Just announced Toronto shows: Animal Collective and so many more great bands are coming to town

Plus: Shitmas 2016, What’s In The Box with Bambii, Devontée, Bedroomer, Practice, Thundercat, Norah Jones and more!


Weirdo pop group Animal Collective released their 10th album, Painting With, last February, but have so far bypassed Toronto on the extensive tour in support of the record.

The trio have finally scheduled us in for late May – the final date on a 10-date North American tour this spring. It’s been an extra long wait given Dave Portner (Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) and Brian Weitz (Geologist) took a break to focus on respective solo work following 2012’s Centipede Hz. 

Painting With once again finds the trio jumbling up their big, beachy harmonies with layer upon layer of analog synths, samples, hand claps and all manner of rhythms. 

It’s a joyous record and features some of their catchiest material to date, but fans hoping for a string of solid pop hits off their breakout 2009 album Merriweather Post Pavilion be warned: Animal Collective has a reputation for eschewing hits in favour of seemingly improvised sets heavily or even exclusively reliant on new material. So acquaint yourself with the new shit if you haven’t already.

At Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth). Doors 7 pm. $28.50-$31.50. ticketmaster.ca. May 28.

More just announced shows:

WHAT’S IN THE BOX WITH BAMBII, DEVONTÉE, BEDROOMER, PRACTICE Drake Hotel doors 8 pm, $5, festival pass $25. thedrake.ca. December 26-30.

SHITMAS 2016 Faith/Void doors 7:30 pm, $10 or pwyc. December 30.

IT’S NOT U IT’S ME: FAREWELL 2016 WITH VERONICA VASICKA, CL, JOEL EEL, ANDREW ROSS, KONTRAVOID 2nd Floor Eventsdoors 10 pm. $35-$40. eventbrite.ca. December 31.

DWAYNE GRETZKY New Year’s Eve Danforth Music Hall doors 9 pm. From $30. ticketmaster.ca. December 31.

BUELLER, GIRLONGIRL, INLAND ISLAND, KALEIDESCOPE Horse Silver Dollar doors 9 pm. January 7.

KILL THE NOISE The Hoxton doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. January 13.

TUPPER WARE REMIX PARTY, GOODNIGHT, SUNRISE Opera House Ladyworld EP release party. 9 pm, $17-$26 adv. ticketfly.com. January 14.

KHALID Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, $20. ticketweb.ca. January 15.

PALMISTRY Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. January 15.

THE COSMIC RANGE The Great Hall doors 8 pm, $16.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. January 19.

24 HRS, YE ALI Mod Club doors 8 pm, all ages. $17. ticketmaster.ca. January 27.

TONSTARTSSBANDHT, ELLIOTT VINCENT JONES The Baby G doors 9 pm, $10. January 30.

WHETHAN Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. February 3.

LÉON, JACOB BANKS The Garrison doors 8 pm. $17. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 7.

ELEPHANT STONE, WALRUS Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. February 9.

NICOLE DOLLANGANGER Smiling Buddha doors 7 pm, alll ages. $12.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. February 12.

ROSE COUSINS The Great Hall doors 8 pm, $25. masseyhall.com. February 16.

FORGOTTEN REBELS Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $17.50. On sale December 16. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 18.

COIN Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, all ages. $16.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 21.

KHRUANGBIN The Garrison doors 9 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. February 24.

WE THE KINGS Mod Club doors 8 pm, $25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. February 28.

THUNDERCAT Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, $20. ticketmaster.ca, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. February 28.

THE DIG, COMMUNIST DAUGHTER Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, $10.50. ticketweb.ca. February 28.

EVERY TIME I DIE, KNOCKED LOOSE, HARM’S WAY, ETERNAL SLEEP Opera House doors 6 pm, all ages. $25.50. ticketfly.com. March 3.

