This week’s must-see Toronto shows

Fred Penner Hugh's Room (2261 Dundas West),.

Fred Penner

Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas West), tonight (Thursday, March 18)

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The Clientele, Field Music

Horseshoe (370 Queen West), tonight (Friday, March 19)

The soft, echo-drenched sound of the Clientele plays yin to the Field Music’s angular, robust yang in this mighty double bill of Pitchfork-approved English indie rock. Pick up both bands’ new albums on your way out.

Grasshopper, Brave/Deeds, Dutch

Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (March 19)

Back in the 90s, before noise rock packed hipsters into clubs, Toronto’s Grasshopper were laying down walls of sludgy fuzz and damaging eardrums. Now the local heroes are back and ready to get loud again.


Sneaky Dee’s (431 College), Friday (March 19)

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L’Orchestre D’Hommes-Orchestres

Music Gallery (197 John), Friday and Saturday (March 19 and 20)

In addition to traditional folk instruments, Quebec City’s L’Orchestre D’Hommes-Orchestres will use megaphones, boots, boxing gloves, cradles and more in this two-night tribute to the music of Tom Waits. Part of the Free Fall Festival.

Calvin Harris, Fake Blood, Annie Mac, Laidback Luke, Martyn

Sound Academy (11 Polson), Saturday (March 20)

The second instalment of the Digital Future party features some of the biggest names in dance music along with a ton of hotly tipped up-and-comers.

The Big Pink, A Place to Bury Strangers, Katie Stelmanis

Mod Club (722 College), Wednesday (March 24)

UK electro-rock duo the Big Pink hit town in support of last fall’s A Brief History Of Love. Can’t go wrong when the weirdo vox/synth stylings of Katie Stelmanis and New York noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers are also on the bill.

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