Opera House (735 Queen East), tonight (Thursday, June 5)
Brit electro-tweaker-turned-soul-crooner Jamie Lidell jump-starts the NXNE weeked with what promises to be an awesome showcase. Limited wristbands admitted. See cover story, page 61.
Randy Weston & Billy Harper
Distillery District (55 Mill), Friday (June 6)
The third annual Art Of Jazz Celebration kicks into high gear with a rare duo session with iconic pianist Randy Weston and tenor saxophonist Billy Harper – a wonderful warm-up for Saturday’s massive Hermeto Pascoal tribute. www.artofjazz.org.
Sony Centre (1 Front East), Friday to Monday (June 6-9)
It sucks when you discover that most of your life savings have vanished, but there is an upside to Leonard Cohen’s financial woes – the well-loved song poet has come down from Mount Baldy to play a four-night stand at the Sony Centre! Who knows? He may even take requests.
R.E.M., Modest Mouse
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore West), Sunday (June 8)
Sure, R.E.M.’s new Accelerate disc is far from a career-topper, but the grand old men of alt-rock always put on an entertaining show, especially when they know many people present paid to see the opening act.
Ron Sexsmith, Alex Cuba, Luke Doucet, Molly Johnson, Shaye
Massey Hall (178 Victoria), Monday (June 9)
The big draws of this Luminato Canadian Songbook event will be Ron Sexsmith and Molly Johnson, but don’t be surprised if soulful-voiced Alex Cuba steals the show. Yeah, you read that right, Nikki Yanofsky.