(By: Lucas Iannetta)
With the end of the school year already approaching, it’s easy to get caught up with assignments and worrying about that next due date. Concerts provide the perfect escape, and when it comes to the month of March the concert game is strong. From big pop stars, to up-and-coming Canadian artists to even a visit from one of the biggest names in R&B, here are our top six concerts to catch this month.
Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11
The Danforth Music Hall
Tickets start at $60 on resale
This independent rock band from Boca Raton, Fla., released their first new album in over eight years last month, called ‘Crooked Shadows.’ They are making waves locally on independent radio charts such as the CJRU 30 and !Earshot’s The National Top 50. They are also a hit internationally, as their single “Heart Beat Here” was recently featured in a commercial for ABC that aired during the Oscars. This band is definitely on the must-see list for March!
Monday, March 12
Tickets start at $70 on resale
One of R&B’s biggest stars, Miguel, is heading back to Toronto to promote his latest album ‘War & Leisure,’ released last December. The album has gotten rave reviews from outlets such as Pitchfork, who describes ‘War & Leisure’ as having a “kinetic sexual and political energy.” Expect some of that energy in his Toronto performance, plus the possibility of a few surprise appearances from various collaborative artists on the album including Travis Scott, Rick Ross and J. Cole.
Tuesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 15
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $55 on resale
Fresh off of his Super Bowl halftime show performance, Justin Timberlake is back at the Air Canada Centre for two nights this month. Expect Timberlake to perform songs from his latest album, ‘Man of the Woods,’ including the very catchy singles “Filthy” and “Say Something.” Timberlake will also be singing lots of throwbacks from his catalog of hits, and if his Super Bowl performance was any indication of what he has in store for the tour, concertgoers are in for a treat. While a good pair of tickets for the show range from $100 to $300 plus, 99.9 Virgin Radio is giving away tickets all this week with Text to Timberlake. Good luck!
Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $130 on resale
You just can’t go wrong with P!NK. Her chilling vocals and badass attitude, coupled with those amazing acrobatics makes her a popular pick for must-see concerts in the city this month. Expect to see P!NK perform many songs from her latest album ‘Beautiful Trauma’ including fan favourites “What About Us” and “Beautiful Trauma.” She will also sing longtime hits like “Try,” “Get The Party Started” and “So What.” If you don’t have your tickets yet, and aren’t keen on spending over $100 for nosebleeds, 104.5 CHUM FM is giving away tickets all this week to her March 20th show, plus a chance to see Pink in Vancouver and Las Vegas with CHUM FM’s Epic Adventures.
Cardin, a Canadian pop/jazz singer from Montreal, is definitely an artist to watch for in 2018, having recently been nominated for two JUNO Awards – Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for “Main Girl,” “Paradise Motion” and “The Kids.” If you fell in love with her haunting vocals from “Main Girl,” a single that gained heavy airplay across Canada as the iHeartRadio Future Star of the Month, you will get goosebumps seeing her perform at The Great Hall. It’s no surprise both of her shows are sold out.
Thursday, March 29
Air Canada Centre
Tickets start at $79.50
Embarking on only her second world tour, Lorde is coming back to Toronto, bringing hits from her latest album ‘Melodrama’ with her including “Green Light.” While the tour is promoting her most recent release, you can also expect her to perform well-known hits such as “Royals” and “Team.” As a young artist who has a zany personality and dances onstage with what critics call “an entirely different expressive language,” Lorde is a must-see artist for March.
Take a break from studying this month and catch a concert or two in Toronto while you can. These big pop, rock and R&B artists won’t be in this city for long, so have fun seeing them perform live and tell us about your concert experience. Send us a tweet about what shows you’re looking forward to, and stay tuned to find out the top six album releases in March.