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Ten music events in Toronto this week: Aug. 22 to 28

Daniel Lanois’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic includes Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer, Elliott Brood, and Gord Downie and the Sadies this year.

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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


Sam Roberts Band Aug. 30 and 31. Key to Bala, Bala, Ont.,

Guelph Jazz Festival Sept. 3 to 7.

Loudon Wainwright III Sept. 7. Hugh's Room 416-531-6604 or

Muskoka Sound Music Festival: Shad, Serena Ryder, Hawksley Workman Sept. 12 to 14. Huntsville, Ont.,

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Sandbanks New Waves Festival: The Hylozoists, Bry Webb, Cuff the Duke Sept. 13. Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ont.,

Living Colour Sept. 18. Opera House,

TSO's Opening Night: Joshua Bell Sept. 18. Roy Thomson Hall, 416-593-4828 or

Johnny O'Neal Oct 2 to 4. Jazz Bistro,

ZZ Top Oct. 3. Casino Rama, Rama, Ont., 1-855-985-5000 or

Buddy!: The Buddy Holly Story Begins Oct. 14 to Nov. 16. Winter Garden Theatre, 1-855-622-2787 or

Doug Paisley Nov. 7. Horseshoe Tavern,

Kira Isabella Nov. 20. Adelaide Hall,

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More


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