Ernest Kabeer Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble
Trane Studio (964 Bathurst), tonight (Thursday, November 1)
Flame-throwing AACM saxophonist Ernest Kabeer Dawkins leads his Chi-town New Horizons Ensemble into the Trane Studio to participate in the ongoing Afrikan Millennium celebrations, returning Saturday (November 3) and discussing his work Monday (November 5).
A Reign Ghost / Christmas Revival
Sneaky Dee's (431 College), Friday (November 2)
It's been decades since either of Bob Bryden's two celebrated Canuck psych groups, Reign Ghost and Christmas, appeared in Toronto, so don't miss this chance to hear the man reprise his classics, backed by Saffron Sect, with fab DJ Ingrid Hamilton setting a suitably trippy vibe.
Billy Boy Arnold, Fathead, Harrison Kennedy, Julian Fauth
Silver Dollar (486 Spadina), Saturday (November 3)
Calling all fans of the Eric Clapton-era Yardbirds. Billy Boy Arnold, the Chicago blues great behind I Ain't Got You and I Wish You Would, is making a rare local appearance that could be the blues show of the year, particularly with the great Harrison Kennedy of Chairmen of the Board opening.
Koop, Mocean Worker
Mod Club (722 College), Monday (November 5)
The Swedish nü-jazz duo of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson are stopping by to present songs from their Koop Islands disc, but hopefully they won't leave out their fab swingers from Waltz For Koop. Arrive at the Mod Club early to catch Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, get busy.
The Waterboys, Great Aunt Ida
Music Hall (147 Danforth), Monday (November 5)
It's not every day that Mike Scott brings the "Big Music" of his Waterboys to Toronto, so this relatively intimate show at the Music Hall Monday should make for an especially memorable event - whether or not they encore with your favourite Van Morrison numbers.