Take a Listen: Shows to Carry you into Spring

We are officially into the middle of February and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been hibernating in a big way. My couch and television have been winning the pleasure of my company night after night, but it’s about time I re-evaluate this.  Anybody else feeling the itch to get back out on the town? Once we start to get back out there, spring (and the sun) won’t be terribly behind, right?

Let me cut to the chase. Bands are back on the road and much to my surprise, concerts are selling out in Toronto left, right, and centre. Hopefully I can introduce you to some artists who are making their way to Toronto to get you up off your couch and grooving to some live music. As of today, tickets are still available for the shows below, and as always, we recommend going to the local record shop (Rotate This or Soundscapes) to avoid those pesky Ticketmaster and TicketFly charges.

Trust – Feb. 22nd, $17.50, Lee’s Palace

Signed to Arts & Crafts and from Toronto, I’ve been listening to Trust’s first album “TRST” constantly. Trust crosses so many genres of music that on my first listen I had to keep checking to see if it was the same album playing. Elements of rock, pop, goth, electronic, all with an 80’s aesthetic, their sound is refreshing and quite frankly, brilliant.

Beach Fossils – February 27th, $14.50, Garrison Brewery

I loved the surf pop/rock sound of Beach Fossils first self-titled album, but the sunken “stage” in the basement of Parts & Labour was a terrible venue to see this band. Now at a better venue and with a great sounding single from his new album, this should be a great show.

Ra Ra RiotMarch 6th, $18.50, Lee’s Palace

When I saw Ra Ra Riot play at the Mod Club the last time they were in town, I was really impressed. I didn’t know their music at all and was thoroughly entertained and really enjoyed their live show. Their newer music seems to be adding some fun synth and is sounding super upbeat and fun!

Half Moon Run – March 8th, $10.50, Horseshoe Tavern

Support this Canadian band and listen to their folk-rock music, filled with gorgeous harmonies. Kelly – this is the one I’m picking out for you!

Kate Nash – March 15th, $18.50, Horseshoe Tavern

I was a huge fan of Kate Nash’s first album,  specifically obsessed with her big single Foundations and her accent. I think her first album came out around the same time as Adele’s 19, making me think that London was starting a starlet revival. I haven’t heard her sophomore album, but I’m looking forward to seeing her in such an intimate venue.

The Indie Awards – March 22nd, $49.50, Kool Haus

Canadian Music Week is upon us in Toronto from March 19 – 24 and there are over 300 bands slated to be in town. The popular festival ends with a great big show: The Indie Music Awards. In years past it has been housed at Royal York hotel, but this year’s awards show has a new home at the Kool Haus.  See mini sets by some of the nominees, including Metric, Matt Mays, Diamond Ring and Yukon Blonde. And just because it’s impossible to get enough of Emily:

Frightened Rabbit – March 31st, $21.00, Phoenix Concert Theatre

This Scottish band is releasing its fourth album this month and their fame seems to be growing with each album. I’ve never seen them live, but I’m really into their new single and am most definitely going to get myself a ticket for this show. Great rock ‘n roll, guaranteed.

Jamie Lidell – April 8th, $15.00, Lee’s Palace

Often in our parts of town because of his many collaborations with Canadian artists, Lidell puts on an awe-inspiring live show. Hailing from England, he’ll cross genres and moods to entertain. He’s done the biggest music festivals in the world and he’ll be playing here at Lee’s – don’t miss it!

Jim James – April 24th, $27.00, Phoenix Concert Theatre

Buying a ticket now for this show requires some foresight, but there’s no doubt this recently announced concert will sell out. Jim James is the famed front-man from successful (and amazing) rock band, My Morning Jacket. While he’s got a host of enviable collaborations under his belt, this is James’ first solo album and I’ve already got his album on rotation.


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