Teen pop princesses may be a dime a dozen these days, but most of MTV's highest-profile, er, role models are setting examples by crashing their Beemers in DUI fiascos or getting hospitalized for "exhaustion." In contrast, even if you weren't already won over by Pink 's Paris Hilton- and Jessica Simpson-skewering Stupid Girls video, it's impossible not to love the fact that the bratty radio-rock rebel recently spent her downtime in T.O. dropping by a high school to chat with adolescent girls about self-esteem, the importance of being educated and politically informed and (hallelujah!) how stupid it is to try to look like stereotypical media images of women. Feel the girl-power love at the Kool Haus when Pink swings by July 13. 1 Jarvis. $28.50. 416-870-8000.
Quick, what do Nick Cave, Linda Thompson, Rufus Wainwright and Laurie Anderson have in common? If you said they're artists whose influence isn't reflected in disc sales, you're right. But they also all love to share the bill with the weird and wonderful Handsome Family , who play the Horseshoe July 15. Since moving from Chicago to Albuquerque, the Handsome Family husband-and-wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks have been busily crafting Last Days Of Wonder (Carrot Top), a song cycle inspired by the life and work of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla , who, despite having invented the radio (sorry, Marconi) and developed the concept of alternating current, died penniless and largely forgotten. Should be entertaining as well as educational. 370 Queen West. $13.50. 416-598-4753.
Fallen Angels rise again
Think of the summer concert season as a rock 'n' roll time machine that can transport you back to virtually any bygone era in pop music, where now-extinct bands once more walk the earth in all their glory. One of summer 06's greatest back-to-the-future moments is certain to be the triumphant hair metal cagematch between reunited trashy power balladeers Poison and Bon Jovi-approved Pennsylvania rockers Cinderella (who're still going strong) down at the Molson Amphitheatre. Make sure to stock up on lighters and heavy-duty hairspray - heat can be a bitch for an Aqua-Netted coif. August 1. 909 Lakeshore West. $42.50. 416-870-8000.
WEMF turns 12
The World Electronic Music Festival celebrates 12 years on the July 21 weekend with three days of beats, camping and partying at Trudeau Park in Tweed, Ontario. This time around there's an additional stage focusing on the indie rock scene, with Broken Social Scene , controller.controller and Magneta Lane , among others, performing. The usual DJ stages will also have some big names, including drum 'n' bass icons Goldie , Krust and Die . For your trance needs, John "00" Fleming will be spinning, and there are also stages for hardcore, house and up-and-coming DJs.
Tickets are $90 advance, $120 at the gate for the full three days; other packages are available for those coming later than Friday. For more info, go to www.wemf.com or call 416-631-8821.
Claussell on the Sunnyside
NYC soulful house heavyweight Joe "Joaquin" Claussell makes a repeat appearance at the beautiful Sunnyside Pavilion (1755 Lakeshore West) on July 7, courtesy of Garage416 , Milk and Richard Brooks . Last gig he played here became legendary, so if you like your congas, horns, strings, vocals and smooth sexy grooves, be sure not to miss him manhandling the mixer in the open air under the stars. Tickets are $20 advance, more at the door. For info, check out www.milkaudio.com.
Harris set for Sonic
Quentin Harris has emerged over the past few years as one of the top producers and remixers in deep house. He visits Toronto July 14 at Sonic Nightclub (270 Spadina), alongside jojoflores and Mat Chrysdale , playing on possibly the best sound system in town. Usually, Sonic does not serve alcohol and doesn't open until late, but on this occasion it has a special event permit and opens earlier so partiers can enjoy a few drinks. Tickets are $15 before midnight, $20 before 2 am, $30 after. For details, go to www.sonicnightclub. com.