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21 concerts in Toronto to check out in August

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Jul 29, 2016 1:13 am

It’s August.

Prime summer month, and just after music festival season, we’re getting bands and artists rolling through as part of summer tours. Lucky us!

And with more 90’s bands making a come back, and one legendary Canadian band taking a final bow, this month is all about concerts and shows for every music lover in every genre. Enjoy the outdoor summer concerts while you can!

Happy August, music lovers.

OVO Fest

October’s (or as we like to say, our) Very Own, Drake’s very own fest continues on August 1. Already sold-out, for both days, but we bet the July 31 will leave everyone with enough FOMO to find tickets for today’s show. And of course, Drake returns to the ACC in October.

When:  August 1 at 7 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
Tickets: Sold out. (It’s called Craigslist, people.)

Halsey and Oh Wonder

One of 2015’s biggest popstars, Halsey returns and is bringing with her the force of Oh Wonder. Halsey’s debut album Badlands is an electro-pop gem, with her voice shining through the 16 tracks. Her live performances are all about her contagious energy, and her loyal fans adore it.

When: August 3 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
Tickets: Available online at $47.50. All ages

Gwen Stefani

Whether you know her as Ms Hollaback Girl or Gwen from No Doubt, Gwen Stefani has certainly earned her fame in the music industry. Her solo albums have been hits on pop chats, and she’s taking her latest record, This is What The Truth Feels Like,  on the road with her gal pal, Eve.

When:  August 4 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
Tickets: Available online from $34.20 to $159.25. All ages

TIME Festival

Missing the festival feels already? Not to worry, Time Festival has you covered this month! Embrace brings us Joey Bada$$, Run The Jewels, Kehlani, and so. much. more. Make sure to check out one of our local faves, CRSB.

When: August 6 at noon
Where: Fort York Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Road
Tickets: Available online from $30. All ages

Goo Goo Dolls

Did someone say Goo Goo Dolls? That is right! The 1980’s band from Buffalo have evolved past “Iris” and have released their new album Boxes. Back on the road, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac are in Toronto this month to woo us with other 90’s love, Collective Soul.

When: August 9 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
Tickets: Available online from $33.75 to $103.75. All ages

Pitbull

Mr. 305! Pitbull and The Bad Man Tour make their way into the Amphitheatre for a night of jamming and dancing. The American rapper, who released his new album Climate Change this year, is bound to sing one – but probably all – of his top 40 hits.

When: August 10 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
Tickets: Available online from $44.20 to $154.20. All ages

The Tragically Hip

It’s here. The final tour. With three different dates in August, The Tragically Hip will take their final Toronto bows in the city this month. The legendary Canadians announced their last tour earlier this year following lead singer Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis.

When: August 10, 12, and 14 at 8:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
Tickets: Sold out

Honne

British electronic duo Honne emerged in the scene in 2014 with their single “Warm On A Cold Night,” and have since released a debut studio album with the same name. Check them out as they return to Toronto this month at Mod Club.

When: August 10 at 7:30 pm
Where: Mod Club Theatre, 722 College Street
Tickets: Available online at $18.50. 19+

Fifth Harmony

X-Factor alums Fifth Harmony are proving to be one of the biggest success stories in the show’s US franchise history. Their 2016 single “Work from Home” is still pumping on speakers, and this five girl crew is taking the world by storm on this 7/27 headline tour.

When: August 11 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd
Tickets: Available online from $24.20 to $84.20. All ages

Zeds Dead

Toronto’s own bass boys are back. It’s been a while, and now Zeds Dead are throwing a big party at Echo Beach this month. Although a new album has yet to drop this year, 2016 saw the making of Zeds Dead’s new label Deadbeats. This is a rain or shine show!

When: August 12 at 3 pm
Where: TD Echo Beach, 909 Lakeshore Blvd
Tickets: Available online from $20 – $60. All ages

Reggae Fest

Party Tun Up! Missing the Caribana feels? Get to this month’s Toronto Reggae Fest. Featuring Mr Vegas, Warrior King, Louie Culture, and more, this is a two-day festival featuring indoor and outdoor performances.

