The mu­sic slate for the month of June and be­yond

THERE’S NOTH­ING LIKE HEAR­ING GOOD TUNES IN THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

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Me and Mrs. Jones

De­spite the On­tario gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to yank fund­ing from this year’s

Toronto Jazz Fes­ti­val, or­ga­niz­ers have pulled to­gether a de­cent lineup of tal­ent. Sure, a lot of the acts have noth­ing to do with jazz (um, Kool & the

Gang?), but we’re not re­ally com­plain­ing if that means they can book ter­rific soul acts like Sharon Jones &

the Dap-Kings (June 26, Nathan Phillips Square, $35). Too bad there don’t ap­pear to be as many free out­door con­certs, but hey, that’s why they need the fund­ing. to­jazz.com.

Jin­gle Bells

Looks like the folks at the Mol­son Am­phithe­atre have changed their minds and agreed to host hip-hop mega-fest Rock The Bells this year, which should make it much bet­ter than last year’s stop at Ar­row Hall. Tons of huge names are on hand – Nas, Com­mon, EPMD, Slum Vil­lage, RZA & GZA, MOP and more. Strange that in this day and age a con­cert venue would be wary of hip-hop, but we’re glad that they’ve seen the light, as it’s so much nicer to be out­side. July 5. $36-$151. 416-870-8000.

Bey­oncé and be­yond

We’ll ad­mit that we weren’t so im­pressed with Bey­oncé’s rein­ven­tion as Sasha Fierce, but she’s still got enough great R&B an­thems in her cat­a­logue to de­liver a de­cent night of mu­sic. And of course we know that she’s well equipped to rock a huge venue like the Mol­son Am­phithe­atre. July 20. $34.75-$150.75. 416-870-8000.

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