Operators to play a full set of Handsome Furs songs in Toronto: Just announced

That show leads this week's list of new concert announcements. Also: Pusha T, Killy, Teenage Fanclub, Dan Mangan and more


No matter what a farewell tour might suggest, in today’s touring landscape you almost always get another chance to hear the songs you love performed live. Not even a divorce can stand in Dan Boeckner’s way. 

It seemed the Canadian indie rocker’s 2012 split from bandmate/partner Alexei Perry had ended his old band Handsome Furs forever, but in December, Boeckner will bring his newer Operators to Lee’s Palace for a full set of Handsome Furs songs. It’s one of just two Handsome Furs shows the band is doing. (The other is in New York.)

“Everyone who writes has a graveyard of songs,” says Boeckner in a statement. “The song graveyard is populated with things you wrote, recorded and played live for people and for whatever reason, you decide that they belong there. To exist only as playback or in someone’s memory of a concert. I don’t want the three albums’ worth of Handsome Furs songs I wrote to go to that place.”

Operators use a similar electronic-meets-indie-rock palette as Handsome Furs, so you can expect these songs – released between 2006 and 2012 – to be performed faithfully. Or as faithfully as they can be with one half of the band missing. 

December 15 at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West), doors 8 pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com.

More Just Announced Toronto Concerts

Phem at Sneaky Dee’s Doors 7 pm, all ages. $16.50. ticketfly.com. October 14.

Makk Mikkael at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $12-$14.99. ticketfly.com. October 17.

Zeus, Dan Edmonds, Side Hustle at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $15. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comhorseshoetavern.com. October 18.

Joe Bonamassa at Sony Centre 8 pm, all ages. $79-$219. ticketmaster.ca. November 2-3.

The Creepshow, The Penske File, Brutal Youth at Horseshoe Doors 9 pm. $15. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. November 3.

Sandro Perri, Matthew “Doc” Dunn at Tranzac LP release. 9 pm. tranzac.org. November 4.

Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River, Corwin Fox at Longboat Hall doors 8:30 pm. $15. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 5.

Father at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $25. ticketweb.ca. November 5.

Basia Bulat at Living Arts Centre 8 pm. $30-$55. livingartscentre.ca. November 9.

Sun K, Good Kid, Huttch, Guidestones at Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $9-$29. ticketfly.com. November 10.

Blac Youngsta at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $22.50-$27. ticketfly.com. November 14.

Grand Analog at Longboat Hall doors 8 pm. $15-18. ticketfly.com. November 16.

Yung Pinch at Opera House doors 8 pm, all ages. $32.24. ticketweb.ca. November 18.

Pusha T at Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $TBA. On sale September 28. ticketmaster.ca. November 20. 

Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $25. ticketmaster.ca. November 21.

The Lazys, The Standstills at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $15.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 22.

BAS at Opera House doors 7 pm, all ages. $22.50. On sale September 28. ticketweb.ca. November 28.

Xeno & Oaklander, Kontravoid, Perfect Blue at The Garrison 8 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. December 1.

Sloan at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm. $29.50-$90. On sale September 28. ticketmaster.ca. December 1.

Supersonic at Velvet Underground doors 9 pm. $21.94. ticketweb.ca. December 1.

Yasmine Hamdan at Lee’s Palace 8 pm. $26.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. December 1. 

JD McPherson at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $21.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. December 2. 

Cult Leader, Primitive Weapons, God Mother at Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm.$13.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. December 2.

The Funk Hunters, Mat the Alien at Velvet Underground 9 pm. $19.50. On sale September 28. ticketmaster.ca. December 6.

54-40 at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $39.50. On sale September 28. ticketfly.com. December 6-8.

Amber Liu, Justin Park at Opera House doors 7 pm, all ages. $25. On sale September 28. ticketmaster.ca. December 8.

Selfish Things, Story Untold at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $14.99-$19.99. ticketfly.com. December 8.

Killy at Rebel doors 8 pm, all ages. $27.50. On sale September 28. killy.co/toronto. December 11.

Operators perform Handsome Furs at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. December 15. 

The Musical Box: A Genesis Extravaganza at Danforth Music Hall Second show added. Doors 7 pm. $59.50-$99.50. ticketmaster.ca. January 18-19. 

The Soft Moon, Hide, Lingua Ignota at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $16.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. January 28.

Dan Mangan at Danforth Music Hall Doors 7 pm. $30-$40. On sale September 28. ticketmaster.ca. January 31.

Morgan James at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $22.50-$25. On sale September 28. ticketmaster.ca. February 7.

Eric Church at Scotiabank Arena 8 pm. $TBA. On sale October 5. ticketmaster.ca. March 8-9.

Teenage Fanclub at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm. $29.50-$39.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 8.

Matthew Good at Danforth Music Hall Second show added. Doors 7 pm. $29.50-$39.50-$59.50. ticketmaster.ca. March 13-14.

Colin James at Sony Centre 8 pm. $TBA. On sale September 28. ticketmaster.ca. April 6.

Michael Schenker Fest at Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $48-$183. ticketmaster.ca. May 7.

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