tipsheet june 29-July 13
the chairs Kristen Thomson, Kevin Bundy and Oliver Dennis star in Soulpepper's production of Ionesco's absurdist piece, to Sep 2 at the Young Centre. $29-$54. 416-866-8666.
+grupo fantasma Austin's finest cumbia-crazy Latin big band make the Lula Lounge temperature muy caliente. $15. 416-588-0307.
NATURE IN THE GARAGE Artists' installations in garden sheds address environmental issues, at various venues until Aug 6. www.ccca.ca/naturegarage.
+final paradise screening Say goodbye to the Paradise Cinema as it screens Koyaanisqatsi at 11 pm. $6 (incl free popcorn). 416-537-7040.
+seu jorge Brazilian hyphenate threat brings his fantastic favela soul to Harbourfront Centre. $21.50-$25. 416-973-4000.
+kings and queen Arnaud Desplechin's acclaimed drama gets two screenings at Cinematheque before opening next week at the Carlton. $7.25-$11.50. 416-968-FILM.
THE DEARS Morrissey-approved Montreal drama-rock romantics brood beautifully in honour of Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre. Free. www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
+the road to guantanamo Michael Winterbottom's controversial pic about the detainment camp opens this weekend.
wooden wand Psych-folk freak teams up with like-minded avant artists like Wyrd Visions and Religious Knives for the Tranzac's Summer Bummer. $10. 416-923-8137.
+amadou & mariam Unexpectedly hot Malian soul duo prove love is blind with West African bangers at Harbourfront Centre. Free. www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
elizabeth shepherd Fast-rising piano-plunking jazz vocalist purrs prettily with John Kong's Movement crew at Harbourfront's Brigantine Room. Free. 416-973-4000.
+annie pootoogook Pootoogook's intense drawings are up till Sep 4 at the Power Plant. Free. 416-973-4949.
the land of i told you so All-ages-friendly Shrimp Magnet present four shows a day (weather permitting) of their imaginative, audience-participatory tale at Centre Island's Lagoon Theatre, till Sep 4. Pwyc. 416-262-1178, www.shrimpmagnet.com.
+talkdemonic Portland electronic instro squad add atmosphere to the Horseshoe. $7. 416-598-4753.
+Mastodon Metal mammoths crank out progressively prehistoric riffs alongside heavy giants Slayer and Lamb of God at Molson Amphitheatre. $39.50-$49.50. 416-870-8000.
camera obscura Gentle Glaswegians jingle-jangle their retro-tastic blend of Lesley Gore-style girl-pop and Fairport Convention folk at the Horseshoe. $15.50. 416-598-4753.
THE BLOB Steve McQueen's wooden acting debut and the titular squirmy people-eating mass scare crowds at Yonge-Dundas Square. Free. www.ydsquare.ca.
the roots Soulful Philly hiphop heavyweights blow the roof off the Kool Haus with one of their characteristically killer live shows. $34.50. 416-870-8000.
angels & airwaves Moody melodic supergroup featuring members of blink-182, Offspring and more rock Molson Amphitheatre with Taking Back Sunday. $36.25. 416-870-8000.
jarvis street walk Explore the buildings and sights of this historic area with the ROM. Free. Bloor and Church. www.rom. on. ca.
+the fringe of toronto festival Who will be this year's Drowsy Chaperone? Bring bottled water, a Fringe program and energy to find out. Jul 5-16. www.fringetoronto.com.
calexico Neko Case's cinematic instro-pals get atmospheric at the Phoenix. $20. 416-870-8000.
wild ball Raise funds for sick and injured wildlife at an evening with Glass Tiger, the Spoons, DJ Diego Fuentes and food by Fressen. $100. Don Valley Brickworks. 416-631-9942.
wilco The Jeff Tweedy Experience's greatest live asset is actually Nels Cline's guitar work. See for yourself at Massey Hall. $40.18-$45.18. 416-872-4255.
India.arie Anti-diva diva oozes realness with the smooth neo-soul tracks from her new Testimony disc at Danforth Music Hall. $38.50-$48.50. 416-870-8000.
+tumi & the volume Brainy, beat-driven South African party-starters bring their conscious heat to the Beats, Breaks & Culture fest. Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
solomon burke Thanks to Madonna's brother-in-law, the R&B growler continues his triumphant comeback at Massey Hall. $49.50-$69.50. 416-872-4255.
Forage for wild edibles Walk to search for plants you can munch. Free. Benches south of Grenadier Restaurant, High Park. 416-763-1228.
matt barber Power pop purveyor teams up with the spazz-rockin' Meligrove Band and Two Hours Traffic as part of the Celebrate Toronto Streetfest. Free. Yonge and Eglinton. www.toronto.ca/special_events.
bonnie raitt Brazen blues-rockin' mama plays the Hummingbird with Keb' Mo'. $49.50-$69.50. 416-870-8000.
csny Folk-rock icons kick off their two-night stand at the Air Canada Centre. $50.74-$251.75. 416-870-8000.
sounds of the underground As I Lay Dying, Gwar, In Flames and other monsters of metal descend on the Kool Haus in a cloud of doom and destruction. $39.50. 416-870-8000.
gardiner museum reopening The reno'd ceramics museum has reopened with pwyc viewings of the new Jean-Pierre Larocque exhibit. 416-586-8080.
Spadina Quay Wetland Help remove Queen Anne's lace and other invaders and learn about native plants. Free. Foot of Spadina. 416-598-2277.
buffy sainte-marie Legendary genre-fusing First Nations singer/songwriter trills sweetly at Hugh's Room. $50-$55. 416-531-6604.
tom jones What's new, pussycat? Hopefully the tricks up the Welsh crooner's sleeve when he takes a trip down memory lane at the Hummingbird Centre. $55-$95. 416-872-2262.
pink Don't be a Stupid Girl - rock out with the bratty bubble-gum rock rebel when her girl-powered tour hits the Kool Haus. $28.50. 416-870-8000.