A weekly feature that highlights the 10 best music happenings in Toronto. Here’s what’s on this week, Aug. 8 to 14.
Toronto Summer Music Festival: Miloš Karadaglić New adventures in classical guitar from the Balkan great-hope of the genre. Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. $35 to $40. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208 or torontosummermusic.com.
Expressions of Brazil A free happening of Brazilian arts, culture and music includes appearances by composer-guitarist Olmir Stocker (Aug. 9, 8 p.m.) and the eclectic duo of Marivaldo dos Santos and Rubens Salles (Aug. 9, 9:30 p.m.). Aug. 8 to 10. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen St. W., 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com.
SummerWorks Music Series: Brendan Canning and Brendan Healy Psychedelic soundscapes and live video art from the Broken Social Scene co-founder Canning and Buddies in Bad Times artistic director Healy. Aug. 8, 9 p.m. $15. Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. to 14. Various venues, summerworks.ca.
Cousins Soulful, agreeable and slightly squirly garage rock by way of Halifax. Aug. 8, 9 p.m. $12. Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Ave., 416-537-1620.
FKA Twigs Experimental pop from the intriguing British artist Tahliah Barnett, the proud creator of LP1, her adventurous full-length debut. Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. $22.50 to $25. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Devin Cuddy Band The son of Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy launches his winningly bluesy album Kitchen Knife, produced by the Rodeo’s Greg Keelor. Aug. 8, 10 p.m. $8. Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., 416-598-4226.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra The Godspeed You! Black Emperor offshoot does punk-influenced off-centre rock. Aug. 8, 9 p.m. $15. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., ticketfly.com.
Motley Crue, with Alice Cooper School’s out forever for Motley Crue, the hair-metal legends whose current tour is apparently their last. Aug. 10, 7 p.m. $31.50 to $147.50. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra The TSO ditches Roy Thomson Hall for a one-nighter at the acoustically alluring Koerner Hall, where works such as Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances will be given a workout. Aug. 12, 7 p.m. $39 to $99. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208 or rcmusic.ca.
Emma-Lee The supple-voiced siren tests out new material during a month-long Wednesday-night residency. Aug. 13, 6 p.m. PWYC. Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W.416-703-0811.
Alvvays Witty, jangly indie-pop from the Toronto-based summer sensations. Aug. 13 and 14, 8:30 p.m. $12. Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W., ticketfly.com.
Bob Log III Aug. 15. Horseshoe Tavern, ticketfly.com.
Alanis Morissette Aug. 15. Casino Rama, Rama, Ont., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Edgefest 3: Our Lady Peace, Sloan, I Mother Earth Aug 16. Echo Beach, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Stratford Summer Music: Stars Aug. 18. Knox Church, Stratford, Ont. stratfordsummermusic.ca.
Greenbelt Harvest Picnic: Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie & the Sadies, Ray Lamontagne Aug. 23. Christie Lake, Dundas, Ont., harvestpicnic.ca
5 Seconds of Summer Aug. 25. Molson Amphitheatre. 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Sam Roberts Band Aug. 30 and 31. Key to Bala, Bala, Ont., thekee.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
Johnny O’Neal Oct 2 to 4. Jazz Bistro, jazzbistro.ca