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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. cen­tre­pointeth­e­

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. al­go­nquin­com­mon­sthe­

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 td­ 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, the­black­

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, td­ 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, 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, mer­cury­ 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 td­ 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. za­ph­ 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, the­black­

Roger Hodg­son plans to give a lit­tle bit at TD Place on Nov. 8.

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