A relatively light upcoming week in shows still has some fine musical happenings to help you kill time while waiting for the apocalypse. And curiously, all on the waterfront.
Harbourfront’s excellent summer festival schedule continues Friday through Sunday with T.O. Twang, billed as “Toronto’s first and only alt.country festival”. In addition to musical performances from such excellent acts as The Sadies, Carolyn Mark, Billy Joe Shaver, Elliot Brood, Luther Wright & the Wrongs and The Derailers (see the website for complete set times), there will be topical film presentations, and activities like rope spinning, BBQ demos and two-step lessons to help perpetuate everyone’s favourite country music stereotypes. Admission to everything is free free free.
At the other end of the musical spectrum, the Getting Up Festival goes down at the Docks Friday and Saturday and brings all sorts of hip-hop royalty to town, including Kanye West, Mos Def, Ludacris, Nas and Busta Rhymes among others. And not to be outdone on the perpetuating stereotypes front, there’s also a luxury car show, graffiti expo and a sneaker boutique/gallery on site. Tickets $59.50 for a one-day pass, $99.50 for both days. There’s also VIP passes for $79.50 and $139, respectively.
Finally, Wakestock takes over the Toronto Islands in extreme fashion. Starting on the 11th and running through the 14th, the musical component of the wakeboarding party will include sets from Magneta Lane, Rise Against, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish and a Jello-less Dead Kennedys. Stereotypes? I dunno – wet t-shirt contests? But you can’t really schedule those – they just happen. Tickets prices vary from $10 to $34.50 depending on which day you want to attend, though $44.50 will get you into all four days. Prices do not include ferry, though, so work that in or, like, board over…
If your musical tastes do not fall into one of these three categories, congratulations! You’re unmarketable-to. See what else is going on after the jump.
Thursday, August 11:
Ron Sexsmith wants to walk with the animals, talk with the animals at the Toronto Zoo’s Waterside Theatre, part of their Animal Trax program. Admission is $30 with zoo admission. Also, Pitter Patter nights continue at O’Grady’s with Sailboats Are White, Grasshopper Soundclash and Arkata. PYWVC.
Friday, August 12:
Mainstream punk and emo go together like chocolate and peanut butter when Green Day and Jimmy Eat World play Molson Park ($48). And back in the city, The Old Soul and Spitfires and Mayflowers are at the Silver Dollar.
Saturday, August 13:
The Foo Fighters enlist some local help for their Molson Amphitheatre show from local heroes The Constantines, who have been accompanying them on their cross-Canada tour. Tickets are $26.25 to $43.25, depending on how much you want to be hit by Dave Grohl’s sweat.
Sunday, August 14:
Wavelength this week (#276 if you’re collecting them all) features Permafrown, aka Amy from Pony Da Look, along with J+J+J and Goudron. It’s going to be synthy, glitchy and altogether itchy. Sneaky Dee’s, pay what you can.
Monday, August 15:
DEF LEPPARD! DEF LEPPARD DEF LEPPARD DEF LEPPARD! MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE! $55.50 OR $20.00! The Tea Party support. They don’t get all caps.
Tuesday, August 16:
The Trews turn Nu Music Nites at the Horseshoe into their own CD release party for Den Of Thieves. Free! The Allman Brothers Band are at the Molson Amphitheatre ($35.50 – $55.00) and Sass Jordan sees if Canadian Idol has resurrected her singing career with a show at the Drake ($5). Survey says… no.
Wednesday, August 17:
Giddy local indie collective The Ghost Is Dancing gets things moving at the El Mocambo with The Populars and JF Robitaille. $5 at the door.