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An affordable and unpredictable option on Toronto’s increasingly crowded festival calendar continues to be the late-summer TIME Festival.
With so many multi-day music fests here and across North America angling to attract fans from outside the big cities, it’s nice to have a reasonably priced – $30, or $50 for VIP – option conveniently located downtown.
NOW reviewer Liisa Ladouceur called last year’s TIME “a day of disparate musical oddities” – a term that applied to both the lineup and the demographic in attendance: a cross-section of goths, hippies, nerds and thrashers.
The eighth annual edition is similarly eclectic. The headliner is a coup for the day-long event: hip-hop duo Run the Jewels have become bona fide fest favourites since they played Toronto in 2014 in support of their critically adored Run The Jewels 2 album. When Killer Mike hasn’t been too busy stumping for Bernie Sanders, he and El-P have presumably been working on Run The Jewels 3, so expect new material in the set list.
Another must-see act is West Coast R&B singer Kehlani, who recently scored a Grammy nod for last year’s underrated You Should Be Here mixtape. The 21-year-old is basically R&B incarnate. At last summer’s sold-out Mod Club show, she moved effortlessly between ballads, mid-tempo chair-dance routines and club bangers, pausing only to allow security to evacuate a fan who had passed out in the pit.
Other acts include New Zealand pop duo Broods, New York rappers Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution, Vancouver dance group Bob Moses, house/techno producer Kink, darkwavers Cold Cave, Los Angeles beat scenester Tokimonsta and rising Toronto producer Harrison, among others.
At Fort York Garrison Common (100 Garrison) on August 6. Doors at noon, all ages. $30-$50. On sale now. ticketweb.ca.
Sanctuary with Paula Temple, Ryan Lamont, Measure Divide, Kehdo Sts. Cyril & Methody at Church doors 10 pm. $16.51-$27.11. eventbrite.ca. May 20.
The Heard 5th Anniversary: Shi Wisdom, Rich Kidd, Derlin Falana, Jayd-Ink, Raz Fresco, Erik Flowchild, The Dirty B-sides at Adelaide Hall 8 pm. $21.80. theheard5.eventbrite.ca. May 22.
The Spirit of John Ft. John Mann, Molly Johnson, Tom Wilson and more at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $40. ticketfly.com. June 2.
Wolf Eyes, Nadja, Doom Tickler, Burden at The Garrison June 3.
Nadja, Aidan Baker, Whisper Room, Botanicals at Handlebar June 5.
Before You Exit, Christina Grimmie at Mod Club doors 6 pm, all ages. $17.50. ticketmaster.ca. June 5.
No Fest with Chastity Belt, Fake Palms, Twist and more at The Garrison 9 pm. $12, festival weekend pass $20. ticketfly.com. June 17 & 18.
Sigala Uniun at Nightclub doors 10 pm. $15.-$30. ticketmaster.ca. June 17.
NXNE: Father John Misty, Dan Managan, Mother Mother, The Zolas, The Devin Cuddy Band With Jim Cuddy at The Port Lands doors 1 pm. $49.50-$89.50, two-day pass $79.50-$149.50. nxne.com, ticketfly.com. June 18.
Chris Lorenzo at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. June 18.
Sean Nicholas Savage, Calvin Love, Cadence Weapon, Petra Glynt, DJ Arbutus at The Garrison No Borders Kitchen benefit show. Doors 9 pm. $10. July 1.
Pride Toronto: Made In Canada with Yes Yes Y’All, DJs Diego -Armand, Frustra, Chiclet, Craig Dominic at Central Stage 3 pm. Free.pridetoronto.com. July 1.
Pride Toronto: Yalla Barra with Mashrou’ Leila, DJ Louay, DJ Sylosurf, The Narcicyst and more at Wellesley Stage 5 pm. Free. pridetoronto.com. July 2.
Kongos at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $26. ticketweb.ca. July 9.
Architects, Counterparts, Sworn In, Make Them Suffer at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, playderecord.com, ticketmaster.ca. July 9.
The Gotobeds at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $10. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, –ticketfly.com. July 11.
Lisa Loeb at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $32.50, VIP $50. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. July 13.
Yonatan Gat, Holy Gasp, The Sulks at Smiling Buddha 9 pm. $10. July 13.
The Yawpers at The Cave doors 8:30 pm. $10.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. On sale May 5. July 21.
Club Cheval at Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. July 21.
Anderson .PAAK at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $25. On sale May 6. ticketmaster.ca. July 22.
Parachute at Mod Club 6 pm, all ages. $28. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. On sale May 6. July 23.
Jon Bellion at The Hoxton doors 8 pm, all ages. $20. ticketweb.ca. July 26.
Don Diablo at The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $20. ticketweb.ca. July 29.
Pinegrove at Smiling Buddha doors 7:30 pm, all ages. $13.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. July 31.
Nothing But Thieves at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. August 2.
Nervosa, Suspended at Coalition doors 7:30 pm. $15. rotate.com, ticketfly.com. -August 4.
Time Festival with Run The Jewels, Broods, Kehlani, Joey Bada$$, Bob Moses, Kink, Cold Cave, Tokimonsta, Jacques Greene, Chrome Sparks, Kirk Knight & Nyck Caution, Tops, Jonas Rathsman, Harrison and more at Fort York Garrison Common doors 12 pm, all ages. $30. ticketweb.ca. August 6.
Center of Gravity with Tiësto, Ice Cube, Hardwell, Showtek, Atmosphere, Ty Dolla $ign, Cash Cash, Dragonette, Moran Page, mother Mother, Hunter Siegel and more at Wasaga Beach $170-$400. centerofgravity.ca/-wasaga. On sale May 6. August 19-21.
Blink 182, A Day To Remember, All Time Low at Molson Amphitheatre 7 pm. $29.25-$93.75. On sale May 6. ticketmaster.ca. August 21.
Bayside, The Menzingers, Sorority Noise at Opera House 7 pm, all ages. $24. ticketmaster.ca. August 25.
Dolly Parton at Molson Amphitheatre doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $25-$175. On sale May 6. ticketmaster.ca. September 9.
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins at Massey Hall Rabbit Fur Coat anniversary tour. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $39.50-$59.50. masseyhall.com.September 10.
Gojira, Tesseract at Sound Academy October 20.
The Boxer Rebellion at Mod Club doors 7:30 pm. $17.50. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. October- 31.