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Can't Miss Shows By Up-And-Coming Toronto Bands: Summer 2016

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Updated: 28 October 2016
As July comes to an end, summer’s inevitable close once again rears its ugly head. Before retreating into the September malaise, take the time to hit up some live music and make the most of the heady heat and carefree nights. With a plethora of genres and gritty Toronto venues to explore, now’s the time to scour some new talent. Here are some great up-and-coming Toronto acts to check out in the coming weeks.
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Sad Boys Glee Club

Featuring former members of Dinosaur Bones and Northern Empties, The Sad Boys Glee Club merge experience with ambition as they explore the gamut of alternative folk with a modern indie twist. Delight in these alt-country crooners as they divert expectations while simultaneously evoking the grit of traditional Americana music. See them perform July 27th at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 598 4226

In the meantime, check out their video for ‘Yours Alone’, shot at The Junction City Music Hall:

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Merchant Copy

Merchant Copy blends contemplative lyrics with a sonically evocative composition. The Toronto-based band hangs on the peripheries of alternative hip-hop, infusing elements of rock and jazz music. In their second album, coming out July 29th, composer James Vander Zaag and lyricist En Lai Mah have taken their preoccupations to new places, creating a sound that reflects a more refined and developed partnership. Experimentation expands in their live shows, which the band use as opportunities to take their studio album to new heights, as they consciously explore the dynamics and creative potential available in a live setting.

Stay tuned for this summer’s show dates.

Until then, stop by their Bandcamp for more and watch their video for ‘Man at Sea’:

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Escapism awaits for listeners indulging in Jaunt’s dreamy indie-pop sound. The Toronto band’s bedroom ballads provide the perfect soundtrack for any summer night. Do yourself a favour and head out to their Chat EP release at CineCycle July 30th.

CineCycle, 129 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 971 4273

Listen to their Soundcloud while you wait.

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La Luna

The Toronto-via-Calgary La Luna are a punk band with a do-it-yourself attitude, booking all their own tours and releasing their albums independently. Their self-reliance reflects the individuality of their sound: a hardcore blend with melodic sensibilities. In 2017, they’ll be off playing shows across North America and Europe, so be sure to see them in your neighbourhood while you can.

Catch them at D-Beatstro August 12th.

D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 533 2328

Head to their Bandcamp and watch their video for ‘House Party’:

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This Toronto quartet has garnered a lot of attention in the last couple years, and for good reason. Weaves might be categorized as guitar-driven ‘bent-pop’, but the music feels outside classification. Their self-titled album is eccentric and spirited with high-octane vocals by Jasmyn Burke that are sure to make every listener swoon.

Stop by their record release show at the Horseshoe Tavern on August 27th.

Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 598 4226

While you wait, head to their Bandcamp for more and check out their video for ‘Tick’ below:

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Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra describes themselves as ‘Canada’s only balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band’. Their music is a cacophony of sounds, blending funk, blues, and psychedelia with strong remnants of its busking band origins. Watch them perform at Mel Lastman Square on July 29th.

Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 338 3343

Listen to their Soundcloud and check out their ‘Counting Sheep: A Guerrilla Folk Opera’ video for a little taste while you wait: