A weekly feature that highlights the 10 best music happenings in Toronto. Here's what's on this week, Nov. 21 to Nov. 27.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Emperor Concerto The wunderkind pianist Jan Lisiecki has at a program that includes Beethoven's extroverted Piano Concerto No. 5. Nov. 20 and 22, 8 p.m. $33 to $135. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-593-4828 or tso.ca.
Touré -Raichel Collective "Instead of kosher, I prefer to keep it tasty." Idan Raichel, once voted Israel's musician of the decade by Israeli news media, strikes up a flavoursome combination with Vieux Farka Touré, the virtuoso Malian guitarist. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $35 to $75. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208 or performance.rcmusic.ca.
Bear's Den An English trio with stylistic ties to the rich folk-rock approach of Mumford & Sons, but with a more shimmering sonic aesthetic. Nov. 21, 7 p.m. $17.50. Mod Club, 722 College St., ticketfly.com.
Anne-Sophie Mutter & Mutter Virtuosi The violin super-heroine tours with current and former scholarship students of her own Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Today's lesson: Mendelssohn's Octet and Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $39 to $139. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255 or masseyhall.com.
Buck 65 The adventurous hip-hop auteur finds breakdown inspiration with Neverlove, a divorce album. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $39.75 to $75. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Amelia Curran An arresting songwriter who possesses a flair for quiet but intense drama, the Juno-winner celebrates her latest album, They Promised You Mercy. Nov. 22, 8 p.m. $29.50. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay. W., 416-872-4255 or masseyhall.com
The Count Basie Orchestra When this big band came into being in 1935, swing wasn't yet the thing. That changed. Nov. 22, 8 p.m. $40 to $95. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208 or performance.rcmusic.ca.
Caribou, with Jessy Lanza Caribou is the professional moniker of Dan Snaith, a specialist in electro-psychedelia. To help mark the release of his new album Our Love, the ethereal-soul diva Jessy Lanza will appear. Nov. 24, 7 p.m. $20 to $22.50. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., ticketfly.com.
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life It's not a round-number anniversary – the album was released 38 years ago – but a front-to-back performance of the landmark spiritual, sociopolitical and absolutely funky Songs in the Key of Life is always appropriate. Nov. 25, 8 p.m. $66.50 to $169.50. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Gordon Lightfoot He's played there so many times he's probably earned the right to address the Grand Old Lady of Shuter Street as "my old lady." Nov. 26 to 29, 8 p.m. $32.50 to $99.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255 or masseyhall.com.
The Ting Tings Jan. 19, 2015 (on sale Nov. 21, 10 a.m.). Mod Club, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca or livenation.com
Marilyn Manson Feb. 2, 2015 (on sale Nov. 21, 10 a.m.). Sound Academy, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca or livenation.com
ZZ Top March 5, 2015. (on sale Nov. 21, 10 a.m.). FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca or livenation.com
Foo Fighters July 9, 2015 (pre-sale at Molson Amphitheatre, random lottery line-up, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.; public on-sale, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.). livenation.com
The Arkells Nov. 27 to 29. Danforth Music Hall, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
The Rizdales Nov. 29. Hugh's Room, 416-531-6604 or hughsroom.com
Cavalcade of Lights: Shad, Kellylee Evans, Maestro Fresh Wes, Kardinal Offishall Nov. 29. Nathan Phillips Square, www1.toronto.ca
The Second City Guide to the Symphony, hosted by Colin Mochrie Nov. 29 and 30. Roy Thomson Hall, 416-593-4828 or tso.ca
Cat Stevens Dec. 1. Massey Hall, 416-872-4255 or masseyhall.com
Jason Collett's Basement Revue Dec. 2, 9, 23 and 30. Dakota Tavern, arts-crafts.ca
The Hold Steady Dec. 10 to 13. Horseshoe Tavern, 877-435-9849 or ticketfly.com
Hot Sardines, and Barbra Lica Quintet Dec. 12. Koerner Hall, 416-408-0208 or performance.rcmusic.ca
Foggy Hogtown Boys Dec. 12. Hugh's Room, 416-531-6604 or hughsroom.com
Jason Collett's Basement Revue Dec. 18. Adelaide Hall, arts-crafts.ca
Jesus Christ Superstar Jan. 16 to 31, 2015. Hart House Theatre, 416-978-8849 or uofttix.ca
Spandau Ballet Feb. 3, 2015. Massey Hall, 416-872-4255 or masseyhall.com
John Mellencamp April 29, 2015. Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
John Mellencamp May 1 and 2, 2015. Sony Centre, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Taylor Swift Oct. 2 and 3. Air Canada Centre, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
The Who Oct. 19 and 21, 2015. Air Canada Centre, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca