Worried your white face paint and goopy eyeliner will dry up and go to waste before you have a chance to wow Robert Smith during the Cure's T.O. date in September? Feel compelled to dust off your 90s-vintage Lilith gowns before they get completely moth-eaten? Fear not, wayward goths, Antichrist superstar Marilyn Manson 's got you covered.
Get ready to welcome sin into your heart when the once and future king of shock rock casts a pall of industrial doom over the Molson Amphitheatre August 10, in support of his new Eat Me, Drink Me disc. He's joined by metal gods Slayer , proud papas of the so-called heaviest album of all time (er, that would be 86's Reign In Blood). 909 Lakeshore West. $59.50. 416-870-8000.
Pot of Honey
Fuck bitches and hos - it's no secret there aren't nearly enough platforms for strong, powerful women to get ahead in urban music. That's why PhemPhat's annual Honey Jam showcase is so vital. Going strong for 12 smokin' years now, it provides incredible opportunities for Toronto's most talented female artists (including a crazy prize package worth over $5,000 that includes fab Yamaha sound gear) to kick their careers up a notch.
And on the other side of the mic, it's one of Toronto's most consistently solid showcases of great girl-powered jazz, hiphop, R&B, soul and pop music. Past featured artists include Tara Chase, Jully Black and Kellylee Evans. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds goes to the YWCA's programs for girls and women.
Don't drop the beat - catch this year's instalment of Honey Jam when it touches down at the Mod Club August 12. 722 College. $20. www.honeyjam.com.
Mo' better Blue
The concert season just wouldn't feel complete without local alt-country kingpins Blue Rodeo 's annual arena-filling hootenanny down at the Molson Amphitheatre (this year's bash takes place August 22), which has become a true Toronto tradition.
Picture it: the sun setting over Lake Ontario, a gentle breeze blowing through your hair, a plastic bucket of Molson lager in your hand, the scent of primo bud wafting down from the lawn seats (they call it the "grass" for a reason) and Jim Cuddy 's sweet, sweet voice crooning Bulletproof.... It's hard to imagine a better way of toasting the final dog days of summer. 909 Lakeshore West. $16.25-$65.50. 416-870-8000.
Even before voicing a sweetly rootsical version of Radiohead's Airbag for the Easy Star All-Stars' reggae-fied OK Computer salute, Radiodread, Horace Andy was already on the comeback trail thanks to head-turning collabos with Massive Attack.
His subsequent albums, 2000's Living In The Flood and 03's Mek It Bun, proved the falsetto-singing Phil Pratt protege had lost none of his soul-stirring power. That was confirmed by his thrilling-chilling version of Airbag, on which the 50-year-old Andy gave notice that he still has the chops to make Thom Yorke sound like a whiny weed. Don't miss this rare chance to see Horace Andy with Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang at the Phoenix August 21. 410 Sherbourne. $30. 416-870-8000.