Jana Hunter, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, John Tielli's Metal Kites, Pete Samples
Rancho Relaxo (300 College), tonight (Thursday, August 21)
Get an advance taste of what's in store from the Wham City Round Robin when Baltimore-based Jana Hunter and her Crabtown pal Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez join John Tielli's Metal Kites and Pete Samples for a freaky festive throwdown at the steamy Rancho Relaxo. See feature, page 49.
Blue Rodeo, Josh Ritter
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), tonight (Thursday, August 21)
It wouldn't be summer without Blue Rodeo doing their annual two-hour August blowout for family, friends and familiar faces at the Molson Amp.
Bruce Peninsula, Cuff the Duke, the Stables
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (August 22)
Those Cuff the Duke hombres are meant to be the headliners here but you need to get to the 'Shoe early to check out the massive alt-gospel choral extravaganza that is Bruce Peninsula.
Ward's Island Jamboree
Ward's Island, Sunday (August 24)
If you could use an island getaway, head over to the Ward's Island Jamboree, a day-long Toronto twangfest boasting performances by the Rizdales, Backstabbers Country Stringband, Cameron Family Singers, Joanne Mackell and the Paradise Rangers, Swamperella, Ancient Chinese Secret and the Jambo All Stars.
Don Caballero, Ponytail
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (August 26)
Get out yer pocket protectors - it's a math rock showdown as the genre's pioneering instrumentalists, Don Caballero, unveil new tunes from their Punkgasm album for anyone who remains after the ever-exuberant Ponytail wreck the place.