Hot Ticket: Katy Perry, Marina & the Diamonds, Fatboy Slim, Afrojack, Chus and Ceballos, Sidney Samson, The Roots, DJ John Kong, Shad, Meaghan Smith, Ian Kelly, Ben Harper and Grace Potter, and the Nocturnal
Live music picks for WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 through TUESDAY JULY 5, 2011.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 29 / KATY PERRY / AIR CANADA CENTRE / 40 BAY ST / $29-$50 / ALL AGES
Grammy-nominated pop star Katy Perry may have already stamped her image all over Toronto with billboards that show off her signature chest-full of fireworks ... but maybe it's not appropriate to really get into that. The singer takes the stage at Air Canada Centre, ready to unleash her candy-coated pop songs from her enormo-LP Teenage Dream. Marina & the Diamonds opens.
THURSDAY JUNE 30 / FATBOY SLIM / KOOL HAUS / 132 QUEENS QUAY E / $55 / ALL AGES
An all-star supporting cast that includes Afrojack, Chus and Ceballos and Sidney Samson join English DJ and record producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim at Kool Haus. The Brighton-born mixer delivers thunder beats, fast tempo house bass lines, coupled with a visual display of neon lasers that transport audiences into intergalactic space raves.
FRIDAY JULY 1 / THE ROOTS / METRO SQUARE / 221 KING ST W / $50 / ALL AGES
Start off your long weekend by heading to Metro Square around 5pm to catch a free hip hop show by Shad (part of the Toronto Jazz Festival). And at 8:30pm, catch DJ John Kong who opens for one of hip-hop's most influential bands, The Roots. Led by multi-instrumentalist Questlove, The Roots perform experimental and improvisational funk and hip hop.
SATURDAY JULY 2 / MEAGHAN SMITH / THE RIVOLI / 332 QUEEN ST W / $12 / 19+
Juno Award winner (Best New Artist) Meaghan Smith comes from a musically-gifted family. Learning to cope with her fear of performing and accompanied by a low-key band, Smith performs stripped-down and modest versions of her songs from LP The Cricket's Orchestra. Montreal folk-pop musician Ian Kelly joins the line-up.
TUESDAY JUNE 5 / BEN HARPER / SOUND ACADEMY / 11 POLSON ST / $45-58 / ALL AGES
Vermont rock band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals opens for Ben Harper, playing their kick-dust, blue-collar rock before Harper and his band the Relentless 7 take the stage in support of the blues-rocker's tenth LP Give Till It's Gone. Expect an array of musical styles ranging from folk, soul, reggae to blues as the California-born artist demonstrates his prowess on the lap steel or his favoured acoustic.
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