We're slowly coming out (we hope) of winter's deep freeze, so we'll start by preparing you for 2016's hottest events. Get your calendars and wallets ready, because 2016 is about to go down in history.
Let's make it a year we can't forget. Get some, or get them all, but you don't want to miss these events this year.
Where and When: Tuesday, March 15th // Orchid Nightclub
Sean Paul STAYS relevant! We love him, and know you're dying to go. Especially in this cold, island vibes are the best.
Keys N Krates
Where and When: March 25th @ Danforth Music Hall
Because it's never a dull moment with Keys N Krates, and they don't come often so grab your chance!
Where and When: Tuesday, April 12th // Danforth Music Hall
Everybody loves a good comeback, and Ciara is ready to dazzle us with hers.
Where and When: April 13th & 14th @ ACC
The city is too ready for Bad Gal RiRi! It's been so long and she's back.
Photo cred- @AboveAndBeyond
Above & Beyond Acoustic Show
Where and When: May 14th & 15th @ Massey Hall
Take a step back from your typical electronic show and enjoy an acoustic change of scenery with Above and Beyond. You won't regret their new sound, and taking a step outside your comfort zone.
Where and When: Wednesday, May 18th // ACC
You're all die-hard Bieber fans, whether you want to admit it or not! We know your secrets, and know you want to get your tickets ASAP.
Where and When: May 25th @ Rogers Centre
Ladies and gentlemen, get in formation. This is at the top of our list of can't miss and can't regret.
Where and When: May 28th // ACC
Jesus, take the wheel, and my wallet away because I have a ticket spending problem. But really, it's no problem for Carrie.
Photo cred- @EverAfterFest
Ever After Music Festival
Where and When: June 4th & 5th @ Bingemans Camping Resort, Kitchener
Outdoor festivals are definitely the way to go! It was a hit last year, so let's make it happen again. Not a far drive outside of the city you'll find happily Ever After.
Photo cred- @Mysteryland_USA
Where and When: June 10th - 13th, Bethel Woods, NY
This one isn't directly in Toronto, but we hear it's going to be amazing, so get your festival and road trip friends together. This is one you don't want to miss, featuring Skrillex, Odesza, Bassnectar, and more.
Where and When: June 18th // Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
I want to be your favourite hello, and hardest goodbye. So seeing him live is a must, how can you deny Dallas your love?
Where and When: June 19th // ACC
Anything can happen, and Ellie's concert promises a night of magic.
Photo cred- @DigitalDreamsFest
Where and When: July 2nd & 3rd, Echo Beach
Okay, we know what happened last year, but that just means this year is going to be bigger and better than ever! Tickets go on sale soon, so we'll forgive the weather and get amped for 2016.
Photo cred- @VeldMusicFestival
Where and When: Unannounced, Downsview Park (prior)
Summer '15 played a nasty prank on the city, weather wise, but we aren't going to let that get us down. I'm as excited as ever for VELD 2016 and we all know the lineup is going to kick ass, so cross your fingers for that announcement!
Photo cred- @WayHome
Where and When: July 22nd @Burl's Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte
Pictures alone do it justice, but there's so much more to see. WayHome's first year went off with a bang, so here's to their second year of a light show and summer vibes.
Demi Lovato + Nick Jonas
Where and When: July 23
Major throwback but with new tunes, you have to love it.
Photo cred- @WelcomeOVO
7th Annual OVO Fest
Where and When: Unannounced, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (prior)
I'm at a loss for words for OVO 1 through 6. Every year, Drake brings out the heat of the city in the peak of summer, and surprises us with the hottest artists and classics to blow us away. What does year 7 bring? Unicorns running through the 6ix? Can't wait.
Photo cred- @BootsandHearts
Boots and Hearts
Where and When: August 4th - August 7th, Burl's Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte
Pack your love of music and your favourite pair of cowboy boots and head up to Oro-Medonte for the largest country festival in North America. August promises the biggest country artists heading our way, and you're not even ready for it.
Photo cred- @GOEFest
Garden of Eden
Where and When: Unannounced, Tweed (prior)
Even for the vibe alone, you absolutely cannot miss GoE. Camping, friends, and unreal music mixes.
Mad Decent Block Party
Where and When: Unannounced, Fort York (prior)
Because it's Mad Decent, so why wouldn't you go? With such a diverse lineup, there's bound to be someone for you. The energy at MDBP is insane, and too infectious. We love it.
Labour of Love
Where and When: Unannounced, Sound Academy (prior)
Oh, the labour of love! Grab your best rave friend and indulge in the end-of-summer party at the docks. This year promises to be bigger and better, as always!
Where and When: Unannounced (but soon!), Toronto Islands (prior)
Who doesn't want to attend a festival with the word BEST in it?! It's already the best, it's self explanatory, so you HAVE to go!
Electric Island (summer seasonal)
Where and When: Unannounced, Toronto Islands (prior)
Not once, not twice, but all season long! The Toronto Islands are already an amazing place to have fun and relax, especially in the summer, and this addition makes it on our bucket list for the season! You have to go, at least once, but then you'll definitely want to go all the time.
Where and When: October 3rd, 4th, 6th & 7th // ACC
"If you're gonna let me down, let me down gently." Or, don't let her down at all. We know it's sold out, but there are so many ways to get your hands on tickets. This is THE event of the year, who DOESN'T want to see Adele live? You'll find me crying outside the ACC because I don't have tickets :(