THU 27 -
vetiver Freak-folk FOD (Friend of Devendra
Banhart) Andy Cabic sends Drake dwellers into a
psyched-out stupor. $10. 416-531-5042.
Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug indulges his
anglophilic tendencies with this Absolutely
Kosher side project. Lee's Palace. $10.
416-532-1598. FRI 28
-+from the peg Harbourfront hosts the
Duhks, the Weakerthans, Eagle & Hawk and more of
the hottest acts Winnipeg's got to offer. To Jul
30. Free. 416-973-4000.
ekhayelitsha This South African version of
the Carmen opera, with Pauline Malefane, opens
Blurton's hairy, scary power trio smokes the
Horseshoe with Montreal purveyors of heaviosity
Bionic. $8. 416-598-4753.
SAT 29 - Picnic
for peace A family day of blues and roots
music with Jack DeKeyzer, Brian Gladstone, Danny
Marks and more, hosted by the Association of
Artists for a Better World. Free. Mel Lastman
international jazz fest Bask in the breeze
off Lake Ontario while bobbing your head to Kush,
Jake Langley, Cafe Cubano and more. To Jul 30.
Free. Kew Gardens Bandshell. 416-410-8809.
SUN 30 -
PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS Car-free festival in
Kensington Market proves we can own the streets.
jon-rae & the
river Cheese-stealing ramshackle
country-gospel faves hold an indie rock revival
as part of Wavelength at Sneaky Dee's. Pwyc.
+i am not a
dinner mint Rachael-Lea Rickards and trey
anthony's comedy about women and relationships
ends its run at Harbourfront Centre.
MON 31 - sound
team Having stopped pillaging the UK for the
next Coldplay, EMI find their new post-punk
hope in Austin, TX. See if they've struck gold
at the Horseshoe. $10. 416-598-4753.
steady Wonder what it'd look like if your lit
studies TA got wasted and started a band? Check
out Brooklyn nerd rock squad the Hold Steady at
Lee's Palace. $12.
1 - poison The 80s faves join Cinderella at
the Molson Amphitheatre. $42.50. 416-870-8000.
+jim & jennie
and the pinetops Multitalented,
multi-tasking twang team hold a hootenanny at
Lee's Palace. $10. 416-532-1598.
The retrospective continues at Cinematheque.
Transit advocates strategize at Metro Hall.
WED 2 -
editors Mercury Prize-nominated Echo & the
Bunnymen acolytes get their brood on at the Opera
House. $20. 416-870-8000.
outdoor play with puppets and music tells the
story of Portuguese poet Luas Vaz de Camões. At
Dufferin Grove Park till Aug 13. Pwyc.
THURS 3 -
summerworks Kate Lynch, Alisa Palmer,
Sarah Stanley and a couple dozen other theatre
talents storm the Queen West nabe (and
Harbourfront) for 10 days of new and old scripts,
till Aug 13. $10-$12. 416-410-1048.
God-fearing Famile leader with a penchant for
foliage fashion rocks with his new incarnation at
Lee's Palace. $15.50.
4 - +talladega nights Will Ferrell and
John C. Reilly play a pair of NASCAR drivers
in a comedy that hopes to drive laps around other
sparrow Calypso king helps Harbourfront
revellers reach a Caribana state of mind. Free.
bummer in the
summer Prepare for indie and avant-rock
madness when Oneida, Creeping Nobodies, Picastro
and others take over the Tranzac for three
nights. $10-$35. 416-8923-8137.
SAT 5 - Caribana
Parade Gorgeous costumes, heady music - the
annual parade starts at the CNE and rolls west
along the Lakeshore. www.wejumpinghigher.com.
It's the second day of Harbourfront's
four-day fest of Caribbean art, culture and
cuisine. Free. 416-973-4000.
Contenders for Canada's inaugural Polaris Prize,
the jittery indie rockers prove their mettle at
the Phoenix. $15. 416-870-8000.
- Caribana Arts and cultural festival Local
and international soca, reggae, calypso and steel
pan artists, plus dance, comedy, food and crafts,
and Aug 7. Olympic Island. 1-888-493-3837,
Join a walking tour and learn what life was
like for black people in years gone by. Pwyc.
7 - roy cape & THE kaiso all stars The
oldest band leader in Trinidad and Tobago brings
his high-energy Carnival party to Harbourfront
8 - van morrison Astral folk, rock 'n' soul
sorcerer gets the Air Canada Centre crowd singing
along to Brown-Eyed Girl. $50-$150. 416-870-8000.
Iconic NYC noiseniks keep the distortion dream
alive with the UK's bouncy Go! Team at the
Kool Haus. $29.50. 416-870-8000.
cleopatra It's the first week of
Shakespeare in the Rough's outdoor production of
the history play, directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones.
Till Sep 4 in Withrow Park. Pwyc.
WED 9 - world
trade center Oliver Stone's look at two
courageous cops who were buried under the debris
on 9/11 opens today.
Ecology at the
brickworks Biologists explain the workings of
the city's largest engineered wetland. Pwyc.
landmine foundation hosts coast-to-coast yard
sales to support anti-mine action. Locations at
10 - trevor boris The world's only gay farmer
stand-up comic headlines at Yuk Yuk's Downtown
till Aug 13. $10-$17. 416-967-6425.
Want some tragedy with your gyros? Graham
Cozzubbo directs Sophocles' classic as part of
Taste Of The Danforth at the outdoor Jackman
Avenue Public School, till Aug 13. $tba.