(By: Sarah Chew)
October went by in a flash and Christmas is already quickly approaching. Enjoy the month before the snow and slush by checking out live music in Toronto this November. Here are six artists coming to the 6ix that you can’t miss.
Katy Perry: Witness The Tour
Wednesday, November 1
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $47.25
Katy Perry’s fifth studio album, ‘Witness,’ was released this June and was described by Variety Magazine as a “confessional album,” with the confession being that “she’s indomitable and awesome.” The singer got much attention from her drama with fellow pop-sensation Taylor Swift, which many believe was the inspiration behind “Swish Swish.” Speculation and rumours aside, Billboard described the album as being filled with “passionate but muted songs of longing and empowerment.” Be Perry’s ‘Witness’ and let us know if the concert is “Hot [or] Cold.”
Macklemore: The Gemini World Tour
Wednesday, November 8
Tickets start at $101 on resale
Having risen to fame through songs like “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love,” Macklemore is back with ‘Gemini,’ his first solo album since splitting from his musical partner Ryan Lewis. The pair worked together for nine years, according to Rap-Up, but the split was a mutual decision. Released a little more than a month ago, the album features stars like Skylar Grey, Lil Yachty, Kesha and more. Head to his concert to see if he’s good on his own, or if he and Lewis need to reunite for the next album.
Galantis: The Aviary Tour
Thursday, November 16
Tickets start at $50
If you haven’t heard of this Swedish pop duo by now, your ears have been missing out. Consisting of Linus Eklöw and Christian Karlsso, the pair’s dance pop and electronic house music have made them a fan favourite — they have almost 1.3 million followers (and counting) on Spotify. Their song “No Money” made it on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart last year, so don’t be surprised if you spot a single from ‘The Aviary’ on it this year. This concert promises to be a good time.
Hoodie Allen: The Hype World Tour
Saturday, November 18
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tickets start at $30
American rapper Hoodie Allen released his newest album ‘The Hype’ on Sept. 29, and his world tour is anticipated to be a smash. Surprisingly, Allen posted his full album for his fans to hear for free on YouTube, and the stream has only gotten just over 125,000 plays thus far. Featuring catchy hits like ‘Believe,’ ‘All For Me’ with Scott Hoying of Pentatonix and Superfruit, and ‘Sushi,’ the rapper’s third studio album lives up to its name. You “Ain’t Ready” to attend his banging concert in Toronto.
Dua Lipa: The Self-Titled Tour
Wednesday, November 22
Tickets start at $74 on resale
Dua Lipa is one of the hottest English singers and songwriters right now and she’s about to grace Toronto with her presence. Her hypnotic and upbeat song, “New Rules,” is so close to reaching 500 million views on YouTube. The pop artist’s other songs, like “Blow Your Mind” and “Be The One,” have garnered several hundred million views as well. Lipa’s strong, almost gravelly/scratchy voice has proved to be addicting to her 2.7 million YouTube subscribers, so don’t miss out on a chance to hear her live this month!
Jay-Z: 4:44 Tour
Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 23
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $66
Described by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest living rappers,” Jay-Z’s reputation precedes him. Even if you claim not to know his music, you’ve heard his work in iconic songs like Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” “Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys and Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love.” This hip-hop and rap legend will be stopping in Toronto for two shows showcasing his 13th album, “4:44.” The album’s namesake song is apparently an apology to Beyoncé for his “[womanizing]” and infidelity. Verify his apology for yourself this month, in a show featuring Vic Mensa. Rolling Stones describes the album as taking a “pro-black stance, [while it also] addresses inter-generational conflicts in hip-hop,” which bodes for an interesting concert.
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Enjoy listening to your favourite artists this November, because next month the radios will be flooded with Christmas songs. Happy listening until then, Rams!