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The top concerts in Toronto March 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / February 28, 2014

March Concerts TorontoThe top concerts in Toronto in March will undoubtedly be Kraftwerk and Foundry, but Ben Boles has you covered over in this dance party preview post (plus we'll be getting up close and personal with some Foundry DJs), so here I get to put the focus on stuff like outrageous pop femmes, noise bros, some gentlemen of lo-fi, and of course, one special Montreal band who thinks you dress like a slob.

Perhaps more importantly, here's your Toronto Music Craigslist Round Up for February: from this Phoenix gig, an outta towner "hugged your blonde body at the Black Angels concert" which makes me think someone brought their golden retriever to a Roky Erickson show. Someone had a crush on your mom at Elton John (sec 221), and if you were a tattooed "ginger dude" at Bring Me the Horizon, there's a guy who wants to buy you a shot.

Did you have a beard at the Hidden Cameras show? Someone with a beard is looking for you. He walked by you on the way to the bathroom at Lee's. Good luck, beardos.

Here are the top concerts coming to Toronto this February.

Sound image 2014 / March 7 / Analogue Gallery (673 Queen Street West)
Not a concert but the culmination of many, many Toronto concerts, Analogue Gallery's 3rd Annual Sound Image Music Photography contest and exhibition goes down next weekend. Only one photo will win the prize and glory - and full disclosure, some of our own photographers have concert shots in the show. The opening is RSVP only - click attending on the Facebook event or contact the gallery by phone (416 901 8001) or email (celia@analoguegallery.com).

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - March 7 / Sound Academy / $62
I'd probably go to this if it wasn't at Sound Academy, and the fact I'm still tempted says a lot about the show (all of this says a lot about Sound Academy, bleh). This is Japanese Harajuku pop superstar Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's first world tour. I can't lie, I wish the world looked like this video - I haven't seen colours like that since the wilds of highschool. You've got a chance to win tickets here until March 3rd.

Long Winter / March 7 / The Great Hall / 7pm / PWYC
Last one! Cancer Bats, S.H.I.T., Greys, You'll Never Get to Heaven, Ravi Naimpally, JM, Pick a Piper, Brr, Grounders and So Young will play at the Great Hall. There will be dance performances, puppets, art, film, food, and 7"'s. Celebrate the end of one hell of a winter.

Trust / March 8 / Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide St W) / $21
What was a duo of Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski has now become a solo, and to at least some degree this has changed the Trust sound - I think it's only gotten sparklier and weirder (Kate Bush would be proud), and Alfons was the one carrying the band live anyway. Be the judge for yourself by streaming Joyland here (it officially drops on March 4th) or at Adelaide Hall on March 8th with Mozart's Sister.

Arcade Fire / March 13 / Air Canada Centre / sold out
The most badass thing the Arcade Fire has ever done is calling their own fans out on being too frumpy at their arena shows. "Wear something nice already, you're making us sick" - The Arcade Fire, last true punk band in indie rock.

Crosss / March 15 / Smiling Buddha / $8
If you haven't heard, Smiling Buddha is totally different now - well, except for a few things that the new owners just couldn't change. Mark Pesci (of Mark Pesci's Toronto Punk and Hardcore Shows) is booking gigs now, so it remains to be seen if this will still be the city's best bet for shows where you have no idea what is going on. Montreal loud-band Crosss is joined by loud-bands Soupcans, Special Noise, and Ketamines.

Marker Starling at Twin Peaks Residency / March 22 / Handlebar (159 Augusta) / PWYC
All month, the Julee Cruise Ships are doing a Twin Peaks residency at Handlebar (playing your fave tracks from David Lynch's unfinished romp in the Black Lodge). They'll be joined by five different artists all together over the month, but March 22nd is the one to hit if you're a true fan of Twin Peaks' aesthetic - Marker Starling, formerly known as Mantler, is an angel of strange, sincere nightclub kitsch. See below.

Venus X and GHE20GOTH1K / March 27 / Tattoo (567 Queen Street West) / $15
Yes, that GHE20GOTH1K. No, Rihanna isn't invited. Just kidding about that second part, but if she shows you know she's just gonna stand in a corner acting bummed that everyone's having a legendary time and not talking to her. See more dance parties in our March dance parties post.

