(By: Rhea Singh)
With midterms fast approaching, we all need to be reminded to treat ourselves once in a while. So, what’s the best way to de-stress from school? Concerts. Luckily, February won’t disappoint us with its array of different artists coming to Toronto, from indie pop to rap groups.
Check out our top six concerts to catch this month.
Thursday, Feb. 8
Tickets start at $115 on resale
The 14-person American rap group BROCKHAMPTON recently released their new album ‘Saturation III,’ which showcases their contradictory existence in trying to be real and different while pushing out a produced pop sound as a boyband. However, BROCKHAMPTON does not disappoint with their songs and will be gracing the Toronto stage with their signature blue faces and orange jumpsuits. If you are looking for a concert that will make you jump around and sway to the music, this is the show for you.
Friday, Feb. 9
Tickets start at $43 on resale
Indie-pop singer BØRNS can be simply described in one word: enigmatic. The psychedelic experience that is his sophomore album ‘Blue Madonna’ is what creates the mysterious allure of BØRNS, specifically through the track “Sweet Dreams.” You don’t need to know all of his tracks to truly appreciate his stunning stage presence.
Saturday, Feb. 10 & Sunday, Feb. 11
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tickets sold out
This alternative rock band has created a plethora of fantastic tracks in the span of their nine-year career, and won’t be stopping anytime soon. Their new album, ‘Here Comes the Runts,’ takes a slightly different approach than their previous work, but does not forget that past which has paved their way here. Besides, no one can forget AWOLNATION’s most notable song “Sail” that was featured on everyone’s playlist at some point in time. Although tickets are sold out, this is definitely worth a browse around the resale market.
Monday, Feb. 12
Tickets sold out
Chris Cornstock, who goes by the stage name Marshmello, has already made an impact with his EDM-induced track, “Wolves,” featuring Selena Gomez. Marshmello does not fail to make you move your feet to the beat of his catchy and almost addicting tracks like “Silence.” If you want to escape the stress of school and dance it out, this EDM producer’s set is definitely one to see. While this show is also sold out, event sponsor iHeartRadio is giving away tons of tickets through its Toronto radio stations. Good luck!
Tyler the Creator with Vince Staples
Saturday, Feb. 17
Tickets start at $27.25
What makes this concert worth seeing? It’s definitely the confessional album ‘Flower Boy,’ that has been labeled Tyler the Creator’s most honest album yet. Tyler created a whole new atmosphere and experience for his listeners with this album, discussing his sexual identity and breaking away from conventional stigmas. This concert promises a performance that shows Tyler in his truest form through dreamy tracks like “See You Again” and “Garden Shed.” But we can’t forget Vince Staples, who will surely be performing tracks from his critically-acclaimed album ‘Big Fish.’
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Tickets sold out
British folk singer Gabrielle Aplin presents a new electric feel with her EP ‘Avalon.’ If you haven’t heard of Aplin, her tracks “Stay” and “Waking Up Slow” are the best places to start. The singer-songwriter plays with heavy, atmospheric synth sounds that accompany the album’s theme: following the course of falling in love and rising out of the heartbreak. After cancelling a previously scheduled show in Toronto in September, Aplin will finally be making her way back with a highly anticipated performance.
What shows are you looking forward to seeing this month? Let us know @RUtvNews or in the comments section below. Hope you get some time to de-stress this month, and good luck on your midterms, Rams!