thu6- +the fringe of toronto festival Who will be this year's Drowsy Chaperone? Bring bottled water, a Fringe program and energy to find out. To Jul 16. www.fringetoronto.com.
calexico Tucson crew ditch the mariachi and go for deep desert soundscapes 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.
FRI7- +toronto outdoor art exhibition Head over to Nathan Phillips Square for the showcase of more than 500 artists, till Jul 9. Free. 416-408-2754.
+the m's Windy City orch-rock quartet warm up Massey Hall for hometown pals Wilco. $40.18-$45.18. 416-872-4255, 416-870-8000.
scarlet's room Yvonne Ng's latest continues its three-day run at the Winchester. $14-$20. 416-366-7723. Sat8- +Jamie Lidell Brit tech-geek-turned-soul-man croons mightily as part of Harbourfront's bangin' Beats, Breaks & Culture fest. Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
+solomon burke The King of Rock 'n' Soul gets his twang on with tunes from his forthcoming Nashville disc at Massey Hall. $49.50-$69.50. 416-872-4255. SUN 9- +bembe segue Brit broken beat belter adds a wallop of streetside soul to Harbourfront's Beats, Breaks & Culture. Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
emilie-claire barlow Jazz diva lends her classy pipes to the free, city-spanning Celebrate Toronto street fest. Yonge/St. Clair. www.toronto.ca.
Forage for wild edibles Walk to search for plants you can munch. Free. S of Grenadier Restaurant, High Park. 416-763-1228.
bonnie raitt Brazen blues-rMON 10- ockin' 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.
+EARTH JUSTICE GATHERING Help save the boreal forest - join a six-day campout with Grassy Narrows First Nation near Kenora. Buses from T.O. 416-597-1904. TUE11- 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.
yardbirds Attention, anglophiles: prepare for a British Invasion at Lee's Palace. $29.50. 416-532-1598, 416-870-8000.
vivid Kathleen Rea premieres new choreography by herself and Travis Birch, at the Winchester till Jul 15. $14-$20. 416-366-7723.
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.
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.
mark kozelek Red House Painter croaks out introspective originals and cleverly tweaked covers at Lee's Palace. $15. 416-532-1598, 416-870-8000. FRI14- living ritual festival Fest of world indigenous dance kicks off at York U and runs till Jul 16. $23-$28. 416-736-5888.
nickelback Oh Nickelback, how you remind us of the good old days when Eddie Vedder patented the angsty dirge-growl. Molson Amphitheatre. $35-$59.50. 416-870-8000.
joe bataan Mestizo maestro makes boogaloo magic down by the waterfront as part of Harbourfront's Roots: Remix fest. Free. Harbourfront Centre. 416-973-4000.
SAT15- through the lens of NOW NOW photographers exhibit their work till Sep 10 at Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
dog day afternoon New wave sexpots Metric, rising Montreal rockers Land of Talk, live loopheads Holy Fuck and their pals blow up at Historic Fort York. $40. 416-870-8000.
Murmur Exhibition of recorded memories about Toronto neighbourhoods, to Sep 10. Free. Harbourfront Centre. 416-973-4000.
SUN16- edgefest The summer's second edition of the fist-pumping alterna-fest features Yellowcard, Matchbook Romance and emo to spare. Molson Amphitheatre. $39.25. 416-870-8000.
+monty python's spamalot Tony Award-winning musical by those silly Brits opens at the Canon and runs till Sep 10. $26-$110. 416- 872-1212.
daara j Senegalese rap sensations (and Mad Professor buds) heat up the Mod Club. $15-$20. www.ticketpro.ca.
MON17- ashlee simpson Hapless post-teen queen returns to her (blond) roots to bring her girl-powered I Am Me tour to the Molson Amphitheatre. Bring Zantac. $35-$49.50. 416-870-8000.
+l'avventura If you enjoyed the re-release of Antonioni's The Passenger, check out his acknowledged masterpiece, part of Cinematheque's retrospective. Also Aug 5. $6-$10.10. 416-968-FILM. TUE18- 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.
peaches Pussy-powered raunch rock princess teams up with Eagles of Death Metal and the World Provider for perfectly perverse Kool Haus cacophony. $22.50. 416-870-8000.
WED19- oedipus rex The original dysfunctional family plays Philosopher's Stage, till Aug 5. Pwyc-$10. www.canopytheatre.ca.
theatre in Dufferin Grove The lively community park hosts Clay and Paper Theatre puppet play Luis De Camões until Aug 20, Tues to Sun. Free. www.clayandpapertheatre.org.
goapele Neo-soul diva belts it out at the Mod Club. (Hopefully this time she'll show!) $18. 416-870-8000.
THU20- greg graffin The Weakerthans back up the Bad Religion frontman as he shares his rootsy solo stuff with the Lee's Palace crowd. $15. 416-532-1598.
mark lewis It's the final week to view artist Lewis's textured films, which set actor Molly Parker against the vastness of Algonquin Park. At Monte Clark till Jul 23. Free. 416-703-1700.
+kris knight Knight's series of portraits of women in pompadours hangs at Katharine Mulherin till Jul 29. Free. 416-537-8827.