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. ticketmaster.ca.
416 RISE – 5-Year Anniversary at Daniels Spectrum doors 6 pm. $10-$100. eventbrite.ca. April 13.
Jacquees, DJ Drama, VeeCee at Rebel doors 10 pm. $25. ticketmaster.ca. 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. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. 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. torontoconcertorchestra.com. May 6.
Shining, Revenge, Wolvhammer at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $23.50. ticketfly.com. May 9.
The Birthday Massacre, Army Of The Universe, Ludovico Technique at Opera House 7:30 pm. $25. ticketfly.com, Stained Class. May 18.
Deafheaven at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $23.50. ticketfly.com. May 19.
Tall Heights, Henry Jamison at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com. May 24.
Amy Shark at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $15. ticketmaster.ca. May 31.
She-Devils at The Baby G 9 pm, $10. ticketfly.com. June 2.
CKY at Mod Club doors 7:30 pm. $19. rotate.com, ticketfly.com, Stained Class. June 6.
Fake SHark, Eleven Past One at The Baby G doors 7 pm, all ages. $15. ticketfly.com. June 9.
Rodrigo y Gabriela at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $34-44. ticketmaster.ca. June 14.
Hoops at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com. June 14.
Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca, Smidley at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $20.50. ticketfly.com. June 21.
Snakeships at Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $25. ticketweb.ca. June 24.
Camp Wavelength at Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island) wavelengthmusic.ca. August 18-20.
Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows at Budweiser Stage doors 6 pm. $29.50-$125. ticketmaster.ca. September 6.
Apocalyptica Plays Metallica By Four Cellos at Queen Elizabeth Theatre 8 pm, all ages. $34.50-$49.50. ticketfly.com. September 14.
Alison Moyet at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $20-$28. ticketmaster.ca. September 17.
Scorpions, Megadeth at Budweiser Stage 6 pm. $29.50-$129.50. ticketmaster.ca. September 22.
SuperSonic (Oasis Tribute band) at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $15-$25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. November 25.
Mogwai at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $26-$41.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketmaster.ca. December 5.
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