Must-see concerts this December include highly anticipated comebacks, an inspiring new Canadian festival and many Toronto-based faves home for the holidays.Events you might want to check out:
Death From Above (December 1 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
Trying to put that pesky Proud-Boys controversy behind them, one of our most popular rock exports comes home for the first time in several years in honour of the aptly titled Outrage! Is Now.
LCD Soundsystem (December 3 @ Air Canada Centre)
DFA wisely skip town right before James Murphy, their long ago name-copyright nemesis, comes ‘round asking why they dropped the “1979.” He’s likely too busy anyway doing the major comeback thing with LCD’s first new album in seven years.
Emily Haines (December 5 @ Massey Hall)
Speaking of comebacks, the Metric singer is dusting off the Soft Skeleton for a new solo effort, a decade after her last one. The piano balladeering goes down at Massey Hall.
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (December 9 @ Air Canada Centre)
All your pop faves are in town for this annual bash at ACC. Get in the holiday spirit with Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Cardi B and more - followed by an after party at Rebel.
The National (December 9 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
Brooklyn’s preeminent dad-rockers are back at it again with Sleep Well Beast, and on their current tour they’ve also been breaking out a bunch of cool covers in addition to the new tunes.
Alexisonfire (June 18 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
The hardcore giants originally planned this four-night run back in June, but suddenly cancelled due to illness. Thankfully we'll get the rescheduled shows this month - but y’know, it’s still not a reunion or anything.
Alvvays (December 12 @ Mod Club Theatre)
‘Tis the season for adored Canadian bands to shower us with multiple shows. Like AOF, Alvvays play artist-in-residence for a while at Mod Club, riding the wave of successful followup Antisocialites.
Austra (December 14 @ Velvet Underground)
Katie Stelmanis’ darkly synthpop project subtly reemerged back in January with Future Politics, and now that they’re back from their European tour, will play a single show to cap off the year at home.
Constantines (September 24-25 @ Lee's Palace)
The Horseshoe Tavern’s 70th anniversary series ends December 31, but not before a slew of bands squeeze in - there’s the Tea Party, Rheostatics and Jim Cuddy, but my bet is on The Constantines, who never disappoint for a signature ‘Shoe rock show.
Faith Healer (December 15 @ The Baby G)
Formerly the pseudonym of solo Edmonton songwriter Jessica Jalbert, Faith Healer has morphed into a full band for Try ;-), their new batch of psychedelic 60s jams. They’ll be accompanied by Tough age, Cecil Frena and Ducks Unlimited.
Hey Rosetta at Mod Club Theatre - 3 nights! (December 17-19 @ Phoenix Concert Theatre)
Newfoundland's indie-folkers have been a stable presence for well over a decade, which made their just-announced breakup all the more shocking. If you’ve been taking their frequent local appearances for granted, make good with these last three shows.
New Constellations (December 20 @ Danforth Music Hall)
This new travelling arts festival pulls together tons of Canadian talent for music, Indigenous mentorship and documentary filmmaking. Featuring A Tribe Called Red, Feist, Lido Pimienta, Weaves and more, the tour moves across Canada before a Toronto finale.
by Shazia Khan via blogTO