Bro­ken So­cial Scene heads up Olympic Is­land slate; Edge­fest thinks young

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Olympic Is­land

Bummed that the dy­ing beast known as Lol­la­palooza is only breath­ing a last gap in the Windy City? Wor­ried that you’ll never get to see Bro­ken So­cial Scene be­fore they make good on their peren­nial threats to break up? Flip the bird to those Lol­la­palosers and hitch a ferry ride to Olympic Is­land June 26 for a ter­rific slate of indie rock heavy­weights. In the Canuck cor­ner: Bro­ken So­cial Scene are joined by ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers Met­ric and Do Make Say Think (rarely seen live but al­ways bril­liant) along with Arts & Crafts fresh­men the Most Serene Repub­lic. Mod­est Mouse and their pals Tri

umph of Lethargy head up the U.S. side of things, while Is­raeli-Parisian-Ja­vanese chanteuse Keren Ann adds a dose of in­ter­na­tional je ne sais quoi. 416-870-8000.

Edge­fest gets closer

Edge­fest used to be all about bat­tling traf­fic on the way to Bar­rie’s Mol­son Park. This year’s rock­strav­a­ganza sets up shop closer to home, at the lake­side Mol­son Am­phithe­atre with Billy Tal­ent, Alex­ison­fire, Story of the Year and Boy, so when you’re to­tally burnt out af­ter the day-long July 1 fest, you’ll be stoked that home is likely just a TTC ride away. 909 Lakeshore West. 416-870-8000.

Case open If the rip-roar­ing tunes on last year’s awe­some The Tigers Have Spo­ken live set have you jonesin’for an in-per­son

Neko Case fix, get thee to Har­bourfront’s CIBC Stage July 7, where you can catch Case along with Al­berta acous­tic roots crew the Cord Lund Band the way they were meant to be heard – un­der a blan­ket of stars. 235 Queens Quay West. 416-973-4000.

Am­phithe­atre rap-sodic This sum­mer’s hot con­cert slate may be skimpy on hiphop, but the Mol­son Am­phithe­atre fea­tures two open-air choices for those who want a lit­tle boom with their bap. On July 10, Grammy-favoured hip-pop crew the Black-Eyed Peas get it started (sorry) along­side Talib Kweli and Fatty Koo. And a mere five days later, on July 15, John Leg­end and

Saukrates help Scarborough’s K-OS fill up the joint. 909 Lakeshore West. 416-870-8000.

Quantic coup!

Tired of pay­ing record deal­ers huge sums of money for scratchy rare funk sin­gles, UK DJWill “Quantic” Hol­land de- cided to record his own mu­sic to spin in clubs, and thus the

Quantic Soul Orches­trawas born. The en­sem­ble, which just re­leased the awe­some Pushin’On (Ubiq­uity), makes its Canadian de­but July 9 as part of Har­bourfront’s Beats Breaks And Cul­ture: The Toronto Elec­tronic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

(July 8-10). The im­pres­sive lineup also boasts the Plat­inum Pied Pipers, Out Hud, Jean Grae, Fed­erico Aubele and

Toronto’s own Jake Fair­ley and Holy Fuck. 235 Queens Quay West. Free. 416-973-4000.

World-beatin’ week­end

One of Har­bourfront’s most ex­cit­ing mini-fes­ti­vals is the aptly named All Over The Map: A Feast Of Global Sounds hap­pen­ing July 15 to 17. Along with in­no­va­tive Sene­galese hiphop crew Daara J and Mali’s elec­tri­fy­ing Ti­nari­wen, the soiree in­cludes for­ward-look­ing n’goni mae­stro Issa Baga

yogo, in­stru­ment-build­ing An­golan fu­sion­ist Vic­tor Gama and soul­ful Malian singer/song­writer Daby Touré. Ot­tawabased sax­o­phon­ist Billy Robin­son drops by with his spir­i­tual jazz combo to cel­e­brate the re­lease of the Ready Or Not com­pi­la­tion of rare Canadian jazz from the CBC ar­chives. 235 Queens Quay West. Free. 416-973-4000.

Cool coun­try

Har­bourfront’s T.O. Twang: All Things Alt-Coun­try, set for Au­gust 12 to 14, fo­cuses is on hard­core honky-tonkers like Texas-tune­smith Billy Joe Shaver and the Bak­ers­field-bent

Derail­ers along with roots-ori­ented per­form­ers like Ken­tucky harp-honker Rob McNurin. Lo­cal hom­bres the Sadies,

Be­bop Cow­boys, the Back­stab­bers and Broth­ers Cos­mo­line will do Toronto proud, and count on the charm­ing Carolyn

Mark for a dose of comic re­lief. 235 Queens Quay West. Free. 416-973-4000.

Oa­sis come­back

The bat­tling broth­ers Gal­lagher are back with their sixth

Oa­sis al­bum – in­ge­niously named Don’t Be­lieve The Truth – fol­lowed by a fist-swing­ing world tour that has them kick­ing off the North Amer­i­can leg with a Mol­son Am­phithe­atre show June 17 fea­tur­ing Jet and Nic Arm­strong & the

Thieves. We’re not sure what they’ve been up to since 2002’s Hea­then Chem­istry, but a song en­ti­tled The Im­por­tance Of Be­ing Idle on the new disc, due May 20, may of­fer one clue. An­other is the fact that the group’s des­ig­nated thinker, Noel, writes only five of the al­bum’s 11 tunes. Sold out. 909 Lakeshore West.

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