Summer is almost here, and with the warm weather comes concert season! The month of June features a variety of shows in Toronto as well as Southwestern Ontario to fit your tastes. June is also the month of NXNE and Bestival music festivals. With thousands of artists performing at venues across the city, there is definitely no shortage of events to attend.
1. Drake: Jungle Tour w/ Future
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 | Air Canada Centre
Why you should go: Drake has been making big moves this year, with the surprise release of his mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and the pending album, Views From The Six, there is a lot of buzz surrounding his name. He is notorious for bringing out surprise guests; you never know who to anticipate at this show.
2. M.O.P Street Certified Tour
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 | Tattoo – 567 Queen St. W
Why you should go: Hip Hop veterans, M.O.P., or Mash Out Posse’s Street Certified Tour reaches Tattoo Queen West on June 11th. For over 20 years, the duo has been known for their heavy hitting, lyrical street anthems.
3. Bestival ft. Nas
Friday June 12th – Saturday June 13th, 2015| Hanlan’s Point Beach, Toronto Island
Why you should go: UK music fest, Bestival brings the fun to Toronto for their inaugural event. As it begins to expand to different cities, the festival maintains its notorious diverse genre lineup, including some hip-hop artists such as Nas & Cashmere Cat. Expand your taste in music with the picturesque backdrop of Toronto Islands.
4. Chevy Woods w/ Jimmy B
Saturday, June 13th, 2015 | The Rockpile – 5555 Dundas St. W
Why you should go: Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods has performed in Toronto a few times, opening for Wiz Khalifa. His headlining show should showcase his full potential. Toronto artist, Jimmy B is also on the bill – this show will be a great opportunity to experience some local heat too.
5. Dizzy Wright
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 | The Hoxton – 69 Bathurst St.
Why you should go: Vegas spitter, Dizzy Wright’s The Growing Process album dropped May 26th, and was nothing short of greatness. The album was his first album release since his debut three years ago, so this tour is a dope opportunity to hear him perform some new material live.
6. Nneka w/ Special Guests
Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 | Tattoo – 567 Queen St. W
Why you should go: Nigerian singer/songwriter, Nneka will be performing at Tattoo on June 16th. Nas proclaimed her a great singer and incredible artist. Her recent album, My Fairy Tales uses reggae inspired beats and her sweet voice to touch upon the troubling topic of diaspora and more. Watch her bear her soul to the crowd.
7. NXNE Music Festival
June 17 – 21 | Various Venues
Why you should go: In its 21st year, NXNE Music Festival features a plethora of hip-hop artists at various venues across Toronto. This year, notable artists include Rae Sremmurd, Tink, Action Bronson, and more. Our guide to NXNE will be released on the site June 8th.
8. Tink & Vince Staples @ Pitchfork NXNE Showcase
Thursday, June 18th 2015 | Berkeley Church – 315 Queen St. E
Pitchfork has put together an eclectic lineup of artists for their NXNE showcase, including Timbaland’s prodigy, Tink. Chicago’s Tink is a threat in the rap game, and definitely an artist to look out for. Only in the beginning stages of her career, she has already worked with the likes of Jay Z and Rick Ross. At an event, Timbaland said Aaliyah appeared to him in a dream and stated that she was the next to blow. After hearing her songs, we can see why. Her clever wordplay is impressive for the young age of 19.
California rapper, Vince Staples is another artist to look out for at this showcase. The young, lyrical rapper has worked with Odd Future, Mac Miler, Jhene Aiko, and more. He has released three projects, and his Summertime ’06 album drops on June 30th. With each project released, it becomes more clear that he has a promising career ahead of him. Don’t just take our word for it though, attend the show!
9. Dipset Reunion Tour ft. Jim Jones, Cam’ron & Juelz Santana
Friday, June 19th, 2015 | Sound Academy – 11 Polson St. (19+)
Why you should go: Dipset dropped some classic tracks in the early to mid 2000’s, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from the rap collective. Their reunion tour will be a nostalgic night of performing said classics. Don’t miss out, as this may be the last time the group tours together!
10. The Fader & NXNE Presents: Rae Sremmurd w/ Uniiqu3
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 | The Danforth Music Hall
Why you should go: Rae Sremmurd has the turn up anthems on lock. Their Sremmlife album was packed with hits that effortlessly get a crowd riled up, so this will definitely be a hype show. Watch the Danforth Music Hall get lit like bic.
11. New Kids On The Block w/ TLC, Nelly & Special Guests
Saturday June 28th & Sunday June 29th, 2015 | Air Canada Centre
Why you should go: 2015 seems like the year of the nostalgic reunion tour. The band that took over many of our childhoods hits the road and reaches the ACC for back-to-back shows on June 28th and 29th. Along with superstars TLC and Nelly, this should be a night to remember. Relive the good times of your childhood with this show.