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Po­laris Prize win­ning singer-song­writer Tanya Tagaq per­forms a free con­cert Thurs­day night, 9 p.m., in the band­shell in front of the John Hod­gins En­gi­neer­ing Build­ing at McMaster Uni­ver­sity as part of the North Amer­i­can Indige­nous Games Cul­tural Fes­ti­val. The show starts at 8 p.m. with Cris Derk­sen. On Fri­day, the fes­ti­val con­tin­ues with Mimi O’Bon­sawin (8 p.m.) and Mid­night Shine (9 p.m.). Ad­mis­sion is free.


The Hamil­ton World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val goes in­doors this year with three days of free live en­ter­tain­ment at the Lin­coln Alexan­der Cen­tre, 160 King St. E., Fri­day, July 21 through Sun­day, July 23. Mu­sic from Spain, Africa, South Amer­ica and the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing the Juno-win­ning Oka­vango African Orches­tra (pic­tured) at 10 p.m. Satur­day. Three stages with food and fam­ily-friendly area. For info: hamil­ton­world­mu­ Ad­mis­sion is free.


Hamil­ton roots-rock band Mis­sis­sippi Bends, fronted by Mary Si­mon and An­drew Aldrige, per­forms a two-set con­cert at the Cot­ton Fac­tory, 270 Sher­man Ave. N., Fri­day, July 21, in sup­port of the Quilt of Be­long­ing project, a tex­tile art project rec­og­niz­ing Canada’s di­ver­sity. The band will in­clude some new ma­te­rial it has been work­ing at Hamil­ton’s Thresh­old Record­ing Stu­dio. Doors open at 7 p.m.; mu­sic starts at 8. $10.


Hamil­ton singer-song­writer Ja­cob Moon (pic­tured) is one of sev­eral acts sched­uled to per­form Satur­day, July 22, 5 p.m., at the Tim’s Trib­ute Ben­e­fit Con­cert in mem­ory of Tim Bosma, at Ger­ma­nia Park, 4240 Trin­ity Church Rd., Bin­brook. Also on the bill are Ray Lyell, Rhythm Works, Mike Al­mas Blues Band and Can­nery Row. Tick­ets are $35, with pro­ceeds go­ing to Tim’s Trib­ute. Free park­ing.


The Mat­inée is a Van­cou­ver-based band that serves up rootsy alt-rock a la Kings of Leon. Check out the band’s lat­est video for the sin­gle “Danc­ing on Your Grave.” The Mat­inée per­forms Sun­day, July 23, at The Cas­bah (Queen at King Street West). Doors open at 8 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $10.

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