Volume 94, Issue 4

Friday, June 9, 2000


Stratford Festival opens a brilliant season
Gross triumphs as Hamlet

Anne Frank's diary lives on

Stratford Rundown

TED moves into T.O.

Y2K summer music showcase

Weekend debut sets off the Sirens

Y2K summer music showcase

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By Aaron St. John
Gazette Staff

The summer season is right on the doorstep and as always, there are countless live shows coming to southern Ontario to keep fans entertained.

Given the warm weather, many of the outdoor festivals that float through the area every year draw the largest crowds. Edge 102's annual Edgefest, boasting a lineup that includes radio-friendly Creed, industrial rockers Filter and some fine Canadian content with the likes of The Tea Party and the Matthew Good Band, among others. Check it out on July 1 at Molson Park in Barrie.

The annual Vans Warped Tour, also stopping at Molson Park on July 22, will feature skateboarding demonstrations, a freak show and a huge lineup of bands, most notably Green Day.

However, the largest of these festivals is undoubtedly Summersault 2000, which pulls into Barrie's Molson Park on August 11. Featuring names like The Smashing Pumpkins (in what could be their last tour), the Foo Fighters and Canadian boys Our Lady Peace, it is sure to be an exciting event.

Alt-country stars Blue Rodeo are also making an appearance this summer, bringing their yearly Stardust Picnic to Fort York for two nights, July 8 and 9. It's usually a great show and there will be many other bands on the bill, including Spirit Of The West.

The Molson Amphitheatre is another busy venue this year, with numerous big name artists appearing throughout the summer months. Fathers of Goth and The Cure will be performing on June 12, while No Doubt will be checking in with their particular brand of pop/ska on June 25.

Hip Hop fans will surely be interested in the Up In Smoke Tour, when it visits Toronto on July 4. The lineup includes Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and Eminem.

Perhaps most intriguing of all the shows this summer is the pairing of the legendary Bob Dylan with Phil Lesh, formerly of The Grateful Dead. The duo is scheduled for July 18. Two days later, ex-Beach Boy Brian Wilson will be performing the classic album Pet Sounds in its entirety, augmented by a full symphony orchestra.

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Guitar hero Carlos Santana will make an appearance on August 9, bringing along the phenomenon known as Macy Gray to open. Britney Spears will appear later in the month, with her "Got Milk" sponsored tour on August 22.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Stone Temple Pilots are performing on August 16, while August 28 sees another impressive double bill, as Counting Crows and Live will be making a stop on their current tour.

As for other venues in the Toronto area, Meshell N'degeocello will be performing at the Opera House on June 28. Over-the-top rockers Kiss will be playing the Air Canada Centre on June 23 and Lou Reed is making a rare appearance at the Hummingbird Centre on June 16, with underrated songwriter Victoria Williams opening.

Indie popsters Sunny Day Real Estate are doing a show at the Guvernment on July 4, while University of Toronto's Convocation Hall plays host to post-punk princess Patti Smith on July 4. Last, but certainly not least, cutting edge rock combo Sonic Youth will be at the Warehouse June 12.

This list is not intended to be complete; there are dozens of others acts scheduled for concerts in the next few months and many more will surely be announced in the near future. If your favorite band isn't listed, don't despair – you never know who will suddenly throw their name into the summer tour hat.

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