ROCKY’S BEST BETS
Ivory Hours is an alt-pop-rock trio originally from London, Ont., that gained some notice on rock radio a couple of years ago with its debut album “Morning Light” and a single called “Warpaint.” The band is about to release its second LP “Dreamline.” You can hear some of the new tunes Friday, when Ivory Hours performs at Mills Hardware, 96 King St. E., with local rockers Coyote Black. 8 p.m. $10 advance, $15 door.
LIFE OF BRIAN
The annual tribute to late great guitarist Brian Griffith takes place Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Dr., with Sharon Musgrave, Lori Yates, The Riddim Riders, Mississippi Bends, JP Riemens and the Bar Flies, Jamie Okes, Jude Johnson, Joel Guenther, Michelle Titian and many more. Proceeds to the Brian Lee Griffith bursary fund. $20. Advance tickets at Picks and Sticks.
WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA
The Wilderness of Manitoba is the stage name for the folk-rock of Toronto singer-songwriter Will Whitman (above) and Raven Shields. The group is releasing a new EP “The Tin Shop” this week. You can hear the new tunes Saturday at Mills Hardware, 96 King St. E., with opening act Jenny Berkell. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
LUNCH AT ALLENS
Lunch at Allens is a collaboration between four superb Canadian songwriters and storytellers — Marc Jordan, Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church and Dundas singer-songwriter Ian Thomas. They’re coming together Saturday, 8 p.m., at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre for a fundraising concert for Thomas’s son Jake, who was severely injured earlier this year in a snowmobile accident. Only a handful of tickets left at 905-681-6000. $65.
Missy Bauman won best new artist at the 2012 Hamilton Music Awards. The Brantford singer-songwriter is releasing her debut solo album. Recorded at Hamilton’s Grant Avenue Studio, it’s a collection of alternative folk songs blended with charming psychedelic chamber pop. At The Casbah (Queen at King West) Sunday, 8 p.m., with Of Gentlemen and Cowards. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10 admission. All ages welcome.