Also coming to town: Chastity, Zaki Ibrahim, Blackalicious, Homeshake, Lil Tracy and more
Brooklyn singer/songwriter Torres had a bit of a tumultuous 2018. In April, she tweeted that she had been dropped by her label, 4AD, for “not being commercially successful enough.” She wished them all the best, but concluded, “Fuck the music industry.”
That hasn’t stopped the musician born Mackenzie Scott, who independently released the new song Gracious Day on Bandcamp in July. Soft, vulnerable, acoustic and lo-fi, it sounds like she’s leaning into her renewed DIY status.
And that makes her a good match for Venus Fest, the Toronto promoter bringing her to the Jam Factory on February 9. She’ll be joined by a pair of local openers that perfectly fit the bill: singer/songwriter Charlotte Cornfield and rock band HEX. Together, they’ll warm up the early-winter concert schedule.
February 9 at Jam Factory (2 Matilda), 8 pm. $15. eventbrite.ca.
Arin Ray at Drake Hotel Rescheduled from November 21, 2018. Doors 7 pm. $17.50. ticketmaster.ca. January 27.
Lucrecia Dalt, Aaron Dilloway, Nathan Ivanco at The Baby G 9 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. February 1.
Kaleidoscope Horse, TEKE TEKE, Gloin, World News at Lee’s Palace doors 9 pm. $9.50. eventbrite.ca. February 8.
Torres, Charlotte Cornield, Hex at Jam Factory Venus Fest show. 8 pm. $15. eventbrite.ca. February 9.
Chastity, Greys, Casper Skulls at Rec Room doors 7 pm, all ages. $10-$15. therecroom.com. February 15.
Meg Mac at Rivoli doors 8 pm. $17.50. ticketmaster.ca. February 20.
Zaki Ibrahim at The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $15.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 21.
Erin Costelo at Dakota Tavern doors 6:30 pm. $12. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. February 22.
Loco Dice, Terence Kissner, Jeremy Scott at CODA doors 10 pm. $35-$45. codatoronto.electrostub.com. February 22.
Blackalicious at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $23.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. March 2.
Flogging Molly, Lucero at Danforth Music Hall doors 6:30 pm. $53-$69. rotate.com, ticketmaster.ca, soundscapesmusic.com. March 3.
SHAED at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. March 6.
MJ116 at Mod Club doors 8 pm. $30. ticketweb.ca. March 6.
Anna, Weska, Addy at CODA doors 10 pm. $25-$35. flohtoronto.electrostub.com. March 8.
Attlas at CODA doors 10 pm. $25. –flohtoronto.electrostub.com. March 16.
Crash Test Dummies, The Grapes Of Wrath at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm. $35.50-$45.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 29.
Scott Helman at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $24.50-$34.50. ticketmaster.ca. March 29.
Homeshake at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $20. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 31.
The Rubens at Velvet Underground doors 7:30 pm. $20. ticketweb.ca. April 8.
Plini, Mestis, Dave Mackay at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $25. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 10.
Lil Tracy, Lil Raven, Buku Band at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $27. ticketweb.ca. April 11.
Tennyson at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $17. ticketweb.ca. April 12.
The GazettE at Queen Elizabeth Theatre 7 pm, all ages. $50-$200. eventbrite.ca. May 9.