Toronto Music & Concerts Tip Sheet

December Music & Concerts Tip Sheet

What do you mean you didn’t see Tip Sheets for October and November, they’re there I swear! What’s that, they aren’t? Oh, my bad. I’m back, and while most of us are thinking about presents under the Christmas tree, there are still some great shows to go and see as long as you are willing to pay for coat check.

Half Moon Run @ Massey Hall

December 1st, 2016

$18.94-$39.50 | All Ages

Half Moon Run continues their ascent into becoming Canada’s top folk-rock act. Filling the large Massey Hall who showcase their gorgeous sound. It’s still a shame they didn’t make the cut for the short list of this year’s Polaris Prize.

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Banners @ The Drake Underground

December 1st, 2016

$20.00 | 19+

Despite all the radio support and appearances at Wayhome and Osheaga this past summer, it’s odd that Banners is still playing such a small venue. If you can attend, go and see him as he certainly won’t be playing such a small venue the next time he’s in town.

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River Tiber with Charlotte Day Wilson @ The Great Hall

December 3rd, 2016

$15.00-$20.00 | 19+

These two moody RnB’ers will put on a slinky sexy show at The Great Hall, making you want to find a corner to make out with someone. River Tiber is getting some well-deserved notice as he has worked on tracks with Daniel Caesar, Kaytranada, Pusha T and more.

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DIANA @ The Great Hall

December 8th, 2016

$12.50 | 19+

It’s been a few years since we last heard from DIANA, the ungoogle-able band. When their first album came out they seemed to get all the right press for them the blow up, but they didn’t. Hopefully their even funkier follow up album, Familiar Touch, beings them to a wider audience.

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A Tribe Called Red @ Rebel

December 9th, 2016

$26.50-$36.50 | 19+

ATCR has always been political, but Halluci Nation is their most political work yet and their best at the same time. Following a through line of the story of Chanie Wenjak (the same boy Gord Downie made an album about this year too) ATCR pushes the untold stories of Canadian Indigenous peoples to the forefront. They also throw one hell of a party.

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The Struts @ The Opera House

December 13th, 2016

$25.00 | 19+

The glam rockers brought a huge crowd to their set during Wayhome this year and earned themselves tons of new fans. Their cover of Royals by Lorde is worth the price of admission alone.

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PUP @ Danforth Music Hall

December 14-16th, 2016

$13.50-$18.50 | All Ages

Playing three nights at Danforth is not only a bold move, but the fact that they have already sold out of two of the shows means that it was a smart choice. You could go all three nights and see something new every time as every show has different openers including The Hotelier and The Dirty Nil among others.

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Birds of Bellwoods @ Horseshoe Tavern

December 15th, 2016

$13.50 | 19+

The Toronto boys are back, with the promise of new material ahead of the follow up record to 2015’s The Fifth. They put on a damn fine show, and their sense of humour never gets tired. Support a good local act and before they get huge.

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Jazz Cartier @ Rebel

December 15th, 2016

$30.00-$40.00 | 19+

Toronto’s paranoid rap prince is back. His last album didn’t have the same impact that his first one did, but he still puts on one of the finest hip-hop shows. If you don’t like being crushed, don’t stand at the front because things get crazy at his shows.

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The Strumbellas with The Zolas @ Danforth Music Hall

December 22nd, 2016

$19.50-$34.50 | 19+

I saw the Strumbellas play with The Zolas back at the Indie Awards and they are a fantastic double billing despite the fact that their music is pretty much opposite of each other. What you get though is two bands that just love to have fun and are real crowd pleasers.

Last LiL Coverage of The Strumbellas and The Zolas

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Music Editor at Live in Limbo and Host of Contra Zoom podcast. Dakota is a graduate of Humber College's Acting for Film and Television. He now specializes in knowing all random trivia. He writes about music, sports and film. Dakota's life goal is visit all baseball stadiums, he's at 7.