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The festival also features a vogue ball at the Design Exchange, a conversation with super-producer Scott Storch and a Toronto hip-hop showcase
Red Bull dipped its toes into our city last year with its 3 Days In Toronto series, and the sugary energy drink-makers/surprisingly forward-thinking music selectors must have had good results – this year, they’re back with a whole festival. From October 17-25 Red Bull Music Festival doubles the number of events to six and also doubles down on what makes the brand so successful in the music market: tapping into what’s already exciting in the city and curating one-off shows in unusual venues.
It starts on October 17 by pairing local electro-punk firebrand Alice Glass with the eye-catching Canadian video director Floria Sigismondi to transform the Distillery District’s Fermenting Cellar into a “phantasmagoric world.” It’s called The Doll’s House.
On October 18, it’s Round Robin, a collaboration with the local monthly Practice at the Great Hall for a night of improvised duets between Tanya Tagaq, Casey MQ, Maylee Todd, Skratch Bastid, Matthew Progress, Melody McKiver and others, including surprise guests.
October 19 is a collaboration between local R&B rising star DVSN and members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall. And on October 20 at the Design Exchange, it’s The Great Canadian Ball, a giant vogue ball featuring DJ Blackcat, Tamika, MikeQ and others.
October 22 features a conversation at Glenn Gould Studio between Cadence Weapon and legendary super-producer Scott Storch, who will surely talk about his rise, fall and more modest recent rise again.
Finally on October 25 at Ossington Tire, it’s Collision, a showcase of rising Toronto hip-hop with Lil Berete, Yasmine, the Sorority, Ebhoni and Pilla B.
October 17-25 at various venues. $10-$40. redbull.ca/TOFestival.
Dressy Bessy, The Burning Peppermints at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $11.50. ticketfly.com. September 30.
Next Music From Tokyo: Vol. 13: Mass Of The Fermenting Dregs, Otori, Elephant Gym, Paranoid Void, UlulU at Rivoli and Lee’s Palace 8 pm. $20-$30. nextmusicfromtokyo.com. October 5 (Rivoli) and 6 (Lee’s Palace).
Steve Reich’s Six Pianos at Koerner Hall Russell Hartenberger, Greg Oh, Stephanie Chua, Ryan Scott and Midori Koga. 8 pm. $22-$67.50. soundstreams.ca. October 12.
Lake Visions, Picastro, The Pinc Lincolns at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. October 16.
Moontricks at Dakota Tavern doors 8 pm. $TBA. moontricksmusic.com. October 16.
Japandroids at Phoenix Concert Theatre Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event. Doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale September 21. ticketweb.ca. October 17.
Red Bull Music Festival: Alice Glass, DVSN, Tanya Tagaq, Lil Berete, The Sorority, Scott Storch and others at various venues $10-$40. redbull.ca/TOFestival. October 17-25.
Noodles, Jess Connelly at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. October 18.
Death 2 T.O. VIII: Nyssa, The Effens, Brenda, members of Mimico, Weaves, Kaleidoscope Horse, Greys and others at Lee’s Palace Cover sets of Radiohead, Rob Zombie, New Order, Cyndi Lauper and more. Doors 8:15 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. October 26.
Bif Naked, In My Coma at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $30-$35. ticketfly.com. October 26.
PRYDE (RUSSELL) at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $20-$40. ticketfly.com. October 28.
QUEEN NAIJA at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, all ages. $20. ticketmaster.ca. November 8.
Iggy Azalea, Cupcakke, Meghan Thee Stallion at Rebel doors 7 pm, all ages. $49.50-$60. ticketmaster.ca. November 12.
Jay Rock, Reason at Mod Club Rescheduled from September 16. Doors 8 pm, all ages. Starting at $25. ticketweb.ca. November 12.
Classified, Choclair, Maestro Fresh Wes at Opera House Openers added. Doors 7 pm, all ages. $30. ticketmaster.ca. November 16.
Tommy Youngsteen: Bruce Springsteen’s The River + Xmas Motown Tribute at Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $18.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 16.
H.E.R. at Rebel doors 7 pm, all ages. $36.50-$50. ticketmaster.ca. November 19.
Single Mothers at The Garrison doors 9 pm. $17. ticketfly.com. November 24.
Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. November 27.
Charlotte Cardin at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $20-$40. ticketmaster.ca. November 30.
Alvvays, Snail Mail at Danforth Music Hall Fourth show added. Doors 7 pm. $25-$35. ticketmaster.ca. December 6-9.
The Forgotten Rebels at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $20. ticketfly.com. December 7.
Gang of Youths at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm. $22-$27. ticketweb.ca. December 7.
Wild Child at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $16.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. December 9.
Stars, My Brightest Diamond at Danforth Music Hall Second date added. Doors 7 pm. $37-$42. ticketmaster.ca. December 12-13.
Melissa Etheridge at Queen Elizabeth Theatre The Holiday Show. Doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $55-$125. On sale September 21. ticketmaster.ca. December 14.
Shad, Bonjay at The Great Hall Second show added. Doors 7 pm. $15. ticketmaster.ca. December 14-15.
Busty and the Bass at Mod Club doors 7 pm. $22.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. December 14-15.
Noname at Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $TBA. On sale September 21. ticketmaster.ca. January 3.
Sarah Brightman at Danforth Music Hall 9 pm. $TBA. On sale September 21. livenation.ca. February 10.
Adrianne Lenker (of Big Thief), Luke Temple at Longboat Hall doors 8 pm. $20. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. February 18.
The Trews at Danforth Music Hall doors 6 pm. $30-$45. On sale September 21. ticketmaster.ca. February 23.
Matthew Good at Danforth Music Hall Solo acoustic tour. Doors 7 pm. $39.50-$59.50. On sale September 21. ticketmaster.ca. March 14.
JosÉ GonzÁlez & The String Theory at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $55-$69.50. ticketmaster.ca. March 26.
Cher, Nile Rodgers & Chic at Scotiabank Arena Nile Rodgers & Chic added. 8 pm. $106-$706. ticketmaster.ca. April 22.
Steven Page at Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $56.30. ticketmaster.ca. May 4.
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