Six must-see concerts in Toronto this August

(By: Angela McLean)

We hate to remind you, but at this time next month a new semester of classes will be underway. That means you have just one month left to make some unforgettable last-minute summer memories. There is no better way to kick-start your plans than scheduling in a few concerts and luckily August is coming through with a great selection of shows in Toronto.

Continue reading to check out six end-of-summer shows in Toronto you need to see.

OVO Fest 2017 – Machel Montano with Bunji Garlin & more

(Photo credit: Rap Season)

Saturday, August 5
RBC Echo Beach
Tickets start at $78

While it may be too late to score affordable tickets to OVO Fest’s main offering at Budweiser Stage on August 7, you can get in on OVO’s official pre-party with soca star Machel Montano. Montano is no stranger to OVO Fest, having graced the main stage with Drake in years past. With Drake himself confirmed to be in the city for his OVO pop-up store at Yorkdale the same day, it seems quite likely he will be in attendance to support his friends.


(Photo credit: Rap Season)

Wednesday, August 9
Tickets start at $33.95 (sold out through Ticketmaster)

Texas-bred alt-R&B singer Khalid first broke out on the scene with his 2016 platinum single “Location.” Now with the recent release of his debut album ‘American Teen’ under his belt, Khalid has solidified himself as a bonafide star with incredible vocal abilities, a captivating stage presence and an all-around infectious personality. Most of the 25 North American dates on his American Teen Tour sold out within a day of going on sale, but this is a show worth turning to the resale market for.

Declan McKenna

(Photo credit: Declan McKenna/Facebook)

Friday, August 11
Mod Club Theatre
Tickets start at $16

Declan McKenna is definitely an artist to watch. His debut album, released in late July, has received great praise and album track “Brazil” has over 20 million plays on Spotify. As for his unique sound, it can best be described as indie pop with an alt-rock edge. It is perfect to sway your hips to, but in the right setting could also start a mosh pit. After drawing a big crowd to The Great Hall during Canadian Music Week in 2016, McKenna’s upcoming Mod Club Theatre show could be your last chance to see this rising star in such an intimate setting.

Shawn Mendes with Charlie Puth

(Photo credit: Shawn Mendes/Facebook)

Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
Air Canada Centre
Tickets for night one and night two start at $45.75

Shawn Mendes is about to have the biggest and best homecoming weekend he could ever ask for with two back-to-back, nearly-sold-out shows at one of Toronto’s biggest venues. The two shows fall in the middle of this summer’s hot ticket, the Illuminate World Tour, in support of Mendes’ sophomore album of the same name. Joining Mendes will be Charlie Puth, who is having another great year with his hit “Attention” and only adds to the need-to-see factor of this show.

Kendrick Lamar: The DAMN. Tour with YG & D.R.A.M.

(Photo credit: Live Nation Ontario)

Wednesday, August 23
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $69.50

Did you miss out on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s incredible Toronto show in July with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.? Good news: the superstar will be gracing the Air Canada Centre stage once again this month on the second leg of The DAMN. Tour. If you managed to see the first show, attending both is totally acceptable as fellow Compton-born rapper YG will be replacing Scott as an opener. Either way, get ready for a dose of Lamar’s raved-about and Insta-worthy visuals, a new opportunity to grab The DAMN. Tour swag and, of course, rap-alongs for days.

Alex Aiono

(Photo credit: Live Nation Ontario)

Sunday, August 27
Mod Club Theatre
Tickets start at $25

You may know of Alex Aiono from one of his many unique covers and mash-ups that he regularly posts to his YouTube channel, or perhaps his collaborations with friends like Will Singe, Conor Maynard and Sabrina Carpenter. Straight off of opening for Carpenter on her U.S.-wide tour, Aiono will be doing a special one-off headlining show at Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre later this month. Come prepared to sing along to “Question,” Aiono’s latest hit single – the music video, which was released in June, already has 1.9 million views.

Which concerts are you most excited for this month? Let us know in the comments down below or send us a tweet @RUtvNews!

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