Fall is here and in full effect! While summer 2016 is in our rear-view mirror, look forward to the fact that autumn brings with it ideal venue weather: not scorching hot and sweaty. As festival season passes, it’s time to get back to your favourite Toronto venues such as Massey Hall, Danforth Music Hall and more that have a seemingly revolving door of highly-anticipated acts. Take a look at your must-see Fall shows for 2016:
BUILT TO SPILL | September 30th | Danforth Music Hall
This American band has been around for the better part of 25 years, hitting big-time popularity in the 90s for their Pavement-influenced postmodern rock music.
GLASS ANIMALS | October 2nd | Sound Academy
This Oxford, England group of high school friends have been stepping up the charts for their electronic blended indie rock tunes since their debut EP Leaflings in 2012.
SIGUR ROS | October 3rd | Massey Hall
Hailing from Reykjavík, Iceland, Sigur Ros have established a name for themselves as leaders of the post-rock genre since their origins in 1994.
JAMES BLAKE | October 7th | Massey Hall
Looping, treated vocals with a truly impressive range: James Blake makes for a truly unique and unforgettable live show.
CRYSTAL CASTLES | October 12th | The Hoxton
Currently working on their fourth studio album following the departure of Alice Glass, Crystal Castles return to Toronto for a special night at the Hoxton.
PLANTS AND ANIMALS | October 14th | Lee’s Palace
This Montreal rock group is sure to leave at least a couple ear worms stuck in your head for the rest of the week.
BOY & BEAR | October 14 | Phoenix Concert Theatre
This singer-songwriter turned full indie band hails from Sydney Australia, where they began making waves from their breakthrough record Harlequin Dream in 2011.
CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN | October 14th | Danforth Music Hall
Catfish & The Bottlemen have come a long way from modest beginnings in Llandudno, Wales, but have captivated audiences with their ability to churn out blistering alternative rock tunes and can’t-miss live performances.
BOB MOSES | October 15th | Danforth Music Hall
With roots deeply embedded in Vancouver, these high-school friends later found themselves in Brooklyn where they began mixing genres including pop-punk, techno and folk to creative a unique blend of what they call “post-club” music.
M83 | October 17th | Sound Academy
This internationally acclaimed French electronic band, led by Anthony Gonzalez have been know to create a remarkable live experience. Don’t miss them at the Sound Academy.
PHANTOGRAM | October 19th | Phoenix Concert Theatre
Don’t underestimate this Brooklyn-based electronic duo. Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel pack a punch of shoegazey, psychedelic pop with a trip hop feel.
BORN RUFFIANS | October 20th | Danforth Music Hall
Midland’s very own, Born Ruffians is fronted by Luke Lalonde, a singer with a keen sensibility for writing hooky vocals, backed up by one of the best performing Canadian bands out there. It’s always a party when these guys come to town.
GORD DOWNIE | October 21st | Roy Thompson Hall
The incomparable Gord Downie returns for a surely historic event, performing his special project about the true story of a 12-year-old indigenous boy, who died while trying to find his way home from his residential school, called Secret Path.
ROYAL CANOE | October 27th | Lee’s Palace
This Winnipeg-based group will be performing with The Elwins and Language Arts for a jam-jacked night of Canadian goodies.
TEGAN AND SARA | October 28th | Massey Hall
Canadian pop royalty, Tegan and Sara come tho town with their brand new record Love You To Death and their countless hits over the years will make for a very special night at Massey Hall.
JULY TALK | October 29th | Danforth Music Hall
Get ready to “Push + Pull” through the packed crowd and take in possibly one of the best live shows in the city! You don’t want to miss singers Leah Fay and Peter Dremanis’s intense interactions on stage.
GROUPLOVE | October 30th | Danforth Music Hall
Taking cues from the eccentricities of Modest Mouse and Arcade Fires stadium-ready rock, Grouplove are known for their boisterous live performances.
BAND OF HORSES | November 3rd | Sound Academy
The princes of indie-rock royalty, Band of Horses return with what many are calling their their best work in years, Why Are You OK . Check them out at Sound Academy as they roll through November 3rd.
THE 1975 | November 3rd | Air Canada Centre
The self-aware purveyors of sticky pop tunes, The 1975 bring in a packed house every time they visit Toronto. Don’t Miss them as they take over the ACC for one night this November.
ARKELLS | November 4th & 5th | Massey Hall
Impossibly, the Arkells live shows keep getting better and better. These Hamilton heroes have taken another step closer to Motown-rock God status with the addition of a horn section and backup singers to their live shows. Frank turner opens both nights at Massey Hall.
FOALS | November 7th | Sound Academy
If you’re unfamiliar with this Oxford alternative art-rock band, Foals’ is a band that live for performing. You’ll never see band with more intensity and brazen attitude at a show ever again.
AURORA | November 8th | The Opera House
Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, this 20-year old electro-pop singer is sure to be at the forefront of the next wave of innovative artists. Don’t miss her at the Opera House this November.
DAUGHTER | November 16th | Massey Hall
If you’re looking for an intimate live set to shed a couple tears, look no further than Daughter. This English rock act will captivate your soul at Massey Hall.
THEE OH SEES | November 17th | Danforth Music Hall
Be sure to check out this renowned American garage-psych-rock group at the Danforth Music Hall this November.
ANDY SHAUF | November 25th | MOD Club
Have your heart-broken by Polaris-nominated, critically acclaimed Andy Shauf as he sings about isolation, emptiness and loneliness at the MOD Club November 25th.
BASIA BULAT | November 26th | Danforth Music Hall
Brampton’s Juno and Polaris Prize nominated multi-instrumentalist and singer, Basia Bulat, brings all her hits and Good Advice to Danforth Music Hall.
STEVIE NICKS | November 29th | Air Canada Centre
With one of the most-recognizable voices, Stevie Nicks brings all the hits from her extensive solo career and years in Fleetwood Mac to the ACC for a magical night.
PUP | December 14th, 15th & 16th | Danforth Music Hall
Boisterous, fast-paced, energetic, no holds-barred…PUP puts on a show like no other. It’s no question two more dates have been added to their stint at the Danforth Music Hall this November.