A weekly feature that highlights the 10 best music happenings in Toronto. Here’s what’s on this week, Aug. 22 to 28.
Deep Purple Be a highway star and head north to experience British classic-rock royalty. Aug. 22, 9 p.m. $57.35 to $68.65. Casino Rama, Rama, Ont., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Bluegrass Brunch Three-parts harmony, two parts all-you-can-eat breakfast fixings. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $7 to $18. Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., 416-850-4579 or thedakotatavern.com.
Greenbelt Harvest Picnic Daniel Lanois’s annual festival of local food amd homegrown talent, including Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer, Elliott Brood, Gord Downie and the Sadies and the soul-folk import Ray Lamontagne. Aug. 23, noon to 11 p.m. $19.50 to $99.50 (children under 10, free). Christie Lake Conservation Area, Dundas, Ont., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Steely Dan Walter Becker, Donald Fagen and jazz-rock company play Saturday evening, and they’re back, jack, doing it again on Sunday. Aug. 23 and 24, 8 p.m. $74.14 to $167.39 Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Toronto Music Garden The lakeside summer series continues with concerts by Iranian music specialists The Sarv Ensemble (Aug. 24, 4 p.m.) and baroque cellist Kate Bennett Haynes (Aug. 28, 7 p.m.). Free. Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queen St. W., 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com.
5 Seconds of Summer Australian pop-punk phenoms rock out with their socks out. Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. $45.25 to $97. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The sleepy-eyed Floridian and his excellent jangle-rock veterans support their latest release, Hypnotic Eye. Steve Winwood opens. Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. $40 to $166. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Soulpepper: Glenn A theatrical look at the captivating Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Aug. 26 to Oct. 1. $23 to $89. Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666 or soulpepper.ca.
Emma-Lee The supple-voiced siren tests out new material during a month-long, early-evening Wednesday residency. Aug. 27, 6 p.m. PWYC. Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W.416-703-0811.
Loft Air-Show Concert A west-end mystery space is converted to an elegant place for music, food, wine and Top Gun conversations, with sets from Declan O’Donovan, Peter Elkas and Animals Parts. Aug. 28, 8 p.m. PWYC (suggested donation $15). Secret location near Trinity-Bellwoods Park (information and tickets at roaringgirlrecords.com).
Sam Roberts Band Aug. 30 and 31. Key to Bala, Bala, Ont., thekee.com
Guelph Jazz Festival Sept. 3 to 7. guelphjazzfestival.com
Loudon Wainwright III Sept. 7. Hugh’s Room 416-531-6604 or hughsroom.com
Muskoka Sound Music Festival: Shad, Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman Sept. 12 to 14. Huntsville, Ont., muskokasound.ca
Sandbanks New Waves Festival: The Hylozoists, Bry Webb, Cuff the Duke Sept. 13. Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ont., sandbanksnewwaves.com
Living Colour Sept. 18. Opera House, ticketfly.com
TSO’s Opening Night: Joshua Bell Sept. 18. Roy Thomson Hall, 416-593-4828 or tso.ca
Johnny O’Neal Oct 2 to 4. Jazz Bistro, jazzbistro.ca
ZZ Top Oct. 3. Casino Rama, Rama, Ont., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Buddy!: The Buddy Holly Story Begins Oct. 14 to Nov. 16. Winter Garden Theatre, 1-855-622-2787 or ticketmaster.ca
Doug Paisley Nov. 7. Horseshoe Tavern, ticketfly.com
Kira Isabella Nov. 20. Adelaide Hall, northerntickets.com