Vapor Music benefit
El Mocambo (464 Spadina), tonight (Thursday, January 25)
T.O. indie reliables like Apostle of Hustle, Jason Collett and Holy Fuck team up with Arts & Crafts newbies Young Galaxy, rising Steeltown MC Shad and others to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation.
Boubacar Diabate tribute
NOW Lounge (189 Church), Friday (January 26)
The music and memory of late Senegalese kora master El Hadj Boubacar Diabate is honoured by a stellar cast of local African musicians, including Njacko Backo & Toumkak Drummers, Jacques Yamdjie, Tamsir Seck and others.
Mod Club (722 College), Saturday (January 27)
In the wake of his cameo on Norah Jones's latest disc, M. Ward may soon become the preferred bard of Dylan-loving boomers everywhere, so take this opportunity to see the Portland strummer sans band while you can.
Thunderbirds Are Now!, Rock Plaza Central, Oxford Collapse
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Sunday (January 28)
Sure, their name sucks, but Ferndale, Michigan, pop threats Thunderbirds Are Now! will rock you ragged. Make sure you get there early to celebrate Rock Plaza Central's Yep Roc deal, and stick around for the always dynamic Oxford Collapse. See feature, page 42.
Justin Timberlake, Pink
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Tuesday (January 30)
Maybe if you're really, really lucky, Justin Timberlake will whip out a version of Dick In A Box for the encore. He's gonna need something to avoid being upstaged by hot opener Pink. See feature, page 38.
Camera Obscura, Essex Green
Opera House (735 Queen East), Wednesday (January 31)
Unapologetic Lloyd Cole fans Camera Obscura may need to doff their cardigans if they don't wanna be shown up by the ever-charming Essex Green. See feature, page 43 .