August Toronto Music and Concert Tip Sheet

August is here but summer festivals are still going hard. While Sean Chin and I will be at Osheaga it seems like we are missing so many great shows that long weekend. Take your pick at a genre and there is plenty for you to see. Here are 10 great shows you should be checking out!

David Byrne @ Sony Centre

August 3rd, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage

The legendary frontman for The Talking Heads is back with another solo tour as he combines material from his old band, solo material and his project with St. Vincent. Rave reviews paint this as one of the most positive and uplifting tours tours this year and an absolute must see. 

The National with Father John Misty, Jenny Lewis and more @ Fort York Garrison Commons

August 4th, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage of The National and Father John Misty

The National are having a mini festival at the same venue where the now defunct TURF was held produced by the same man. In case you aren’t going to Osheaga you can catch three of the acts on the same bill as Julien Baker and Dan Edmonds also are playing.

Veld @ Downsview Park

August 4-5th, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage Day 1 and Day 2

In past years this EDM fest always had a hip-hop presence but this year they went all in getting a ton of bumping acts like Migos, A$AP Ferg, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Killy, Nav, Smokepurpp and more. All that on top of great electronic acts like DJ Snake, Benny Benassi, Jauz, Loud Luxary, REZZ, Markus Shultz and more. 

Arctic Monkeys @ Scotiabank Arena

August 3rd, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage

Despite their sound change to something a lot mellower, the lads from Sheffield still command quite the presence in the music scene. Six albums across twelve years shows their remarkably consistent output and look to hear a little something from every album.

Tash Sultana @ Echo Beach

August 7th, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage

With her debut album coming out August 31st, multi instrumentalist Tash Sultana is making quite the mark in the music scene. She has appeared at tons of festivals and gets rave reviews for her one-woman-band shows. Eat some brownies and chill out to her hypnotic work. 

Let’s Eat Grandma @ The Drake Underground

August 7th, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

With an insane name like Let’s Eat Grandma it is shocking to learn they actually are a synth pop band in the realm of CHVRCHES, so much so they are actually opening for them this winter. Their second album I’m All Ears came out earlier this year and is a ton of fun.

Drake with Migos @ Scotiabank Arena

August 20-22nd, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage of Drake and Migos

Count em, three shows from the 6’s own Drake. While there doesn’t look like there will be an OVO Fest this year, the fact that Migos will be in town and three shows are happening you can bet that there will be some special guests. Whether that will be just acts like dvsn, Majid Jordan and Roy Woods or if super big names like The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign or others might show up is half the enjoyment of a Drizzy show. 

Beach House @ Sony Centre

August 20th, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage

To outsiders most dream pop albums sound the same, but after six albums Beach House have altered their sound making them seem fresher than ever. 7 is more upbeat and textured than anything they have done yet. Although it is a shame they are playing at a seated venue this will be a phenomenal show nonetheless. 

A Fellow Ship @ Horseshoe Tavern

August 24th, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage

One of my favourite up and coming acts, their mix of folk, funk and rock as the eight-piece band fills up the entire stage. The band put out an excellent EP The Black Sheep last year and are a must see live.

Miguel and dvsn @ Echo Beach

August 26th, 2018

$22.50 | 19 +

Last LiL Coverage of Miguel and dvsn

Combining two of the best current RnB acts for one epic show with Miguel the current king of sex tunes and Canada’s own dvsn for some more mysterious tunes. This show will be wild and one for the ages.