Central & Remote: June 22nd – 24th

A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto…


Friday June 22nd


Don’t discount it because it has the word Jazz in it’s name, but the Toronto Jazz Festival is upon us (welcome to summer people, the fests never stop) and has some acts not to be missed.

She’s “a different kind of Diva”, a “high funktress”, Janelle Monáe is damn talented. Monáe has described her won work as “an epic James Bond movie in space” and she’s pretty much nailed it. It’s possible you’ve seen the girl in her pompadour and Rube Boy styled suits, but you should consider checking out this love child of George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic when she plays the main stage on Friday June 22nd.

Last year Destroyer put out Kaputt, a Polaris Prize nominated, critically acclaimed album that some said was the triumphant return of the saxophone to rock music à la Springsteen in the 80’s. While Vancouver’s Dan Bejar isn’t wholly jazz, he’s got the horns and the simultaneously lush and jam vibe going for him. The man used to run around with the New Pornographers and has vocals and song structures that bring Apostle of Hustle and other Broken Social Scene associated acts to mind. Destroyer play the Opera House Saturday June 23rd.

Japan’s Hiromi Uehara has achieved virtuosic status in her young career. The girl came late the game at the age of six – pianists of her caliber tend to start at the age of three – and plays a mean post-bop on the ivories. Catch the Hiromi Trio on Sunday June 24th on the main stage where she’ll be playing with The Bad Plus.

Bill Frisell is a consummate guitarist and composer, and has worked with the likes of Vince Chestnut, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithful, and Brian Eno. He’s probably most well known for his lovingly arranged covers of John Lennon and Beatles songs. His performance at the Harbourfront on Tuesday, June 26 is all Lennon.

Bonus: catch Joan Osborne on the main stage on Saturday and ask her what if God was one of us.


Also happening Friday…

The Return of Slayer Party at the Bovine

Seven Inch Samurai at Smiling Buddha Bar

South Asia Comedy Festival

Dirty Rich presented by Navillus Gallery

Saturday June 23rd

To celebrate TEN YEARS of Free Lemonade and Signed Photos of John Stamos Day the Marxist Nudist Taxidermy Club will be offering up signed pictures of famous people who aren’t the 80’s heartthrob. Here’s you’re chance to get a Bob Sagat. Be sure to show up on Saturday to Christie Pits between 1-4PM. Also see the Facebook event for an account of passed years, such as the 2005 goat incident. Please remember no gang colours, we don’t want a repeat of 2010’s (totally fictional) fatalities.


Also happening Saturday…

Japanroids and Cadence Weapon at Lee’s

JEFF the Brotherhood at Wrongbar

Taste of Asia Festival

1st Annual Toronto Islands Custom Bicycle Show

Phineas Phlesing’s Steam on Queen Steampunk Festival


Sunday June 24th

Leslieville Tree Festival

Celtic Cruise with the Irish Choral Society


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Yuli was born at the exact moment in 1986 when the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded and rained down on the ocean. As a child she believed this meant she was destined for greatness in the realm of space travel and radioastronomy. Nothing remotely as awesome as that has happened so far. Instead Yuli, at the age of 18, relocated from Calgary to Ottawa where she studied photography, life sciences and graphic design before moving to Toronto. [More by Yuli]