A whole month of World Cup soccer-watching has come down to one game, Sunday (July 13), 3 pm, everywhere beers are sold. The tournament brings together cultures the world over (note Toronto's explosion of jerseys and wavin' flags since mid-June), and so should your playlist for the day.
1. OSSO BUCO, Wagner Petrilli
Hailing from Brazil, Toronto's Wagner Petrilli studies with his country's greats and seamlessly blends samba, choro, bossa nova and jazz for Canadian audiences. This cut from his new album transports you to Rio. Slightly ominous, mood-setting pre-game fare.
Wagner Petrilli's June-released first solo album, Confissão, is available now. wagnerpetrilli.com.
2. O MALANDRO - LIVE AT THE TRANE, Bossa Tres
Toronto's Bossa Tres trio honour their Brazilian heritage by playing their native land's classics in original Portuguese form. Soothing half-time music to calm your nerves. Goes well with caipirinha.
Bossa Tres play the Emmet Ray Bar (924 College), Thursday (July 10), 9:30 pm. Pwyc.
3. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, Queen
Well, this song from one of England's greatest rock bands is obvious. Unfortunately for Queen, their squad certainly won't have been playing it of late. See also: Don't Stop Me Now and Bohemian Rhapsody for the winners, and Another One Bites The Dust for the losers.
Queen & Adam Lambert play the Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), Sunday (July 13), doors 7 pm, all ages. $29.50-$129.50. LN, TM.
4. NEW HORIZONS, Jorn Van Deynhoven
The Amsterdam-based half-Dutch, half-German DJ/producer has roots in two of the world's best football nations. No wonder Jorn Van Deynhoven's eerie-to-triumphant, slow-building trance jam is the stuff of dramatic highlight-reel montages.
Jorn Van Deynhoven plays Maison Mercer (15 Mercer), Friday (July 11), 10 pm. $15-$25. WT.
5. NEXT TIME, Lee M. Kelsall
No, UK-born, Australia-based Lee M. Kelsall didn't have much World Cup luck this year (both his teams were bounced early), but he sure as hell knows celebration music. The 90s-inspired beats and soulful vocals scream post-final after-party.
Lee M. Kelsall plays Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Saturday (July 12), 10 pm. $10-$20. residentadvisor.net.