The music slate for the month of June and beyond
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE HEARING GOOD TUNES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
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.
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.