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The top concerts in Toronto this September alleviate the sadness of summer’s end (and the cancellation of Bieber’s tour) with a ton of highly anticipated comebacks, from local darlings to international stars.
The synth kings spent the first half of 2017 releasing a politically tinged record and owning white-supremacist fanboys. The back half of their year is all about this tour though, which brings them to Toronto for the first time in four years.
The Joanne World Tour finally kicked off at the start of August, and no surprise, the pop icon has been garnering heaps of praise for the massive show as she crosses the continent to reach us for a two-night stint (plus a TIFF showing).
Julie Doiron linked with Eamon McGrath and members of Cancer Bats a few years ago for this project, but they’re only now putting out their first full-length. Hear what the singer-songwriter sounds like with a heavier, amps-to-11 backing at the ‘Shoe.
The last time these hip hop legends toured together in 2012 was rocky (hours-long waits between sets was one of the running themes), but hopefully they can make it up to us with undeniable talent and less shenanigans this time around.
If you felt that last year’s Ruminations was a little too sullen (even by Oberst standards), take heart that he’s revamped most of those tracks with a full band for this year’s Salutations, and is bringing that band on tour.
Metalheads in search of a new favourite band need to get their black T-shirted selves over to Coalition for this lineup. Fresh San-Fran doom group King Woman is supported by Toronto’s Völur, Godstopper and a local “mystery project” making its live debut.
The grandpappy of power pop has been fairly quiet the past few years, but thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, he’s back with a new LP (sans the Pharmacists, though they may rejoin him again for this tour).
Our boys really made it - upcoming LP Strange Peace is produced by none other than Steve Albini, which should pretty much cement them in the upper echelons of noise. Catch them at Lee’s about a week after it’s officially released.