Summer is gone and that means there are no more outdoor shows. This month is fantastic for live shows as there is acts that don’t tour very often that are hitting the city. It’s also the last month you can expect to be comfortable at a show without wearing fifteen layers of clothing and needing to do coat check. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Glass Animals @ Sound Academy
October 2nd, 2016
The sexy electronic band previewing a handful of new tracks at Wayhome earlier this summer and that was just the tip of the iceberg of their excellent new album How To Be A Human Being. Look for the band to bring the funk to the newly renovated Sound Academy playing largely from their latest record.
Sigur Rós @ Massey Hall
October 3rd, 2016
$79.50-$249.00 | All Ages
The mysterious and reclusive Icelandic band hasn’t toured since 2013 and with no new record out other than a single (Oveður) which came out this year. So why are they touring? Who cares! Just go see them before they disappear for another four years.
Adele @ ACC
October 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th 2016
$49.50-$195.00 | All Ages
The Queen is returning to play four shows in Toronto, all of which sold out like eight months ago, so good luck getting a ticket unless you want to spend like 5x the face value. There are rumors that Adele Adkins will retire from touring for a decade while she raises her young son after this tour, which means it will be the last time we see her in Canada for a long time.
James Blake @ Massey Hall
October 7th, 2016
$42.00-$52.00 | All Ages
While Blake is finally getting the mainstream attention he so greatly deserves, his latest album The Colour in Anything was a slight step down from his previous work. Either way he will bring his haunting and beautiful live show to Massey Hall, which pairs perfectly with his voice.
Preoccupations @ The Danforth Music Hall
October 8th, 2016
Viet Cong I mean Preoccupations play their first shows since their name change and the release of their newest album, also self-titled. Hopefully people remember who these guys are as they are one of the hardest rocking bands out there.
Duke Dumont @ The Hoxton
October 8th, 2016
$20.00 | 19+
Dumont is a rising star in the EDM community, and he isn’t your typical bass dropping press play DJ’s either. He has a deep catalogue of official remixes and his own material to work from so expect to know way more songs by him then you may first have guessed. He is fresh off of an appearance at Veld earlier this summer so expect his stature to grow exponentially.
Rick Astley @ Phoenix
October 9th, 2016
$39.50-$60.00 | All Ages
How could we not highlight the prince of dance pop from the other side of the Atlantic? Astley is a career hit maker and his latest record 50 (his age) debuted at number one in the UK. Make sure you check out our last coverage of him to show just how electric of a performer he is live!
Japandroids @ Horseshoe Tavern
October 15th, 2016
$20.00 | 19+
They gave the world hell, and then disappeared. The band came out with two amazing albums, Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock and were poised to be the next Death From Above 1979. For some reason they are playing such a tiny venue for a band of their stature which means it is already sold out and will be a shit show night of. If you are lucky enough to see their comeback show, let me know how it goes!
SUM 41 @ Phoenix
October 18th, 2016
$33.50-$86.00 | 19+
Speaking of comebacks, here’s a blast from our childhood past! SUM 41, who recently announced that original guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh was returning to the group also have a brand new album coming out this month entitled 13 Voices. This show will be more of hard core show with Sense Fail and As It Is opening, but the grown up pop punk rockers will still have a blast.
Sia with Miguel and AlunaGeorge @ ACC
October 22nd, 2016
$35.00-$149.50 | All Ages
Easily one of the most stacked tours in recent memory guaranteeing that the audience arrives early and dances all night long. Sia has done a wonderful job straddling the line between full on bubble gum pop and respectable RnB singer. She’s like Lady Gaga without the pretentiousness.