Mad Decent Block Party 2013

Deejay NDN (left) and Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Paul Galipeau.

Deejay NDN (left) and Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Paul Galipeau.

  • Fort York, Garrison Common (100 Garrison Road)
  • 4 p.m.

The Mad Decent Block Party rolls back into town, and this year, it’s setting up shop in a rather quaint neighbourhood: the commons in and around Fort York. On the bill for the afternoon and evening outdoor electronic extravaganza: Polaris Prize shortlisters A Tribe Called Red, cannon-armed daggering advocate Major Lazer, local duo Zeds Dead, and many more.

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A Tribe Called Red Breaks Out

A Tribe Called Red will play Friday’s Mad Decent Block Party. Photo courtesy of Indoor Recess.

A Tribe Called Red will play Friday’s Mad Decent Block Party. Photo courtesy of Indoor Recess.

  • Fort York, Garrison Common (100 Garrison Road)
  • 4 p.m.

It would be fair to say that A Tribe Called Red is having a breakout moment.

The Ottawa-based electronic music trio was shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Music Prize for its sophomore album, Nation II Nation. The group is playing sold-out shows on both sides of the border and has been covered by almost every major media outlet in the country. Its “powwow-step” sound, which combines traditional Aboriginal music with dubstep, hip-hop, and dancehall reggae, has become a massive success.

ATCR’s Bear Witness admits that the whole thing is kind of a surprise to him and his colleagues, Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau and Dan “DJ Shub” General. Initially, he says, they were just trying to run a club night for urban First Nations youth and make music that would appeal to their community.

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Akron/Family In-store

  • Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst Street)
  • 8 p.m.

Not into shelling out $60 to $110 to see Justin Bieber at the Air Canada Centre? Well, how about a great band for the price of a can or two from your pantry cupboard? Akron/Family, fresh from a number of UK tour dates, are stopping in Toronto en route to this weekend’s Hillside Festival in Guelph, and are playing a free in-store show at Sonic Boom. (The 8 p.m. showtime is a bit unusual for an in-store, but the band will still probably be on London time.) It’s all ages, and Sonic Boom and the band just ask that you consider bringing a food donation for the Fort York food bank.

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Ongoing…

The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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