Six concerts to catch in Toronto this October

(By: Angela McLean)

Midterm season is already fast approaching and let’s face it – you need a study break. Luckily, October’s concert listing has everything you could possibly want to hear on your nights off, from electronic bangers to indie-pop smashes all the way to R&B anthems and slow jams.

Scroll down to see our top six picks for shows you cannot afford to miss in Toronto this month.


(Photo courtesy of The Danforth Music Hall)

Saturday, October 7
The Danforth Music Hall
Tickets start at $15

There is no doubt that Canada’s very own REZZ is a force to be reckoned with. Well on her way to being a household name, she has certainly grown from her days of recording music in her bedroom at the age of 16. This past summer, the now-22-year-old producer released her debut full-length studio album ‘Mass Manipulation’ and lead single “Relax,” which has amassed almost one million spins on Spotify. This fall, REZZ is on a world tour in support of the album and you do not want to miss your chance to see this talented Canuck. Fellow mau5trap artist No Mana offers a solid opening set.

Cigarettes After Sex

(Photo courtesy of Cigarettes After Sex)

Wednesday, October 11
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
SOLD OUT (keep an eye out for resale tickets!)

If you are looking for some moody music to sway and groove to on a Wednesday night, Cigarettes After Sex’s show is the one for you. This four-piece from Texas may remind you of bands like The Neighbourhood and The 1975 in their early days, but they have a unique aura that simply cannot be replicated. Earlier this year, the band embarked on a new artistic journey with the release of their debut album, eight years after forming. As for how you likely recognize their name? “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” was featured on The Handmaid’s Tale and included in Taylor Swift’s recent playlist of her favourite songs.


(Photo courtesy of Live Nation)

Monday, October 16
SOLD OUT (keep an eye out for resale tickets!)

This is Kesha’s big moment. After a long series of court battles with producer Dr. Luke, the singer has found her strength – her rainbow, as her album name describes it – and is ready to get back to doing what she loves most: performing. Of course Kesha’s incredible vocals and powerful songs are best appreciated in person, so this show will be special in countless ways. While the Toronto date has officially sold out, limited verified resale tickets remain on Ticketmaster.

Jon Bellion

(Photo courtesy of Ticketmaster)

Tuesday, October 24
Tickets start at $30.50

We raved about American R&B hitmaker Jon Bellion’s two sold-out shows in Toronto last year in July and October. This month, Bellion will answer the prayers of all those wishing for another chance to see him when he comes through Toronto on The Human Condition Tour: Part III. Bellion will be joined by familiar faces including friends Travis Mendes and Blaque Keyz along with the addition of hip-hop artist and rapper Dizzy Wright. While some artists would have exhausted an album touring it three times over, Bellion is still bringing the heat and shows no signs of slowing down.

Fall Out Boy

(Photo courtesy of Fall Out Boy)

Wednesday, October 25
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $35.50

Despite pushing the release of their new album to January, this global pop-rock sensation is saying “the show must go on” and using their pre-scheduled touring opportunity to share the album with their fans first. As a result, Fall Out Boy’s M A N I A Tour is one of the fall’s biggest tickets. Adding to what is sure to be another epic FOB show, the guys are bringing along indie-pop/hip-hop artist Blackbear and rapper Jaden Smith (yes, that is Will’s son Jaden) to kick things off each night.


(Photo courtesy of Embrace)

Sunday, October 29
The Velvet Underground
Tickets start at $21

DJ/producer Ethan Snoreck – better known as Whethan – just turned 18. Instead of starting university, though, he is touring the world, working with artists like Skrillex and Charli XCX and playing shows with Dillon Francis. No big deal, right? While you may not be able to drop your books and head out on the road yourself, you can end the last weekend of October with a bang and catch this bonafide star playing with his “Can’t Hide” collaborator Ashe and fellow dance/electronic producer SAINT WKND.

Which October concerts will you be seeing? Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us @RUtvNews!

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