When: August 15 and 16
Where: Polson Pier Outdoor Lot, 11 Polson Street
Tickets: Available online from $50 – $80.

Lil Yachty

Lil Yachty is definitely lil – 18-years-old to be exact. The young Atlanta rapper/hip hop artist made his name through his single 1 Night (see above), and his unique sound has captured a new generation of rap fans. Catch his debut show in Toronto this month – if you’re able to get tickets!

When: August 18 at 8 pm
Where: Pheonix Concert Theatre – 410 Sherbourne Street
Tickets: Sold out. Sad face.

Blue Rodeo


Legendary Canadian country rockers Blue Rodeo have been making their way across Canada in early 2016. Formed in 1984 and with fourteen studio albums, Blue Rodeo remains one of Canada’s original rock groups. Check out these legends on their summer tour.

When: August 20 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets available online from $24.25 to $93.75. All ages

Blink 182


After a rocky start to 2015, with long-time Blink 182 member Tom DeLonge leaving the band, Travis Barker and Matt Hoppus began performing with Matt Skiba. Skiba fit right in with the Blink’ers and the trio released their album California this year. Catch the new line up later this month.

When: August 21 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets available online from $34.25 to $118.25. All ages

Shawn Mendes

Vine-star and Canadian singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes has been a global success since he first began his music career in 2013. His album Handwritten got on top charts globally thanks to his hit single, “Stitches.” Teen pop fans’ dream, Mendes will definitely have some girls screaming at the ACC.

When: August 21 at 6:30 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets available online at $53. All ages

Korn and Rob Zombie

Return of the Dreads Tour hits the Molson Amphitheatre this month, and features 90’s rockers Korn (remember Korn with the “K” and backwards “R”?) and Rob Zombie. Korn just released their latest single “Rotting In Vain,” and an album is expected to drop soon. As for Zombie, he’s touring his album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.

When: August 23 at 6:30 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets available online from $29.25 to $99.25. All ages

Skye and Ross

Although British trip-hop band Morcheeba is no longer, former members Skye and Ross are still kickin it as a duo – minus one of the original members. With their new album coming out later this year, this is a preview but will probably include some Morcheeba classics. We hope.

When: August 23 at 7 pm
Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave
Tickets: Tickets available online from $20 to $30. All ages

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas

Is it us, or do the 90’s keep coming back? California’s Counting Crows are on tour with Rob Thomas (formally of Matchbox 20). Thomas has been riding a steady wave on his solo career, with three albums released including last year’s The Great Unknown.

When: August 26 at 6:45 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets available online from $30.25 to $84.75. All ages

Black Sabbath

Old school rockers Black Sabbath return to Toronto this month as part of “The End” tour. The band just released The End, an 8-track EP that’s is only available for purchase at their live shows. As a fan, you probably won’t want to miss Ozzy and the gang this time.

When: August 29 at 7:30 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets available online from $46.75 to $169.25. All ages

Kanye West

Kanye West and his Saint Pablo tour pop into the city at the end of the month for two shows at the ACC. What can we say about Kanye West? Kanye loves Kanye – so it should be a great show. And for last minute fans, tickets are still available for both nights.

When: August 30 and 31 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
Tickets: Tickets available online from $29.50 to $220. All ages

Meghan Trainor

In case you aren’t all about Kanye, it’s all about the bass at the Molson Amphitheatre on August 30 as Meghan Trainor makes her Toronto stop on the “Untouchable Tour.”  The young starlett has proven she’s more than just about the bass with her second album Thank You, and fans will soon be thanking her after her upcoming TO show!

When: August 30 at 7 pm
Where: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, 909 Lakeshore Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets available online from $34.20 to $74.20. All ages

 


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

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