LIZA will also play the free fireworks party, while DJs Mel Boogie and Money Jane soundtrack a skating party. Plus: more just announced Toronto concerts
It’s not quite Times Square, but Nathan Phillips Square has become the go-to free outdoor celebration for New Year’s Eve partiers in Toronto. Part of that is the scenery – get ready for your Instagram story to be a sea of fireworks exploding over the Toronto sign – but it also has to do with the music programming, which has had a few strong years in a row.
This year is no exception. The all-local music night starts with a DJ skating party (all the rage these days) featuring DJs Money Jane and 25-year-veteran and NOW local hero Mel Boogie.
Over at the mainstage (the one you don’t need blades on your feet to access), the night starts with rising R&B/soul singer LIZA, followed by Cadence Weapon, who’s celebrating a big year behind his self-titled album. And then the closing act (or the opener for the midnight countdown, depending on how you look at it), is DJ NDN – former A Tribe Called Red DJ known for his activism and dance-floor propulsion.
And then, you know, fireworks.
December 31 at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen West). Free. toronto.ca
Long Winter: Myst Milano, Deux Trois, Rotten Column, Adria Kain, Blank Nurse/No Light, Greydini, Lee Reed, Piper Maru, Pineapple, Ensh at Polish Combatants Hall 7 pm. $10 or pwyc. ticketscene.ca. December 8.
Gospel Brunch – A Whiteley Family Special at Hugh’s Room Live doors 12:30 pm. $25-$30. hughsroomlive.com. December 9.
Bernice, Kith & Kin at Lula Lounge Winter Venus Fest bingo party. Doors 7 pm. $10-$12. $2 from each ticket goes to Anduhyaun Shelter. eventbrite.ca. December 16.
Public Animal, UIC, Enchanters at The Baby G doors 9 pm. $12-$15. ticketfly.com. December 21.
New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square: LIZA, Cadence Weapon, DJ NDN, skate party with DJs MelBoogie & Money Jane at Nathan Phillips Square 8 pm-midnight, all ages. Free. December 31.
NYE 2019: CATL, DUENDE!, DJ Swankenstein at Dakota Tavern 9 pm. $22.50-$25. thedakotatavern.com. December 31.
The ‘80s Versus The ‘90s – NYE Video Dance Party at Handlebar Retro video party with VJ Mobotron. 9 pm. $10-$15. eventbrite.ca. December 31.
Mappe Of at Drake Hotel 8 pm. $17.50-$20. masseyhall.com. January 18.
Mind Against at CODA 10 pm. $25-$30. codatoronto.electrostub.com. January 25.
Jarreau Vandal at The Garrison doors 9 pm. $18. eventbrite.ca. February 8.
Le Butcherettes at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale November 30. ticketweb.ca. February 22.
MNEK, Tayla Parx at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $TBA. On sale November 30. ticketweb.ca. February 23.
Kiss at Scotiabank Arena August 17 show added. Doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $TBA. On sale December 3. ticketmaster.ca. March 20 & August 17.
Snow Patrol at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $49.50-$69.50. On sale November 30. ticketmaster.ca. May 3.
Cradle Of Filth, Wednesday 13, Raven Black at Opera House $34.50. On sale November 30. ticketmaster.ca. May 27.
Body/Head, Max & Maxine Moon at The Great Hall doors 8pm. $28.50. On sale November 30. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 9.
Marianas Trench at Sony Centre 8 pm. $TBA. On sale November 30. –ticketmaster.ca. March 13.
Jeremy Loops at Opera House doors 7 pm. $20. eventbrite.ca. April 14.
Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, The Devin Cuddy Band at Budweiser Stage $25.50-$49.50. On sale November 30. ticketmaster.ca. August 24.