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The 15 most anticipated concerts in Toronto next year

The most anticipated concerts in Toronto for 2017 promise an unparalleled level of flash and glitz, but also bouts of nostalgia that promise to appeal to a huge variety of music fans out there. From the high-flying grace of Ariana Grande to throwback jams from a monster grouping of New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul, we're already wildly excited next year's crop of live shows.

Here are my picks for the most anticipated concerts in Toronto next year.

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    • February 3
      Talib Kweli will be playing a show on February 3 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. He’ll be joined by K’Valentine for his The Seven tour.
    • February 4
      Thankfully for diehards, rock band RHCP isn’t going anywhere after all these years, and they’re bringing their signature brand of funk rock fusion to the ACC on February 4. When it comes to living a life of stardom and performing, it appears they’re not willing to “Give It Away” just yet.
      Air Canada Centre
    • February 14
      This gender- and genre-bending artist will be playing Velvet Underground on Valentine’s Day, which actually sounds like a pretty good plan for the evening. Get “Wavvy” this winter with the chill but badass rhymes and fun tracks Mykki Blanco performs with flair.
    • February 17
      The waifish singer-songwriter who brought us the smash hit “Habits” that had us all belting the words in the shower is coming to Toronto quite soon, on February 17. She’ll be playing Massey Hall, which should be perfect for her multitude of fans and intimate but arena-filling sound.
    • February 19
      Just recently having dropped their bomb third album simply titled “Run the Jewels 3,” the innovative hip hop group will be visiting the Danforth Music Hall on February 19. Toronto fans will be some of the first to see performances of killer new songs like “Down” and “Call Ticketron.”
      The Danforth Music Hall
    • March 5
      If you missed the singer’s drool-worthy a cappella video of "Dangerous Woman," open a new tab on your browser and come back to us? Back? Mind suitably blown? Well then by now you’re hoping to have a ticket to the diva’s appearance at the gigantic ACC on March 5.
      Air Canada Centre
    • March 13
      Famous for putting on some of the trippiest and most experiential live shows, some might even say on the planet, The Flaming Lips are coming to Toronto on March 13 to play expansive club Rebel. Here’s hoping they use the 65-foot stage and equally huge screens behind it to their advantage.
    • March 15
      The kings of soft indie pop returns to Toronto this year for two dates at Massey Hall on March 15 and 16. Equally heartbreaking and talented singer songwriter Joan Shelley will be opening.
    • May 26
      The local artist is doing a massive tour for Starboy this year that even included a pop-up shop right here in Toronto. The singer will be performing his hits like the album’s energetic title track at the Air Canada Centre on May 26.
      Air Canada Centre
    • June 20
      Billed as The Total Package Tour, this rockstar lineup of knockout retro acts that will have you screaming your heart out like a little tween again is coming to the Air Canada Centre this summer on June 20.
      Air Canada Centre
    • July 15
      Also at the Air Canada Centre in the summer and also with a bit of a wistful retro streak, Tom Petty will be playing on July 15. You’ll be free fallin’ back into the big sounds of the eighties if you have tickets to this rock show.
      Air Canada Centre
    • August 21
      Yup, Coldplay are still making music, and fans who are happy about this can continue to enjoy Chris Martins’ haunting melodies in their favourite classics from the nineties and more recent hits. They’ll be playing the Rogers Centre August 21.
      Rogers Centre
    • August 26
      “Don’t believe me, just watch” was the rallying cry of this artist’s most recent hit, “Uptown Funk.” The crowd is sure to go wild for the pop single this summer at what’s sure to be one of Toronto’s hottest summer concerts, literally if last year was any indication, on August 26 and 27.
      Air Canada Centre
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    Matt Forsythe

Lead photo by

Matt Forsythe

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