It’s a “welcome to summer” celebration. It’s a fundraiser for the Raising the Village charity. It’s a half-dozen of Toronto’s most exuberant live music acts, including the Elwins, the 6th Letter, and Fast Romantics. The Sound of Change Music Festival will be all of these things at Adelaide Hall this Friday.
The last five annual editions of Next Music From Tokyo sold out, so the cultural exchange program, which features the best independent rock acts from Japan, has a two-night stand in Toronto this year. Night one takes place at the Rivoli and features five different acts. Those same five acts will play different sets on Saturday, May 17, at Lee’s Palace.
The irreverent rhyming faceoff comedy series Rapp Battlez, which has become one of the most popular recurring shows at Comedy Bar, celebrates its 50th edition. Headlining battlers, who have in the past included your drunk mom (Kayla Lorette) and a barely intelligible Boss (Greg Cochrane)—both featured in the NSFW video above—and James Bond (Daniel Bierne and Roger Bainbridge), have not yet been announced for the show. But it’s a fair bet there’ll be returning champs and some new characters joining hosts Dex Vocab (Freddie Rivas) and Big Migga (Miguel Rivas) on stage.