The calendar says summer ends September 22, but we all know Labour Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the shortest, sweetest season. Mostly, this one felt like the Polar Vortex hangover, so better make the most of it this three-day weekend. Whatever you're doing, you'll need a soundtrack.
1) Blood In The Sun, Fresh Snow
Yes, this band has the most wintry name ever. But their new single, with its westerny intro and eerie, driving guitars, channels that bittersweet September Long feeling quite beautifully.
Geary Lane (360 Geary), Friday (August 29), doors 8 pm, $15, adv. $12. RT, SS.
2) No Cars Go, Arcade Fire
As long as you avoid Funeral (it's all about snow forts), Arcade Fire is definitely a summer-listening band, and not just their disco- and Caribbean-imbued recent album. No Cars Go, from 2007's Neon Bible, has anthemic strings, jaunty drums and might as well be a theme song for bike advocates.
Ironically, a great tune for road trips, too.
Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Friday (August 29), 7:30 pm, $30.50-$70.50. LN, TM.
3) Sleep Sound, Jamie XX
Are those steel drums, wind chimes or both on Jamie XX's May single Sleep Sound? Can't tell, too busy nodding off in my blow-up lounger on the lake.
As part of Electric Island Concert & Picnic Series. Centre Island, Monday (September 1), 1:30-11 pm, $30-$55. electricisland.to
4) Can't Choose, JRDN
The 2014 Juno winner for R&B/soul recording of the year channels that Bruno Mars ukulele vibe and also features Kardinal, which somehow (we don't quite know how) ups the summer factor. Also: the music video takes place on a yacht. We'll all be on yachts this weekend, right?
Revival (783 College), Sunday (August 31), $15-$20. PDR, TG.
5) Whoomp! There It Is (feat. Tag Team), 2 Live Drew
Is there a more purely celebratory song than Tag Team's 1993 hit Whoomp! (There It Is)? Toronto remix masters 2 Live Drew (Drew Heinmiller and Andrew Moore) have a whole collection of novel hip-hop takes on their Party Like It's 1989 collection, but nothing quite speaks to us like this electro-dance version of a pop-rap classic.
Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (August 29), $10.