Summer is finally here! Outdoor shows are a plenty whether they are at Echo Beach, YDS Square, Budweiser Stage, Fort York or any patio with an open mic night. Screw the coat check and dance until you are all sweaty. Here are just 10 of the many great shows happening this month.
Field Trip @ Fork York: Garrison Commons
June 2-3rd, 2018
$148.50+ | All Ages
After last year’s epic Broken Social Scene reunion show, the fest hands the reigns over to fellow BSS members Metric to join the also just reunited Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Other great acts include Alvvays, Bahamas, NoName, Japandroids, Charlotte Cardin, Dizzy and Liza Anne. Should be a ton of fun yet again!
Hop Along @ Horseshoe Tavern
June 8th, 2018
$18.50 | 19 +
Philly rock band fronted by the excellent lead vocalist and guitar shredder Frances Quinlan just released their excellent 4th album Bark Your Head Off, Dog and seem to finally be making inroads to being more well known. Having previously caught them at The Horseshoe, I know you will be in for a treat.
Jack White @ Budweiser Stage
June 9th, 2018
$45.00-$229.00 | All Ages
Despite (in my opinion) lackluster new album, Boarding House Reach, that came out in March there isn’t a better showman working today. His live show mixes his solo work with songs from his White Stripes, The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather showing his range and immense amount of hits.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Danforth Music Hall
June 12th, 2018
$80.00+ | 19 +
The Aussie band released a staggering five albums last year (the last coming out on December 31st) so I finally gave them a listen to after being terrified by their catalog with the last album, Gumboot Soup. The band is known for having a wild live show as they have put out 13 albums since 2012 making them one of the most prolific acts ever.
The Championship Tour with Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q and more @ Budweiser Stage
June 12th, 2018
$120.00+ | All Ages
Despite early rumblings of some of the opening Championship Tour acts like Lance Skiiiwalker, SiR, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock not getting enough stage time (some as little as 3 songs) seeing Kendrick Lamar, SZA and ScHoolboy Q, the superstars of Top Dawg Entertainment is still worth the admission. Also what is happening with Issiah Rashad? He said he was going to be on tour but I don’t think he has spotted yet.
Jungle @ Danforth Music Hall
June 15th, 2018
$27.50-$31.00| 19 +
Jungle was my favourite live act from the very stacked 2015 Bonnaroo. Their show was unlike anything I had ever seen with their blend of funk, RnB and pop music. I’ve been dying to see them ever since and missed the last time they were in Toronto. They are my must see act of the year.
Harry Styles with Kacey Musgraves @ Air Canada Centre
June 16th, 2018
$31.75-$121.75 | All Ages
Despite hating everything One Direction put out, I was really impressed with Harry Styles debut solo album, it sounded like a mix of Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones. Him getting Kacey Musgraves adds an air of mature respectability he is craving in order to be taken like a serious musician.
Bud Light Dreams @ Echo Beach
June 23-24th, 2018
$129.00+ | 19 +
The EDM fest doesn’t have a ton of names I recognize but it certainly has a few that jump out. Getting Kaskade, Armin van Buuren, Galantis and a duel set from Tchami x Mala more than catches my eye. If you are a fan of the big tent fest rave scene, this is a killer group.
Iceage @ Lee’s Palace
June 23rd, 2018
$18.00 | 19 +
I don’t go to a lot of metal or hardcore shows (really ever), but of all the hard rock and punk ones I have seen I have never been more terrified of an act quite like Iceage. These Danish lads are I-N-T-E-N-S-E. But, their latest record, Beyondless, is astounding as they have ditched the fuzzed out vocals and droning guitars for something that resembles melodies and clever lyrics. I’m fascinated to see how this will change their live show.
Ralph @ The Great Hall
June 29th, 2018
$20.00 | 19 +
Toronto’s dancing queen Ralph returns to The Great Hall a few short months after opening there for Charlotte Cardin but she returns to headline her own show. She’s been steadily releasing new singles including Girl Next Door with TOBi just a few weeks ago adding to her ever growing song book.