LEGENDS OF SKA . July 13, 8 p.m., $40, Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore W., 416-870-8000.
Put teens in porkpie hats and checkered pants out of your mind. When they say ska here, they mean the real deal out of 1960s Jamaica -- the music that evolved into reggae -- not the later Anglo-punk hybrid. This second of two nights of heavyweights features Prince Buster (possibly the most important Jamaican singer-producer of his time), the Dominoes' sweet-voiced Justin Hinds, ska godfather Lord Tanamo (a longtime Toronto resident), R&B cover king Derrick Harriott and others -- all backed, unbelievably, by the Skatalites, featuring many of the original members. Many of these old rudies are in their 60s and 70s now, but tonight, history goes dancing. WORLD'S FARE . July 13 to July 14, 2 p.m. to midnight, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., 416-973-3000.
The programmers at Harbourfront this weekend seem to be trying to show the vastness of world culture through sheer exhaustive plenty. It's a globetrot for the whole family's eyes, ears and tastebuds -- from the 10-piece Afghan traditional ensemble Ustad Mohammed Ulfat this afternoon, the DJ and tabla player Karsh Kale and the beautiful bouzouki strains of Calgary's Rembetika Hipsters tonight, to the French-Algerian guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan and the Moroccan pop of B'Net Marrakech tomorrow, not to mention Maori and bhangra dance workshops, kids' crafts, cooking demonstrations, you name it. DJ SHADOW . July 17, 8 p.m., $25, Kool Haus, 132 Queens Quay E., 416-870-8000.
From his classic Endtroducing album, which first put "sampling" and "symphony" together in the public mind, through the funky Brainfreeze compilations, to his new The Private Press, which spins rock samples into his complex mix, California's DJ Shadow has kept ahead of his art form -- while, true to his name, keeping out of the celebrity spotlight. Wednesday offers a chance to see the Svengali behind the sounds.