A round up of the best/weirdest things to do this weekend in Toronto…
Friday June 22nd
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL | Nathan Phillips Square + more
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…
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…
Sunday June 24th
Yuli’s PP [Artist Profile]