The Weeknd isn’t wasting time.
Just over a year after his Beauty Behind The Madness album topped charts in the U.S. and Canada, Scarborough’s finest is prepping the follow-up, Starboy, for a November 25 release. The Daft Punk-produced title track is already a pop hit, having debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. And the video extends the retro-synth vibe with a darkly glamorous neon aesthetic that seems to be cribbed from both the TV series Knight Rider and the walls of a Vegas wedding chapel.
Torontonians will not have to wait long to see the Weeknd perform the material live: he’s headlining the inaugural iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre, also on November 25.
Several of-the-moment pop stars, plus a couple of previously of-the-moment acts, are also on the bill: the Chainsmokers (whose Halsey-featuring Closer is the current number one), Brampton singer/songwriter Alessia Cara, pop-punkers Hedley and country-tinged pop singer Serena Ryder.
Hip-hop is represented by Weeknd collaborator Belly (famous for recent single Might Not and cancelling a Jimmy Kimmel appearance to boycott Donald Trump), American artist Kent Jones and Kardinal Offishall, on hand to promote his iHeartRadio show, The Kardi Party.
The concert extends the iHeartRadio concert series into Canada for the first time. The terrestrial and digital radio aggregator app is operated here by Bell Media and, just like big corporations like Apple south of the border, the media giant is clearly aiming to take a big bite of the music pie.
The company’s president of entertainment production and broadcasting, Randy Lennox, told NOW earlier this year that he wants to make Bell “much more ubiquitous in the music space,” and part of that may include a revamp of the once-essential MuchMusic brand.
At the Air Canada Centre (40 Bay), November 25, 7 pm. $55-$149. ticketmaster.ca.
More just announced shows
Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty at Rebel doors 7 pm, all ages. $32. ticketmaster.ca. October 18.
Thomas Cox, Basic Soul Unit vs J-Ul at Bambi’s doors 10 pm. $5. October 21.
Miguel (hosting) at Rebel doors 10 pm. $20. ticketmaster.ca. October 22.
Kroy at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. October 27.
Blaq Hole: Halloween Edition with DJ Nino Brown & Murder Posse at Luanda House doors 10 pm. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. October 28.
Hotnuts Halloqween with DJs Produzentin, Das Hussy at The Garrison doors 10:30 pm. $10 at the door. October 29.
Axxion, Vandallus at The Garrison Album release show. 8 pm. November 4.
Lich King, Mokomokai, Black Mass, Shotgun Cure at Hard Luck Bar doors 8:30 pm. $8. ticketfly.com. November 4.
Panzerfaust, Erimha, Idol Of Fear, Sovereign at Coalition doors 8:30 pm. $9. ticketfly.com. November 5.
New Swears at Silver Dollar doors 8 pm. $10. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. November 5.
DIIV, PILL at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $20. ticketweb.ca. November 6.
Norvana, Groove, The Tourist Company at Horseshoe Shoeless Monday.Doors 8:30 pm. No cover. November 7.
Hours & Hours, UKAE, Alex & The Flood at The Garrison EP release show. Doors 8 pm. $15, adv $10. November 12.
The Balconies at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $11.50-$25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. November 17.
WayHome For the Holidays: The Darcys, Bear Mountain, The Beaches at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $20. wayhome.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 23.
The Franklin Electric at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $15. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. November 24.
The Age of Electric at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $29.50. soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com, ticketfly.com. November 25.
Jingle Ball: The Weeknd, Chainsmokers, Alessia Cara, Hedley, Serena Ryder, Kent Jones, Kardinal Offishall at Air Canada Centre doors 7 pm. $55-$149. ticketmaster.ca. November 25.
The Sounds, Zipper Club, My Jerusalem at Mod Club doors 7 pm. $25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. November 29.
Kodie Shane at Revival doors 10 pm. $19.50. livenation.com, ticketweb.ca. December 2.
Dilly Dally at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $15-$16. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. December 2.
The Moth & THe Flame, Kaye at The Garrison doors 7:30 pm. $13. ticketweb.ca. December 2.
Duotang at Silver Dollar doors 9 pm. $12.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. December 10.
The Dillinger Escape Plan at Opera House doors 8 pm. $18.50. ticketfly.com. December 16.
P.O.S. at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $20. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. January 31.
Drive By Truckers at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 9 pm. $31.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 2.
Coldplay at Rogers Centre 7 pm. $TBA. On sale October 15. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. August 21.
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