April is going to be a great month, Toronto. The Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer, and we are getting blessed with concerts all over the city.
There are so many exciting performances coming this month like Wintersleep, Foals, Tim Baker, SWMRS, Black Lips & Fucked Up, and more! You won’t want to miss any of these rad shows, so check out our list of 9 concerts that need to be on your radar this April below.
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April 13 | Danforth Music Hall | Tickets
Fresh off the release of their latest album, In The Land Of!, Halifax indie rock band Wintersleep are making a stop at Danforth Music Hall on April 13th to play their new tracks. The album spans from some upbeat and energetic songs to dark and broody tracks, but they all thematically explore the idea of “land.” “I think everyone can connect to it on some level for sure,” Frontman Paul Murphy explains to The Coast. “Some of it’s geographical, but it’s also more psychological land as well, and emotional land. It’s not just about actual, physical land.”
April 14 | The Phoenix | Tickets
California punk rock band SWMRS recently released their expansive, elaborate album Berkeley’s On Fire, and now they’re out performing the groundbreaking LP. “We started having conversations about how to make something brand new within the genre of rock,” co-frontman and songwriter Cole Becker explains. “That’s what we talked about every single day.” The show even has a stacked lineup of openers, with Beach Goons, Goodbye Honolulu, and Destroy Boys taking to the stage before SWMRS at The Phoenix on April 14th.
April 20 | The Longboat Hall at The Great Hall | Tickets
Girlpool released their third album What Chaos Is Imaginary at the top of 2019, and it came packed with multi-faceted tunes that range from powerful shoegaze ballads to experimental standouts. The record really shows the pair’s transformation, serving as a complex, multidimensional collection of work, with bluntly vulnerable and introspective lyrics. Make sure you don’t miss Girlpool at The Longboat Hall at The Great Hall on April 20th.
April 22 | REBEL | Tickets
Foals released part one of their genre-bending two-part album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, at the beginning of March, and now they’ll be bringing their compelling new tunes to REBEL on April 22nd. Their new album is flexible and genre-bending as the indie giants move toward a fluid musical territory and derail from linear songwriting. There’s a full circle journey on Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, as they travel from a post-apocalyptic theme to a sort of rebirth and recovery.
April 22 | Lee’s Palace | Tickets
Australian alternative rock trio Camp Cope have been exploding onto the music scene, as they not only deliver rad rock bangers, but they also use their resilience to fight to improve the music industry. These musical advocates recently released How to Socialise & Make Friends, which is packed with emotive lyrics and killer instrumentals that are sure to get you bopping along to their raw, progressive tunes. Catch Camp Cope at Lee’s Palace on April 22nd.
April 23 – 25 | The Great Hall | Tickets
Former Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker is gearing up for the release of his debut solo album, Forever Overhead, which is set to centre on kinship and connectivity while showcasing Baker’s elaborate, vulnerable songwriting. We’ve gotten a handful of singles from the talented artist, such as “Dance,” “All Hands,” and “Spirit,” which each showcase elaborate instrumental lines, honest lyrics, and raw, raspy vocals. Catch Tim Baker at The Great Hall on April 23rd, 24th, or 25th.
Black Lips & Fucked Up
April 25 | The Phoenix | Tickets
What an unbelievable lineup for a show! On April 25th at The Phoenix, you’ll be able to catch Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips alongside local hardcore punk band Fucked Up! The night is sure to be full of raucous rock anthems and heavy, pounding instrumentals. From Black Lips’ lively, dynamic, and distortedly twangy bangers to Fucked Up’s ambitious, genre-spanning repertoire of thunderous tracks, you’re sure to have your musical needs satisfied at this April show.
April 25 | The Mod Club | Tickets
American pop rock duo MISSIO creates dark, emotive electronic tracks that form their brooding, dynamic sound. Their hit track “Middle Fingers” is an anthemic youth revolt style tune, with booming instrumentals, and a simple refrain that will make you want to bound across the room, jumping to their music at their live show on April 25th at The Mod Club.
TR/ST & IONNALEE
April 26 | The Phoenix | Tickets
Canadian electronic artist TR/ST has a stacked lineup of dark, dramatic electro pop tunes that will revolutionize your perspective of the genre. Swedish singer-songwriter IONNALEE will also be bringing her enchanting tracks that are filled with modern folklore and frequently accompanied by audiovisual experiences. You won’t want to miss this shocking, yet spirited performance at The Phoenix on April 26th.