It’s been another great year for live shows. Especially in Toronto. Outside of Toronto, Osheaga this year was easily the best festival I’ve ever been to. Black Keys, Bloc Party, Sigur Ros, Florence and the Machine, Santigold, MGMT, Passion Pit, and, of course, Snoop Lion. It was beautiful. Anyway, back in Toronto, here are my top 5 shows that I saw with blogTO.
FLAMING LIPS / YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE / JUNE 16
This one is easy. It was a perfect June night. Thousands descended upon Yonge-Dundas Square. Confetti littered the air. Wayne Coyne crawled atop of the boisterous crowd in a human-sized hamster ball. And in a classy but sombre tribute, Coyne et al. remembered Radiohead’s drum tech who died earlier that day when the main stage collapsed at Downsview Park by playing “Knives Out.”
SIGUR ROS / ECHO BEACH / AUGUST 1
Truly unlike any other concert I saw all year, this was the most arresting live show I made it out to. A haunting beauty that, at times, brought near silence to the thousands gathered at Echo Beach. If you were there, you know.
THE LUMINEERS / THE HORSESHOE / JUNE 16
Pretty much as intimate a show as it gets. With the biggest line-up outside of the Horseshoe that I’ve ever seen and everyone inside singing along to the catchy-as-all-hell “Ho Hey,” it was one of those shows that you never want to end.
EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS / KOOL HAUS / MAY 13
Say what you want about frontman Alex Ebert, but shit, that guy is a performer. Completely silencing and the sold-out Kool Haus crowd and having everyone sit down to end an equally beautiful and weird set is pretty dope. Also, there was a lot of that. Dope.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN / ROGERS CENTRE / AUGUST 24
He’s the Boss. He packed the Rogers Centre and played for nearly four hours straight. Full stop.