor sax giant Sonny Rollins, who brings some legendary cachet to Massey Hall.
Club V w/ ESG
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Friday (June 24)
Now that punk-funk is back in style and ESG can count Le Tigre among their fans, maybe the world's finally ready for the pioneering South Bronx sister act. See feature, page 87.
Final Fantasy, Torngat
Music Gallery (197 John Augusta), Saturday (June 25)
Fresh off playing second fiddle as part of the Arcade Fire's international tour (and transcendental MMVA appearance), Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett recruits a string quartet for his own virtuosic show. See cover story, page 50.
International Reggae Superstars
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Sunday (June 26)
You've gotta figure the organizers of Sunday's massive reggaefest are feeling a bit silly about bringing in notorious gay-bashers like Buju Banton and Elephant Man the same day as the Pride parade. Still, if rainbows aren't yer thing, you might want to get irie.
Madlib, MED, Peanut Butter Wolf
Opera House (725 Queen East), Wednesday (June 29)
Thursday's Mos Def gig may be the week's most high-profile hiphop event, but Wednesday's Madlib/MED/ Peanut Butter Wolf throwdown could potentially be the best.