GORAN BREGOVIC & HIS WEDDING AND FUNERAL BAND Massey Hall doors 8 pm, $49.50-$89.50. masseyhall.com. March 4.

AMARANTHE, FAILURE ANTHEM, CYPHER 16, SMASH INTO PIECES Opera House doors 6 pm, all ages. $24. ticketfly.com. March 5.

BAD POP, HELIOTROPES Smiling Buddha doors 8 pm, $12.50. On sale December 15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 7.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm, $21.50. On sale December 16. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. March 7.

DINOSAUR JR. Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $29.50-$48.50. ticketmaster.ca. March 10.

ALEJANDRA RIBERA, CALUM GRAHAM Trinity St. Paul’s Centre doors 8 pm, $39.50. On sale December 16. masseyhall.com. March 15.

SAM PATCH Drake Hotel doors 8 pm, $15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 16.

CHUCK PROPHET & THE MISSION EXPRESS Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm, $15. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, horseshoetavern.com. March 21.

NAILS, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, SIX OF SWORDS, GATEKEEPER Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm, $20.50. soundscapemusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. March 25.

NOUVELLE VAGUE Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, $TBA. ticketfly.com. March 26.

AT THE DRIVE IN Rebel 8 pm. $39.50-$55. On sale December 16. ticketmaster.ca. March 29.

POWERS, BRIDGIT MENDLER Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm, $20. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. March 29.

LIONEL RICHIE, MARIAH CAREY Air Canada Centre 7 pm, $99.50-$500. On sale December 17. ticketmaster.ca. March 30.

CHICANO BATMAN, 79.5, SADGIRL Velvet Underground doors 7:30 pm. $15.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketweb.ca. April 4.

PERIPHERY, THE CONTORTIONIST, NORMA JEAN, INFINITY Shred Opera House doors 6 pm, all ages. $24. ticketfly.com. April 5.

RICHARD ASHCROFT Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, $65-$75. On sale December 16. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. April 7.

BON JOVI Air Canada Centre Second show added. Doors 7 pm, $29.50-$575. April 10-11.

PJ HARVEY Massey Hall doors 7:30 pm, $49.50-$79.50. –masseyhall.com. April 13.

WHY? Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm, $18.50. rotate.com, soundscapemusic.comticketfly.com. April 17.

CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON Mod Club doors 8 pm, $20. ticketmaster.ca, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 19.

SONDRE LERCHE The Garrison doors 8 pm, $20. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. April 20.

INFECTED MUSHROOM Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 9 pm, $20-$40. ticketmaster.ca. April 21.

MAYDAY PARADE, KNUCKLE PUCK, MILESTONES Phoenix Concert Theatre A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary. Doors 7:30 pm, all ages. $29.50-$49.50. ticketmaster.ca. May 3.

RIVAL SONS Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $29.50-$42.50. On sale December 16. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. May 8.

VULFPECK Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm. $25. ticketfly.com. May 8-9.

NORAH JONES Massey Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $49.50-$95. masseyhall.com. May 26.

ODDISEE & GOOD COMPANY Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $16.50. On sale December 16. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. May 27.

SIGUR RÓS Echo Beach doors 7 pm, $65-$85. On sale December 16. ticketmaster.ca. May 28.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, $28.50-$31.50. On sale December 16. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. May 28.

KEHLANI, ELLA MAI, NOODLES, JAHKOY Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $34.50-$47. ticketmaster.ca. June 4.

CITY AND COLOUR, BLUE RODEO, THE STRUMBELLAS, STARS, DEAR ROGUE The Commons At Butler’s Barracks National Historic Site (Niagara-On-The-Lake) Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. 4 pm. $69.50. ticketmaster.ca. July 2.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Air Canada Centre doors 7 pm, $49.50-$175. ticketmaster.ca. July 15.

JUSTIN BIEBER Rogers Centre Second show added. 7:30 pm, $59.50-$1,274.50. ticketmaster.ca. September 5-6.

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