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The Elwins play the islands tonight (Ward’s Island, to be precise). Photo by Jason Abrishami.
In today’s Urban Planner: if you thought you couldn’t spend all night at music gigs around town just because NXNE is done, you’d be wrong, friend! Today’s on-the-town music playlist includes ’70s funk, Aretha Franklin, Coeur De Pirate, The Elwins, Matt Barber, ’80s post-punk, Brendan Canning, and Cherry Bomb!
ART/FUNK: The night starts with the opening of a new exhibit, I WORRY. Over 80 on-the-street interviews asking Torontonians what stresses them out have been compiled and incorporated into this multimedia exhibit. Later in the night, though, the gallery will start to groove to “’70s Afro-Brazilian Funk,” courtesy of DJ Jesse Levine. Labspace Studio (2A Pape Avenue), reception at 7 p.m., funk at 10:30 p.m., FREE.
POP: Of the bands we profiled for NXNE, both Bent By Elephants and Doctor Ew named The Elwins as a “breakout act.” They headline a show on the islands tonight with the Weather Station and Ivy Mairi. St. Andrew’s By The Lake Church, Ward’s Island (Cibola Avenue), 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m., PWYC.
FOLK: Singer-songwriters Matthew Barber and Oh Susanna bring their He Said, She Said tour to their hometown tonight. Barber has noted he lives just a couple of minutes from the venue, so playing the Great Hall is as close to playing his living room (with a few hundred friends) as he can get. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $18.50.
SOUL: The Toronto Jazz Festival opens tonight, with blues, soul, and gospel legend Aretha Franklin headlining a free concert in the downtown core—R-E-S-P-E-C-T. David Pecaut Square (225 King Street West), 8:30 p.m., FREE.
FRANCOPHONE: Harbourfront Centre also hosts the opening of a festival tonight, Franco-Fête, and like the island show, the main stage is right by the water; Montreal’s Coeur De Pirate headlines, en Français. Harbourfront Centre, WestJet Stage (235 Queens Quay West), 9:30 p.m., FREE.
POST-PUNK: After the waterfront shows or downtown concerts, if the night is still young for you and your pals, you could head to PITY*PARTY, co-hosted by Torontoist‘s own John Semley, where you can get down to all the bands that made the ’80s cool—like one band we featured last week, DEVO. The Central (603 Markham Street), 10:30 p.m., $5.
DANCE: Or you could dance the night away at the Gay-Straight Alliance Dance Party. Inspired by the Catholic School Board’s refusal to recognize queer rights groups, this banging Pride lead-up shindig will feature DJ sets by Broken Social Scene-ster Brendan Canning, Cherry Bomb‘s Cozmic Cat, and more. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), $5 before 11pm, $10 after.