How to Dress Well / March 29 / Mod Club / $15
Tom Krell is finally returning to Toronto, and he's bringing Forest Swords with him because he's just that nice. While aliens three of four galaxies over can hear his surreal voice breaking on recordings, seeing him up close and personal is a whole different thing (though Mod Club won't be the bessst place for getting intimate, I trust that Krell can pull it off). It's okay to let go and cry. Also: Forest Swords!

Miley Cyrus / March 31 / ACC / $39.50 - $992.25
Hey Ya? Smells Like Teen Spirit? Who knows what wacky piece of nostalgia she'll cover live in Toronto. Get a glimpse at pop history, whatever that means.

More concerts: Just Shows

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Win / February 28, 2014 at 11:44 am
"The Arcade Fire, last true punk band in indie rock."
dude / February 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
Heh. Paul Simon and Sting together at the ACC on the 1st isn't a top concert, but Miley Cyrus is?

Your lists continue to amaze me.
Chester replying to a comment from dude / February 28, 2014 at 11:53 am
For real. Im taking my parents to see them. Two living legends are coming to Toronto but Miley gets the nod OKAAAAAYY???
Bogdan / February 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm
After 10 years away Kraftwerk are bringing their 3D tour to the Sony Centre in Toronto March 29th.

But you mention the next Trust show like that's an event? He Just played the Drake Jan 23rd and probably will again 2 more times before the year's out.

Maybe this article's headline should read "Here are bands I like / want to see and hope you do too".

Aubrey replying to a comment from Bogdan / February 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Hi Bogdan, thanks for skimming the post but please remember to read the intro before getting upset :)
Muna / February 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Is that a typo for Miley Cyrus tickets? They surely can't go up to $992.00!?!?!?!
Aubrey replying to a comment from Muna / February 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Yeah, I raised an eyebrow too... it's a meet & greet package. http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004B651441D746
Bronx / February 28, 2014 at 05:37 pm
Quick comment: went to the Black Angels and Roky Erickson show a couple of weeks back at the Phoenix, the show was incredible! Also, Dead Meadow (worst name ever?) at Lee's Palace last week was mindblowing as well.
Next week at Horseshoe Tavern, be sure to check out Sleepy Sun, a great psyc band from San Fran.
Jen / February 28, 2014 at 06:11 pm
Childish Gambino????? I almost feel offended by the exclusion of such an anticipated man
Dan replying to a comment from Win / February 28, 2014 at 10:17 pm
It's Arcade Fire, not The Arcade Fire
Clarence Boddicker replying to a comment from Dan / February 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Who cares? Whatever they want to be called they've shown themselves up to be the biggest douchebags of rock.
Thank you / March 1, 2014 at 12:07 am
Thank You Arcade Fire for finding a polite way (proudly canadian) of telling hipsters they look like bums. Love it.
Something with a groove / March 2, 2014 at 01:20 am
Souljazz Orchestra (from Ottawa) is also playing March 7 at the Garrison and just released "Inner Fire", their best album to date.

Here in Canada they play club venues with capacities of a few hundred. In Europe they play stadiums.


You know if it was some indie band the Toronto media (incl. BlogTO) would be all over it -- Canadian band, making original music for years, still together, tours Europe and Canada every year, even applauded by Gilles Peterson.

Meanwhile we mustn't forget to give some time to the Harajuku pop sensation while ignoring a great band from our own backyard.

For the real music appreciators, check out Souljazz Orchestra.

The new album is even streaming for free on CBC Music this week (at least one more day).


Wake up! And check them out.
John / March 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm
You didn't mention Gary Numan. He's playing March 27th at the Phoenix. 1st time back in 6 years.
Jim Cousins / March 14, 2014 at 03:48 pm
Don't doubt the Big Sound @ Adelaide Hall March 21st. 28 performers playing & singing their hearts out on classics from Motown, Stax, Fame, Hi-Records, Phillies and more.
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