Erykah Badu to headline 2018 AfroChic Festival: Just announced Toronto concerts

The soul/R&B musician will DJ and speak at the two-day event devoted to Afro-Canadian culture. Plus: Guided By Voices, Post Malone, Jay Rock and more coming to town

The AfroChic Festival is bringing soul/R&B star Erykah Badu as this year’s headliner.

The eighth-annual event, which celebrates Afro-Caribbean music, art, fashion and culture, is also expanding from one to two days. Badu, who hasn’t performed live in Toronto since 2013, will DJ the historic Art Deco venue Carlu (444 Yonge) under her DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown alias on July 14 and participate an on-stage conversation (along with special guests) at the Globe and Mail Centre (351 King East) on July 15.

The music lineup also includes Toronto artists Shi Wisdom, 11:11 and Jayd Ink, and visual artists Kofi Frempong and Benny Bi will create interactive installations. Tickets run between $50 and $125 and are on sale via eventbrite or

Although Badu hasn’t released a studio album since 2010, the Dallas-based musician tours regularly, hosts award shows and DJs – among other vocations. During AfroChic, she’ll be talking about the 21st anniversary of her landmark debut album Baduizm.

More Just Announced Toronto Concerts

AfroChic Festival: DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu), 11:11, Jayd Ink, Shi Wisdom, Kofi Frempong at The Carlu $50-$125. July 14-15.

Ansley Simpson, OBUXUM, Bernice at Trillium Park Presented by Venus Fest July 26.

Homeshake at Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $20.,, July 27. Also July 29 at Lee’s Palace.

Foreign Beggars at Velvet Underground 10 pm. $15-$25. July 28.

Post Malone at Mod Club doors 8 pm. Free with registration. August 6.

Black Milk, Nat Turner Band, Raz Fresco, DJ Sober at Adelaide Hall 7 pm. $21. August 6.

Le Butcherettes at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $21. August 18.

Black Tusk, Whores, White Nails at Lee’s Palace doors 7:30 pm. $16.50., August 20.

Seu Jorge at Queen Elizabeth Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $43.50-$72.50. August 21.

Lucki at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $TBA. August 24.

Shopping at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $14.50.,, September 11.

Hatchie at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15.,, September 12.

Jay Rock at Mod Club doors 8 pm, all ages. $TBA. September 16.

Emma Ruth Rundle, Jaye Jayle at Sneaky Dee’s doors 7 pm. $16.50.,, September 17.

Fetty Wap, Peter Jackson at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $67.65. September 17.

Never Shout Never at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $32. September 18.

Tom Odell at Rivoli doors 7 pm. $25., September 19.

Coheed and Cambria, Protest The Hero, Crown Lands at Rebel doors 6:30 pm. $45-$60., September 20.

Conrad Sewell at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $19., September 21.

Gaz Coombes at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $22.50.,, September 30.

CloZee at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $17-$20. October 4.

Valley Queen at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $11.50.,, October 6.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $29.50-$46.50. October 7.

Eric Bachmann at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $16.50.,, -October 11.

Louis Cole at Drake Hotel doors 7:30 pm. $22. October 20.

Guided By Voices at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $49.50.,, October 25.

A Place To Bury Strangers at Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $16.50.,,, October 28.

The Menzingers, Tiny Moving Parts, Daddy Issues at Mod Club doors 6 pm, all ages. $25.50.,, November 17.

Mutual Benefit at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15.,, December 3. | @jordgoldman

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