Mohamad Reza Lotfi and the Shayda Ensemble
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), tonight (Thursday, July 17)
There’s much more to Iranian culture than those beige Ahmadine jackets that are all the rage in Tehran, as you’ll discover at this weekend’s Tirgan: Iranian Festival, which Persian tar virtuoso Mohamad Reza Lotfi kicks off in traditional style at Harbourfront Centre.
Castlemusic CD release party
St. George the Martyr courtyard (197 John), Friday (July 18)
At last, Jennifer Castle’s long-awaited You Can’t Take Anyone disc is done and the freaky/folky celebration can begin, with Nifty and Ryan Driver getting the party started. See Local Player, page 56.
Sorauren Park Festival
Various Parkdale venues, Saturday (July 19)
You might think there’s not a lot to cheer about living in Parkdale, but once again the Sorauren Park Festival shows off the best in eats, beats and treats that the colourful Queen West neighbourhood has to offer. Elizabeth Shepherd and the Warped 45s provide the soundtrack. Hey, it’s free!
Rock The Bells Festival
Arrow Hall (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga), Sunday (July 20)
It’s a day-long music fest showdown when A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul and Pharcyde bring the noise at Rock The Bells, which seems more exciting than the indie rock alternative offered by the Picnic At Fort York, where Cat Power, Vampire Weekend, City & Colour should keep things chilled. See feature, page 45.
King Khan and the Shrines
The Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday and Thursday (July 23 and 24)
What’s going to soak you with sweat more than a frat-rocking blast with King Khan at the ’Shoe? Try a two-night stand. Better get some rest.