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Ten music events in Toronto this week: Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

A weekly feature that highlights the 10 best music happenings in Toronto. Here's what's on this week, Aug. 29 to Sept. 4.

Glenn A theatrical look from the Soulpepper company at the captivating Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Sept. 2 to Oct. 1 (now in previews). $23 to $89. Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, 416-866-8666 or

Ashkenaz Festival The annual event of Jewish music and culture includes the Canadian premiere of an edgy folk opera, Lilith, The Night Demon in One Lewd Act (Sept.1, 6 p.m., $22 to $25). Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. Various prices (including free events) and venues (Harbourfront Centre is the hub). 235 Queens Quay W.,

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Summer Friday Fan Festival With Hamilton rockers Monster Truck as the musical guest, the Toronto Blue Jays host a giant patio party before a tilt with Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees. Aug. 29, 4:30 p.m. Free. Outside Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way,

Arcade Fire What Toronto-centric tune will they pull out of their bag? Touring in support of their dynamic album Reflektor, the Montreal rockestra has been honouring each of their tour stops with a cover song inspired by the city they're playing. Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. $45.25 to $89.50. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1-855-985-5000 or

Ari Hoenig Group An intense Philadelphia-bred drummer leads a New York-based jazz troupe for two nights. Aug. 30 and 31, 9:45 p.m. $TBD. Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, 194 Queen St. W., 416-598-2475 or

Guelph Jazz Festival Among other events, the far-out annual jazz happening has the Sun Ra Arkestra (under the direction of Marshall Allen) in a collaborative performance with the dance company Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (on Sept. 6). Sept. 3 to 7. Various prices and venues. Guelph, Ont.,

Wicked The Tony-winning musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz visits Toronto one more time. Sept. 3 to Nov. 2. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 416-872-1212 or

Miranda Lambert The likable country star celebrates Platinum – her record-sales standard and latest album. Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. $38 to $89.75. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1-855-985-5000 or

Rich Aucoin In advance of his album-release show at the Drake Underground on September 9, the Halifax popster previews his danceable, gang-shouted Ephemeral LP at a TIFF-sponsored street party. Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m. Free. King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue.

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Southside Shuffle The annual blues blowout brings Coco Montoya (Sept. 5), Janiva Magness (Sept. 6), Watermelon Slim (Sept. 6 and 7) and the rising guitar star Jarekus Singleton (Sept. 6 and 7). Sept. 4 to 7. $20 (weekend pass). Memorial Park, Port Credit, Ont.,


All-Canadian Jazz Festival Sept. 5 to 7. Port Hope, Ont.,

The Blasters Sept. 6. Horseshoe Tavern,

Riot Fest: The Cure, Metric, Paul Weller, The National Sept. 6 and 7. Downsview Park,

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

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

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

Paolo Nutini Sept. 15. Sound Academy, 1-855-985-5000 or

Living Colour Sept. 18. Opera House,

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

Sam Smith Sept. 21. Kool Haus, 1-855-985-5000 or

Life, Death and the Blues Sept. 30 to Oct. 19 (previews begin Sept. 25). Theatre Passe Muraille, 416-504-7529 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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