Tragically Hip, Buck 65
Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), tonight (Thursday, February 8)
Hockey fan Gord Downie knows he'll never get to play in the NHL, but rockin' the ACC is the next best thing. See Double Take, page 44.
Various venues, Thursday-Sunday (February 8-11)
Help celebrate the pwyc indie weekly's lucky seventh birthday with four evenings of weird and wacky shows, kicking off tonight with a panel discussion and freak-folk bonanza at the Music Gallery (197 John). See feature, page 42.
Music Gallery (197 John), Friday (February 9)
Here's your first chance to hear how the Vandermark 5 pull off the complex five-way interplay of their new A Discontinuous Line album. Should be a humdinger.
Roy Hargrove, the Bad Plus
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Saturday (February 10)
The latest from the Roy Hargrove Quintet is called Nothing Serious (Verve), but expect some seriously hard-swinging Latin grooves and deep ballads when the saxophonist leads his band into Massey Hall. See T.O. Talk, page 57.
Vieux Farka Touré
Harbourfront Centre's Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday (February 10)
His famous father, Ali Farka Touré, had other plans for young Vieux, but we can all be thankful Junior went ahead and picked up the guitar anyway. Don't miss his Canadian debut at Harbourfront. See feature, page 48.
Midlake, St. Vincent
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Monday (February 12)
Although they claim to be from Texas, Midlake sound more like they're from sunny Southern California, as you'll find out when they bring a peaceful, easy feeling to Lee's Palace. Get there early to see next-big-things St. Vincent.