Also: Horseshoe Tavern and Lees Palace celebrate birthdays with lots of concerts
Now that the concerts are back to full capacity, period, we get some exciting concert announcements to Toronto – and for the first time in almost two years, we hardly have to worry about the shows being canceled or postponed several times.
Massey Hall is reopening this month after a long nap ahead of the pandemic, and a host of concerts are already planned, but this is one that should tempt a hardcore group of music geeks: Pavement reunites and plays it historic venue on September 26, 2022.
The looser rock band has a huge cult fan base that loves to swap b-sides. After their breakup in the late 90s, rumors of a reunion swirled for years before finally becoming a reality in 2010. That year, they played the entire summer festival cycle, including a memorable show at Montreal’s Osheaga and one at the Toronto Islands.
Then they went their separate ways for another decade. Director Stephen Malkmus has been very busy with solo and solo-like albums, but nothing is quite affected by the chaotic heights (and sometimes downturns), as when he meets his old sidewalk mates Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West. They are all back for this trip. They even have a pseudo-hit to add to the set list. Their Brighten The Corners b-side Harness Your Hopes has become an unlikely streaming hit, by far their most popular Spotify song.
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 5 at noon on masseyhall.com.
Power plant go 3D
The German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are also coming to Massey Hall with the return of their Kraftwerk 3-D concert. While every concert is technically in 3D, this is a “Gesamtkunstwerk” – a total work of art. It is a delight for the eyes and ears and a chance to see one of the music’s influential bands of the time.
Kraftwerk plays Massey Hall on June 6, 2022. Tickets at masseyhall.com.
Horseshoe and Lees Palace celebrates birthdays
When we talk about long-standing indie rock bands, Toronto’s own Lowest of the Low celebrates the return of live music with their own double live album. True to its name, Taverns And Palaces (released on December 10) was recorded at Horseshoe Tavern and Lees Palace, two-story Collective Concerts-owned venues in Toronto, and they will celebrate the release with a series of shows at these venues. They play Dec. 14-16 at Lees Palace and Dec. 16-17 at Horseshoe. Ticket links at lowestofthelow.com.
Both of these places celebrate birthdays – in fact, they do! – and they have lots of shows to prove it (including Low shows). The Horseshoe, celebrating the big 7-4, brings back the CanRock band 54-40, who are no strangers to ‘Shoe Birthday Celebrations’, for three nights from December 2nd to 4th. Tickets at showclix.com.
Lees Palace, meanwhile, has a whole 35-year-old birthday series. It starts with a free show on November 12 from local rockers Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs. Then classic rock threadbacks play Sheepdogs three nights at full capacity from 18.-20. November. Finally, Toronto noise rockers Metz get the spot on December 17th and 18th.
More concert announcements here.