The top concerts in Toronto February 2014
The top concerts in Toronto this February are a good way to medicate your winter blues, because if locals were polled on which is the most depressing month of the year, February would likely win. It's freeze-your-ass-off unbearably cold, the end of winter is still not in sight, and you project your dread at Valentine's Day in the form of a righteous resentment towards greeting card companies.
Concert promoters knew they'd need to keep your spirits afloat, explaining the quality of shows this month. Brrrrr Fest, Long Winter, Winterfolk, and Wavelength festivals are doing their part to bring a huge amount of bands to the city. There are CD releases, world tour stops, and all your regular live music dance parties that will help you shake off the cold.
Put on your best outfit, cover it in layers of flannel and wool, and take yourself out. And if there is any justice in the world, maybe you'll get struck by cupid's arrow... and that doesn't mean falling in love with a musician and waiting for them backstage.
Here are the top concerts coming to Toronto this February.
Brrrrr Winter Music Festival / February 1 / Echo Beach / 4:30pm
This action-packed fest has several big electronic names condensed into one bass heavy day. Start off the month with Wolfgang Garnter, Felix Cartal, Sharam, Hot Since 82, and perspiring crowds full of regular rave-goers who've found their winter buzz.
Pusha T / February 2 / Danforth Music Hall / 8pm / $39.50--$49.75
The Virgina rapper joined Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music army three years ago, and he's collaborated with tons of reputable names like Pharrell and Swizz Beatz ever since. He just released his third record on the label, accurately titled My Name is My Name. He's at the top of his game on this release, which he's now promoting with a world tour.
John Butler Trio / February 6 / Danforth Music Hall / 7pm / $33.50
If you're into John Butler Trio's records... just you wait. His live shows are a spectacle, and he's talented to an point that doesn't even really make sense. Hold back your sweaty dreads with your hemp bandana, sneak in a baggie of homemade trail mix, and you'll fit in perfectly with the hippies who worship John Butler.
Long Winter / February 7 / The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.) / 7pm / PWYC
It's this season's fourth installment of Long Winter, complete with it's usual collection of music, art, talks, food, and dance. The musical roster includes The Bicycles, Teenanger, Alvvays, HSY, Not the Wind, Not the Flag, and Sheezer, and to make this one a little spicier, there will be an NotOKCupid talk, where you can blatantly watch five people on dates, with some commentary from an "expert matchmaker." The first 350 people through the door get the Volume 4 split 7" that features Teenanger and HSY.
Bile Sister & Skull Bong double album release / Tranzac (South Cross) / 9:30pm / PWYC
This double album release show will be the first edition kick-off party of new Healing Power Records monthly shows at the Tranzac. Bile Sister, who were named a top band to watch in 2014, will have the new, skuzzed out record Faucet available, alongside Skull Bong's latest mental medicine, Burnt Endz. Afterwards Scalez will be dropping hip hop, funk, and avant garde bangers to maximize the good vibes.
Wavelength '14/ February 13-16 / Various Venues / $10-25
Wavelength '14 is a four-night live curated mixtape of the best independent music coming out of Canada and the US in 2014. This year's line-up includes Colin Stetson, DIANA, Cousins, Phèdre, TOPS, US Girls, Odonis Odonis, and many others. Not to mention, tickets to this festival are the perfect excuse to avoid any potential Valentine's day terrible-ness.
Justin Timberlake / February 13 / ACC / 7pm / $67.25 - 192.75
JT's world tour is coming through Toronto. It's the 20/20 experience, meaning... you can probably only experience it if your vision is perfect, cause your seats will probably be in the nosebleeds by this point. For a healthy dose of Michael Jackson's dance moves to the soundtrack of thousands of screaming straight girls, get yourself tickets to this show - Craigslist or otherwise.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks / February 22 / Lee's Palace / 9pm / $26.50
Indie rock icon Stephen Malkmus, the frontman of 90s legends Pavement, brings his band The Jicks to crowd surf their way around Lee's Palace. They're fresh off the release of their sixth record, Wig Out at Jagbags, through Matador. Disappears will open up the night.
Big Knife Little Knife, Bleeding Rainbow, Hunters, Jigsaw Youth / February 22 / Unit 2 (163 Sterling Rd) / 8pm / $8
The event page reads: no bros / no jerks / no cops. So double check that you make the cut before you decide to include yourself in this party. The bands are from all over the place, Montreal, Philly, NYC, Toronto, and there's nothing quite like making bands feel at home than a tightly packed little show with lots of beer. Also by excluding bros, jerks and cops. Bikini Kill songs will be played, and that's all the incentive you need.
The C'mons CD release / February 28 / Tattoo Rock Parlour / 9pm / $10
The C'mons are one of the buzziest local bands around right now. We listed them as a break out band from 2013, and their lead-singer Steph Bosch made the top 10 queer Toronto musicians list for having her talented paws in a whole bunch of exciting upcoming projects. This show is for the release of the band's first LP, and it will no doubt get wild. Local bands Hue, Morakoza, and beau will also be on hand, and rumour has it that some of the musicians will be getting tattooed at the show!
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Lead photo of The C'mons