Volume 93, Issue 4

Wednesday, May 28, 1999


And let the festivals begin...

Larger venues shouldn't shade smaller summer concerts

Is that nostalgia or is it musical leftovers I smell?

Front Line comes into its own

Comedians pen self-help book, without the help

Top Dogg without a bone

Larger venues shouldn't shade smaller summer concerts

While the larger summer tours are at the forefront of most people's attention, there's also quite a few smaller shows happening soon that are well worth attending. Here's a short and by no means comprehensive list of other notable gigs happening over the next few months.

May 31 – Beth Orton @ The Opera House, Toronto – The British folk singer with the instantly recognizable voice is currently riding on a wave of critical success for her latest album Central Reservation.

June 3 – The Tea Party @ Lee's Palace, Toronto – If you missed the Windsor trio's semi-private gig at The Drink last month, you can catch them in Toronto promoting their latest album, Triptych.

June 9 – Santana @ The Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto – One man. One guitar. One headband. One night of heavy, Latin-influenced guitar riffery. If you're willing to pay the hefty ticket prices, that is.

June 11 – By Divine Right @ The Embassy, London – Fresh off a support slot for The Tragically Hip, By Divine Right have plans to become the most ubiquitous band of the summer. This stop on their extensive Canadian tour brings them to good old London.

June 12 – Fun Lovin' Criminals @ The Opera House, Toronto – Although their latest album was a commercial disappointment, it was just as wry and groove-oriented as the first. By all accounts, their live show is even better.

June 13 – Pavement @ The Guvernment, Toronto – Stephen Malkmus leads his jovial band mates into Toronto for a night of lackadaisical indie pop.

June 13 – Seal @ The Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto – One of the most anticipated shows of the summer sees Seal returning to Canada after a lengthy absence.

June 15 – Mercury Rev/Sparklehorse @ The Opera House, Toronto – Both bands are shining examples of critically acclaimed acts who aren't accepted by mainstream media – which should make this concert all the more special.

June 16 – Elvis Costello @ Massey Hall, Toronto – The legendary songwriter makes a stop at Massey Hall for what should be an intimate showcase of superior skill.

June 22 – Ani DiFranco @ The Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto – DiFranco has quietly become a cult figure over the years and has seen her profile gradually ascend to the point of stardom. She's also renowned for her live shows, which should translate nicely in an outdoor venue.

July 14 – Britney Spears w/ Sky @ The Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto – A match made in heaven. Or hell. Depending largely on whether you like substance with your music.

July 19 – Cher w/ Cyndi Lauper @ The Air Canada Center, Toronto – Do you believe in stale 1980s acts being resurrected for kitsch value? I can feel something inside me say they're not going to be around much longer. Therefore, a hot ticket.

July 30 – Jewel @ TBA, Toronto – She's from Alaska, you know. And she used to live in a van. And her dental hygiene isn't what it could be. Nevertheless, oh, what a voice!

–Mark Pytlik

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