Russell Peters: Funnyman Russell Peters’ Deported World Tour arrives at Rogers Place tonight, and guests are urged to leave their sensitivities on the sidewalk next to the Wayne Gretzky statue to fully enjoy his particular brand of irreverence. The Toronto-born stand-up is known for tackling race-related topics with a balanced approach, meaning everyone in the audience will likely find their ethnic group addressed by his sharp wit and wry observations about multiculturalism and how laughter helps us co-exist.
Details: 8 p.m., Rogers Place (10220 104 Ave.), $77 and up, available from Ticketmaster
Classified: Delivering socially conscious cuts and straight talk with a conscience, the Nova Scotia rapper isn’t afraid to go there, wherever ‘there’ might be. Classified’s latest album, Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change, was released in October and addresses topics ranging from female empowerment and indigenous marginalization on Powerless — released in conjunction with a heartbreaking video — to Legal Marijuana, an anthem for those who embraced cannabis long before legalization. He’s joined on the bill by Maestro Fresh Wes and Choclair.
Details: 8 p.m., Union Hall (6240 99 St.), $46 and up, available from Ticketmaster
Korpiklaani: Brandishing fiddles and folk-metal, Finnish stars Korpiklaani defy convention to brew up a batch of alcohol-themed party tunes that pay homage to beer, vodka and tequila. Good thing it’s Friday rather than Sunday, because that sounds like a recipe for a Monday morning hangover that could dismantle our entire week. Their latest album, Kulkija, tones down the booze a bit in favour of wandering folklore, but it’s still Friday so if you plan to attend keep your Saturday morning clear, just in case.
Details: 7 p.m., Starlite Room (10030 102 St.), $20 to $29.50, available at the door or in advance from the Starlite Room website
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