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Hamil­ton’s Diana Panton won a Juno for best jazz vo­cal al­bum in 2015. Now she’s nom­i­nated for best chil­dren’s al­bum for her “I Be­lieve in Lit­tle Things.” Don’t let the cat­e­gory fool you though, the al­bum has been rid­ing the jazz charts all over the world. Panton per­forms at the Burling­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre Stu­dio on Satur­day, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. There’s only a hand­ful of seats avail­able. 905-681-6000


Lo­cal Bea­tle fa­natic Christo­pher Clause hosts his an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the music of Ge­orge Har­ri­son on Satur­day, Feb. 18, 8 p.m., at the Pearl Com­pany, 16 Steven St. Artists per­form­ers in­clude Clause, The Barr Band, Andy Grif­fiths, An­drew Hall, Bec Jamieson, Chris Jamieson, Michael Scott, Peter Taplay and Tommy Gunn. Ad­mis­sion is $20 with pro­ceeds go­ing to Gra­cenotes and the Deb­bie Clause Record­ing Fund.


Juno-win­ning song­writer Julie Doiron brings her new band, The Wrong Guys, to Mills Hard­ware, 95 King St. E., on Sun­day, Feb. 19. Doiron and the band re­cently re­leased an EP and are work­ing on a full-length al­bum. The Wrong Guys are Mike Peters and Jaye Sch­warzer of The Can­cer Bats, and roots trou­ba­dour Ea­mon McGrath. Show at 9 p.m. $20 at the door or $14.99 in ad­vance. With back­ing act Whoop-Szo.


Ian Thorn­ley and his band Big Wreck have been on a roll since re­unit­ing and re­leas­ing the rock-ra­dio hit “Al­ba­tross” in 2012. They fol­lowed it up with the Juno-nom­i­nated “Ghosts” in 2014. The band, which fea­tures Hamil­ton’s Dave McMil­lan on bass, is now tour­ing its fifth full-length al­bum, “Grace Street.” Big Wreck comes to the FirstOn­tario Con­cert Hall (Hamil­ton Place) on Sun­day, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. Tick­ets are $32.50 and $39.50, avail­able at the FirstOn­tario Cen­tre box of­fice or Tick­et­mas­ter.


Colin James has re­leased a fine new al­bum, “Blue High­ways,” on Wa­ter­down’s True North la­bel, pay­ing trib­ute to blues idols like Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Fred­die King and Peter Green. The al­bum has him vy­ing for the Juno blues al­bum of the year. Colin James per­forms Tues­day, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., at the FirstOn­tario Con­cert Hall (Hamil­ton Place), with Tami Neilson. Tick­ets $39.50 to $85, avail­able at the FirstOn­tario Cen­tre box of­fice or through Tick­et­mas­ter.

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