There are so many unbelievable artists coming to perform in Toronto in July!
From Japanese Breakfast to Manchester Orchestra to Tokyo Police Club, there’s something for everyone this month. It’s sure to be a pretty stacked July, so we’ve put together a list of concerts you definitely shouldn’t skip.
Make sure to check out 10 concerts you won’t want to miss below.
All shows have been selected by Indie88 staff for this sponsored feature.
Kathleen Edwards | Collective Concerts presents Parsons County Music Series
July 8th | Parsons Brewing Company | Tickets
Collective Concerts is hosting the Parsons County Music Series in July, which takes place in the Beer Hall at Parsons Brewing Company. The first show in the series is from Kathleen Edwards on July 8th. The Canadian singer-songwriter is sure to play tunes from her new album, Total Freedom.
July 9th | History | Tickets
Atlanta alt-rockers Manchester Orchestra are out on tour in support of their most recent album, The Million Masks of God. The record marked their sith studio album to date, following 2017’s A Black Mile to the Surface. “Making this record reiterated to us that there are no rules and there is no ceiling. It convinced us to be ambitious and take our time in order to create something really special,” singer-guitarist Andy Hull explains. Check out this cinematic, immersive sound at History on July 9th.
July 9th | The Opera House | Tickets
Catch Ocean Alley at The Opera House on July 9th. In May, Ocean Alley returned with an entrancing video for their first new music of 2022, “Deepest Darkness.” “Deepest Darkness” is a swirling, dark tune that sees Ocean Alley leaning into a gritty indie rock sound. The track is a love song about how someone can bring out the best side of you, even in your darkest moments. Directed by W.A.M. Bleakley, the accompanying video is perfectly peculiar and entrancing. It was filmed on the Panavision lens that was used during the filming of the original Star Wars.
July 10th | Danforth Music Hall | Tickets
Lucy Dacus’ rescheduled October 14th, 2021 and March 1st, 2022 shows will finally be taking place on July 10th at The Danforth Music Hall. She’ll be bringing tunes from her most recent album, Home Video to the stage. The 11-track album marks her third full-length record. Overall, the record is inspired by Dacus’ coming-of-age in Richmond, Virginia. The new album serves as the follow-up to 2018’s Historian. Taking on the format of a memoir, Dacus offers snapshots of specific moments of her growing up, as she was learning about the complexity of emotions and relationships.
July 11th | Horseshoe Tavern | Tickets
Melbourne punk rockers Camp Cope are bringing their third album, Running With The Hurricane, to the Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, March 25th. Running with the Hurricane is named after a song from Australian folk outfit Redgum. Frontwoman Georgia Maq’s father was a member of the band. “The first record was us diving into whatever Camp Cope created, the second album was us when we were in the thick of it, and then this album is about how we’ve come out the other side,” Maq explains. “And we’ve come out stronger, more loving, more peaceful and better friends.”
July 15th | Massey Hall | Tickets
Made up of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Beach House are bringing their expansive, 18-track album, Once Twice Melody to Massey Hall this month. The sprawling record is packed with all the lush shoegaze music you could ask for. Serving as the follow-up to 2018’s 7, this epic album is definitely a feat to listen to. Despite being lengthy, the record is all about the sprawl, as Beach House lean into everything from ballads to lullabies to synth-driven anthems.
The Soul Motivators | Collective Concerts presents Parsons County Music Series
July 15th | Parsons Brewing Company | Tickets
The Soul Motivators are playing the second show in the Parsons County Music Series on July 15th. Made up of veterans of Toronto’s underground Funk Scene, The Soul Motivators are a 9-piece outfit “with a rough, tough, and soulful flair that motivated people straight to the dance floor,” according to a press release.
July 19th | History | Tickets
Get ready for an amazing show from Japanese Breakfast at History on July 19th. She’ll be playing hits from her third studio album, Jubilee. From prioritizing happiness amidst a toxic relationship with her father on “Tactics” to the the melancholic closer “Posing For Cars,” Jubilee sees Japanese Breakfast exploring new sounds and themes, finding optimism even in the darkest of times. “Kokomo, IN” is truly a standout, with retro instrumentals and dreamy, sway-able melodies as Japanese Breakfast sings of longing, delivering lines like, “If ever you come back/ Wherever you find your way to/ Ans though it may not last/ Just know that I’ll be here always.”
Tokyo Police Club | Collective Concerts presents Parsons County Music Series
July 21st | Parsons Brewing Company | Tickets
Who better to play the Parsons County Music Series than beloved Canadian alt-rockers Tokyo Police Club? On July 21st, they’ll be bringing some career-spanning tunes to the stage. Back in 2020, they released a 10th anniversary edition of their beloved album, Champ, so maybe they’ll even play some tunes from that record.
Jeremie Albino | Collective Concerts presents Parsons County Music Series
July 29th | Parsons Brewing Company | Tickets
Head to Parsons Brewing Company for the last installment of their music series on July 29th with Jeremie Albino. He’ll be playing tunes from his bluesy new EP, Past Dawn. The new EP sees Albino honing in on his refined, bluesy sound. The six tracks on Past Dawn were recorded over the quarantine in 2020. Produced by Shovels & Rope’s Michael Trent, Jeremie Albino explores themes of love, loss, and home.