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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.