The leaves may be changing and drunken freshmen may be stumbling around the streets again, but summer isn’t officially over until September 22. Instead of whinging about the inevitable end of the warm weather, make full use of the remaining lazy, hazy days with our list of 16 things to watch, eat, do, see and buy before it’s time to break out the scarves and jackets.
1. Go to Sugar Beach. The Claude Cormier–designed park is the newest addition to Toronto’s ongoing waterfront rejuvenation project, with quartz-speckled sand, pink umbrellas and grassy knolls. The beach is nestled between the slick Corus Entertainment building and the Redpath Sugar Factory, and the Muskoka chairs are a good vantage point from which to contemplate Toronto’s past and present or work on a late-summer tan. Jarvis slip, lower Jarvis St. and Queens Quay E.
Pink Floyd’s classic anthem “Another Brick in the Wall” has been the call to arms for everyone from English schoolchildren in the ’70s to anti-Apartheid activists in South Africa to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Now, because of the Toronto band Blurred Vision, protestors hoping to strike a musical blow to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s oppressive regime can chant their own version of the song. Brothers Sepp and Sohl have been living in Toronto in exile from their native Iran. Their cover of “Another Brick in the Wall” (“Hey, Ayatollah, leave those kids alone”) has over 242,000 hits on YouTube. Roger Waters likes the new version, saying the band is playing a vital part in “the resistance to a regime that is both repressive and brutal.” Check out Blurred Vision’s version at left or the real thing September 15 when Waters brings his The Wall tour to Toronto.
Run like hell, Floyd fans. As announced this morning, rock god Roger Waters will be launching his 36-date tour of The Wall on September 15 at the ACC. It’s been 30 years since Pink Floyd first performed the concept album in its entirety, and 20 since Waters’s historic concert marking the fall of the Berlin Wall. No word yet as to whether music’s most famous mascot will be making an appearance, but there will be a 21st-century version of the band’s big build, with a massive wall being constructed and dismantled over the course of the show. What goes up must come down, after all.