Sunparlour Players CD release
• Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick), tonight (Thursday, June 22)
Although the Sunparlour Players are actually just Andrew Penner and Mark Schachowskoy, the rebellious roots duo will be joined by a string and brass section along with a choir (!) to celebrate the release of their great new Hymns For The Happy disc. Sure to be a rootin', tootin' blast.
De La Soul
• Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (June 23)
You won't hear any jazz music coming out of De La Soul, but the groundbreaking hiphop crew should get the Toronto Jazz Fest off to a bangin' start.
Peaches, Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus
• Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore West), Saturday (June 24)
Mad, bad and dangerous to know, Peaches makes her triumphant return to unveil the daring tunes from her delightfully named new disc, Impeach My Bush.
Broken Social Scene, Feist, Bloc Party, J Mascis, Raising the Fawn
• Olympic Island (Toronto Islands), Saturday (June 24)
If you're not already seeing Peaches, why not float over to Olympic Island and spend a sunny Saturday with Broken Social Scene, their friends and your pals. Should be quite pleasant.
Andy Bey Duo
• Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Distillery District), Monday (June 26)
Those who think jazz singers don't get any better than Diana Krall and Michael Bublé should check out Andy Bey's show to see how a great interpretive stylist works his magic. Certain to be a memorable highlight of the Toronto Jazz Festival.
Neville Brothers, Roxanne Potvin
• Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Wednesday (June 28)
Some will be tempted to check out John Zorn's Masada at the Music Hall, but you know seeing the Neville Brothers will make for a much more entertaining evening.