WEMF sur­vives; Hill­side fest rocks


WEMF hangs on

Just when you thought rave was over, Des­tiny comes back with a re­vi­tal­ized

WEMF 2005, the an­nual three-day camp­ing and danc­ing adventure. Head­lin­ers in­clude the Beastie Boys’ Mix­mas­ter Mike, drum ’n’bass heavy­weights Mampi Swift and DJ Hype, trance su­per­stars Rab­bit in the Moon and As­tral Pro­jec­tion among many oth­ers. Since com­pet­ing hippy rave fes­ti­val Om has been can­celled this year, this is your only chance to rave for three days out­doors. July 8-10, lo­ca­tion tba at

Tip­ple this

Credit Side­ways for bring­ing wine tourism back in vogue for more than just the well-heeled grey-haired set, but Jack­son Triggs Niagara Es­tate Win

ery is sweet­en­ing the pot by run­ning a se­ries of cool vine­yard shows through the sum­mer. Daytrip­pers can trade in luke­warm cooler beers for Ni­a­garare­gion tip­ples while artists like Sarah

Harmer (July 2), Me­lanie Doane (July

16), Spirit of the West (July 30), Matt Dusk (Au­gust 6) and Quar­tetto Gelato (Au­gust 20) sing sweet ser­e­nades un­der the stars. 2145 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake. $49-$59, or din­ner and show $150. 905-468-4637.

Punk in the Park

If the film re­lease of Lords Of Dogtown is mak­ing you all misty-eyed for real hard­core skate­board shred­ders set to a sound­track of hap­haz­ard punk rock, you’ll be stoked to know about the re­turn of the an­nual Warped Tour, which touches down in Bar­rie’s Mol­son Park July 30. Pack your long­board for a full day of loud ’n’ob­nox­ious at­ti­tude from bands like Drop­kick Mur­phys, Mo­tion City Sound­track, Fu­neral for a Friend, Atreyu and more. Along with the usual en­ter­tain­ment from a shit­load of ex­treme sport freaks on the ramps, this year’s high­lights in­clude the re­turn of orig­i­nal low-self-es­teem punks Off

spring and Chris­tian pop-punk sur­vivors MxPx. The Flats, 100 Mol­son Park Drive, Bar­rie. $32.75-$41.25. 416870-8000.

Re­bound­ing Mari­posa

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a string of dis­mal years – no thanks to Mother Na­ture – the ven­er­a­ble Mari­posa Folk Fes­ti­val is re­cov­er­ing quite nicely and the move north to cottage coun­try seems to have been a win­ning strat­egy. This year’s Mari­posa (July 8 to 10) at Tud

hope Park in Oril­lia is head­lined by Can-folk icons Gor­don Light­foot and

Mur­ray McLauch­lan, but there also ap­pears to be a mild at­tempt to ap­peal to a slightly younger crowd (i.e., 30some­things) with the ad­di­tion of

Sarah Harmer and Serena Ry­der to the bill. 705-329-2333, www.mari­posafolk­fes­ti­

Hot Hill­side

It’s no longer a sur­prise to see an­other strong lineup booked for the an­nual

Hill­side Fes­ti­val, but even by the high stan­dards of Hill­side’s pro­gram­ming, this year’s slate of al­terna-dar­lings set for the great Guelph get­away (July 2224) is very im­pres­sive. Just with old stand­bys like Sam Roberts, the Weak

erthans and the Be Good Tanyas, you’ve got a solid draw, but throw in cur­rent it bands Ar­cade Fire and Stars and there’s a guar­an­teed huge turnout. Get your tick­ets early. Guelph Lake

Is­land. www.hill­

The rockin’ Hill­side Fes­ti­val, fea­tur­ing Stars, hits Guelph, July 22 to 24.

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