Coltrane Motion, the Visit
• The Bagel (285 College), tonight (Thursday, January 19)
Chicago synth-rock posse Coltrane Motion can't get enough of Toronto, so they've decided to stay another night to tear up the Bagel. It's pay what you can - use your savings to buy their EP so they can get to Detroit.
• Dominion Club (1 King West), Thursday to Saturday (January 19-21)
Got an extra $175 burning a hole in your pocket? Why not blow it all on Can-folk living legend Gordon Lightfoot's intimate dinner/show at the Dominion Club?
Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra
• Supermarket (268 Augusta), Friday (January 20)
Feeling chilly? Head down to Supermarket, where New York's Kokolo crew will be pounding out the Afrobeat heat.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (January 20)
Well-hyped Staines, England, punk upstarts Hard-Fi bring their righteous indignation to shake the walls of the Horseshoe. Don't wear Burberry.
Broken Social Scene
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday and Saturday (January 20-21)
Broken homecoming shows are always a treat, since you never know which members of their ever-expanding extended family (k-os? Magneta Lane's Lexi Valentine?) will show up for a cameo. Find out at the Kool Haus.
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (January 21) Who says it's too early for a 90s alt-rock revival? Certainly not Chicago's Sybris, who could very well be the new Smashing Pumpkins - with a hotter frontperson.
Laura Barrett, Mortimercy, Pyramid Culture
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Sunday (January 22)
It's a geek-chic chick bonanza when thumb piano poster girl Laura Barrett collides with science-obsessed electro-chorus Pyramid Culture at Wavelength.