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Top 10 Must-See Concerts In Toronto In Summer '16

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Updated: 10 January 2017
Luckily for those living in Toronto (or visiting), the area is home to an array of both high profile stadium concerts and independent niche musical acts of all genres. With an abundance of special venues (I’m looking at you Echo Beach), concerts continue throughout the entire summer season. With that said, be sure to check out our list for the top 10 must-see concerts this summer.

Beyoncé Formation Tour

Of course, Queen Bey is at the top of our summer list because this is not just any average Beyoncé concert. The Formation Tour is backed by a strong political sentiment in addition to stunning visuals and choreography. Be warned that with opening act DJ Khaled, special guests are expected: he’s already brought out guests like 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Remy Ma & Fat Joe, Big Sean, and Snoop Dogg at previous stops, just to mention a few. Taking place on Wednesday, May 25th at the Rogers Centre, the Formation Tour is surely one you won’t want to miss to launch the summer. Check out the visuals for the tour, below.

Halsey Badlands Tour

Halsey is an American ‘electropop’ singer who isn’t a fan of genre labels, citing her eclectic musical inspiration as everything from old school rap (think Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony and ‘Pac) to 90s grunge (including Nirvana and Alanis Morissette). The ongoing tour is in support of her first studio album, ‘Badlands,’ which was released in 2015. Taking place at TD’s Echo Beach on August 3rd, the venue is a perfect fit for the singer/songwriter’s chill vibe. The show will be opened by Oh Wonder, a U.K. pop duo best known for their hit, ‘Without You.’

Gwen Stefani With Eve

She’s back! On Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 PM sharp, Miss Gwen Stefani takes the stage at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for a real 90s throwback (in addition to some new Gwen vibes) in lieu of her newest album, ‘This Is What The Truth Feels Like,’ which was released this March. Eve, who has previously teamed up with Gwen for hits like, ‘Rich Girl’ and, ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind,’ will be opening for all dates of the North American tour.

Steve Angello

Thanks to the city’s diversity in all aspects, Toronto is even home to a thriving House music scene. For these fans, DJ Steve Angello will be kicking off the season at Cabana Pool Bar, Toronto’s first day-to-night party spot (located on Polson St) with guests Manzone & Strong and Joee Cons. Starting at noon (#DayLife), Angello will be sure to play some hits off his new album, ‘Wild Youth.’

Kaytranada

Kaytranada is a Haitian-Canadian artist, producer, and DJ. The tour recently kicked off in his home city of Montreal, and is stopping in Toronto on May 20th at the Danforth Music Hall. Check out his song ‘Glowed Up,’ ft. Anderson .Paak (who is also opening up for Bryson Tiller on June 3rd if you’re a fan!) off his debut studio album ‘99.9%’ below to get a taste of what he does.

Bryson Tiller

Taking place on Friday June 3rd, also at Echo Beach, R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop fans alike can come together to experience Bryson Tiller live. The singer/rapper has taken the music scene by storm with his debut album ‘T R A P S O U L’ (some have even termed trap-soul a genre in itself). The show is to be opened by California native Anderson .Paak, who is known as Dr. Dre’s protégé. The dot stands for detail, so you can be sure to expect a fascinating show.

Summer ’16 Tour

How could we compile a Toronto concert list without featuring Drake (the self-proclaimed 6ix God) himself? Though the summer ’16 tour has become a part of the annual OVOFEST (which brings tons of tourists to the city thanks to its sharing of Caribana weekend), guests can be sure to be surprised with some special guests (in addition to co-headliner Future, as well as Roy Woods & DVSN) for an event worth your dollar. The show boasts two Toronto dates, July 31st and August 1st at the ACC.

Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots Tour

Nothing says summertime like a little Country, so for those looking for a taste of the American South, Florida Georgia Line will be taking the stage on Thursday, September 1st at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The duo has achieved grandiose commercial success, and their shows are always high energy, featuring several guests. This stop will include Cole Swindell and more! Have a listen to their recent hit, ‘H.O.L.Y’ (currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart).

Guns N’ Roses: Not In This Lifetime Tour

For the first time since the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1993, Guns N’ Roses came together for a two-leg ‘Not In This Lifetime,’ tour which stops in Toronto this July 16th at the Rogers Centre. The two month, 20 city tour will feature both older hits as well as some songs off their 2008 ‘Chinese Democracy’ album. Also expect classic solos and lengthy encores fans know and love. Watch the video below of a recent recap of their Mexico City tour stop for a teaser of what is to be expected.

Adele Live 2016

Though this concert takes place in October, it seems like a good way to say farewell to the summer, so it was a must on this list. With a much anticipated tour with over 100 stops (it has been five years since Adele’s last album ’21’), guests are sure to be wowed by the singer’s impressive vocals, which take the lead in her performances. With that said, she will be performing for four nights at the Air Canada Centre, running October 3-7.