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WEMF hangs on
Just when you thought rave was over, Destiny comes back with a revitalized WEMF 2005 , the annual three-day camping and dancing adventure. Headliners include the Beastie Boys' Mixmaster Mike , drum 'n' bass heavyweights Mampi Swift and DJ Hype , trance superstars Rabbit in the Moon and Astral Projection among many others. Since competing hippy rave festival Om has been cancelled this year, this is your only chance to rave for three days outdoors. July 8-10, location tba at www.wemf.com.
Credit Sideways for bringing wine tourism back in vogue for more than just the well-heeled grey-haired set, but Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate Winery is sweetening the pot by running a series of cool vineyard shows through the summer. Daytrippers can trade in lukewarm cooler beers for Niagara-region tipples while artists like Sarah Harmer (July 2), Melanie Doane (July 16), Spirit of the West (July 30), Matt Dusk (August 6) and Quartetto Gelato (August 20) sing sweet serenades under the stars. 2145 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake. $49-$59, or dinner and show $150. 905-468-4637.
Punk in the Park
If the film release of Lords Of Dogtown is making you all misty-eyed for real hardcore skateboard shredders set to a soundtrack of haphazard punk rock, you'll be stoked to know about the return of the annual Warped Tour , which touches down in Barrie's Molson Park July 30. Pack your longboard for a full day of loud 'n' obnoxious attitude from bands like Dropkick Murphys , Motion City Soundtrack , Funeral for a Friend , Atreyu and more. Along with the usual entertainment from a shitload of extreme sport freaks on the ramps, this year's highlights include the return of original low-self-esteem punks Offspring and Christian pop-punk survivors MxPx . The Flats, 100 Molson Park Drive, Barrie. $32.75-$41.25. 416-870-8000.
After suffering a string of dismal years - no thanks to Mother Nature - the venerable Mariposa Folk Festival is recovering quite nicely and the move north to cottage country seems to have been a winning strategy. This year's Mariposa (July 8 to 10) at Tudhope Park in Orillia is headlined by Can-folk icons Gordon Lightfoot and Murray McLauchlan , but there also appears to be a mild attempt to appeal to a slightly younger crowd (i.e., 30-somethings) with the addition of Sarah Harmer and Serena Ryder to the bill. 705-329-2333, www.mariposafolkfestival.com.
It's no longer a surprise to see another strong lineup booked for the annual Hillside Festival, but even by the high standards of Hillside's programming, this year's slate of alterna-darlings set for the great Guelph getaway (July 22-24) is very impressive. Just with old standbys like Sam Roberts , the Weakerthans and the Be Good Tanyas , you've got a solid draw, but throw in current it bands Arcade Fire and Stars and there's a guaranteed huge turnout. Get your tickets early. Guelph Lake Island . www.hillside.on.ca.