Toronto concerts worth knowing about in November, 2013.
Before taking down the cobwebs from spooky old October, one thing needs to be settled. Of these five Nine Inch Nails missed connections from Trent Reznor's October 4th concert at the ACC, which ones resulted in love? (This one is my favourite.) As the cold wind blows gloomy November across our calendars, Toronto will tone down the goth, and nestle into cozy nostalgia for My Bloody Valentine, Wu Tang Clan, Sebadoh, Mazzy Star, and more. Wait — forgot about Kanye. Nevermind.
JESSY LANZA | NOV 2 | THE GARRISON | $10
We recently profiled Jessy Lanza in our Break Out Toronto Bands series. Yeah, she's from Hamilton, but how could we help ourselves — her debut album Pull My Hair Back on Hyperdub (produced by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys) has R&B fans addicted from the GTA to London and beyond, and Toronto fans will be swaying to the magic at her Garrison performance this weekend. Expect chills.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE | NOV 5 | KOOL HAUS | $45
Call it shoegaze, dream pop, or ultimate make out music, no one is complaining that hugely influential My Bloody Valentine have reunited. On the heels of their triumphant album m b v this spring (their first in over 20 years), My Bloody Valentine are hitting road. Good things do come to those who wait, and speaking of those who wait, as of this posting you can still buy tickets to this show.
U.S. GIRLS | NOV 7 | DOUBLE DOUBLE LAND | $8
Never miss a chance to see Megan Remy (a.k.a. U.S. Girls) throw down. The way Remy's severe soul / pop vocals mesh with noise and melody is one of the most compelling and intelligent live music experiences the contemporary underground has to offer. Her new record Free Advice Column features "story songs for the new millennium." It's beat heavy and hypnotic, with the usual twisted soul. Recent U.S. Girls producer Onakabazien is also on the bill.
LONG WINTER | NOV 8 | THE GREAT HALL | PWYC
Long Winter, the Fucked Up curated/invented/branded concert series that mixes bands, art, food and more at The Great Hall, is back for a second year. The November show features King Cobb Steelie, Bidiniband, Ell V Gore, Ketamines, Doom Squad, Lido Pimienta, Esther Grey, Cellphone, Wake Island, Basil AlZeri, Andrew Stewart, Ben Kamino, Guillaume Morissette, Emily Zimmerman, and more. Scion Sessions will also be putting out a vinyl Long Winter spit 7" series for each show. The first will feature Doom Squad vs Lido Pimienta.
DESTROYER | NOV 9 | THE GREAT HALL | $16
The number one rule of Canadian music is never miss a Dan Bejar appearance, just like the number one rule of American music was never miss a Jason Molina show (r.i.p.) Intensely strange and famously surly, Bejar has, or at least ought to have by now, surpassed Leonard Cohen as our obtuse peoples' poet. The deadly word-smith and master of melody will be performing solo and claims this tour will be your last chance to see Destroyer live until 2015.
KANYE WEST | NOV 12 - 13 | AIR CANADA CENTRE | $50-212
Kanye's industrial influenced album Yeezus took the world by storm. Fittingly, Lou Reed himself reviewed the album (another grave r.i.p.) If you missed Yeezy's guest appearance at OVO Fest, this is your chance to have the ground breaking rapper all to yourself for two nights. In case you need more of an incentive to go than a potential Kanye-freak-out (why would you,) Kendrick Lamar is opening.
NOT DEAD YET FEST | NOV 14 - 17 | Various venues
Not Dead Yet is an annual DIY punk and hardcore festival run by Toronto promoters Stuck in the City. This year Limp Wrist, Iron Age, Left for Dead, Mind Eraser, and The Boston Strangler are among the headliners, and the fest will take place at Hard Luck, Nocturne, Sneaky Dee's, Soybomb HQ, and Wrongbar. It's gonna get loud. All shows are all ages and the full line up is here.
MAZZY STAR | NOV 16 | DANFORTH MUSIC HALL | $33 - 48
Dreamy Mazzy Star floated back together a few years ago and they're drifting through the Danforth this month in support of their newest album, Seasons of Your Day. If you've ever wanted to sway gently and fade into Hope Sandoval's presence, you know where to be.
