concerts december toronto

12 must-see concerts in Toronto this December

Must-see concerts this December include highly anticipated comebacks, an inspiring new Canadian festival and many Toronto-based faves home for the holidays.

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    • December 1
      Trying to put that pesky Proud-Boys controversy behind them, one of our most popular rock exports comes home for the first time in several years in honour of the aptly titled Outrage! Is Now.
      The Phoenix Concert Theatre
    • December 3
      DFA wisely skip town right before James Murphy, their long ago name-copyright nemesis, comes ‘round asking why they dropped the “1979.” He’s likely too busy anyway doing the major comeback thing with LCD’s first new album in seven years.
      Air Canada Centre
    • December 5
      Speaking of comebacks, the Metric singer is dusting off the Soft Skeleton for a new solo effort, a decade after her last one. The piano balladeering goes down at Massey Hall.
    • December 9
      All your pop faves are in town for this annual bash at ACC. Get in the holiday spirit with Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Cardi B and more - followed by an after party at Rebel.
      Air Canada Centre
    • December 9
      Brooklyn’s preeminent dad-rockers are back at it again with Sleep Well Beast, and on their current tour they’ve also been breaking out a bunch of cool covers in addition to the new tunes.
      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
    • December 11-15
      The hardcore giants originally planned this four-night run back in June, but suddenly cancelled due to illness. Thankfully we'll get the rescheduled shows this month - but y’know, it’s still not a reunion or anything.
      Danforth Music Hall
    • December 12
      ‘Tis the season for adored Canadian bands to shower us with multiple shows. Like AOF, Alvvays play artist-in-residence for a while at Mod Club, riding the wave of successful followup Antisocialites.
      Mod Club Theatre
    • December 14
      Katie Stelmanis’ darkly synthpop project subtly reemerged back in January with Future Politics, and now that they’re back from their European tour, will play a single show to cap off the year at home.
    • December 15-16
      The Horseshoe Tavern’s 70th anniversary series ends December 31, but not before a slew of bands squeeze in - there’s the Tea Party, Rheostatics and Jim Cuddy, but my bet is on The Constantines, who never disappoint for a signature ‘Shoe rock show.
      Horseshoe Tavern
    • December 15
      Formerly the pseudonym of solo Edmonton songwriter Jessica Jalbert, Faith Healer has morphed into a full band for Try ;-), their new batch of psychedelic 60s jams. They’ll be accompanied by Tough age, Cecil Frena and Ducks Unlimited.
    • December 17-19
      Newfoundland's indie-folkers have been a stable presence for well over a decade, which made their just-announced breakup all the more shocking. If you’ve been taking their frequent local appearances for granted, make good with these last three shows.
      Phoenix Concert Theatre
    • December 20
      This new travelling arts festival pulls together tons of Canadian talent for music, Indigenous mentorship and documentary filmmaking. Featuring A Tribe Called Red, Feist, Lido Pimienta, Weaves and more, the tour moves across Canada before a Toronto finale.
    Lead photo by

    Matt Forsythe

Lead photo by

Matt Forsythe

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