NAV is on the fast track to stardom: just announced Toronto shows

Plus: Deafheaven, Mary Timony, CKY, Camp Wavelength and Mogwai

If you’ve spent any time in a strip club or walked past a retail outlet that tends to blast the latest hip-hop hits, you’ve most likely heard the music of NAV. The Rexdale-raised rapper/producer is the latest Toronto artist to seemingly emerge out of nowhere and land on the fast track to major pop stardom in the United States.

NAV is signed to the Weeknd’s XO imprint and, as Abel Tesfaye did, is playing his first headlining concert at the Mod Club. As we noted in our not-so-positive review of his self-titled debut mixtape, he shares many commonalities with early Weeknd, both in style and druggy subject matter. 

The solo gig is a precursor to performances at Coachella in April, and comes a year and a half after his song Take Me Simple went viral on SoundCloud.  Prior to that, NAV co-produced Drake’s Meek Mill diss track/surprise summer anthem Back To Back. He’s also worked with Travis Scott and Belly and is reportedly prepping a joint album with prolific Atlanta-based producer Metro Boomin. During this quick trajectory, NAV, who is of Indian descent, has already run into controversy thanks to his use of the n-word.

The backlash hasn’t hurt ticket sales. Like the Weeknd’s 2011 debut, his Mod Club show sold out immediately, and tickets are now going for well above the original asking price online.

At the Mod Club (722 College) on Thursday (April 6). Doors 8 pm, all ages. $25.

416 RISE – 5-Year Anniversary at Daniels Spectrum doors 6 pm. $10-$100. ­ April 13.

Jacquees, DJ Drama, VeeCee at Rebel doors 10 pm. $25. ­ April 14.

La Luna, Edhochuli, Hang The Old year, WLMRT  at­ June Records doors 8 pm. Free. April 19.

Half Twin, The Kents, Scott Goodwin  at Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $10.,, ­ April 28.

Major Minor: Bloordale Arts & Music Festival at D-Beastro, Burdock Pwyc. May 5-7.

PIaf Encore: Toronto Concert Orchestra at The Great Hall 7:30 pm. $50-$75. May 6.

Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $23.50. ­ May 9.

The Birthday Massacre, Army Of The Universe, Ludovico Technique at Opera House 7:30 pm. $25., Stained Class. May 18. 

Deafheaven at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $23.50. ­ May 19.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic at ­Drake ­Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. ­,, May 21.

Tall Heights, Henry Jamison at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $13.50. May 24.

Rheostatics at Horseshoe doors 8:30 and 9 pm. $30., ­, May 24-27.

Reeve Carney at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $15.50., May 27.

Amy Shark at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $15. May 31.

She-Devils  at The Baby G 9 pm, $10. ­ June 2.

CKY at Mod Club doors 7:30 pm. $19.,, Stained Class. June 6. 

Fake SHark, Eleven Past One at The Baby G doors 7 pm, all ages. $15. June 9.

JC Brooks at Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $13.50., ­ June 11.

Mary Timony Plays Helium at Horseshoe­ doors 8:30 pm. $20., June 12.

Rodrigo y Gabriela at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $34-44. ­ June 14.

Hoops at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $13.50. ­ June 14.

!!! (CHK CHK CHK) at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $18.50., ­, June 14.

Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca, ­Smidley at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $20.50. June 21.

Spiral Stairs at Dakota Tavern doors 6 pm. $15.50., ­ June 14.

Snakeships at Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $25. June 24.

Northlane, Intervals, Invent Animate at Opera House doors 7 pm, all ages. $25.,, July 15.

Julie Byrne at The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $16., July 18.

Camp Wavelength at ­Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island) August 18-20. 

Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows at Budweiser Stage doors 6 pm. $29.50-$125. September 6.

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos at Queen Elizabeth ­Theatre 8 pm, all ages. $34.50-$49.50. ­ September 14.

Alison Moyet at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $20-$28. ­September 17.

Scorpions, Megadeth at Budweiser Stage 6 pm. $29.50-$129.50. ­ September 22.

SuperSonic (Oasis Tribute band) at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $15-$25.,, November 25.

Mogwai at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $26-$41.50.,, December 5.

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