‘Tis the season to give, and a great lineup of musicians are giving live performances in Toronto this month. Here’s a sampling of the rock/pop shows and holidays specials to look forward to in December.
Thursday, December 8th
$71.64-$101.64 at Ticketmaster
An adventurous and revered singer-songwriter who’s also a virtuoso pianist, Tori Amos has been captivating fans and winning awards for almost 20 years. Her songs are both painfully intimate and fantastically theatrical, and she has expertly experimented with diverse musical styles since the start of her career. Tori brings her live show to Toronto this month in support of her latest album, Night of Hunters, a concept album inspired by classical orchestral pieces that prominently feature Tori’s skills on the piano.
Stuart McLean Vinyl Café Christmas
Friday, December 9th to Sunday, December 11th
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
$48.10-$59.85 at Ticketmaster
A beloved Canadian storyteller who hosts the long-running CBC radio show, Vinyl Café, Stuart McLean brings his unique mix of stories, essays, and music by Canadian artists live to the Sony Centre for three nights. This year’s Christmas show features music by the Vinyl Café Orchestra and Toronto singer-songwriter-producer, Hawksley Workman.
K-Os and Bedouin Soundclash
Friday, December 9th
$30 at Ticketmaster
Two popular Canadian acts take part in the annual 102.1 The Edge Jingle Bell Rock concert festival, which supports the Daily Bread Food Bank. For just $30, this show is a great “bang for your buck,” and it’s also for a good cause.
K-Os is a rapper and singer who produces music that encompasses rap, pop, rock, and reggae styles. Since his breakthrough album, Joyful Rebellion, in 2004, k-os has won numerous Canadian music awards, worked with Amnesty International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Bedouin Soundclash also broke through in 2004 with the single, “When the Night Feels My Song,” hitting #1 on various Canadian charts. Their ska sound has brought them success not only in Canada, but in the United Kingdom as well, where they have played in Leeds and V festivals.
Thursday, December 15th
Phoenix Concert Theatre
$26.25 at Ticketmaster
A quirky yet brilliant singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, St. Vincent has kept indie rock fans enthralled with every album she releases, as she covers a wide variety of sounds and subject matter each time. Having been compared to a young Kate Bush or David Bowie, her music flits between sweetness and madness — between simple acoustic arrangements and grand orchestral flourishes. St. Vincent consistently impresses rock critics and has made commercial inroads, with her latest album, Strange Mercy, charting on the US Billboard 200. This is your chance to see St. Vincent before she moves on to bigger venues in the future; the Phoenix is a great concert theatre with clear sight lines in multiple spots, and at just $26.25, the show is definitely worth checking out for any fans of weirdly wonderful pop music.
Thursday, December 29th, 3:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
Air Canada Centre
$44.00-$78.50 at Ticketmaster
A guaranteed bestseller during the holidays, Trans-Siberian Orchestra is technically a progressive metal band but is best known for its multi-million selling Christmas trilogy of albums that meld hard rock with symphonic styles. They also put on a massive live spectacle, filled with lights, lasers, fireworks, moving stages, video screens, and of course, a full orchestra. This show is sure to sell out, so if you’re a fan, get your tickets now!