Can’t Miss Summer Shows 2016

Your go-to guide for Toronto summer music

While summer doesn’t officially begin for two weeks, it sure does feel like it here in Toronto. With Field Trip and Bestival 2016 in the books and the Molson Amp hosting nightly shows, this great music city is in the thick of festival and summer concert season. Here are some of this summer’s can’t-miss shows:

MUMFORD & SONS | June 13 | Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Mumford are sure not to disappoint at Toronto’s essential summer venue tonight.
NXNE | June 13-19 | Various Toronto Venues
NXNE kicks off this week with a stacked lineup at the Portlands featuring an awesome variety of artists like Father John Misty, Ghostface Killah, and Dan Mangan.


CITY AND COLOUR | June 17 & 18 | Molson Amphitheatre
Be swooned by Dallas Green two nights in a row at the Ampthitheatre. Be sure to show up early for indie darling Hannah Georgas opening the Friday show, and folk rockers Shakey Graves on the Saturday.
PROZZAK | June 18 | Phoenix Concert Theatre
Try your best to spell out “Omobolasire” while singing your heart out at during this nostalgia-inducing, 90s reminiscent pop show.


INDIE88 PRESENTS TWIN PEAKS | June 19 | Horseshoe Tavern
Indulge in 60s-style garage punk from the Chicago’s beloved Twin Peaks.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN | June 20 | Lee’s Palace
If you’re a fan of the Kooks, look no further than British rock royalty, Catfish & The Bottlemen.

PAUL SIMON | June 21| Sony Centre
See why Paul Simon has maintained the status of legendary singer-songwriter all these years, despite parting ways with band mate Art Garfunkel at the height of Simon & Garfunkel’s massive success in the 70s.
AGAINST ME! | June 22 | Phoenix Concert Theatre
On the heels of a much anticipated seventh studio album coming this fall, seasoned punk group Against Me! return with to Toronto at The Phoenix Concert Theatre this June.

INDIE88 PRESENTS DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES | June 23 | Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Ranked No. 15 on Billboards greatest musicians of all Time, Daryl Hall and John Oates bring their quintessential 80s pop tunes to The Molson Amp later on this month.

ODONIS ODONIS | June 24 | The Velvet Underground
Hear dazzling noise rock from Toronto darlings Odonis Odonis at the recently renovated Velvet Underground.

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS | June 25 | Danforth Music Hall
Fitz and the Tantrums at the Danforth might be the best dance party you’ll attend all summer.
THE STRUMBELLAS | July 3 | Woodbine Racetrack
The Strumbellas are sure to have you on your feet at one of the GTA’s newest outdoor venues.

PETER BJORN AND JOHN | July 5 | The Mod Club
In case you didn’t get enough practice whistling at Fitz and the Tantrums, don’t miss the best Swedish indie-pop around with Peter Bjorn and John at the Mod Club.


These two powerhouse rock legends from Southwestern America share the stage at Molson Amp this July.

KONGOS | July 9 | Velvet Underground
South-African born brothers Johnny, Jesse, Daniel, and Dylan Kongos make up this hook-driven rock group.

NOEL GALLAGHER | July 10 | Echo Beach
The infamous ex-Oasis co-frontman Noel Gallagher returns to Toronto to play the beautiful Echo Beach.
INDIE88 PRESENTS THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH | July 11 & 12 | The Danforth Music Hall
Kristian Matsson is back for a two-night stand at the lovely Danforth.

WALK THE MOON | July 20 | Echo Beach
Walk the Moon bring their uplifting indie power-pop anthems to Echo Beach this July.
WAYHOME MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL | July 22-24 | Burl’s Creek
LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, The Killers, Major Lazer, M83, HAIM, Metric, and Chvrches are just some of the awesome acts lined up for WayHome’s second run.
VIOLENT FEMMES | July 24 | Massey Hall
After two beakups, nine studio albums and four drummers, Violent Femmes take the stage at Toronto gem Massey Hall.


BEIRUT | July 25 | Phoenix Theatre
Hear the remarkable blend of frontman Zach Condon’s world music-inspired indie rock at the Phoenix this coming July.
THE LUMINEERS | July 28 | Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Feel all the feels under the west end sunset while The Lumineers play new material from their latest LP, Cleopatra.
SILVERSUN PICKUPS | July 30 | Danforth Music Hall
Shoegaze meets dream pop veterans Silversun Pickups bring their unique Alternative stylings to the Danforth Music Hall.

KALEO | July 31 | MOD Club
If you’re a fan of Orange is the New Black, then you may have heard this Icelandic foursomes’ folk musings.
HALSEY | August 3 | TD Echo Beach
Check out the talented multi-instrumentalist, Electro pop artist Halsey at TD Echo Beach this August.

TIME FESTIVAL | August 6 | Fort York
Run the Jewels are headlining this one-day fest alongside Broods, Kehlani, Joey Bada$$, and more.

THE TRAGICALLY HIP | August 10, 12, 14 | ACC
If you can find tickets, don’t miss this beloved Canadian rock groups’ three night stint at the Air Canada Centre this summer. Their Man Machine Poem tour is most likely their last ever, following the announcement of Gord Downie’s terminal Brain cacer diagnosis.
INDIE88 PRESENTS CASE/LANG/VEIRS | August 16 | Danforth Music Hall

RIVERFEST ELORA | August 19-21 | Grand River
held on the banks of the Grand River in Elora, Ontario, Riverfest draws huge crowds with exciting programming. This year is even better than the last, with a killer lineup featuring Chromeo, Matt Good, Wintersleep, Kardinal Offishal, Dear Rouge, RAA, Hey Rosetta and many more!

INDIE88 PRESENTS JENNY LEWIS | September 10 | Massey Hall
The angelic vocals behind Rilo Kiley and The Postal Service will be filling Massey Hall as part of the Rabbit Fur Coat Anniversary Tour with The Watson Twins.

TORONTO URBAN ROOTS FESTIVAL | September 16-18 | Fort York Garrison Common
Beloved TURF returns to Fort York Garrison Common to keep fesival season alive with another great lineup featuring James Bay, Death Cab for Cutie, Jake Bugg, Explosions in the Sky, and many more with more headliners to be announced as well!