There’s no question about it, summer is the best season for concerts here in Toronto. As the sun heats up, the city becomes alive with outdoor shows, festivals and events. If you’re in the market to blow your winters savings on concerts, look no further! Here are the most anticipated concerts of the summer in Toronto:
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RBC Echo Beach | June 1 | Tickets
Anderson .Paak has been on a roll this year and we are only in May! After releasing his killer album, Oxnard at the end of 2018, he had already come back with his newest album last month, Ventura. Start off the summer concert season with this guaranteed good show in the sand.
Budweiser Stage | June 3 | Tickets
The iconic 1975 are back to pump the summer up with sad lyrics and their brooding British vibes. Of course their songs will still be summer anthems, especially from their newest album, A Brief Inquiry of Online Relationships, so be sure to sing at the top of your lungs.
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RBC Echo Beach | June 5 | Tickets
After Vampire Weekend promised to release a new song every month, the fans have been dying to see this new album as a whole! Celebrate the release of Father of the Bride with the beach concert of your life. This venue is bound to be the venue of the season, with the sand, drinks and fresh air!
Budweiser Stage | June 11 | Tickets
As if you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish, you must be living under a rock. She will be bringing her brand new album WHEN WE ALL FALL SLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? to the stage for us, filling us with teen angst and dark lyrics, but come on, who doesn’t want that??
Catfish & the Bottlemen
REBEL | June 17 | Tickets
The Welsh band is coming to rock our socks off this summer. Their album The Balance just came out in April and is doing an amazing job. The vocals of lead singer, Van McCann are so smooth and addicting so make sure you go to the show to get your fill.
Phoenix Concert Theatre | July 4 | Tickets
You will melt when you hear Ziggy’s voice. With his major guitar sound, he is going to blow your mind and make you feel all your emotions at once. Performing his newest album Laps Around the Sun, the night will be one to remember.
Velvet Underground | July 18 | Tickets
Mystery Skulls is made up of Luis Dubuc, an artist that mixes indie and electronic to make this incredible blend. It gets you up and dancing while also have the chillness of indie. The combo makes songs that you can’t stop listening to and the best summer bops.
Danforth Music Hall | July 26 | Tickets
Ready to feel like you’re in surftastic California? The Growlers make the perfect music for you. They have a psychedelic kind of sound that is going to put you in the best summer mood possible. Get listening to their newest album,Casual Acquaintances, released last year!
Kurt Vile and the Violaters
Sony Centre | August 1 | Tickets
Kurt Vile is coming on the road with his accompanying band! He just released his last solo album back in October, Bottle It In. The unique voice that comes out of Vile is absolutely intoxicating and will keep you coming back for more.
Beck and Cage the Elephant
Budweiser Stage | August 11 | Tickets
Beck and Cage the Elephant are going on tour together! The two artists are coming together to feature both of their newest albums, Hyperspace and Ready to Let Go. With Beck’s smooth as all hell voice and Cage the Elephant’s ever evolving sound, this show is no doubt going to be a ride.
The Smashing Pumpkins
Budweiser Stage | August 13 | Tickets
The Smashing Pumpkins are back with a new tour for their newest album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. that was released late last year. The band has been in the spotlight for almost three decades and continues to create angsty, progressive music to this day.
Bissell Park | August 16 to 18 | Tickets
Get ready for a festival!! About two hours away is a line-up that is going to blow your mind. This weekend festival is full of not just music, but art, food, creativity and the culture that you never knew you needed. On the line-up this year is: City and Colour, A Tribe Called Red, The Darcys, Brave Moon and SO MANY MORE.
Budweiser Stage | August 24 | Tickets
We have some hometown friends coming to sing for us. Blue Rodeo is a Toronto band that got started back in 1984 and ever since, has released fifteen albums, with their most recent being from 2016! They bring together the sounds of rock and country, making them ageless and always catching the ears of new fans.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
REBEL | August 25 | Tickets
Coming all the way from Australia is the band with the best name, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard! The band has just released their fourteenth album a few months ago, Fishing for Fishies, which includes tunes like “Boogieman Sam”. This album did not disappoint, bringing new jams just in time for summer.
REBEL | September 10 | Tickets
Marina has finally returned after renaming herself from Mariana and the Diamonds to Marina, and oh have we missed her! Her new album, Love + Fear brings back her magical voice and upbeat songs that make you want to dance around your bedroom.
Budweiser Stage | September 14 | Tickets
King Crimson has been around forever and through it all, has released music that has been incredibly impactful on the rock industry. This tour is going to be their 50th Anniversary tour, celebrating the music they have all made during their long and hard-working career. Join the crowd with this celebration of the rock kings.
Sony Centre of Performing Arts | September 17 & 18 | Tickets
This duo has been unstoppable since 1988, bringing the crazy Trip Hop genre to life. This genre is so indescribable but somehow they make it work. The sound is legitimately hypnotic, surprising everyone that listens to it with a sound that is so unusual that they like it.
Cheech and Chong
Roy Thomson Hall | September 22 | Tickets
Come on, do we even have to explain this one?? The iconic duo is coming to Toronto on their Canadian tour to make the city smokey and very hungry. This being their first stop on the tour, we will be listening to their stories from their long friendship, as well as their songs and skits from their career.
Woodbine Park | September 24 | Tickets
Demarco is coming to Toronto with his distinctive voice and Canadian background. His music focuses on the life lessons of growing up and actually living your life, making it a reminiscing experience for all that listen to him. His newest album was just released back in May so be ready to hear all of your favourite new tracks!