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19 Toronto concerts and festivals to check out in August

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Jul 31, 2017 5:25 am 1,167

We’ve reached peak concert season in Toronto.

August bring back some of our favourite summer music festivals, along with some massive headlining shows by Coldplay, John Mayer, and of course, the quick return of Kendrick Lamar.

Hope you grabbed those tickets, because August concerts have arrived.

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London Grammar

English trio London Grammar return to Toronto following their latest summer release, Truth is a Beautiful Thing, which features their epic single “Rooting for You.” Catch Hannah Reid’s beautiful voice to kick off the list of August concerts.

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave
When: August 3 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $32 to $40. 19+

Fleet Foxes

American indie folk band Fleet Foxes are back from a hiatus and fans couldn’t be more excited. Crack-Up came out in June and was certainly worth the wait. And now fans can see them live again this month.

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: August 4 and 5 at 8 pm
Tickets: Sold out

PartyNextDoor & Roy Woods

Perhaps it’s not a concert, but get your OVO fest weekend started with PartyNextDoor and Roy Woods up close and personal. The guys are hosting a pool party at Cabana for the long weekend.

Where: Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street
When: August 5 at 1 pm
Tickets: Available online at $20. 19+

VELD Music Festival

VELD is entering its fifth year, and takes place over two-days in August at Downsview Park in Toronto. Headliners this year include Future, Major Lazer, Migos, and Tiësto.

Where: Downsview Park
When: August 5 and 6
Tickets: Available online from $155.50 to $179.50.

OVO Fest

OVO Fest is back and returning to the Budweiser Stage. The festival is full of OVO Sound’ artists like PartyNextDoor, dvsn, Majid Jordan, and Roywoods joining Drizzy. As always, OVO Fest is full of surprises, so that list of artist is bound to increase during the Fest.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd W
When: August 7
Tickets: Sold out

Kings of Leon

Nashville’s Kings of Leon are back. The boys, who have four Grammy Awards to their name, released their record WALLS in October 2016, and played the ACC in January. They’re back to play a summer show at the Budweiser Stage.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakehore Blvd West
When: Monday, January 16 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online at $36.75 to $93.75.

Khalid

Up and coming American singer and songwriter from El Paso, Texas, is best known for his debut single “Location.” And he brings his vibes to Toronto this summer, and we’re pretty excited for this one.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: August 9 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $25. 19+

Milky Chance

The German folk group that brought us “Stolen Dance” are back with more grooves. Milky Chance’s follow up to 2013’s Sadnecessary is Blossom, which was released earlier this year. After a sold-out gig at Lee’s in March, the boys are back in town for two nights.

Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: Thursday, August 10 and Friday August 11 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $36.50 to $46.50.

Shawn Mendes – Illuminate World Tour

Toronto’s very own Shawn Mendes will be rocking the ACC this month with two back-to-back shows as part of his Illuminate world tour with Charlie Puth.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: Thursday, August 10 and Friday August 11 at 6 pm
Tickets: Available online starting at $45.75 to $83.75.

OneRepublic

Start “Counting Stars” and get ready for the “Good Life”. Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated quintet, OneRepublic are on a tour in North America this summer, and that tour will include a stop in Toronto.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd
When: Saturday, August 12 at 6 pm
Tickets: Available online at $25.50 to $145.50.

Portugal. The Man

With seven studio albums, Portugal. The Man have been on major tours that included main stage slots on major music festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza. Known for their electric live performances, it will be no surprise if Portugal. The Man’s shows sell out all along this tour, including their two shows in Toronto this month.

Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave
When: Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18 at 6:30 pm
Tickets: Available online at $40 to $50.

Green Day

Grammy-award winning punk rockers Green Day will play the Budweiser Stage at Ontario Place on August 18 as part of their Revolution Radio summer tour. The boys that gave us “Warning,” “Hitchin’ a Rice,” and of course “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” have headlined major music festivals globally, and return with Catfish and the Bottlemen as their support on this tour.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: Friday, August 18 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $34.25 to $93.75

Coldplay

The seven-time Grammy Award winning British band announced their 2017 North American dates for their “A Head Full of Dreams Tour,” which sees the group stopping in Canada for the time in five years. They have two dates in Toronto as part of the massive tour.

Where:  Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way
When: Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22
Tickets: Available online at $29.50 to $225.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick was just here, but is back in town already. The Compton rapper performed at the Air Canada Centre on July 25 as part of his previously announced 17-city The DAMN. Tour, and he’ll return to The 6ix in August as well this time with D.R.A.M and YG.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online at $49.50 to $149.50

SZA

Arguably one of the hottest musicians right now, American neo soul singer SZA is in Toronto this month to heat things up at Rebel. Catch SZA this month before she returns to play the ACC… seriously, she’s that good.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson
When: Wednesday, August 23 at 8 pm
Tickets: Sold out.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey

The rescheduled date of Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey is finally here. The duo, who are touring together for the first time ever, embark on a 35-show date on their “All The Hits Tour” beginning in March. The North American tour is mostly US based, with stops in Toronto and Vancouver.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: Thursday, August 24 at 6 pm
Tickets: Available online at $45 to $500.

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is taking his 24K Magic act on the road in this year with a massive, 85-date world tour. This month, Toronto fans can enjoy his incredible dance moves and soulful voice for one night only.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street
When: Sunday, August 27 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online from $95 to $225.

Bonobo

One of today’s most eclectic producers, Bonobo is back with a mesmerizing set. Touring his sixth and latest album Migration, Bonobo’s music will keep you dancing. This is the show to catch this month, and he has two of them!

Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave
When: Monday, August 28 and Tuesday, August 29 at 7 pm
Tickets: Sold out.

John Mayer

John Mayer’s 2017 tour marks the first solo trek for the bluesy pop heartthrob since 2014. The tour kicked off in North America earlier this year. Mayer continues to tour The Search for Everything, which was released earlier this year.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lakeshore Blvd West
When: Tuesday, August 29 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $45.25 to $169.


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

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