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29 concerts in Toronto to check out in June

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Yasmin Aboelsaud May 31, 2016 11:50 pm

Summertime in the city means summer concerts, and June’s line up does not disappoint. With several festivals underway, Toronto welcomes some major international artists this month, From country to indie, here are some gigs hitting up TO in June.

Miike Snow

Swedish indie-pop band Miike Snow are on the road promoting their appropriately-named third album iii and will be bringing their brand of fun to the Danforth Music Hall for two nights (May 31 being the first.) Check out Andrew Wyatt and the boys, who are bound to put on a great show.

When: June 1 at 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave.
Tickets: Available online from $20. 19+

JMSN

Detroit born Christian Berishaj is going to sweep you off your feet. The singer-songwriter is a multi-instrumentalist producer who mixes his soulful voice, heart-breaking lyrics, and R&B beats to deliver a musical journey. Witness JMSN on his rise this month.

When: June 1 at 8:30 pm
Where: The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West
Tickets: Available online at $17

Bryson Tiller & Anderson .Paak

Trapsoul’s Bryson Tiller headlines a massive double bill with Anderson .Paak. Tiller returns after his sold out show at the Phoenix. Keep an eye out for .Paak, also destined to headline his own shows soon.

When: June 3 at 5 pm
Where: Echo Beach, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Tickets: Sold out.

I Mother Earth

One of Canada’s most prominent band from the 90’s is back , and with original vocalist Edwin. I Mother Earth was known for their double platinum album Scenery and Fish, which is celebrating its 20th year, and I bet we all still know the words to “One More Astronaut.” No? Just me?

When: June 3 and 4 at 8 pm
Where: Pheonix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherborne Street
Tickets: Sold out.

Meat Loaf

K guys, Meat Loaf is actually on tour. The American singer who would do anything for love, but won’t do “that”, is stopping into Toronto as part of his North American tour to promote his upcoming release Braver Than We Are.

When: June 4 at 8 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
Tickets: Available online from $59.50

Field Trip

Possibly one of our favourite festival line ups this summer, Field Trip is back with incredible headliners like The National, Robyn, Santigold, and local love, Jazz Cartier.

When: June 4 and 5 at 1 pm
Where: Fort York & Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Blvd
Tickets: Single day and weekend passes are available starting at $75

Jeremy Loops

South African singer songwriter Jeremy Loops mixes guitar and hip-hip beats that result in eclectic tracks which landed him a spot on the Twenty One Pilots tour last year. Loops is in Toronto with Canadian supporting act, SonReal.

When: June 6 at 7 pm
Where: Adelaide Hall, 150 Adelaide Street
Tickets: Available online at $17. 19+

Twenty One Pilots

The energetic duo of Twenty One Pilots return to Toronto for a show that is bound to sell out. Known for their backflips and stage disappearances (no further spoilers), these guys sell out concerts globally and have a massive fan following.

When: June 7 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd W
Tickets: Available starting at $28.75

Motion City Soundtrack

Over nine years ago, Motion City Soundtrack’s “Everything is Alright” was on overplay on many different discmans. A high school and Warped Tour fave, Motion City Soundtrack has come along way since they formed in 1997. They are in town for their final tour as a band.

When: June 7 at 8 pm
Where: The Opera House, 753 Queen Street East
Tickets: Available starting at $23.50

Brand New

Brand New’s fan base is dedicated. Their current tour, which often has two back to back dates, have sold-out across North America. After Jesse Lacey’s “I’m going to tell you right here and now, this isn’t going to last much longer,” confession on tour in October, 2015, fans are bracing themselves. But an upcoming release may also bring another Brand New tour later this year.

When: June 9 and 10 at 7 pm
Where: Sound Academy, 11 Polson Street
Tickets: Sold out.

Florence + the Machine

The incredibly talented Ms Florence Welch takes over the Molson Amphitheatre for her How Beautiful tour. After the successful release of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in 2015, Welch and the band have been on the road, and reviews have been stunning. Although tickets are officially sold out, there are some resale tickets through Ticketmaster.

When: June 10 at 7:30 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore Blvd W
Tickets: Sold out, but available through resale.

What So Not

Electronic producer What So Not is back to drop some beats the Hoxton this month. Formerly a dup with Flume, the Aussie is on tour supported his EP Gemini.

When: June 10 at 10 pm
Where: The Hoxton, 69 Bathurst Street
Tickets: Available online at $20. 19+

Bestival

Back this summer after a successful inaugural year, Bestival’s arts and music festival was relocated from Centre Island to Woodbine Park. This year’s headliners include The Cure, and our personal fave, Tame Impala.

When: June 11 and 12 at 12 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, Toronto
Tickets: Day and weekend passes available from $84.50.

