You would think that after Fyre Festival imploded co-founder Ja Rule would go into hiding, but instead the 2000s R&B star is making the rounds on the nostalgia circuit alongside his frequent duet partner Ashanti.
The duo will be headlining the final day of Toronto’s Festival of Beer this July at Exhibition Place. The three-day event runs from July 26 to 28 and will be headlined on the first night by Public Enemy Radio (that’s Public Enemy minus Flavor Flav) on the first day (July 26), followed by Dwayne Gretzky on July 27, then Ja Rule & Ashanti on July 28.
The Beer Fest show comes two years after the hellish Fyre Festival, which Ja Rule co-founded. The Bahamas festival’s bait-and-switch Instagram-models-to-cheese-sandwiches debacle was chronicled in two competing documentaries. The first premiered on Netflix in January, while the Hulu original Fyre Fraud, originally unavailable in Canada, will finally be broadcast on April 12 on Super Channel Fuse and subsequently on Super Channel On Demand.
I guess all publicity is good publicity for Ja Rule.
July 28 at Exhibition Place Bandshell Park (210 Princes’ Blvd), doors 1:30 pm. $50-$115. beerfestival.ca.
Long Winter: Woodhands (reunion), Mother Tongues, Respire, Laura Swankey and others at Workman Arts doors 7 pm, all ages. PWYC or $10 adv. ticketscene.ca. March 29.
Corridor, Balmy at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. April 15.
Pretty Matty, Andy and the Dannys, Laurie at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. April 28.
Rosalia at Rebel doors 7:30 pm. On sale March 22. $39.50-$55. ticketmaster.ca. May 2.
Hot Garbage, Zones, Vypers, Mr. Joy at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. May 2.
Alicia Witt at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $20-$45. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com, horseshoetavern.com. May 6.
Canadian Music Week: Azealia Banks, Television, Tokyo Police Club, The Dirty Nil, Tasha The Amazon, James Barker Band, The Elwins and others at various venues Early bird wristbands $75 and $150. cmw.net, ticketweb.ca. May 6-11.
Ben UFO, Ciel 500 at Keele Warehouse 11 pm. $28.25. residentadvisor.net. May 10.
Katie Toupin The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. May 16.
Tongue Helmet The Garrison doors 8 pm. $13.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. May 23.
Monsieur Perine at Mod Club doors 7 pm. $26.50. –eventbrite.ca. June 3.
Mini Mansions at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $20.91. ticketweb.ca. June 5.
Spirit Adrift at Sneaky Dees doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. June 6.
Finn Andrews (Of The Veils) at Monarch Tavern doors 8 pm. $15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, –ticketfly.com. June 13.
Arkells at Budweiser Stage doors 7 pm. On sale March 22. $30.50-$86. ticketmaster.ca. June 22.
Alex Aiono, 4th Ave, AJA9 at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7:30 pm, all ages. $25-$35. ticketmaster.ca. June 23.
Ja Rule & Ashanti at Exhibition Place Bandshell Park Toronto Festival of Beer show. Doors 1:30 pm. $45-$115. eventbrite.ca, beerfestival.ca. July 28.
Veld Music Festival 2019: Cardi B, KYGO, Skrillex Tiesto, Murda Beatz, Jaden Smith and others at Downsview Park details TBA. veldmusicfestival.com. August 3-4.
Neurosis, Bell Witch, Deaf Kids at Opera House doors 7 pm. $33. ticketfly.com. August 15.
Adam Ant at Danforth Music Hall Playing all of Friend Or Foe. Doors 7 pm. On sale March 22. $TBA. ticketmaster.ca. September 15.
Massive Attack: Mezzanine XX1 at Sony Centre 7 pm, all ages. $61-$230. Tickets for March 12 show honoured at rescheduled Sep 17 performance. Tickets for Sep 18. On sale March 19. ticketmaster.ca. September 17-18.
HalfAlive at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. On sale March 22. $TBA. ticketmaster.ca. October 5.
The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Jessy Wilson at Scotiabank Arena details TBA. theblackkeys.com. October 9.
The Pineapple Thief at Mod Club doors 7 pm. $40. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. November 28.
Lang Lang at Roy Thomson Hall details TBA. On sale March 22. $39.50-$199.50. roythomsonhall.com. May 19, 2020.
Evgeny Kissin at Roy Thomson Hall details TBA. On sale March 22. $39.50-$149.50. roythomsonhall.com. May 23, 2020.