Depeche Mode, She Wants Revenge
• Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), tonight (Thursday, May 18)
Still not happy despite your millions and international adulation? Why not check out Depeche Mode - they feel your pain.
Don Thompson tribute w/ Jim Hall, John Handy, Dave Holland
• Distillery District (55 Mill), Friday (May 19)
Amazingly enough, the Art Of Jazz Celebration has scooped the Downtown Jazz fest with a rare Jim Hall appearance toasting Don Thompson with fellow jazz greats John Handy and Dave Holland.
Islands, Frog Eyes, Sunset Rubdown, Cadence Weapon
• Opera House (735 Queen East), Friday (May 19)
Though ex-Unicorns Nick Diamonds and J'aime Tambeur have moved past their Corn Gangg foray into rappin' foolery and on to Islands' fey orch-pop, they're keeping it real by playing alongside Edmonton hiphop hotshot Cadence Weapon at the Opera House.
Architecture in Helsinki
• Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Saturday (May 20)
Get out your sweatbands - it's time to get down twee-style with Australian indie kooks Architecture in Helsinki.
Duo Series w/ Sonny Fortune & Rashied Ali
• Distillery District (55 Mill), Saturday (May 20)
Perhaps the most anticipated event of the Art Of Jazz Celebration is this weekend's Duo Series, pairing saxophonist Sonny Fortune with drumming don Rashied Ali, followed by Sunday's matinée match with Eddie Henderson and Kenny Barron, and then Ravi Coltrane and Luis Perdomo later that night. Don't miss this.
• Drake (1050 Queen West), Wednesday (May 24)
Japanese guitar god of thunder Keiji Haino makes a rare Toronto appearance for the beautiful people at the Drake. Stand back.