Guvernment (1 Jarvis), tonight (Thursday, August 31)
Its officially Marley Week in Toronto! Ziggy kicks off the festivities at the Guvernment, followed by Jr. Gongs appearance at Saturdays Ben Harper spliffathon at the Amphitheatre. One love. See feature, page 58.
Rancid, Big D & the Kids Table
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday (September 1)
Hellcat label honcho Tim Armstrong takes a break from thinking up bon mots for his favourite chick pop stars to kick some ass Clash-style with his Rancid homies in a two-night stand (the Planet Smashers open Saturdays show) at the Kool Haus.
Chet Baker Festival gala
Music Hall (147 Danforth), Friday (September 1)
Herb Geller joins Curtis Fuller, Harold Danko, Hal Galper and others in an all-star opening-night tribute to jazz trumpet great Chet Baker as part of this three-day festival. Dont miss it. See feature, page 56.
Ashkenaz fest w/ Maurice El Médioni, Irving Fields
Harbourfront Centre, Sunday (September 3), 5 pm
Algerian piano marvel Maurice El Medioni throws down with 91-year-old Catskills keyboard cut-up Irving Fields in a must-see performance as part of the Ashkenaz celebration of new Yiddish culture. See feature, page 52.
An Albatross, Nervous Sleepers, Rozasia
Sneaky Dee´s (431 College), Monday (September 4)
Pitchfork-approved Philly noise merchants An Albatross tear up Sneaky Dees, assisted by Nervous Sleepers and Lenin i Shumov honcho Eugene Slonimerovs new Rozasia project.
Lee´s Palace (529 Bloor West), Monday (September 4)
Unfortunately, Cat Power will not have Teenie Hodges backing her for Mondays doubleheader at Lees Palace, but the stripped-down presentation should show off the superior songwriting on new disc The Greatest. See feature, page 56.