Rural Alberta Advantage
Friday, 10 p.m.
Where: Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W.

The indie trio’s first full-length album, Hometowns, may have only been given a wide release this summer, but their following is growing.

Now that their crooned harmonies and upbeat tunes are back home and still kicking after months of touring North America, and with upcoming gigs including Vancouver’s Cultural Olympiad, catch them while their shows are stillaffordable. $15.

You Say Party! We Say Die!
Friday, 8 p.m.
Where: The Phoenix, 410 Sherbourne St.

While the warm and fuzzies seem to drift through YSP!WSD!’s latest release, these Vancouver do-gooders have struck the perfect balance.

On XXXX (that’s code for love), sentimental lyrics are answered by their dark, dance-punk sound, beat by sinister beat. With Think About Life, Little Girls. $12.

Pretty Pictures
Where: Magic Pony, 694 Queen St. W.

Drawn and Quarterly launches two new books at Magic Pony this week: internationally renowned Marc Bell’s Hot Potatoe, and Amy Lockhart’s Dirty Dishes. A feast for the imagination. Free. 416-861-1684.

Steps Forward
Nov. 18-21, 8 p.m.
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queen’s Quay W.

Explore the immigrant experience through HCA Dance Theatre Company’s collaborative production about diasporas.

The talented cast and crew — immigrants themselves —combine contemporary dance, visual art, film and music to tackle questions of memory, identity and separation. $35; student/seniors $30. 416-973-4000.

Bite Your Tongue 2
Saturday 9 p.m.
Where: Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard St. E.

The promoters of BYT 2 have a rep for creative bookings: they’re the guys behind Extermination Music Night.

Even without the risk of getting busted, seeing acts from Lucky Dragons to Corpusse, Toronto’s “punk rock Leonard Cohen” will still get your heart racing. $10.

Bonjay @ Gimme Gimme Release Party
Where: Teranga, 159 Augusta Ave.

Birthed in Ottawa and now based here, Bonjay is the dancehall, soul, hip-hop and pop-loving duo of vocalist Alanna Stuart and DJ/producer Pho. $8.

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