Music News Monday: The Tony Awards, festival acts, and more.

I, no doubt like yourself, was going between The Tony Awards and the Spurs v. Heat game Sunday night – and having a hard time pulling myself away from the Tony Awards and the incredible display of talent showcased. The Tony's were peppered with Hollywood such and suchs, but Neil Patrick Harris managed to outshine and outperform every single one of them. And unlike the Spurs, the show didn't slow down from beginning to end.

Best Musical was a blast from the past with nominees Bring it On: The Musical; A Christmas Story, the Musical; Kinky Boots and Matilda the Musical. Kinky Boots was the showing of the night, winning Best Musical and Lauper took home the Best Original Score Written for the Theatre for the musical. 

In the vein of great musicals, rock opera Tommy has been staged again at the Stratford Festival as part of their current season and Pete Townshend digs it.

Bending how arena rock looks, sounds, and what it means – Vag Halen (the feminist queer art rock band) breaks it down. Vag Halen will be representing their feminist queer art rock at the Venice Biennale – and received a glowing shout out from Canadian artist Shary Boyle. 


The first few weeks of summer has given us some gems as far as album releases go. Boards of Canada hosted a live transmission of their album set to be released world-wide tomorrow, but if you missed it you can just play “Reach for the Dead” repeatedly for about an hour in wait for Tuesday.


And of course, festival season! This week Montreal hosts FIMA and NXNE in Toronto begins today. A huge line up on this one with every genre being represented. Canadian and international acts alike have music fans flooding into Toronto this week and weekend. There are some incredible acts to check out, but head the advice of veteran festival goers. Stake out a smaller venue – you will almost always find magic. 

Around the world: The National will play a free show Friday in Toronto as part of NXNE, Vancouver may lose local legend Zoo Zhop as a venue, and Neko Case announced a forthcoming album.

Do you have a event coming in your city that should get a shout out? Small, weird, wonderful, and/or in a park? All are welcome! Email them in at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Jenn Prosser

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