Must-see concerts in Toronto this January may almost make it worth the effort to chip the ice off your front door and venture out into the frozen abyss. Here’s what’s on tap.Events you might want to check out:
Long Winter (January 5 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Kick off the year with the next installment of this reliably great art/music winter party. It moves to the Gladstone with an eclectic mix of hip hop, dream pop, hardcore and experimental indie, as always accompanied by lots of visual art displays.
The Killers (January 5 @ Air Canada Centre)
Embracing ostentatiousness to an almost goofy degree with their latest album, the pride and joy of Las Vegas bring their big glam rock show to the ACC.
Exclaim! Class of 2018 (January 13 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
Dan Burke has a knack for uncovering talent with this annual concert series: past alumni include Lido Pimienta and Dilly Dally. It expands this year to multiple cities, but catch T.O's kickoff with rising locals The Nude Dogs, Thrifty Kids and more.
Lana Del Rey (January 15 @ Air Canada Centre)
Your fave hot mess got back in peak brooding form with last year’s Lust for Life, and her tour for it brings her back here with Columbian R&B singer Kali Uchis as the opener.
Bahamas (January 18 @ Massey Hall)
Afie Jurvanen is back to making mellow jams under the Bahamas moniker this month with Earthtones. The record’s release party is an intimate show at Massey, where the audience will get to stand on stage with him instead of filling the regular seats.
Tennis (January 18 @ Mod Club Theatre)
This Denver-based couple wrote their most recent effort during an extended yacht trip along the west coast, so hopefully their sweet-sounding pop offers a temporary escape to that sunny, warm headspace when they stop by for a night.
A Tribe Called Red (January 19 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
Despite being down a founding member as of last fall, the Indigenous DJ collective show no signs of slowing down and are set to play multiple shows at the Danforth this month.
Shakira (January 20 @ Air Canada Centre)
The world famous hip communicator was recently sidelined with vocal-cord damage, but has luckily recovered and will resume her El Dorado World Tour in 2018, including this sole Canadian date.
Destroyer (January 22 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
Though he sat out the last New Pornographers album, rest assured that Vancouver’s preeminent indie weirdo is back with his own new music, which he’s described as “cold and stark” (a.k.a. seasonally appropriate).
Flint Eastwood (January 25 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
This Detroit singer-songwriter is likely not on your radar yet, but for fans of Lorde, Halsey and the like, she should be. Be one of the first to check out her intense indie-pop stylings when she visits the ‘Shoe.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Skratch Bastid (January 27 @ Koerner Hall)
Top turntablist Skratch Bastid always hosts fun events, and this unique outing promises to be no different. The one-night-only show is in collaboration with DJ Jazzy Jeff - yes, he of Fresh Prince fame - to hype the crowd at Koerner Hall.
Sleigh Bells (January 28 @ Jimmy's Coffee (Kensington Market))
Blow out your eardrums at month's end when the noisy duo return to celebrate their new mini album, Kid Kruschev, over two nights.
by Shazia Khan via blogTO