The Winter Guide to Music 2017

Take a break from Game of Thrones marathons and checkout some new music this winter

Toronto is buzzing with music all winter long. From album releases and concert listings to a solid music festival right here in the city, we’ve got you covered. Checkout Indie88’s Winter Guide to music in Toronto below.
 

Get Excited For New Releases

There are a ton of exciting new album releases to look forward to this winter. Lots of artists are teasing upcoming releases, including Alvvays, Hollerado, Spoon, Mac DeMarco, and Gorillaz. Beck might even finally release his album. See a few anticipated releases below.
 

Beck – TBA

Release Date: TBA
The follow-up to 2014’s Morning Phase was pushed back from an October release to a November release, and we still haven’t heard anything about when the album will actually come out. We have “Wow” and “Up All Night” telling us that Beck will be bringing us some pop, but as to the release date, we can only assume it’ll be soon.


 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah —The Tourist 

Release: February 24

CYHSY will be returning this year with their fifth LP The Tourist. The band is promising an exciting comeback this year. Listen to their new track “Fireproof” below.


 

Japandroids —Near To The Wild Heart Of Life 

Release: January 27

Late last year Japandroids announced the release of Near to the Wild Heart Of Life, the follow-up to their 2012 album Celebration Rock. The band accompanied this announcement with the release of their new single of the same name. Listen below.


 

Ryan Adams —Prisoner

Release: February 17

Ryan Adams is all set to release his sixteenth studio album Prisoner this coming February 17th, and from what we’ve heard so far it’s going to be heavy. The record is said to be written about a particularly nasty divorce the singer-songwriter recently went through from Mandy Moore.


 

Sleater-Kinney —Live in Paris

Release: January 27

Live in Paris will be Sleater-Kinney’s first ever live album. Watch the band shred it in their recently released fan-filmed video for “Surface Envy” below.


 

The Flaming Lips — Oczy Mlody

Release: January 13

Prior to announcing plans for a 2017 album, in 2016 The Flaming Lips released a series of new songs during classes at a yoga studio in Oklahoma City.


 
Check out Indie 88’s Most Anticipated Winter Album Releases Of 2017 for a full list.
 

See Your Favourite Band in Toronto

Arkells, Japandroids (twice), Run the Jewels, Matthew Good, Charlotte Cardin…need we say more? There are plenty of bands stopping by Toronto this winter, so finding something to do on a Friday or Saturday night has pretty much been done for you. Listed below are a few examples. Checkout Indie88’s full list of concerts here.
 

Sam Roberts Band at Rebel

When: January 20


 

Arkells at First Ontario Place

When: February 10


 

Indie88 Presents Japandroids at Danforth Music Hall

When: February 17


 

Run the Jewels at Danforth Music Hall

When: February 19


 

Indie88 Presents Hamilton Leithauser at The Opera House

When: February 13


 

Wavelength Music Festival 2017

Camp Wavelength’s sister festival will be happening in downtown Toronto from February 17 to 19. Evening shows will take place at The Garrison, while other venues include the Monarch Tavern, and the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar.

This is Wavelength’s seventh year running, and the festival is described as a “live curated mixtape line-up of the newest, freshest and most exciting sounds in the Canadian independent music scene.” If you like discovering new music to add to your playlists, Wavelength Festival is for you.

For more details, checkout Wavelength’s website.

Stay tuned to Indie88.com all week for the rest of our Winter Guide 2017.

Up next: 9 Can’t Miss Winter Arts and Culture Events in Toronto (Thursday, January 19)