Bahamas, Miley Cyrus and Tanya Tagaq make this year's list
The Great Hall, November 6
An avant-garde recontextualizing of Inuit throat singing. Tagaq makes the sounds of vomiting, growling, orgasm, childbirth, mourning, joy, fury, defiance and ecstasy seem musical and inspirational.
Sound Academy, October 18
The heavy metal Dane’s theatrical, pentagram-spangled show earned a NOW rating of 666 trillion Ns.
Kool Haus, April 25
The Swedish brother-sister duo ended their career with gleeful subversion of concert conventions. An unabashedly queer mashup of an arena-sized pop show and experimental modern dance theatre.
Tattoo, June 21
Who could possibly follow Samuel T. Herring’s snarling, thrashing, hip-swaying performance? Only Mac DeMarco, who ended the show drunk. Crowd surfing, Jesus references and irreverent covers galore.
Sony Centre, July 31
The Australian goth punk legend delivered his signature ferocity and booming baritone straight into the outstretched arms of his devoted.
Massey Hall, October 24
Intense moments like dedicating a song to Nathan Cirillo, the soldier gunned down in Ottawa, were offset by feel-good pop-rock and deep and meaningful classics. Plus, a stunning rendition of Bob Marley’s War.
Sound Academy, March 24
Part concert, part art installation, part theatre show, this was a fully realized manifestation of Gambino’s high-concept Because The Internet album.
99 Sudbury, March 22
Everyone who made it to this rare Toronto gig understands why the UK DJ legend is so revered by serious dance music heads.
Danforth Music Hall, November 5
Hypnotic backlights, charming storytelling and those gently swaying songs added up to a perfect night.
Air Canada Centre, March 31
A life of showmanship was on full display, with insane visuals, solid moves and crazy-good live vocals – zero backing tracks, y’all.