(By: Angela McLean)
If you think April showered Toronto with great shows, May is bringing in a whole new flower bed of killer live music options across the city. There is something for everyone in the diverse mix of artists playing in Toronto this month, from international EDM stars to homegrown indie-pop talents.
Check out our list of the six concerts you can’t miss this month.
Saturday, May 6
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tickets start at $29.50*
Joanna Levesque – best known as JoJo – has been in the music industry as long as most of us have been alive yet she shows no signs of slowing down. JoJo’s massive hit single, “Leave (Get Out),” came out in 2004 when she was just 13 years old. Flash forward to October 2016, 10 years after the release of her sophomore album – having overcome some difficult contractual battles, JoJo dropped ‘Mad Love,’ an album that embraces a fresh R&B/soul sound and outlook on life. JoJo is currently doing a cross-Canada tour in support of the album and her Toronto show is sure to make for an incredible night.
*It may be “too little, too late” to score face-value tickets, but there are still some reasonably priced tickets floating around the resale market via StubHub and the Facebook event page.
Saturday, May 6
Tickets start at $49.50
That’s right – Glee alum Lea Michele is making a special return to Toronto this month for an intimate evening show at Massey Hall. The show is in support of her new album, ‘Places,’ which highlights the theatric voice we expect from Michele with added pop and soul influences. Michele will also be performing songs from her debut album, ‘Louder,’ and of course covers from the show that catapulted her to global success.
The xx with Kelela
Three-piece indie-rock/dream-pop band The xx released their third album, ‘I See You,’ at the start of this year to widespread acclaim. From the release of their debut ‘xx’ eight years ago, the group has continued to deliver tunes that sound like none other but fit the aesthetic of bands like The 1975 and LANY. Fresh off of sets at Coachella and Shaky Knees Music Festival, The xx will be joined by the equally-unique singer/songwriter/hitmaker Kelela for two music-filled nights by the lake.
CBC Music Festival featuring Serena Ryder and Walk Off The Earth
Saturday, May 27
Tickets start at $39.50
Canada’s national broadcaster will be hosting a 100% Canadian bash this month featuring an impressive list of performers plus activities and food trucks. Emerging Canadian pop singers Ralph and Ruth B and electronic trio Keys N Krates are among those who will fill out the afternoon entertainment lineup before Serena Ryder and Walk Off The Earth take the crowd into the night. The winner of the CBC Searchlight contest, Vancouver band The Long War, will also have the chance to prove why they deserved the title of Canada’s next great music act.
VACAY with Know Band
Tuesday, May 30
Tickets start at $15
We first raved about Niagara Falls-native Levi Randall, a.k.a. VACAY, when he opened for Calum Scott in November. After months of teasing his debut EP’s release with individual song drops, he has finally announced that ‘Howlin’ Wind’ will be out May 26. Catch VACAY performing the EP at the Rivoli four days later with support from St. Catharines-based Know Band.
The Chainsmokers with Kiiara, Lost Frequencies and Emily Warren
Tuesday, May 30
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $67.90
If you cannot get enough of The Chainsmokers’ many infectious singles like “Something Just Like This” (featuring Coldplay), “Closer” (featuring Halsey) and “Paris,” you will not want to miss your chance to see the EDM sensations live at their biggest Toronto show yet. With feisty indie-pop talent Kiiara, Belgian producer Lost Frequencies and frequent Chainsmokers collaborator Emily Warren joining the bill, fans will surely not be let down.
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