Though festivals aren’t as heavily saturated as last year, we’ve still got Luminato, TD Jazz Festival, Field Trip and NXNE, the latter of which is smarting from a dropped headliner and unfortunate automated email, but can hopefully recover with a better shindig than last year.
Aside from those, here are the concerts that need to be on your radar for June.
This Rhode Island band reunited in 2013, but few have picked up on it - which is a shame, because their brew of noise/grind weirdness was inventive in its day and has long been missed. They'll assault ears with Odonis Odonis and Dalek.
Remember when fools were psyched for music to get punk and political again after the US election? Well, who’da thunk one of the first big anti-Trump protest jams would come from last decade’s dance-punk darlings? It’s weird, but I’m down.
The refreshingly honest, 90s-inspired R&B singer spent years doing her own thing and building a cult following. It finally paid off with last year's major-label debut, and now Torontonians get to see what all the buzz is about.
Montreal’s MUTEK, one of the premiere electronic music and art festivals in Canada, has teamed up with Toronto party collective It’s Not U It’s Me for a special night of digital sound wizardry with Egyptrixx, CMD and more.
This young NYC rapper is quickly turning heads for melding cultural consciousness, social awareness and female empowerment into lit-as-hell tracks. Witness Kathleen Hanna’s “girls to the front” mantra enacted in a whole new way.
Before stints in Wild Flag and Ex Hex, Mary Timony fronted Helium, one of the more underrated bands of disaffected 90s indie rock. Luckily Matador is reissuing all their albums, and Timony will perform those classics with members of Hospitality.
It’s summer now (I mean...right? Weather Network, plz confirm?), which means it’s a good time for some breezy, sun-drenched noise pop. Especially so with Chastity Belt releasing their third LP this month.
The current queen of perfect pop songs (step away Swifties, you know I’m right) teamed up with the TSO at the Polaris Prize gala last year, and apparently the collab was so successful, they’re joining forces again for a full concert.
Are these dudes still reuniting? Did they ever even break up? Is being a band just a social construct that's ultimately irrelevant to how hard they totally rip? Expect to ponder these questions in a generous four-night stint at the Danforth.
Securing the “Most Canadian Concert” title this month due to being announced on Coach’s Corner of all places, Arkells and July Talk will team up for one night at Budweiser Stage, as long as it’s not still flooded.