A day-by-day run-down of this month’s must-see concerts (and other amusements).
1. Start your month off with acclaimed New York rapper Action Bronson and Detroit’s Danny Brown (the grown-up version) at the Danforth Music Hall.
2. Head to the Dakota Tavern for some folk courtesy of alt-country rockers Sunparlour Players and local singer-songwriter Matthew Barber.
3. Michael Olsen drops The Nines, his debut record as Our Founders, at The Piston alongside indie outfit Heartbeat Hotel and retro surf-rockers Bad Channels.
4. Eeny-meeny-miny-moe between catching Nine Inch Nails showcase Hesitation Marks at the Air Canada Centre or seeing horror-punk pioneers Misfits at the Phoenix.
5. Portland-based Sub Poppers Blitzen Trapper stop at Lee’s Palace for a show with Phox.
6. Worried about all the talk of tar sands and pipelines? So are Sarah Harmer, Hayden, Minotaurs, and more, who are playing Mel Lastman Square to raise awareness about the risks of Enbridge’s Line 9 plan.
7. English space rockers Hawkwind—or at least some mix of the dozens of members the band has had—touch down at The Mod Club.
8. Catch Gold Panda—one of two notable electro producers named after a cute, cuddly animal—at Lee’s Palace alongside Luke Abbott and Slow Magic.
9. Travel back to a simpler time with The Big Shiny Tunes Squad, a band playing the hits from 1995–2005 (seriously), at the Horseshoe.
10. Take a deep breath and accept that, no matter what you do, you’ll miss something tonight: Blues guitar god B.B. King graces Massey Hall; Deer Tick rocks Lee’s Palace; Islands and Brazos split the bill at The Garrison; and everyone else—Hollerado, Mother Mother, Serena Ryder, Said The Whale, and Walk Off The Earth—plays the Edge’s CASBY Awards.
11. Boy—the counterintuitively named pop duo of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass—plays the Mod Club, while hometown Arts & Crafts act The Darcys hits Adelaide Hall.
12. Autoharp aficionado and Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat ends a three-night stint of CD release shows for her latest album, Tall Tall Shadow, at the Polish Combatants Hall.
13. U.K. indie rockers The 1975 make the trip across the pond for a show at the Mod Club.
14. You may as well have camped out at The Mod Club, given Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, and Peace keep the party going.
15. If you really dug the previous night’s show, catch the same three-band bill again at the Danforth Music Hall, or head to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for former Fleet Fox Father John Misty.
16. Throw some hip-hop into the mix with supergroup Deltron 3030—a collaboration between Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and the other DJ named after a cute, cuddly animal, Kid Koala—at the Phoenix.
17. Lose yourself in the sleek R&B soundscapes of hometown hero The Weeknd on the first of three nights at Massey Hall.
18. Cancer Bats do double duty at Lee’s Palace, where they’ll deliver not only their own material but a slew of Sabbath covers as their alter ego, Bat Sabbath.
19. Check out the Polaris short-listed A Tribe Called Red alongside Aboriginal “throat-boxer” Nelson Tagoona at the Black Box Theatre.
20. Hugh Laurie (yeah, the guy who played House) stops at the Danforth Music Hall to prove acting isn’t his only gig.
21. Cee Lo Green takes a break from The Voice to show off his own pipes at the Sound Academy.
22. Don’t you forget about Simple Minds at Massey Hall.
23. Relive Will Munro’s Vazaleen parties at the launch of Army of Lovers, a new book by The Grid’s own Sarah Liss, with Peaches and Light Fires (drag-queen Regina the Gentlelady meets Ohbijou’s James Bunton).
24. Drake plays the Air Canada Centre. Forget the price tag and just go.
25. The Belle Game and Bear Mountain bring West Coast indie-pop to the Drake Hotel.
26. The stars align at the Sony Centre when Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks—three founding members of The Beach Boys—team up with Jeff Beck. (If you actually listened to us about the Drake thing and can no longer afford any concerts, we apologize.)
27. Chill out with the chillwave of Toro Y Moi at the Phoenix.
28. Make your way to the Phoenix to be schooled in the ways of German industrial metal by KMFDM.
29. Broaden your horizons even more with Japanese noise-rock veterans Melt-Banana at Lee’s Palace.
30. Take a late-month break from music and catch Whose Line’s Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
31. Trade trick or treating for The Head & The Heart, who finish off the month at the Danforth Music Hall alongside Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Quiet Life.—Luc Rinaldi