Broken Social Scene to play a free Canada Day concert at Harbourfront Centre

The band return to the site of some of their most myth-making concerts on July 1. Plus: just announced shows from Flying Lotus, Mark Kozelek, blink-182 and others.


There are certain band/venue combos that just make magic. With all due respect to Ted’s Wrecking Yard (continue to RIP), Broken Social Scene’s most myth-making concerts have gone down at the Harbourfront Centre.

First, there was the 2004 show, right when You Forgot It In People was reaching its critical apex, and for which they used the cover of NOW Magazine to declare it their final show ever (it wasn’t). Then there was the marathon 2009 show, which reunited most of their lineup for the first time in ages and was later immortalized onscreen in Bruce McDonald’s This Movie Is Broken – sometimes considered their greatest gig ever. 

Broken Social Scene will be back at the Harbourfront Centre at the outdoor Concert Stage for a free concert on Canada Day this summer, and it might as well be a heritage minute. They’ll certainly play some new songs off their two recently released Let’s Try The After EPs, but we’d be surprised if they left out any of the old Torontopia-era favourites. 

July 1 at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 9:30pm-10:45pm, all ages. Free. harbourfrontcentre.com.

More Just Announced Toronto Concerts

Bad Animal, Billy Moon, Kirty, FRANKIE at The Baby G doors 7 pm. $10. eventbrite.ca. May 21.

Bangerz Brass at The Garrison doors 9 pm. $20. eventbrite.ca. May 24.

Blonde Elvis, No Frills, Your 33 Black Angels at The Baby G doors 7 pm. $10. showclix.com. May 27.

Wing Night (The Band) at Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $17. On sale May 9. ticketfly.com. May 31.

Death From Above, Murray A. Lightburn at Phoenix Concert Theatre Second show added. Performing debut Heads Up EP in full. Doors 7 pm. $49.50-$59.50. ticketmaster.ca. June 6-7.

Kiwi Jr., Prism Shores at The Baby G doors 10 pm. $10. showclix.com. June 8.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland & Indigo Rising, Dustiny at The Jam Factory 8:30 pm, all ages. $28, adv $22. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comfacebook.com/circusbooksandmusic. June 12.

Swamp Dogg at The Rec Room NXNE showcase. Doors 8 pm. $25. therecroom.com. June 13.

Most People, Persons, Syngja, Nick Schofield at The Baby G Wavelength NXNE showcase. Doors 9 pm. $8. showclix.com. June 14.

Sinkane, Bassel and the Supernaturals at Velvet Underground Doors 7:30 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. June 18.

Pride: Big Freedia, Tweet, Mya, TR/ST at various venues pridetoronto.com. June 21-24.

GOT7 at Scotiabank Arena doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $59.50-$249.50. On sale May 17. -ticketmaster.ca. June 30.

Broken Social Scene at Harbourfront Centre 9:30 pm. Free. harbourfrontcentre.com. July 1.

Lydia Ainsworth at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15. On sale May 10. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, sounscapesmusic.com. July 6.

blink-182, Simple Plan, Neck Deep at Budweiser Stage doors 6 pm, all ages. $39-$129. On sale May 10. ticketmaster.ca. July 7.

Tal National, Sessa, Cots at The Baby G doors 7:30 pm. $20. showclix.com. July 8.

Sacred Paws at The Garrison doors 6:30 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. July 20.

Thunderpussy, Hollis Brown at Horseshoe doors 7 pm. $15. On sale May 10. ticketmaster.ca. August 5.

Mike Krol & Swearin’ at Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $16.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. August 11.

Miyavi at Queen Elizabeth Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $30-$75. On sale May 8. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, eventbrite.ca. August 16.

Flying Lotus In 3D at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale May 17. ticketmaster.ca. August 25.

Lenny Kravitz at Budweiser Stage $35-$125. On sale May 10. ticketmaster.ca. September 4.

The Struts at Danforth Music Hall Second show added. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $36-$51. ticketmaster.ca. September 10-11.

Mark Kozelek at The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $23.50. On sale May 8. soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com, rotate.com. September 12.

Here Come The Mummies at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $25. On sale May 10. -rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. September 13.

Two Door Cinema Club at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $TBA. On sale May 10. ticketmaster.ca. September 18.

Generationals at Horseshoe doors 7:30 pm. $20. On sale May 10. soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com, rotate.com. September 22.

Flor, Joan, Lostboycrow at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $25. On sale May 10. -ticketmaster.ca. September 29.

Bombay Bicycle Club at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $35-$45. On sale May 10. ticketmaster.ca. October 3.

Slenderbodies at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $20. On sale May 10. ticketmaster.ca. October 8.

Incubus at Sony Centre All ages. $59.50-$149.50. On sale May 10. ticketmaster.ca. October 15.

Trashcan Sinatras at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $22.50. On sale May 13. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, horseshoetavern.com. October 23.

The Northern Pikes at Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $20. On sale May 10. ticketfly.com, soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com. November 2.

Alex Cameron at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm. $27.50-$37.50. On sale May 10. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 15.

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