Let’s just get this over with right off the bat — Arcade Fire have announced their Toronto show dates. Hurrah! They’ll be at Massey Hall on May 15 & 16, and tickets go on sale on Feb. 23rd. Predicted time to sell out? 1 minute 49 seconds. If you have no luck with those, the next closest location is Montreal on May 12 & 13.
In other big concert news, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely know by now that The Police have reunited after 20+ years. They’ll be hitting the ACC on July 22nd, and given that there are a few days off after that date, it’s quite possible a second show could be added. It’s great to see the band playing nice, but it’s too bad they sold out to Best Buy as their tour sponsor.
If that wasn’t enough concert announcement news, check out the massive list below…the calendar is officially jam-packed up until May now. We’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to the most over the next few months…let us know!
Best bets for this week include the Brampton Indie Arts Festival at the Rose Theatre, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday and is loaded with great local bands, such as The Meligrove Band, Uncut, The Bicycles, and more. On Wednesday, Apostle of Hustle will be closing down their residency at The Rivoli, which is likely sold out at this point, but a few tickets may still be available. AoH is a must see (pinky swear!), so if you can’t get to them this week, they’ll be back for Canadian Music Week.
If there’s a great show we missed, let us know in the comments. Tips and recommendations can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert listings after the jump.
Feb. 23 – Final Fantasy w/ The Silts, The Centaurs @ Tranzac, $8
Feb. 24 – Final Fantasy w/ The Phonemes @ Tranzac, $8
Mar. 9 – Public Enemy @ The Docks, $25 (CMW wristbands accepted)
Mar. 10 – The Golden Dogs, Yoko Casionos and more @ The Horseshoe, $10 (or CMW wristband)
Mar. 17 – The Shins @ Kool Haus, $27.50
Mar. 18 – Man Man @ The Horseshoe, $13.50
Mar. 21 – Maria Taylor w/ Basia Bulat @ The Horseshoe, $12
Mar. 27 – The Long Winters, The Broken West, Stars Of Track & Field @ El Mocambo, $TBA
Mar. 28 – The Blood Brothers @ Opera House, $16
Apr. 8 – The Klaxons @ Lee’s Palace, $15
Apr. 12 – The Black Angels @ The Horseshoe, $10.50
Apr. 14 – Harry Connick Jr. @ Hummingbird Centre, $42.50-95.50
Apr. 23 – Deerhunter @ The Horseshoe, $10
Apr. 28 – Jessie Cook w/ Melissa McClelland @ Massey Hall, $38.50-48.50
May 6 – Peter Bjorn & John @ The Phoenix, $TBA
May 8 – LCD Soundsystem @ Phoenix, $TBA
May 11 – Norah Jones w/ M. Ward @ Massey Hall, $47.50-57.50
May 15 & 16 – The Arcade Fire @ Massey Hall, $34-38
July 22 – The Police @ ACC, $59-225
Tues. Feb. 13
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Wed. Feb. 14
Danny Michel @ Rivoli, $15
Brampton Indie Arts Festival w/ Uncut, Andy Kim, more @ Rose Theatre (Brampton), $15 or $40 for 4-day pass
Thurs. Feb. 15
Apostle of Hustle @ Rivoli, $10
Josh Ritter @ The Horseshoe, $15
Brampton Indie Arts Festival w/ Meligrove Band, The Bicycles, more @ Rose Theatre, $15 or $40
Fri. Feb. 16
Patrick Watson @ Rivoli, $8
Chin Up Chin Up, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, more @ Sneaky Dee’s, $7
Silverchair @ Kool Haus, $25
Barenaked Ladies @ ACC, $30-70
Teitur @ Drake Underground, $17.50
Samba Squad @ Mod Club, $10
Brampton Indie Arts Festival w/ Ohbijou, Jon Rae, more @ Rose Theatre, $15 or $40
Sat. Feb. 17
Shellshock @ Music Gallery, $20
Johnny Truant @ Reverb, $TBA
Brampton Indie Arts Festival w/ Elliott Brood, Friendly Rich, more @ Rose Theatre, $15 or $40
Sun. Feb. 18
Wavelength 351 w/ Jewish Legend, Basement Arms, more @ Sneaky Dee’s, $pwyc
Jack’s Mannequin @ Kool Haus, $22.50
All Caps w/ Kids on TV, Femme Generation, Woodhands @ Whippersnapper Gallery, $7 (6pm show)
Banner photo: Carrie Musgrave.