Radar: Simcoe Day at Fort York, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Jambana, Legends Of Karaoke, Ellie Goulding, Elvis Monday

HISTORY | Simcoe Day at Fort York
Today is the first Monday in August, and that means Simcoe Day! It's that little 'island' of a holiday that breaks things up nicely between Canada Day in July, and Labour Day in September. John Graves Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, and actually founded York, which would become our beloved TO! That's definitely worth celebrating. Today you can do just that, uber old-school style at Fort York, with an official address from The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, plus a parade, musket and canon demonstrations, exhibits, tours, and more.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard) 10AM FREE

MUSIC | The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Sonic Boom in-store
New York's jangle-noise popsters, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, will play an in-store show at Sonic Boom tonight. They are dropping a new album entitled, "Belong", and had some help from a couple of big hitters making this one, like Flood (Smashing Pumpkins, U2) and Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Jesus and Mary Chain). They have been doing very well on both the UK and US charts, and this should be a very well attended show.
Sonic Boom Music (512 Bloor Street West) 9PM FREE

KARAOKE | Legends Of Karaoke
It's not often you find what appears to be a karaoke event with some edge. This could be the one! Billed as a "Structures / Slaughter Survivors After Party" (that show goes down much earlier in the evening at the Annex Wreckroom), you know there won't be many drunken renditions of "Brown Eyed Girl" going down, but likely drunker versions of decidedly heavier tunage. With over 15,000 tracks to choose from, and three-dollar drinks before 11pm, it's worth getting out there, and putting your best lung forward.
Sneaky Dee's (431 College Street) 10PM FREE

CULTURE | Jambana
Caribana weekend continues! Jambana is a satellite fest of sorts, keeping the vibes going after the Caribana's parade peak over the weekend. This event has been going on since 2005, when it was started to celebrate Air Jamaica Day in TDot. This will be Jamabana's second year at Downsview Park, and over 20,000 showed up last year. There will be many musical performances, including reggae, and gospel, plus dancing, comedy, "edutainment", prizes, and more. Part of the proceeds from today's Jambana will go to good causes like Friends Of The Poor, and Helping Hands Jamaica.
Downsview Park 1 to 9:30PM $7 / $25 VIP


Short & Sweet Weekly
Ellie Goulding @ Kool Haus w/ Bag Raiders
Elvis Monday

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