Opera House (752 Queen East), today (Thursday, July 7)
Still working in the shadow of Fela Kuti, his Afrobeat king father, Femi Kuti is as close as you're likely to get to his dad's legendary politics 'n' party vibe. See DVD Tip, page 69.
Neko Case, Corb Lund
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), tonight (Thursday, July 7)
After Neko Case's woefully lacklustre last show in town at the Phoenix, she'd be wise to bring her A-game and an updated set list to Harbourfront or risk being upstaged by crowd-pleasing opener Corb Lund.
Mariposa w/ Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah Harmer, Fred Eaglesmith, Tom Cochrane, Stacey Earle
Tudhope Park, Orillia, Friday to Sunday (July 8-10)
Looking for a weekend getaway to share with your folkie friends? Load up the SUV and head for cottage country, where a gaggle of guitar-strumming veterans and upstarts will provide Mariposa's feel-good ambience.
Beats, Breaks & Culture
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday t0 Sunday (July 8-10)
Saturday's Toronto debut of the awesome Quantic Soul Orchestra will be a highlight of the Beats, Breaks & Culture weekend, but don't miss Platinum Pied Pipers on Friday. See feature, page 70 and Celebrity Spins, page 63.
Shawn Hewitt & the National Strike
Midtown Mix Stage (Yonge & Eglinton), Sunday (July 10), 7 pm
Local Afro-kraut soul machine Shawn Hewitt celebrates the release of his fab Soft Society EP as part of the free Celebrate Toronto street fest.
The Go! Team
Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West), Wednesday (July 13)
The Toronto debut of killer Brighton pop posse the Go! Team sold out before the rest of their North American tour, so if you can't get in, head to the Horseshoe and check out Rodney Crowell. See cover story, page 46, and feature, page 52.