...and other amusements.
1: Feist, Sarah Harmer, Emmylou Harris, and Gord Downie headline Daniel Lanois’ Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Dundas, Ontario.
2: Public Enemy perform their ground-breaking, thought-provoking 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back at The Sound Academy.
3: Enjoy the last day of the Ex.
4: U.K. faves The Vaccines release their sophmore set, Come of Age; the latest from Stars, The North, also hits stores.
5: The 2012 NFL season kicks off with the Dallas Cowboys at the New Yorks Giants; No Doubt rock the pre-game show. Over here, Matt Mays celebrates release of his new LP, Coyote, with a tune or two at the Edge’s Sugar Beach Studio.
6: Weakerthans’ John K. Samson and the artist formerly known as Snailhouse, Michael Feuerstack, play the 918 Bathurst Space.
7: Very funny-man Lewis Black visits Massey Hall.
8: The ever-unpredictable Lauryn Hill plays Kool Haus.
9: A first rate punk-rock line up (including NOFX and Fucked Up) makes up Riotfest at Historic Fort York.
10: Bloc Party‘s new LP, Four, is in stores now and the band plays the first of two nights at Danforth Music Hall tonight.
11: Billy Talent‘s fourth album, Dead Silence, is among today’s new releases.
12: City & Colour headline a formidable four-bander along with The Avett Brothers, Hey Rosetta, and The Grey Kingdom at the Molson Amphitheatre.
13: Gob host a two-night toast to the 25th anniversary of Sneaky Dee’s.
14: San Fran’s Vetiver bring their subtle alt-folk stylings to the Horseshoe Tavern.
15: The Sheepdogs bring The Sadies, Yukon Blonde, and Zeus to Echo Beach for an end-of-summer party.
16: You’ve got to see Frames frontman Glen Hansard at least once. How about tonight at The Danforth Music Hall?
17: Baltimore two-piecer Wye Oak‘s 2011 LP, Civilian, was a keeper. I hope we hear some new ones, too, tonight at The Horsehoe.
18: Nu Music Night FallFest 2012 at the Horseshoe brings two current faves, Rah Rah and Rococode, and two long-time likes, Mystery Machine and Sianaspheric, together for one night only.
19: Hopefully Peter Gabriel plays his Arcade Fire and Radiohead covers at the ACC.
20: One hit, I wonder? He’s got more! Gotye and the equally catchy Chairlift hook up at the Molson Amphitheatre.
21: Head to Lee’s Palace tonight for your last chance to see Grimes before, I predict, she wins the Polaris Music Prize on Sept. 24.
22: The Killers‘ new LP, Battle Born, is out Sept. 18*, and they’re treating us to a release-week show at Sound Academy.
23: Tip your top hat to Slash at the Sound Academy.
24: Dinosaur Jr. kicks off a three-night Toronto stand to celebrate their new album, I Bet on Sky, and Lee’s Palace 27th anniversary.
25: It’s a rare visit from talented New Orleans electro/alterno act Mute Math at the Phoenix.
26: It’s a perfect time for a new Propagandhi LP—get acquainted with Failed States tonight at the Phoenix.
27: I Mother Earth and Young Empires are among the artists performing at 2012 Casby Awards at the Sound Academy.
28: Comedy legend Bob Newhart makes it a safe bet to hit Fallsview Casino.
29: Frisco’s Two Gallants bring their new LP, The Bloom and The Blight, to Lee’s Palace.
30: Beth Orton preps us for her first LP in six years, The Sugaring Sessions, at the Mod Club.
CORRECTION, AUG. 29, 2012: The original version of this listed an incorrect release date for the new Killers album; the text has been updated with the correct date.