Roy Hargrove Quintet, United Trombone Summit
Nathan Phillips Square, tonight (Thursday, June 28)
A sure highlight of this year's Toronto Jazz fest will be the return of the fab Roy Hargrove Quintet. Get there early to catch the United Trombone Summit, which brings together Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Wycliffe Gordon and Fred Wesley.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday (June 29)
With Seun Kuti leading his late great father's orchestra into Harbourfront the same night as Antibalas rocks the Opera House, and before half-brother Femi Kuti hits the Docks Sunday (July 1), we're unofficially declaring this Afrobeat week. Just be sure to see Seun Kuti's Canadian debut.
Canada Day Jam
Sunnyside Park (1755 Lakeshore West), Sunday (July 1)
Looking for an inexpensive way to celebrate your Canuckness? Head down to Sunnyside Park for the terrifically twangy Canada Day Jam with country stars Corb Lund, Prairie Oyster, the Road Hammers, Aaron Pritchett and Jason Blaine. Best of all, it's free.
Andy Palacio, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Monday (July 2)
Keeper of the traditional Garifuna groove, Belize-born guitarist Andy Palacio brings his thrilling Afro-Caribbean jams to Harbourfront on a stellar night with Cuba's awesome rhumba crew Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. Don't dare miss it!