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! After releasing his killer album, Oxnard at the end of 2018, he has already come back with his latest album, Ventura last month. Start off the summer concert season with sure-to-be killer show in the RBC Echo Beach sand on June 1st.
Budweiser Stage | June 3 | Tickets
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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 on June 3rd at Budweiser Stage.
RBC Echo Beach | June 5 | Tickets
After Vampire Weekend promised to release a new song every month, the fans were dying to see this new album as a whole, and it’s finally here! Celebrate the release of Father of the Bride with the beach concert of your life on June 5th. RBC Echo Beach is bound to be the venue of the season, with the sand, drinks and fresh air!
Budweiser Stage | June 11 | Tickets
If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish by now, 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 Budweiser Stage for us on June 11th, filling the crowd with teen angst and dark lyrics.
Catfish & the Bottlemen
REBEL | June 17 | Tickets
Welsh band Catfish & the Bottlemen is coming to rock our socks off this summer. Their album The Balance just came out in April and was packed with rad, raucous tunes. The vocals of lead singer Van McCann are so smooth and addicting, you’ll have to go to the show to get your fill.
Phoenix Concert Theatre | July 4 | Tickets
You will melt when you hear Ziggy Albert’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, this night will definitely be one to remember.
Velvet Underground | July 18 | Tickets
Mystery Skulls is the moniker of Luis Dubuc, an artist that mixes indie and electronic to make this incredible blend of music. Their tunes get you up and dancing, while also providing the chill vibes that come with most indie tunes. The combo makes for hit tracks and summer bops that you won’t be able to take off repeat.
Danforth Music Hall | July 26 | Tickets
Ready to feel like you’re in surftastic California? Then The Growlers are the perfect band for you. Their tunes come packed with 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, with was released last year!
Kurt Vile and the Violaters
Sony Centre | August 1 | Tickets
Kurt Vile is hitting the road again with his accompanying band! He just released his latest solo album, Bottle It In, back in October. The unique, waning 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 to Budweiser Stage to feature both of their newest albums, Hyperspace and Ready to Let Go, in addition to a performance of their collaborative track, “Night Running.” With Beck’s smooth vocals and Cage the Elephant’s ever evolving sound, this show is definitely going to be a ride.
The Smashing Pumpkins
Budweiser Stage | August 13 | Tickets
The Smashing Pumpkins are back with a new tour for their most recent album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., which 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.
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 psychedelic outfit has just released their fourteenth album, Fishing for Fishies, which includes tunes like “Boogieman Sam” and “Cyboogie.” 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, 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, from “Orange Trees” to “Human.” Catch Marina at REBEL on September 10th
Budweiser Stage | September 14 | Tickets
King Crimson has been around forever, and through it all they’ve released music that has been incredibly impactful on rock industry. This tour is going to be their 50th Anniversary, celebrating the music they have all made during their long and hard-working career. Join the crowd with this celebration of the rock kings in a career spanning set.
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 again and again. The sound is legitimately hypnotic, surprising everyone that listens to it with delightfully bizarre bangers.
Woodbine Park | September 24 | Tickets
Mac DeMarco is coming to Toronto with his distinctive voice and slacker rock instrumentals. His music focuses on the life lessons of growing up and actually living your life, making this Woodbine Park Show a reminiscing experience for all who attend. His newest album was just released back in May so be ready to hear all of your favourite new tracks!