Toronto Zoo's Waterside Theatre (Meadovale Road, Scarborough), tonight (Thursday, August 25), 6:30 pm
Since your concert ticket includes zoo admission, why not arrive early and visit the mandrills, giraffes and crested barbets before the Cowboy Junkies' bluesy lullabies put them all to sleep?
Pretty Girls Make Graves, Tangiers, Sour Keys
Mod Club (722 College), tonight (Thursday, August 25)
Even if you were just planning to check out Pretty Girls Make Graves, you should really consider getting to the Mod Club early to hear Tangiers preview tunes from their new disc, The Family Myth, due out October 4.
Kardinal Offishall, Melanie Durrant
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (August 26)
What do Kardinal Offishall and Melanie Durrant have in common? Aside from both having been dicked around by major labels, Kardi is rhyming all over Durrant's new Where I'm Goin' disc. See feature
Bana Y'Afrique festival
Metro Hall Square (55 John), Sunday (August 28)
Join Madagascar Slim, Juno-winning TTC busker Adam Solomon, Moto et Kapia du Congo and Ndidi Onukwulu & Donné Robert for a joyous free celebration of African music and culture. See feature
Ward's Island Jamboree
Ward's Island, Sunday (August 28)
Why not get away from the Big Smoke grind for a day? It's just a hop, skip and a ferry ride to a high-spirited hoedown on Ward's Island with the Cameron Family Singers, Backstabbers, Roses in the Snow, Carolyn Mark and more.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (August 30)
Tired of waiting for Dexy's Midnight Runners to make a comeback? Put on your overalls and sate your new wave lust with the synthy stylings of Of Montreal. See feature