PATTI CAKE at Rancho Relaxo (300 College), Friday (June 14), 9 pm. NXNE wristband or $15. nxne.com.
Patti Cake frontwoman Kritty Uranowski calls me from the hallway at a Montessori school where she teaches music. The kids were just practising You've Got A Friend and My Girl.
Uranowski is a rarity. She performed in the 2007 movie adaptation of Hairspray and hopes to get a part in Les Mis, but she's equally at home in Patti Cake, her seven-piece 60s-girl-group-meets-90s-girl-group (meets math rock), which is pretty much the most fun live band in Toronto.
Last time I saw them, Uranowski was wearing a giant see-through muumuu and joking about her wig falling off. (It wasn't a wig, just her larger-than-life bleach-blond hair.)
"Our motto is ‘not really any slow jams,'" says Uranowski. "I love the heart and soul [of country music] and I'm a very earnest songwriter, but I want everyone to have a good time - have some drinks, have some laughs and dance with someone cute."
It helps that Uranowski is so at ease onstage. "I'm a hokey kinda gal," she says. "I think people feel a little less embarrassed to dance in front of me."
If you like Patti Cake, also check out Shannon & the Clams and Sphinxs at Silver Dollar, Saturday (June 15), 11 pm and 2 am, NXNE wristband or $15; or Os Tropies at Creatures Creating, Saturday (June 15), 10 pm, NXNE wristband or $12.