A weekly feature that highlights the 10 best music happenings in Toronto. Here's what's on this week, July 25 to 31.
Toronto Summer Music A celebration of early 20th-century music continues, with concerts that include a program of chamber works titled Romanticism to Modernity, which explores the transitional era when extravagant styles gave way to cleaner musical fashions. To Aug. 12. Various prices and venues, 416-408-0208 or torontosummermusic.com.
Classical VI: Voices and Strings Unique Canadian ideas and eclectic international performers in classical and world music take over lakeside grounds. As well, a handful of ukelele workshops lead to a mass-uke rendition of Toreador from Bizet's Carmen on Sunday (5:30 p.m.). July 25 to 27. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen St. W., 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com.
Kirk MacDonald Quartet, featuring Harold Mabern The Canadian saxophonist brings in the illustrious Memphis hard bop pianist Mabern for a pair of shows in a tasteful venue. July 25 and 26, 8 p.m. $10 to $20. Jazz Bistro, 416-363-5299 or jazzbistro.ca.
Bruno Mars Fans of Pharrell Williams can't be happy that the hat-wearing hit-maker pulled out of pop dynamo Bruno Mars's long-running tour. July 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m. $66.75 to $142.50. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Wiz Khalifa The free-spirited rapper brings along fellow travellers Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan for his Under the Influence of Music tour. July 29, 8 p.m. $41.50 to $148.25. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Jaron Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything New adventures in fiddle music. July 30, 9 p.m. $15. Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., 416- 596-1908.
Lionel Richie, with CeeLo Green As promised, the hits – all night long. July 30, 7:30 p.m. $35.50 to $174.50. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Australian blues-rock ritualist and his sympathetic troupe expertly offer badass drama. July 31, 8 p.m. $55.25 to $98.25. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E.,, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Jack White, with Benjamin Booker The former White Stripes frontman unleashes the rich, wild material of his manic Lazaretto solo album. July 31, 8 p.m. $45 to $81.50. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
Cold Specks The ominous soul-folk siren Al Spyx previews the textured material of her forthcoming Neuroplasticity album. July 31. $14. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.,1150 Queen St. W., galleryac.com
Boots & Hearts: Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes July 31 to Aug. 3. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ont., bootsandhearts.com
Smokey Robinson Aug. 1. Casino Rama, Rama, Ont., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Irie Music Festival Aug. 1 to 4. Nathan Phillips Square, iriemusicfestival.com
Veld Music Festival: Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea Aug. 2 and 3. Downsview Park, veldmusicfestival.com
Summerworks Music Series Aug. 8 to 14. Various venues, summerworks.ca
Edgefest 3: Our Lady Peace, Sloan, I Mother Earth Aug 16. Echo Beach, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Greenbelt Harvest Picnic: Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie & the Sadies, Ray Lamontagne Aug. 23. Christie Lake, Dundas, Ont., harvestpicnic.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
The Blue Dot Tour with David Suzuki and Friends Oct. 2. Centre for the Performing Arts, Richmond Hill, Ont., bluedot.ca
Johnny O'Neal Oct 2 to 4. Jazz Bistro, jazzbistro.ca
The Blue Dot Tour with David Suzuki and Friends Oct. 3. Massey Hall, bluedot.ca
The Blue Dot Tour with David Suzuki and Friends Oct. 6. Centre in the Square, Kitchener, Ont., bluedot.ca
Flying Lotus Oct. 21. Danforth Music Hall, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca
Mac DeMarco Nov. 6. Danforth Music Hall, 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca