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29 of the biggest concerts and festivals hitting Toronto this summer

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Erin Davis May 24, 2017 6:57 am 2,259

We’ve rounded up 29 of the biggest and best Toronto concerts and festivals worth getting excited for this summer.

Whether it means a breezy show at the Budweiser Stage with the sunset as a backdrop, dancing in your seat at the Air Canada or Rogers Centre, or rocking your best festival wear at a music fest, concert season is officially upon us.

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From nostalgic favourites (as in, NKOTB and Paula Abdul) to some of today’s playlist staples, this summer is jam-packed with hot-ticket concerts that are worth dropping dollars on.

Field Trip Music Festival

Field Trip Music Festival returns for its fourth year in all of its live music, food, drink, weed smoke and hula-hoop-filled glory.

When: Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4
Where: Fort York & Garrison Common
Tickets: Available online at $80-$200

Jack Johnston

To kick of the lazy days of summer on a chill note, Jack Johnston hits Toronto for a (couples-filled) concert in support of his new single, “Fragments.”

When: Sunday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $45-$85

Neil Diamond 50 Anniversary Tour

Neil Diamond makes a Toronto stop to celebrate his five decades of creating chart-topping music, complete – of course – with all of his timeless hits.

When: Sunday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $49.50-$199.50

John Legend: Darkness and Light Tour

If you’re looking for a romantic (and politically-fuelled) date night option, John Legend will hit Budweiser stage for his Darkness and Light tour, named after his fifth studio album.

When: Saturday, June 17 at 8pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $20-$633.25

The Total Package Tour: NKOTB with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men

If an overload of nostalgia is your thing, you’ll find it on June 20, as favourites (or guilty pleasures) of times past NKOTB, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men take the stage at ACC.

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $34.95-$139.95

Train: Play that Song Tour

If you’re a fan of early 2000s radio staple Train, grab your “soul sister” and a massive beer for an uplifting pop-filled affair to kick off the first night of summer.

When: Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $15-$464.25

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

U2 celebrate the 30th anniversary of their hit album The Joshua Tree with a world tour, where fans will see the iconic band that both you and your parents can agree on preform the entire album.

When: Friday, June 23 at 7 pm
Where: Rogers Centre
Tickets: Available online at $35-$591.75

NXNE – Port Lands

At NXNE, not only will you find thirty acts that span multiple genres, added perks include midway rides, carnival games, food trucks, art installations and goodness-packed food trucks.

When: Friday, June 23-Sunday June 25
Where: 51 Commissioners St.
Tickets: Available online at $80-$220

The Arkells and July Talk


Homegrown talent, The Arkells (who are multi-Juno winners) and July Talk hit the breezy Budweiser Stage for an evening of crowd-swaying rock.

When: Saturday, June 24 at 6pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $24.75-$80.25

Nickelback: Feed the Machine Tour

The Canadian star we all love to hate hits Budweiser Stage, offering a solid option if you’re looking to ridiculously rock out (after all, who can take him seriously) or spend quality time with the ‘rents.

When: Tuesday, June 29 at 6 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $17-$550

Lady Antebellum: You Look Good Tour

Country superstars Lady Antebellum makes a Toronto stop on their soul-filled You Look Good tour. “You Look Good” is the debut single from their forthcoming album Heartbreak, set for release just weeks before on June 9.

When: Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $20-$275

Bob Dylan and His Band

Music icon Bob Dylan is on tour for Triplicate, a new three-part album of classic American cover songs.

When: Wednesday, July 5 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $20-$551.75

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull

In a concert that will undoubtedly draw a mixed bag of music lovers, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull will grace the stage at the ACC on July 6 for show that’s guaranteed to become a dance party.

When: Thursday, July 6 at 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $69.95-$224.95

Ed Sheeran

Everyone’s favourite redhead hits Toronto to offer no shortage of feels and music that you can’t help but sing along to – even if you were dragged to the concert.

When: Friday, July 7 at 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $46.25-$116.25

Dreams Music Festival

For the electronic music and neon loving-set, Dreams Music Festival (formerly Digital Dreams) is a must-attend, as long as you rest up well beforehand.

When: Friday, July 7 and Saturday July 8
Where: Echo Beach
Tickets: Available online at $125.00-$330

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

With his classic hits that everyone seems to know every word to, Tom Petty’s Toronto concert will become a stadium-wide sing-along.

When: Saturday, July 15 at pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $30-$171.75

Metallica WorldWild Tour 2017

Metallica is on tour with a new album called Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, where they’ve played both old and new favourites, complete with pyrotechnics and a massive video screen.

When: Sunday, July 16 at 6 pm
Where: Rogers Centre
Tickets: Available online at $55.50-$3299

Queen & Adam Lambert

Queen and their new frontman Adam Lambert will hit Toronto with a new stage production and set list. Expect nods to the 40th anniversary of Queen’s “News of the World” album.

When: Tuesday, July 18 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $49.50-$200

Muse

Popular UK band Muse will make a Toronto stop with their Drones world tour, which will open with Thirty Seconds to Mars.

When: Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $39.25-$932.75

Kendrick Lamar: The DAMN. Tour with Travis Scott & D.R.A.M

Hotter-than-ever Kendrick Lamar will make a Toronto stop for his chart-topping, critically acclaimed album, DAMN, joined by a few of his famous friends.

When: Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $75-$270

Veld Music Festival

If you didn’t get enough of your electronic music fill at Dreams Festival, you can make up for it in your costume-clad glory at Veld Music Festival.

When: Saturday, August 5
Where: Downsview Park
Tickets: Available online at $53.16-$229.50

Kings of Leon

In a concert where you could bump into everyone from a client to an old classmate or your cousin, Kings of Leon will grace the Budweiser Stage in support of their latest album, WALLS.

When: Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $36.75-$373.25

Shawn Mendes: Illuminate World Tour

Homegrown teenybopper favourite chart-topper Shawn Mendes will fill the ACC with his catchy pop-rock music, as he performs tracks from his second album, Illuminate.

When: Friday, August 11 at 7 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $45.75-$83.75

One Republic

The radio favourite One Republic – who released their fourth studio album, Oh My My last year – will hit Budweiser Stage to preform both old and new favourites.

When: Saturday, August 12 at 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $17-$450

Green Day – Revolution Radio Tour

Green Day is “coming around” Toronto this summer with a tour to mark their latest chart-topping album, Revolution Radio.

When: Friday, August 18 at 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $34.25-$150

Blue Rodeo

Blue Rodeo and Canadian summers seem synonymous, so naturally, they’ll occupy real estate on the Budweiser Stage this summer to perform in front of what will likely be a swaying crowd of all ages.

When: Saturday, August 19 at 5:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $24.25-$93.75

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Tour

It’s not every day that Coldplay comes to town – and with a tour that’s on its way to becoming one of the top 10 highest grossing tours of all time at that.

When: Monday, August 21 at 7pm
Where: Rogers Centre
Tickets: Available online at $29.50-$922

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

If you’re in the market for a high-energy Saturday night, Bruno Mars can help your cause with a stop at the ACC on August 26.

When: Saturday, August 26 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $46.25-$200

John Mayer

If you missed the always-amazing-in-concert John Mayer earlier this spring, he returns to Toronto to wrap up the summer with old favourites and tracks from his latest album, The Search for Everything.

When: Tuesday, August 29 at 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $40.95-$800.95


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Erin Davis

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