Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), tonight (Thursday, August 28)
The Ashkenaz Festival kicks into high gear with the Toronto debut of Abraham Inc., David Krakauer's battering ram of a klez-funk crew featuring Fred Wesley and Socalled. Get down! See feature.
Large Professor, Lord Finesse, Diamond
Revival (783 College), tonight (Thursday, August 28)
It's living hip-hop history night at Revival as Main Source beatmaker supreme Large Professor puts on a mid-school clinic with Lord Finesse and Diamond. See feature.
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday (August 29)
If you like your reggae rootsy, you can't go wrong with soulful lover's rock crooner Beres Hammond, who'll be in a celebratory mood, having just turned 53. Happy birthday, Beres!
Opera House (735 Queen East), Friday (August 29)
Serious hip-hop beat headz won't want to miss the triumphant return of the Kings of Queens, the Beatnuts, with the deadly Diggin' in the Crates crew who can't get enough of Toronto.
Harbourfront's Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), Monday (September 1)
The Ashkenaz Festival closes in stellar style with the entrancing mandolin and clarinet improvisations of Andy Statman, joined by drummer Larry Eagle and Austin bass ace Mark Rubin. Don't miss it. See feature.
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Tuesday (September 2)
He may not look it, but sourpuss songster David Berman has been uncharacteristically upbeat lately, so if you've been putting off seeing the Silver Jews in action, the time might be right. See feature.