Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon (née Roland Pemberton) is bringing his arsenal of heady rhymes to This Ain't Hollywood (345 James St. N) on Thursday night. The Montreal-based rapper (and former poet laureate of Edmonton) is reportedly filming a music video here for Hype Man, a track off his Polaris Prize-shortlisted album Hope in a Dirt City. Tickets to the show are $14, available at Dr. Disc and online at thisainthollywood.ca.

C.R. Avery

You'd be forgiven for thinking that harmonica and hip-hop are about as good a combination as, say, cottage cheese on a hot dog. But Vancouver-based harp-wailing rapper C.R. Avery is out to prove everybody wrong — about the musical mixture, at least. Curious? He's playing the Pearl Company  (16 Steven St.) on Tuesday night. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Admission at the door is $25 for adults and $20 for students. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call the venue 905-524-0606.

Hamilton Music Awards conference

Hamilton Music Awards weekend is kicking off with a full-day conference at Mohawk College's McIntyre Theatre about careers in the music industry. Speakers include Hamilton-based singer-songwriters All About Maggie and Missy Bauman, and Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe. Tickets for the conference are $19.50, but students get in free. For more information, go to hamiltonmusicawards.com. The Arkells, from Hamilton, are nominated for five awards. You can read an interview with Max Kerman on the Arkells right here.