Courthouse (57 Adelaide East), tonight (Thursday, February 7), 9 pm
With no new recordings since 2006’s Imaginary Kingdom, Tim Finn is still coasting on his Chronicles Of Narnia soundtrack tune Winter Light. Unfortunately, his Courthouse gig is a 19+ show, which means his preteen fans will have to hear how great it was from their parents.
Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas West), Friday to Sunday (February 8 to 10)
Saddened by the fact that Tom Waits would rather chase crows than play shows? Why not drop by Hugh’s Room and see one of his favourite interpretive stylists, blues growler John Hammond, work his magic.
Alex Lukashevsky, Anna Linda Siddall, Ryan Driver, Jennifer Castle
Eastminister United Church (310 Danforth), Saturday (February 9), 4 pm
One very good reason to check out this year’s Winterfolk Fest (February 8-10) will be the Zigzag & Quack matinee show featuring Deep Dark United’s Alex Lukashevsky and the fab Jennifer Castle, whom you shouldn’t miss.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Saturday (February 9)
Even though Chan Marshall won’t have her stellar Memphis band backing her, the Dirty Delta Blues boys, led by Jon Spencer’s old sidekick, Judah Bauer, should provide some thrills, if not spills.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Monday (February 11)
What could a bunch of polo-shirted Ivy Leaguers know about Congolese soukous? you might ask. Well, stand back and watch the Louis Vuittons fly when Vampire Weekend launch into Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa. Somewhere, Pepe Kalle is smiling.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Wednesday (February 13)
Looking for a pleasantly strummy Valentine’s Day warm-up? Check out this special acoustic show by Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, two wiseacres with decades’ worth of on-the-job training in affairs of the heart.