This weekend you’ve got two big to-do’s vying for your attention – on the mainland, Pride Toronto wraps up a week of festivities with party after party and loads of live music. The full list of performers is too expansive to get into, but it includes David Usher, Carole Pope and Rough Trade, Lesbians On Ecstasy and Gentleman Reg. More detailed schedules of performances and locations available here.
If you’re more hoodies than cut-offs, there’s the Olympic Island show out in the Toronto Islands on Sunday. Headlined by Modest Mouse and Broken Social Scene. Also performing will be Metric, Do Make Say Think, The Most Serene Republic , Triumph Of Lethargy and Keren Ann. The $48.50 ticket price includes the cost of the ferry ride out to the islands and a charitable donation. Gates are at 2pm and the show begins at 2:30.
A whole lot of CD release parties in the next week – check them out after the jump.
Thursday June 23:
Even with his acting career, Mos Def still finds the time to perform at Harbourfront’s CIBC stage. You’d think the Hollywood paycheques would be lining his pockets enough, but no – tickets are still $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Punk stalwarts NOFX and Chixdiggit get sweaty wit the second show of a two-night stand at the Kool Haus ($22) while Canada’s own Trooper, inexplicably left off the Live 8 lineup, raise a little hell at Club 279. Spitfires & Mayflowers have a CD release party for their new album Triumph (also mysteriously not playing Live 8) at Sneaky Dee’s. Finally, the dulcet tones of James Taylor will soothe the masses at the Molson Amphitheatre, tickets $30-$72.50.
Friday, June 24:
The Frontier Index celebrate the long-awaited release of their self-titled debut CD at the Horseshoe. The Parkas and Two-Minute Miracles bring the ice cream and cake. Meanwhile, Santana, Los Lonely Boys and The Salvador Santana Band (nepotism, anyone?) hold what will no doubt amount to a guitar-face orgy at the Molson Amphitheatre, tickets $22.50-$89.50.
Saturday, June 25:
The indie kids will be scurrying between The Poor Alex to see Xiu Xiu and the Music Gallery to see Final Fantasy. The Final Fantasy show is an early one and the Xiu Xiu show is a late one so it’s possible (probable) to do both, but you’d best have tickets – Xiu Xiu is damn near sold out. Elsewhere, Eels are at the Phoenix, a special expanded-lineup A Northern Chorus holds a CD release party for Bitter Hands Resign at Lee’s Palace ($7) and the Gibsone Jessop Gallery down in the Distillery District holds a fundraiser for the Ear To The Ground Festival with performances by As The Poets Affirm, The Ghost Is Dancing and In Support Of Living. Admission $7 at the door.
Sunday, June 26:
This week’s Wavelength features Snailhouse (doing the CD release party thing), Julie Doiron, Glissandro 70. It goes down at Sneaky Dee’s, admission is pay-what-you-can.
Monday, June 27:
Mrs Elvis Costello, Diana Krall serves up the easy listening at the Hummingbird Centre, seats will run you from $69.50 to $125.50.
Tuesday, June 28:
Legendary Texan singer-songwriter Guy Clark plays Hugh’s Room tonight, tickets $36.
Wednesday, June 29:
…Not really anything going on today. Take a night off, get psyched for the long weekend.