Were the blooming flowers and warm nights not obvious enough, you know summer's around the bend when Harbourfront Centre releases its summer schedule.
There are no big names or superstar performers at the 2001 edition of Rhythms Of The World -- running from June 18 to September 3 -- but the festival does still include dozens of performers from all parts of the planet playing both free and ticketed shows.
Jazz and blues get the nod, with performances by sax squealer Pharoah Sanders and guitarist Boubacar Traore; Scotland's Salsa Celtica trace the links between latin and celtic beats; King Chango, Orquesta Sensacíon and Familia Valera Miranda bring raw latin flavour; and singer Emiline Michel swings with Haitian fire.
Beyond the return of New York afrobeat mob Antibalas, the most intriguing weekend of the summer is the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! South Asian blowout August 17 through 19, featuring sets by the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, bhangra mixmasters the Desi Dynamite DJ Collective, local breakbeat crew LAL and something called the Bollywood Bhangra Challenge.
Full details are available on the Harbourfront Web site, located at www.harbourfront.on.ca.