Mumford & Sons

Brit rockers Mumford & Sons announced three summer dates in Canada, including this month’s stop in Toronto. Touring in support of their latest album, Wilder Mind, Marcus Mumford & the boys are bound to put on an unforgettable gig.

When: June 13 at 7:30 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Tickets: Sold out, but resale available.

NXNE

The annual music and arts festival returns this month with a mix of indie and hip-hip, and some epic headliners including Father John Misty, and Ghostface Killah. From Port Lands to clubs and free gigs, NXNE has you covered for live shows this month.

When: June 13-19, 2016
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Available online at various costs.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Seattle’s golden child, Macklemore is on tour with producer Ryan Lewis in support of their second album This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. The four time Grammy winner is on tour with The Flavr Blue.

When: June 15 at 7:30 pm
Where: Echo Beach, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
Tickets: Available online starting at $53

City and Colour

Dallas Green is touring his 2015 release If I Should Go Before You, popping into the hood this month for two dates with Hannah Georgas on day one, and Shakey Graves on the second day

When: June 17 and 18 at 6:30 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Tickets: Available online from $36.75

Matt Corby

The incredibly attractive Matt Corby is a hot Australian export right now. Besides his dreamy blue eyes and shaggy hair, Corby’s voice is full of soul, rhythm and blues. Check out Corby’s gig this month following his 2016 release Telluric, and allow him to transport you to a dreamy musical land.

When: June 18 at 8 pm
Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria StreetThat’
Tickets: Available online from $37.50

Ellie Goulding

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding is in Toronto for her Delirium tour. The arena tour includes a setlist of new and old tracks that will leave any Goulding fan with a smile. Openers are indie darlings Matt & Kim.

When: June 19 at 7 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
Tickets: Available online from $36.50

Awolnation

Sailing into the Sound Academy this month is American electro-rockers Awolnation. The band is currently supporting their record Run, which was released in 2015.

When: June 19 at 7:30 pm
Where: Sound Academy, 11 Polson Street
Tickets: Available online at $39.50

Paul Simon

Legendary musician and one half of Simon & Garfunkel, Mr. Paul Simon is back with his thirteenth studio album Stranger to Stranger. With his album release, Simon is taking his classic tunes on the road, and stops into Toronto as part of his North American tour.

When: June 21 at 8 pm
Where: Sony Centre for Performing Arts, 1 Front Street E.
Tickets: Available online starting at $77.89

Dixie Chicks

After a ten year hiatus, American country gals Dixie Chicks are on a 40+ date North American tour. While there is no new album on the horizon, expect a setlist of fan faves.

When: June 21 and 22 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Tickets: Available for both dates online starting at $39.25

Thrice

California’s emo-hardcore band Thrice has been around since the late 90’s. After a five year break since Major/Minor is 2011, the boys are set to release their 2016 album To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere.

When: June 21 at 6:30 pm
Where: Sound Academy, 11 Polson Street
Tickets: Available online at $29.25

Dead Kennedys

Even older than Thrice, The Dead Kennedys were a staple punk band throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Currently on a brief tour, The DK stop in Toronto as their only Canadian tour date.

When: June 22 at 8 pm
Where: Hard Luck Bar, 772A Dundas Street West
Tickets: Available online at $28.50

Poison The Well

Sticking with the 90’s punk theme, Florida’s Poison the Well are also on the road this month for a very short North American tour. The band was technically on hiatus since 2010, and began performing live again in 2015.

When: June 22 at 8 pm
Where: The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East
Tickets: Available online at $26.50

At the Drive-In

More 90’s bands! Texan rockers At the Drive-In also make an appearance in our city this month. After reuniting for a second time, the band is expected to be releasing new music, and are currently on tour in North America.

When: June 23 and 24 at 9 pm
Where: The Pheonix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street
Tickets: Available online at $41.50

Luke Bryan

American country music heart throb Luke Bryan is in town for two back to back shows later this month, touring is 2015 album Kill the Lights.

When: June 24 and 25 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Tickets: Available online starting at $33.75

Shad

One of Canada’s favourite hosts, Shad is on the road with his tunes this month. The Q host is a rapper with four studio albums, including the 2013 release Flying Colours.

When: June 24 at 7 pm
Where: Mod Club Theatre, 722 College Street West
Tickets: Available online at $20

Fitz and The Tantrums

California cool kids Fitz and the Tantrums are indie faves thanks to their catchy, dancey tunes. Their shows are filled with energy, and Toronto’s upcoming concert should be no exception. The band is touring their recent self-titled album.

When: June 25 at 7 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave.
Tickets: Available online starting at $30


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Yasmin Aboelsaud
Senior Staff Writer, music aficionado, fueled by coffee, travel & Drake.

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