Concert reviews – NOW Magazine Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:14:52 +0000 Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:14:52 +0000 en-US Claudia McNeilly Review: Tory Lanez victorious despite lack of “friends” in Toronto Jessie Reyez was there at Coca-Cola Coliseum, but Lanez didn’t have the same A-list set of guests as his other Chixtape Live concerts. Still, he owned his first hometown arena show.

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Richard Trapunski Review: Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien played his first ever solo show in Toronto The English guitarist unveiled his new solo project EOB at an intimate show at the Great Hall, delivering a set full of earnest, open-hearted rock music and a few long jams

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Sumiko Wilson Review: Roddy Ricch continued his ascent with a sold-out Toronto show The chart-topping Compton rapper’s Phoenix concert proved his viral success is not a mirage – but what will it take to maintain his momentum?

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Richard Trapunski Review: BadBadNotGood’s Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty reunited at Burdock Tavares has left the band, but he’s got a collaborative album with saxophonist Whitty on its way – and they played a fully improvised jazz set at Piano Fest to tease it

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Richard Trapunski Review: Cartel Madras hinted at big things to come at the Drake Hotel The Calgary hip-hop duo showed off serious energy and charisma in their gut-punch early show – likely one of the last times to see them at such an intimate venue

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Chaka V. Grier Review: The 33rd Women’s Blues Revue was a powerful night of music The Toronto Blues Society welcomed a diverse lineup of blues and soul singers including Tanika Charles, Miss Emily, Taborah Johnson, Melissa McClelland and more

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Tabassum Siddiqui Review: Metric stripped their sound down at “art maze” the Funhouse Playing as an acoustic duo for 200 fans, Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw hearkened back to their origins and reminded us of the rock-solid bones beneath their stadium-sized songs

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Kelsey Adams Concert review: FKA Twigs completely owned the stage at Rebel From her gut-wrenching emotion to her gravity-defying pole dancing, the British artist showed why she’s a true performer, willing to leave everything onstage

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Eric Kostiuk Williams Comic concert review: Charli XCX takes us to the next level The British pop queen played a concert at Rebel in Toronto and we turned it into a comic

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Kelsey Adams Review: MorMor kept up a screen at Red Bull Music Festival The Toronto artist’s songwriting and vocal talent radiated from within his projection cube in the middle of Berkeley Church, even if he didn’t let us all the way in

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Kevin Ritchie Review: Tyler, The Creator goes high concept on his Igor tour The California rapper donned alter-ego regalia to perform his most mature, choreographed and biggest Toronto concert to date at Scotiabank Arena

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Sumiko Wilson Review: Nine days after getting held up at the border, Burna Boy made his triumphant Toronto debut The Nigerian afrobeats singer had a disappointing false start last weekend, but he made up for it with a concert that showed his full star power

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Max Mertens Review: Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington show the thrilling possibilities of jazz At Roy Thomson Hall, both the legend and relative newcomer refused to be confined to a genre, coming together on an exhilarating final jazz-funk jam

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Kevin Ritchie Review: OVO Fest 2019 was about celebrating the Raptors and squashing beefs In front of a giant NBA championship trophy, Drake welcomed surprise guests including Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Meek Mill and – frustratingly – Chris Brown

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Sumiko Wilson Veld Festival 2019: Cardi B’s clipped set, Jaden Smith’s buzz cut and more The annual EDM mega-fest brought sensory overload, big-name headliners and a nightmare of a time getting out of Downsview Park. Here’s what stood out.

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Jesse Locke J Mascis played a surprise set with Matthew “Doc” Dunn at Grasshopper Records The Dinosaur Jr. guitar hero joined the local singer/songwriter for a full set of psych jams for a crowd of 40 crammed into the Dundas West record store

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Chaka V. Grier Review: Heart brought raunchy and raw rock to Budweiser Stage Ann and Nancy Wilson’s Love Alive tour hit Toronto with Sheryl Crow in the opening slot

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Richard Trapunski Festival dete de Quebec 2019: five things you missed Gucci Mane’s first performance in Canada, Blink-182’s full-album performance of Enema Of The State, Mariah Carey makes it through the rain and more

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Richard Trapunski Review: Broken Social Scene’s Canada Day concert had a ton of special guests Back at the Harbourfront Centre after a decade, your hometown band brought July Talk, Charlotte Cornfield, an Arcade Fire cover and Anthems with an actual 15-year-old girl

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Max Mertens Review: The Rolling Stones’ Canada Day concert succeeds despite logistical problems At Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Mick Jagger congratulated the Toronto Raptors and referenced Doug Ford as the band ripped through an ecstatic set of their biggest hits

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Rea McNamara Review: Ariana Grande celebrates her 26th birthday at Scotiabank Arena It was a special night for the zeitgeist-capturing pop star, but, for a singer with such a clearly defined sound and persona, something felt missing from her concert

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Chaka V. Grier Review: Cuban legend Omara Portuondo kissed goodbye at Toronto Jazz Festival The Bueno Vista Social Club singer is on the final North American tour of her more than 70-year career, but she’s as strong and glamorous a singer and dancer as ever

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Now Toronto NXNE 2019: Raptors energy lifts Killy, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and more Just hours after the NBA championship celebration spilled into Yonge-Dundas Square, NXNE turned it into Festival Village

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Now Toronto NXNE 2019: Club Land reviews While the Toronto Raptors were completing their historic championship run, our reviewers were catching festival sets by CupcakKe, Le1f, Sir Babygirl, Swamp Dogg and more

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Now Toronto Review: American Football brought a lot of feelings to the first weekend of NXNE 2019 Plus: more early NXNE reviews of Haviah Mighty, Dizzy and others

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Sumiko Wilson Review: Higher Brothers raise questions of cultural appropriation at Rebel The Chinese rap group brought unwavering energy and undeniable bangers, but their immersion into western hip-hop culture opens up a larger conversation

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Natalia Manzocco Review: Lizzo proved her star status at Danforth Music Hall With a bigger Toronto show already announced, the ascending R&B/hip-hop show’s concert was like a group hug, or a motivational seminar with catsuits

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NOW Staff Canadian Music Week 2019: the best and worst of the weekend Reviews of Black Mountain, Zaki Ibrahim, Badge Époque Ensemble, Casey MQ and more from CMW

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NOW Staff Canadian Music Week 2019: the best and worst of the fest so far Reviews from the first few nights of the club-hopping music festival, including Television, Azealia Banks, Rhye, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and more

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Kevin Hegge Review: Morrissey breaks his boycott with his first Toronto show in 15 years The legendary singer was as thorny and complicated as ever, with references to Faith Goldy, Marrissa Shen and his own mental health

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