On Friday (June 25), hardcore band Sick of It All tear down the Opera House with Good Riddance, Ensign, Anti-Flag and guests. You can be sure that if there is a place to be tomorrow for punk and hardcore fans, it's the Opera House. If you did not get a ticket, rumor on the street has SOIA and Good Riddance playing short sets earlier at the Faktory Board Shop, 360 Yonge.
The Mariposa Folk Festival returns to Parkdale Village (Queen and Cowan) Saturday (June 26). This year's line-up includes Eric Andersen, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Rita Chiarelli, Cate Friesen, Women Ah Run Tings and Swamperella, and it's free.
The Murder City Devils, the Black Halos and Teen Crud Combo promise non-stop rock 'n' roll action at the El Mocambo tonight (June 24), opening for Tricky Woo.
Meanwhile, the Vengaboys promise a different kind of shaking tonight at the Docks.
The Helens play the El Mocambo Friday with Mary Prankster and More Plastic, and Southpaw play Rancho Relaxo.
Em play tunes from their new CD, electraMagic, Friday at the Cameron.
And Peter Hannan and Henry Kucharzyk present phh!k, two concerts of live electronic music, Friday at the Music Gallery.
Franco-Fête 1999 celebrates both St-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canada Day with Michel Rivard, Jean Thomas, Marius Vitry and more on Friday and Saturday at Mel Lastman Square.
The Spirit of the Rainbow, a benefit for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, takes place Saturday at the Metropolitan United Church, with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Maureen Forrester and more.
Emm Gryner plays Ted's Wrecking Yard Saturday with Cicero and Michaela Foster-March.
Also Saturday, African urban groove artist Kobéna Aquaa-Harrison launches his new CD, Ko Be, at Mosi-O-Tunya on John with an eight-piece band and some spicy African food.
The women's pride party Savour is at the Mockingbird Saturday with DJs Denise Benson, Nikki Red and Edryin.
Housemasters Sasha + John Digweed spin at the Guvernment Wednesday (June 30), along with Mark Scaife, Andy Roberts, Charlie West and more.
Also Wednesday, Swiss jazz guitarist Christy Doran brings his New Bag to the Comfort Zone as part of du Maurier Downtown Jazz's Next Wave series. Local electronic groove artistes the Excalceolators are also on the bill.
-- MARY DICKIE
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