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Concerts in Toronto this June go big: tons of mega pop stars, a couple indie-rock giants and the closure of one of Toronto’s most important music venues. Aside from the return of festivals Field Trip, TD Jazz Fest, Bud Light Dreams and a somewhat resurrected NXNE, here’s what to check out this month.
The turn from adorable Disney star to “lesbian Jesus” (as dubbed by fans online) has been swift but promising for this up-and-coming pop star. She headlines her first big tour in honour of debut LP "Expectations" with a stop at the Danforth.
It started as a DIY label devoted to making cassettes for scrappy garage bands, but Telephone Explosion is now a decade old and celebrating the milestone with many of their bands: Odonis Odonis, Freak Heat Waves, Teenanger and more.
The power-pop collective play free at Yonge-Dundas on the first day of NXNE, but oddly it has nothing to do with the festival. Instead, this block party celebrates YDS’s 15th year with live demos, food and surprise entertainment in addition to music.
The Philly-based band kicked off spring with their third LP, another well-received offering that pulls from more genres than ever before, but continues to be anchored by Frances Quinlan’s sharp songwriting.
The indie icon put fans through a gamut of emotions this month, dashing hopes of a Pavement reunion (again) while dropping new Jicks at the same time. If you managed to snag a spot at this sold-out show, I imagine all those feels are only heightened.
Usually a steadfast rock-n-roller, White decided to finally loosen his guitar strap and try some newfangled sounds on his latest solo effort (synths is one thing, but rapping? Get off my lawn, Jack!). Witness the results when he returns to Toronto.
Top Dawg Entertainment has the golden touch right now, and they know it. The record label victory laps on this tour including much of their roster, led by Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and hopefully SZA, if her vocal cords heal in time.
Hello, heartbroken Directioners still crying into pillows after failing to snag tickets to his instantly sold-out Massey gig last fall. Your fave member has returned to stadium life at last, playing ACC with rising country name Kacey Musgraves.
The iconic Canadian songwriter — who has a ton of history with Massey Hall as its most-frequent performer — will close out the legendary venue with three must-see shows before it closes for its extensive two-year revitalization project.