It’s a big month for concerts, Toronto!
Get ready for some huge acts hitting the city all month long, starting with Kurt Vile & The Violators at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on August 1st, all the way through to Purple Mountains at Lee’s Palace on August 27th. We’ve put together a list of eight concerts that definitely need to be on your radar this month, which you can check out below.
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Kurt Vile & The Violators
August 1 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | Tickets
Kurt Vile & The Violators are back in Toronto, and this time they’ll be playing Queen Elizabeth Theatre on August 1st. They’ll be sure to play plenty of tracks from their latest album Bottle It In, which saw Vile cementing his signature sound in a strong, endearing way.
August 3 | The Horseshoe Tavern | Tickets
After recently making her television debut on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Nilüfer Yanya will be bringing her delicate blend of soul, R&B, indie, rock, and pop to The Horseshoe Tavern on August 3rd. Yanya will be performing dynamic tracks from her genre-bending breakthrough album Miss Universe, which sees Yanya’s gritty, versatile vocal lines intertwining with killer, fuzzy guitar riffs and refined, shimmery synths.
August 9 | Mod Club Theatre | Tickets
Tuxedo, made up of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, are set to hit the Mod Club Theatre on August 9th with their fun-loving party tracks. “Tuxedo’s body of work, while wholly original, is an exercise in honoring its forebears, recalling the future-funk wobble of Zapp, Gap, Jam/Lewis and Junie Morrison, while nodding lyrically to Mtume, Jodeci and Cameo,” their biography explains. You won’t want to miss out on this concert, which is sure to feature some of their hit tracks like “Do It,” “Fux with the Tux,” and “Number One.”
Mike Krol & Swearin’
August 11 | Horseshoe Tavern | Tickets
You can catch Mike Krol & Swearin’ with openers Sundae at the Horseshoe Tavern on August 11th, which is sure to be packed with catchy garage rock hits. After taking a break from music in 2015, Krol has made his return with his recently released record Power Chords, which is an elaborate power-pop album packed with fuzzy tunes that explore heartache and disappointment.
August 14 | Danforth Music Hall | Tickets
Dawes are bringing their roots-rock sound to the Danforth Music Hall on August 14th, where they’re sure to play popular tracks like “Things Happen,” “When My Time Comes,” and “A Little Bit Of Everything.” The folky American band are sure to be playing tracks off of their latest album Passwords, so this definitely isn’t a show you’ll want to miss out on!
August 17 | Lee’s Palace | Tickets
Genre-bending artist WHY? will be bringing his expansive mix of psychedelic, pop, and folk tunes to Lee’s Palace on August 17th with openers Barrie. He’ll be bringing his dream pop hybrid tracks to the stage, playing some of his most popular tunes like “Good Friday” and “The Vowels, Pt. 2.”
August 24 | The Regent Theatre | Tickets
Dan Mangan is once again performing in Toronto, but this time as a solo act. At the end of last year, Mangan dropped his powerful fifth album, More or Less, which revolves around witnessing birth and the process of rebirth, exploring all of the unanswerable questions in life. “More sparce. Less meticulous,” Mangan explains in a statement. “More kids. Less time. More direct. Less metaphore. More discovery. Less youth. More warmth. Less chaos.” Catch Mangan at The Regent Theatre on August 24th!
August 27 | Lee’s Palace | Tickets
Head to Lee’s Palace on August 27th to catch Purple Mountains with openers Lightning Dust. A few months ago, David Berman dropped Purple Mountains’ self-titled record, which explores heartbreak and grief through the lens of lo-fi indie rock packed with harmonicas, horns, and pedal steel guitars.