TOKYO POLICE CLUB Nov. 1 Still going strong after a decade on the road, the foursome from Newmarket, Ont., are currently touring their latest EPs. Out last April, Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 1) was followed up by (Part 2) in September. From $46.25. 101 Centrepointe Dr. 613-580- 2700. centrepointetheatre.ca
STEVE VAI Nov. 2 On the 25th anniversary tour of his sophomore album Passion and Warfare, Steve Vai will tear a rip in the fabric of spacetime with his cosmic guitar playing. Vai is a virtuoso and his 1990 progressive metal LP was one of his absolute best. From $49.50. Algonquin Commons Theatre. 1385 Woodroffe Ave. (Building E ), 613-727-4723 ext. 6442. algonquincommonstheatre.com
ROGER HODGSON Nov. 8 Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp, is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with a deep tenor vox and even deeper musical tales. From $59.50, TD Place, 1015 Bank St., 613232-6767 tdplace.ca Map 2
JEAN MICHEL BLAIS WITH SPECIAL GUEST HER HARBOUR Nov. 12 A young Montreal-based pianist who burst onto the world stage just this spring is still turning heads with his mastery of the melody and avantgarde atmosphere. His powerful and subtle compositions will be presented with a special guest, Ottawa’s singersongwriter Her Harbour. From $16. Black Sheep Inn. 753 Riverside Dr. Wakefield, Que. 819-459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com
MARIANAS TRENCH Nov. 18 Vancouver prog-poppers Marianas Trench return to Ottawa with new and old offerings on their 15-city fall tour “The Last Crusade”. From $37.95, TD Place, 1015 Bank St., 613-232-6767, tdplace.ca Map 2
GORDON LIGHTFOOT Nov. 19 An inductee of both the Canadian and U.S. Songwriters Halls of Fame, it’s hard to overstate Lightfoot’s influence on the tradition. He’s a walking-talking legend, steeped in praise and awards, whose ballads remain down-to-earth and pleasant — even when they break your heart. From $60. Southam Hall.
National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca Map 4 F4
WOLFGANG: SESSION 7 Nov. 19 Co-presented by Arboretum Festival and the NAC Orchestra, WolfGANG Sessions are redefining what classical and chamber music can be. It will sell out, as it always does. The kids are alright! From $15. Mercury Lounge, 56 ByWard Market Square, mercurylounge.com Map 4 F3
SIMPLE PLAN Nov. 19 The pop punk revival of Simple Plan is upon us! Their latest album, Taking One For The Team, reminded fans why they love the globetrotting group from Montreal. From $39.50, TD Place, 1015 Bank St., 613232-6767 tdplace.ca Map 2
COLEMAN HELL Nov. 24 With a name like Coleman Hell, images of a portable stove or a fiery pit come to mind. The dance-pop prince burns somewhere in between, with infectious energy and refrains. He’ll be joined on his “Summerland” tour by Haligonian Ria Mae. From $25. Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St. zaphods.ca Map 4 F3
ESMERINE & XYLOURIS WHITE Nov. 24 Call this night a melting pop of genres: chamber, post-rock, Turkish and Greek folk, and even drone. Buckle up because a night with Esmerine and Xylouris White could easily blow you away. From $15. Black Sheep Inn. 753 Riverside Dr. Wakefield, Que. 819459-3228, theblacksheepinn.com
Roger Hodgson plans to give a little bit at TD Place on Nov. 8.