So I’ll confess, I totally forgot to do a tip sheet for August. To be fair I had back-to-back weekends at festivals (Wayhome, then to Osheaga), which caused me to be super busy and so exhausted that it took me quite a while to recover. Toronto is a gold mine for amazing shows to kick off back to school season though, especially if you are a Hip-Hop and RnB fan. Some shows that didn’t even make my top ten include ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, The Trews, Rodriguez, Cat Stevens, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Young the Giant, Tor Miller, How to Dress Well and Charles Bradley. Seriously this makes summer concert season seem even better. It’s good to be the king (or just in the best city in the world).
Bad Boy Reunion Tour @ ACC
September 6th, 2016
$39.50-$220 | All Ages
If you are like me, you probably grew up on songs like Bad Boys For Life, Peaches and Cream, I’ll Be Missing You, Lookin’ At Me, The Jump Off and other hits, then you probably are shocked that there is a Bad Boys Record Reunion Tour. After you get over the initial shock you probably are going to be excited to see Puff Daddy (original name and everything!), Faith Evans, 112, Mario Winans, Lil’ Kim, Total, Karl Thomas, The Lox and French Montana! Just do it!
The Used @ The Danforth Music Hall
September 9th-10th, 2016
$32.50-$42.50 | 19+
It’s been a while since Bert McCraken has been a fixture in the mainstream news, but The Used have been going hard for 15 years now and have two shows at Danforth where there will be plenty of people reliving their emo lives of yesteryear. Who doesn’t want to lose their voice screaming All That I’ve Got?
Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado and Repartee @ The Phoenix
September 9th, 2016
Sold Out | All Ages
Toronto’s latest radio station Indie 88 is celebrating its third birthday and is having a big old bash to celebrate. Tokyo Police Club is a legit headliner and a huge coup. Repartee is a name to be on the look out for so make sure you arrive early if you manage to even get tickets as they are strictly win to get in now.
Brooklyn Doran @ The Drake Underground
September 10th, 2016
$10.00-$12.00 | 19+
One of our own talented writers is and even more talented singer and she is releasing her newest album Paper Wings. Come out and meet a bunch of the Live in Limbo team and support a great new artist on the rise. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Toronto Urban Roots Festival @ Fort York Garrison Commons
September 16th-18th, 2016
$195.00+ | All Ages
TURF returns for another year over 3 days with headliners James Bay, Death Cab for Cutie, Ween and Barenaked Ladies. Some of the best undercard names include Jimmy Eat World, Explosions in the Sky, Jake Bugg, The Sheepdogs, Lush, The New Pornographers, Drive-By Truckers and a very special performance of Dwayne Gretzky playing songs by The Tragically Hip. Fort York might be the best venue for a small festival, so get tickets for this awesome weekend.
Anderson .Paak @ Echo Beach
September 17th, 2016
$48.00-$78.00 | All Ages
This Cali RnB/Rapper made XXL’s Freshman list this year and every time he comes back to Toronto he has gotten bigger and bigger. He is headlining a killer show with two Canadians in Kaytranada and Daniel Caesar. This will be a fantastic night of alternative hip-hop.
Car Seat Headrest @ Mod Club
September 19th, 2016
$17.50 | All Ages
You might not be too familiar with this band from Virginia, but your friend that is super into Indie music will probably put their 2016 record Teens of Denial on their year-end best of list. You should check out their deeply affected pop/rock music before they are massive next year.
Blood Orange @ Danforth Music Hall
September 21st, 2016
$25.00-$30.00 | 19+
You might not recognize Dev Hynes’ stage name off the top of your head, but you’ve heard his words before, whether they were sung by Florence and the Machine, FKA twigs, Solange Knowles, Carly Rae Jepsen or one of the other countless Pop/RnB he has penned for. His latest album Freetown Sound, might be his best album yet and is this year’s version of Black Messiah.
The Growlers @ The Opera House
September 23rd, 2016
$21.50 | 19+
The Growlers are a bit hard to describe, part garage rock, part surf rock, part goth rock. Whatever you want to call them it is clear they have an objective in mind and will blow your mind as you watch them unfold before you. They have a new album out this month called City Club, so expect a lot of new cuts to be played.
Chance the Rapper @ Echo Beach
September 27th-28th, 2016
$52.50-$78.00| All Ages
This late in September it is expected that Echo Beach will be a bit windy, not because it is by the lake but because The Windy City’s first son will blow into town in support of his massive new album Coloring Book. After spending the last 5 years being the best kept secret in the hip-hop world, Chancellor Bennett has finally broken out in a big way. If his tour so far has been any indication, this will be a massive show with a potential for surprise guests too.