ROCKY’S BEST BETS

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IVORY HOURS

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

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.

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