Here are our picks for the hottest concerts in Toronto this June.
Death From Above
June 6 & 7 at Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St.)
Death From Above, the Toronto rock duo of bassist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger, are celebrating their 2002 debut Heads Up with a Canadian tour that will see them perform the six-song EP in its entirety. Fans can also expect to hear some of the duo’s later material like “Romantic Rights,” “Going Steady,” “Trainwreck 1979,” and “Caught Up.”
$64.25 tickets available through Ticketmaster
June 7-16 at various locations
North By North East celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary with ten days of music, comedy, gaming, and more! This year’s festival features an eclectic lineup of musical acts that includes Philly singer-songwriter Santigold, indie rockers Cold War Kids, Toronto rapper Killy, Indigenous hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and Taiwanese rock group No Party for Cao Dong. Attendees can also enjoy free performances and other entertainment at the NXNE Festival Village, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.
$29 wristbands available online
Death Cab for Cutie
June 20 at RBC Echo Beach (909 Lakeshore Blvd. W.)
Get ready to be transported back to your teenage bedroom when Death Cab for Cutie takes the stage at Echo Beach this month. Ben Gibbard and company are currently touring in support of the band’s ninth studio album, Thank You For Today, which was released last summer. Fellow indie rock veteran Jenny Lewis will serve as the opener.
$89.70 tickets available through Ticketmaster
June 24 at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front St. E.)
After stealing the show at the Grammy Awards in February, legendary soul singer and Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross is continuing her 75th birthday celebration with performances across the United States (and a lone Canadian stop in Toronto) this summer. The tour will also include a residency at Encore Theater inside the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.
June 26 at Velvet Underground (508 Queen St. W.)
British rapper and actress Little Simz (real name Simbiatu Ajikawo) is an artist not to be slept on. Just ask Kendrick Lamar, who described her as “one of the illest doing this right now.” Simz dropped her first mixtape in 2010 and has been putting out new music steadily since, most recently releasing her third studio album, Grey Area. Toronto is one of the last stops on her North American tour, after which she’ll be heading back overseas for an appearance at Glastonbury Festival.
$26.05 tickets available through Ticketweb
June 29 & 30 at RBC Echo Beach (909 Lakeshore Blvd. W.)
Dreams Festival is a must for EDM lovers. This year’s lineup features several big names, including Zedd, Louis the Child, Don Diablo, A-Trak, Paul Oakenfold, Duke Dumont, and Niagara Falls native Rezz, who will make history as the first female main stage headliner for a two-day major electronic music festival in Canada.
$123.65 single-day tickets and $207.25 general admission festival passes available online