ALL TORONTO'S PARTIES | NOV 22 | THE GARRISON | $8
No, not All Tomorrow's Parties — that's All Toronto's Parties. Why didn't anyone think of that before? The minds of promoters/blogs/labels Weird Canada, Wavelength, Silent Shout, Pleasence Records and Feast in the East are melding for one night only at The Garrison. Whoah. There will be art installations to gaze at while genre crossing Toronto acts Gay, Young Guv (Fucked Up), Actual Water, Lido Pimienta, Holiday Rambler (Hooded Fang) and Still Boys (Man Made Hill / CN Tower Liquidation). There's just no way you can miss this.
WU TANG CLAN | NOV 28 | KOOL HAUS
Rap fans, are you ready? The Wu Tang Clan 20th Anniversary Tour hits Kool Haus at the end of the month. All 8 members of Wu Tang from Rza and Gza to Ghostface Killah will be there, plus special guests Peter Jackson & G5ive. Maybe Drake will be there. Maybe.
OTHER NOTEWORTHY CONCERTS THIS MONTH
SNAK THE RIPPER | NOV 1 | THE ROCKPILE
MATTHEW GOOD | NOV 1 | MASSEY HALL | $40-60
BRAIDS | NOV 1 | THE GREAT HALL | $14
CRYSTAL ANTLERS | NOV 1 | SILVER DOLLAR ROOM | $11
BON JOVI | NOV 1 | AIR CANADA CENTRE | $20 - 237
SPARKS | NOV 2 LEE'S PALACE | $30
SHIT FUN | NOV 2 | RAINBOW PALACE | $10
JOEL PLASKETT | NOV 2 | DANFORTH MUSIC HALL | $30
GAY | NOV 2 | WHITE HOUSE STUDIOS | $7
HANNAH GEORGES | NOV 2 | THE GREAT HALL | $18
CHANCE THE RAPPER | NOV 4 | DANFORTH MUSIC HALL | $19 - 25
KATE NASH | NOV 5 | THE PHOENIX | $20
THE EAGLES | NOV 6 | AIR CANADA CENTRE
JESSIE WARE | NOV 6 | THE PHOENIX | $25
HOLY GHOST! | NOV 6 | THE HOXTON | $16
YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN | NOV 6 | THE GARRISON | $11
SEBADOH | NOV 8 | THE HORSESHOE | $20
FEAST IN THE EAST | NOV 9 | GERRARD ART SPACE | $8
FUCKED UP | NOV 9 | THE ROCKPILE EAST | $13
WOODEN SHJIPS | NOV 10 | THE HORSESHOE | $16
JAMES BLAKE | NOV 10 | KOOL HAUS | $30
TENNIS | NOV 10 | THE GARRISON | $16
STAR SLINGER | NOV 10 | DRAKE HOTEL | $15
ROCKIE FRESH & LUNICE | NOV 11 | TATTOO ROCK PARLOUR
PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH | NOV 11 | THE PHOENIX
GWAR | NOV 12 | THE PHOENIX | $29
SLEIGH BELLS | NOV 13 | THE PHOENIX | $25
GZA | NOV 14 | THE HOXTON | $15
MAC MILLER | NOV 15 | SOUND ACADEMY | $35 - 45
MONO | NOV 15 | THE HORSESHOE | $14
PARAMORE | NOV 20 | AIR CANADA CENTRE
SLAYER | NOV 21 | KOOL HAUS | $50 - 70
WALE | NOV 21 | THE PHOENIX
SAID THE WHALE | NOV 21 | THE OPERA HOUSE | $19
THE LAST POP WITH BRAINS EVER | NOV 22 | THE RIVOLI | $5
RJD2 | NOV 22 | THE HOXTON | $15
YOUNG GALAXY | NOV 22 | THE HOXTON | $18
BORN RUFFIANS | NOV 22 | DANFORTH MUSIC HALL | $19 - 20
PETER EVANS & SAM PLUTA | NOV 23 | TBA
MAC DEMARCO | NOV 24 | THE HOXTON | $16
CULTS | NOV 25 | LEE'S PALACE | $20
EMILIE AUTUMN | NOV 29 | THE OPERA HOUSE | $23
THE BESNARD LAKES | NOV 29 | LEE'S PALACE | $15
PINK | NOV 30 | AIR CANADA CENTRE | SOLD OUT
HAYDEN | DANFORTH MUSIC HALL | $33 - 40
Photo of Kanye West by John Vettese
by Aubrey Jax via blogTO