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21 Toronto concerts to check out in March

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Feb 27, 2017 2:23 am 721

Spring is almost in the air, and Toronto is already alive with the sound of music.

From the old school sounds of Lionel Richie and Sting, to the soulful beginnings of Alina Baraz, check out who’s hitting the stages of Toronto this March.

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Eric Church

Country superstar Eric Church is in Toronto this month for a massive show at the ACC. The “Holdin My Own” tour will mark the first time ever Eric Church will play with no support act, and will play two full sets with an intermission in between.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
When: Thursday, March 2 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $23 to $89. All ages

The Tea Party

Canadian band The Tea Party announced a 2017 national tour with a Toronto stop at the Danforth Music Hall on March 3. The band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their fourth studio album Transmission. The Juno nominated album was released in 1997, and included singles “Temptation” and “Babylon.”

Where: The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: March 3 and 4 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $33.50 to $43.50. All ages

Ariana Grande

International pop star Ariana Grande is back on the road for her biggest tour yet and stops at the Air Canada Centre this month. The “Dangerous Woman” Tour kicked off last fall, and includes 36 dates throughout North America.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
When: Sunday, March 5 at 6 pm
Tickets: Available online at $29.95 to $199.95. All ages

Sting

After launching his 12th solo studio album in November, his first rock/pop album in over a decade, British superstar Sting is hitting the road this spring to tour the world. For the 
“57th & 9th” tour, the 16-time Grammy Award winning 65-year-old will be joined by a three-piece band and special guests Joe Sumner and The Last Bandoleros.

Where: Rebel,11 Polson Street
When: Sunday, March 5 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $106.50. 19+

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Indie band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are back on the road once again, this time ahead of their 2017 release The Tourist. Their latest album is a follow up to 2014’s Only Run.

Where: Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West
When: Tuesday, March 7 at 8:30 pm
Tickets: Available online at $21.50. 19+

Matthew Good

Canadian rocker Matt Good gained his fame in the 90s while leading the Matthew Good Band. The band had four studio albums, but Good’s success continued on his solo career. He’s now released 11 studio albums, and is in Toronto for three nights this month.

Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: Wednesday March 8, Thursday March 9, and Saturday March 11 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $39.50 to $65. 19+

Mother Mother

Vancouver’s Mother Mother released their latest album No Culture in February. The band is on tour supporting their latest release, and joining them on the road is K. Flay.

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: Saturday, March 11 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $29.50 to $45. All ages

Tennis

Husband and wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley formed Tennis in 2010. They have since released three studio albums, and are touring Yours Conditionally, their fourth album which is being released this month.

Where: Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West
When: Saturday, March 11 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $17.50. 19+

The Flaming Lips

Psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips have been around since 1983. They released their 14th record earlier this year, which featured Miley Cyrus, and are back on the road this spring.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: Monday, March 13 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $45 to $50. 19+

Simple Plan

Remember Simple Plan? The early 2000’s pop-punk French-Canadian band is back with a fifth studio album, and a new tour. Their album Taking One for the Team features rapper Nelly, and debuted as the number four album in Canadian Album Charts upon its release. This month’s date was originally scheduled for November, but was postponed.

Where: Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay Street
When: Tuesday, March 14 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $39.50 to $57.50. All ages

Passenger

English singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg, aka Passenger, is mostly known for his single “Let Her Go” but his albums are pieces of art. The Brit Award nominee is touring is latest, Young as the Morning Old as the Sea.

Where: Rebel, 11 Polson Street
When: Wednesday, March 15 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $30 to $40. All ages

Local Natives

California indie rockers the Local Natives are known for their harmonies and guitar riffs. Their third album, Sunlit Youth, was released in September 2016, and the band is taking their awesome sound on the road this spring.

Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: Thursday, March 16 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $34.50 to $45.50. 19+

Illy

Australian platinum-selling hip-hop powerhouse Illy is bringing his Two Degrees tour to Canada this month. Illy is touring in support of his fifth studio LP of the same name, which garnered the Melbourne native his first #1 album in Australia.

Where: Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide Street West
When: Thursday, March 16 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $15 to $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, their latest album which is being released this year.

Where: Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West
When: Saturday, March 18 at 7 pm
Tickets: Sold out.

Alina Baraz

Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Alina Baraz is known for her smooth vocals and perfectly layered instrumentals. Having risen to fame working with electronic musician Galimatias, they released a collaborative EP which she will probably perform at her Toronto show this month.

Where: Velvet Underground, 508 Queen Street West
When: Tuesday, March 21 at 8 pm
Tickets: Sold out, with limited tickets available at the door. 19+

Cold War Kids

California’s Cold War Kids have been on the scene since 2004. Their latest album L.A Divine is set to be released in April, and for now, the Kids are on tour.

Where: Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
When: Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $27.50 to $37.50. 19+

Bastille

Brit band Bastille is back on the road and kick off their “Wild Wild World Tour” at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on March 24. The tour takes the Grammy nominated band across arenas and theatres all over the US and Canada, with stops in Montreal and Vancouver. The concert comes on the heels of Bastille’s “The Born To Be Wild World North American Mini Tour” tour, a short run of intimate venues that sold out in minutes.

Where: ACC, 50 Bay Street
When: Friday, March 24 at 6:30 pm
Tickets: Available online at $35 to $45.50. All ages

Vince Staples

After a string of sold-out shows in 2016, Vince Staples returns to Toronto for a show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on March 24. Staples begins his six week “The Life Aquatic Tour” in February, marking his first major headlining North American tour.

Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street
When: Friday, March 24 at 7 pm
Tickets: Sold out.

A Great Big World

American duo A Great Big World made a splash in the music scene in 2013 with their international hit “Say Something.” They have since released their album When the Morning Comes, and bring their indie pop sounds to the Mod Club this month.

Where: The Mod Club, 722 College Street
When: Saturday, March 25 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online at $30 to $80. 19+

Nouvelle Vague

Everyone’s favourite French cover band is in town. Nouvelle Vague have been touring the world with their lounge, bossa nova styles, and are bound to make you dance.

Where: The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherborne Street
When: Sunday, March 26 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $29.50 to $50. 19+

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey

Say hello to your fantasy line-up, circa 1990 something. If you wanted to dance all night long, there’s one sweet day coming up for you in the spring. Multi-platinum-selling artists, multiple Grammy Award-winners and music icons, Lionel Richie returns to Toronto for a special show with guest Mariah Carey on March 30 at the Air Canada Centre.

Where: ACC, 50 Bay Street
When: Thursday, March 30 at 6 pm
Tickets: Available online at $45 to $500. All ages


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

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