Shows To Go TO – Toronto concert listings March 2012

March 4, 2012
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Andrew-W.K. - photo credit Atliba-JeffersonAndrew W.K. brings the party to the Phoenix Concert Theatre this montha day after Sleigh Bells; how’s that for a double-header?

Shows To Go TO March 2012 – Music Vice’s local monthly concert guide for our home city of “TO”, Toronto

It’s March! It’s still colder than a TTC commuter’s stare outside, but in terms of the concert calendar, things are really beginning to heat up. March brings us Toronto’s first big music festival of the year, CMF at Canadian Music Week, with 900 artists, mostly independent, playing showcase gigs at venues across the city. Elsewhere, Van Halen, The Black Keys and Andrew WK are three of this month’s big shows. On a smaller stage, my hot tip this month is British soul and R&B singer Emeli Sandé at the Drake Underground – she’s a super talent who just won Critic’s Choice at the 2012 Brit Awards.

Below is the Music Vice’s handpicked shortlist of the best concerts in Toronto this month. All buff, no fluff…

(By popular request, the monthly concert listings are now in chronological order.)

Trust @ Wrongbar, 3 March –  TRST LP release show
Atlas Sound @ Lee’s Palace, 6 March
Teitur @ The Great Hall, 6 March
Emeli Sandé @ The Drake Hotel Underground, 7 March
Egyptian Lover @ Wrongbar, 9 March
Crystal Castles @ Mod Club, 10 March – Crystal Castles guest DJ set for UK Underground
Awaken; Children of the Light charity fundraiser concert @ El Mocambo, 10 March (FB event)
The Black Keys @ Air Canada Centre, 14 March
Van Halen @ Air Canada Centre, 17 – Touring new album A Different Kind Of Truth, released last month. “1984” is a cert.
Slyde @ Cherry Cola’s, 16 March
Grimes @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 19 March *sold out*
Walk Off The Earth @ The Hoxton *sold out*
Amos the Transparent @ The Garrison, 21 March
Canadian Music Fest at CMW: 21-25 March; Full schedule available at Canadian Music Fest. Five day wristbands $75, or pay-per-entry at the door for most shows.
Sleigh Bells @ the Phoenix, 26 March [*new date* rescheduled from the postponed February date]
Andrew W.K. @ the Phoenix, 27 March
Magnetic Fields @ Sound Academy, 30 March
Gotye @ Kool Haus, 31 March

Tickets available via Ticketmaster, LiveNation and Ticketweb, depending on the show. Hard tickets at the usual Toronto record stores (RT/SS). All shows are +19 unless noted.

© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice

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