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There’s Summer Sixteen and then there’s… Sweet Sixteen. At least, that’s what Mississauga R&B singer Ramy Abdel-Rahman, aka Ramriddlz, has dubbed his first all-ages concert in the city.
The 22-year-old rocketed to internet notoriety more than a year ago after Drake remixed his indie ballad Sweeterman and played it on his OVO Sound show on Apple’s Beats 1 Radio.
Since the initial flurry of attention, he’s gigged sporadically while releasing a steady stream of light-’n’-easy music in the form of EPs and collaborations with acts like Cash Money-signed Toronto rapper J-Soul and dancehall artist Nemesis.
Ramriddlz’s music generally revolves around the not-too-strenuous themes of sex and getting baked, while taking us on a narrative journey along the lines of party-patio-bedroom-repeat. It’s hardly complex stuff, but perfect for the dead heat of summer. And there’s an appealing softness to his gentle, reggae-influenced rhythms and vaporous vocals.
At Mod Club (722 College) on August 19. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $25, VIP $79. ticketfly.com.
THE HUSTLE EDITION 20: TANISHA, YURI KOLLER, KAYO at Drake Hotel doors 9 pm. $10-$15. universe.com/thehustle19. August 18.
RAMRIDDLZ at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $25, VIP $79. August 19.
ICE CUBE, PUSHA T, EARL SWEATSHIRT, SHAQISDOPE, J-SOUL, LAIS, SAVANNAH RÉ at Echo Beach doors 6 pm. $62.50-$92.50. ticketmaster.ca. August 19.
COUNTING CROWS & ROB THOMAS, K PHILLIPS at Molson Amphitheatre doors 5:30 pm. $26-$80.50. ticketmaster.ca. August 26.
QUIET BEFORE THE STORM FEST: CHAIN OF FLOWERS, GAUCHO, S.M. & KLEXOS at Faith/Void doors 7:30 pm, all ages. $10. September 3.
QUIET BEFORE THE STORM FEST: DIAT & VACANT LIFE, S.H.I.T., SIYAHKAL at Smiling Buddha doors 8 pm, all ages. $10. September 4.
GREEN CARNATION at Mod Club 8 pm. $32.55, meet & greet $99.99. rotate.com, ticketfly.com. September 8.
ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO at The Garrison doors 9 pm. $20. rotate.com, ticketfly.com. September 9.
JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER at Dakota Tavern doors 6 pm. Free. September 13.
MS. LAURYN HILL at Massey Hall doors 7 pm. $49.50-$125. ticketmaster.ca, roythomson.com. September 16.
TOURIST at Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. September 16.
LIVING HOUR at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. September 21.
WRECKLESS ERIC, JOHNNY DE COURCY, ROUGE TENANT at Smiling Buddha 9 pm. $15, adv $12. September 22.
FORMS: LAUREL HALO, KARA-LIS COVERDALE, JEREMY GARA, BRIGITTE BARDON’T, NONOTAK, SUSY.TECHNOLOGY, BAMBII, ANIMA, MUTUAL WAVE MACHINE AND MORE at The Great Hall 8 pm. $15-$42.formstoronto.eventbrite.ca. September 28-29.
M83, SHURA at Sound Academy doors 8 pm. $35-$45. ticketmaster.ca. October 17.
ROISÍN MURPHY at Mod Club 8 pm. $25. ticketweb.ca. November 2.
FOALS at Sound Academy doors 7 pm, all ages. $35-$40. ticketmaster.com. November 7.
LORDI at Opera House doors 7 pm. $32.50. rotate.com, ticketfly.com. February 22.
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