Pick of the week: Toronto soul singer Daniel Caesar plays the Mod Club April 15
One of NOW’s local musicians to watch in 2015, soul singer Daniel Caesar established himself as a melancholy barroom troubadour with his 2015 EP, Praise Break. He followed that acoustically led effort with another: last year’s Pilgrim’s Paradise EP, which got a 4-N review upon its release in November.
All the while he’s kept a low profile by avoiding in-depth interviews, instead letting his sporadic SoundCloud releases (including a recent duet with River Tiber) do the talking.
“The EP has much more of a live-band feel than most pop R&B, but modern production details set it apart from the throwback soul scene,” reviewer Benjamin Boles wrote at the time. “Caesar’s in his formative years as an artist, but there’s something undeniably exciting about listening to him stretch himself in different directions.”
When he makes his hometown live debut at the Mod Club next month, Torontonians will have a chance to see how his live-off-the-floor recordings translate onstage.
With Charlotte Day Wilson at the Mod Club (722 College) on April 15, 8 pm. $10. Tickets on sale now at universe.com.
MATRIXXMAN, GINGY, CL Secret Location 10 pm. $15 adv. eventbrite.ca. March 12.
NO NEON, DREZO, AUTOEROTIQUE, HUNTER SIEGAL The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. March 19.
STORMZY, FREEZA CHIN (DJ SET) Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. March 19.
COURSE OF TIME LVIII WITH PRISON GARDE, PEACH, CHARLTON, ECK & KATSU Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $5 with guestlist before 11 pm. March 25.
DON’T SPEAK: BENOÎT PIOULARD, NORTH ATLANTIC DRIFT, DAVID JONES, DJ LANGUID Lilt Array Space Wavelength concert in which talking is forbidden. 7:30 pm, all ages. $10, adv $5. ticketfly.com. March 25.
HUMANS, THE 25TH HOUR Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. March 26.
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS Mod Club doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $35. ticketmaster.ca. March 31.
AOMG – ABOVE ORDINARY MUSIC GROUP Danforth Music Hall 7 pm, all ages. $80-$250. ticketmaster.ca. April 6.
WIMPS, THE NEW ENCHANTERS, HOBO LORD, BARDS Silver Dollar 8:30 pm. $8. April 7.
PAVILION, TRAITRS, NAILBITER Double Double Land doors 9 pm. $7 at the door. April 8.
TOKIMONSTA The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. April 8.
PHILIP SAYCE Silver Dollar 8 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. April 14.
DANIEL CAESAR, CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON Mod Club 8 pm. $10. universe.com. April 15.
AMINE EDGE & DANCE Uniun Nightclub doors 10 pm. $20-$40. ticketmaster.ca. April 15.
CLOSE TALKER Smiling Buddha 9 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. April 29.
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK: TEGAN AND SARA, SKEPTA, DILLY DALLY, HOLY HOLY WITH TONY VISCONTI, NO JOY Various venues 7-day festival wristband $75, VIP $150. cmw.net. May 2-8.
ZHU, GALLANT Phoenix Concert Theatre 9 pm, all ages. $40-$50. ticketmaster.ca. May 16.
CHELSEA WOLFE, A DEAD FOREST INDEX Opera House doors 8 pm. $23.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. May 17.
LA LUZ Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $13. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. May 17.
WEEDEATER, AUTHOR & PUNISHER, TODAY IS THE DAY & LORD DYING Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm. $21. ticketfly.com. May 20.
HOP ALONG, SPEEDY ORITZ Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $18.50. ticketfly.com. May 21.
MATTHEW BARBER & JILL BARBER The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $30. May 28.
THE STAVES The Garrison doors 8 pm. $18.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. June 9.
BESTIVAL Woodbine Park Line-up and ticket info TBA. bestival.ca. June 11-12.
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS Echo Beach doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $50-$70. ticketmaster.ca. June 15.
BRIAN WILSON CELEBRATES PET SOUNDS 50TH ANNIVERSARY Massey Hall 8 pm. $39.50-$125. masseyhall.com. July 4.
BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Woodbine Park and Kew Gardens Free. See website for details. beachesjazz.com. July 8-24.
DEF LEPPARD, REO SPEEDWAGON, TESLA- Molson Amphitheatre 7 pm. $29.25-$124.25. ticketmaster.ca. July 16.
SLIPKNOT, MARILYN MANSON, OF MICE & MEN Air Canada Centre doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $42.50-$75. ticketmaster.ca. July 19.