Weekend Warrior: Skrillex, The Spot on Queen, Vans Warped Tour, Avenue Q and more
By Ben Fisher
Skillrex plays at Fort York on Friday
Better get dubsteppin’
Skrillex, a.k.a Sonny Moore, has spent the better part of the past two years polarizing the music industry with his unique blend of vivid, raw, remixed dance music known as dubstep. Some like it, some hate it, but he has certainly established a loyal following. The L.A. native headlines an impressive roster of electronic artists (Pretty Lights, Diplo, Grimes, Koan Sound and Tokimonsta) who will be performing at Fort York on Friday night.
Everyone loves a parade (well, except maybe downtown drivers)
Yonge Street will be awash in Indian culture as the 40th annual Festival of India parade takes centre stage. Featuring singers, dancers, drummers and, oh yeah, 40-foot tall floats, the fest will get underway at Yonge and Bloor on Saturday at 11 a.m. and head south towards Lakeshore. The weekend's event is filled with festivities that also include dance and drama performances at Centre Island and Yoga Meltdown, an outdoor yoga celebration.
X marks The Spot
Fashionistas, take note: if Queen West isn’t the city’s fashion capital all year round already, it surely will be for each weekend throughout the rest of the summer. Starting Friday, style will find a home at 627 Queen Street West, the site of a weekend market known as The Spot on Queen. Each weekend through to Labour Day, the shop will see a rotating group of local and emerging designers showcasing their latest wares to a style-savvy populous.
Toronto gets Warped
The annual indie rock music fest known as Vans Warped Tour is back for another summer, making its way to The Flats at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Sunday for one of over 40 dates. Bands slated to rock out by the lake include Yellowcard, All Time Low, Anti-Flag and Taking Back Sunday.
Like Sesame Street but, you know… not
If you’ve ever yearned to see puppets happily sing songs about Internet porn, there could be something wrong with you. But apparently you’re not alone. How else to explain the success of the smash hit musical Avenue Q? The funny, edgy, Gen X-mocking satire that returns to Toronto for a two-week run beginning this weekend at the Lower Ossington Theatre. As evidenced by a soundtrack that includes such tunes as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,”the Tony Award winner isn’t exactly suited for a politically correct crowd.