Atlas Genius

This Week in Music: Riot Fest returns to Fort York, David Bowie AGO-bound, Atlas Genius at the Opera House

This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.

IN THE NEWS

Riot Fest brings stacked lineup to Fort York

Toronto's stacked summer music festival schedule continues to grow with perhaps one of the biggest announcements of the year. After a successful event in the city last summer, Riot Fest will take over Fort York on August 24-25. The first night will see performances from bands such as A Day to Remember, Pierce the Veil, Mayday Parade, and Every Time I Die. It's the second night, though, that has the truly exciting lineup: in addition to performances from Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Dinosaur Jr., and The Flatliners, alt-rock legends The Replacements will take the stage for the first time in over 22 years. In addition to the shows, there will also be a circus with carnival rides, vendors, merch stands, and more. For ticket information and a full lineup of bands and activities, check out the festival's official site.

AGO set to premiere David Bowie exhibit

This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario will be the first place in North America to offer fans of David Bowie - arguably one of the most charismatic musicians of all time - the opportunity to see David Bowie Is. The acclaimed exhibit features more than 300 objects from Bowie's personal collection, including costumes, hand-written lyrics and setlists, photographs, music videos, and more. This is a very exciting development for the AGO, and you have to think that fans of Bowie will eat it up.

THIS WEEK'S HOT TICKETS

WEDNESDAY JUNE 19 / THE HEAVY / THE PHOENIX / 410 SHERBOURNE / $17.50 / 19+

Even if you're not entirely familiar with this band's body of work, chances are that you've heard one of their singles, which have been used in everything from commercials, to movies, to video games. The Heavy, out of Bath, England, has a sound that's been described as "neo-soul" - it's very funky and bluesy, and since their formation in 2007, they've carved themselves a nice little niche in the genre. It's a sound that's perfectly suited for a small venue like The Phoenix.

SUNDAY JUNE 23 / ATLAS GENIUS / THE OPERA HOUSE / 735 QUEEN E / $17.50 / 19+

They've been riding the strength of their hit single "Trojans" for the better part of the last year and a half - and not surprisingly, since it's a slick little tune - but that's not to say that Atlas Genius, out of Australia, is a one-hit wonder. Their debut album, When It Was Now, was released this past February, and it's one of my favourite releases of the year so far. The Opera House may not be the most ideal venue, but this is a show well worth checking out.

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Photo of Atlas Genius courtesy of Alexa Stickler on Flickr.


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