Toronto Bluesfest (Exhibition Place), tonight (Thursday, July 24)
If you saw Sheryl Crow's luxurious mansion on 60 Minutes, you know the gal ain't got much to feel bluesy about. She'll definitely brighten up tonight's Bluesfest kickoff.
DJ Rap, BT, Jesse Saunders, etc
World Electronic Music Festival, Trudeau's Park (Tweed, Ontario), Friday through Sunday ( July 25-27)
Looking for an electronic weekend getaway? Drop by Trudeau's Park in Tweed, where Destiny is staging the massive WEMF outdoor rave - topped by drum 'n' bass queen DJ Rap and laptop star BT - which could rival SARSfest. See feature, page 54.
Hummingbird Centre (1 Front East), Saturday ( July 26)
Considering how Marilyn Manson's superstar stripper accomplice Dita Von Teese has already influenced the scary-to-sexy transformation of his video concepts, it'll be interesting to see what effect she's had on his stage presentation.
Gang Starr, Choclair, Bless
Kool Haus (1 Jarvis), Friday (July 25)
Reliability is a rare quality in hiphop, but you can always count on Gang Starr's Guru and DJ Premier to deliver the goods and keep it street. See feature, page 52.
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lakeshore West), Monday ( July 28) Sure, it's a bummer that Brian Eno refused to get back into his spandex jumpsuit and sparkly platforms for the Roxy Music reunion tour, but Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera can still put on a helluva show.
The Silver Dollar (486), Tuesday (July 29)
These New Orleans boys don't know much, but they've got the whole rock 'n' roll thing down to a fine science. See feature, page 42.
Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, etc
Downsview Park, Wednesday (July 30)
Spending a hot summer day in Downsview with a load of over-amped rock stars and 500,000 friends might not sound like the best SARS recovery plan, but it should be fun to see a cranked-up AC/DC giving the charmingly spry Rolling Stones a run for their money. See feature, page 40.