If you’ve been too busy to find a Valentine, your life isn’t over. There are some wonderful concerts happening around town that are going to be a much better time than eating dinner with someone you’re probably never going to talk to again in two months. Here are some awesome places to celebrate your freedom.
It was a busy 2016 for South Londoner, Sampha. He brought his personal brand of vulnerability to Kanye West’s Life of Pablo, Frank Ocean’s visual album Endless, and Solange’s A Seat at the Table. In February of 2017, Sampha will finally be blessing fans with his debut album, Process, which is being released by Young Turks. It includes previously released singles ‘Timmy’s Prayer‘ and ‘Blood on Me.’ If you missed him performing at the Drake last October, he’ll be making crowds swoon on the 12th and 13th of February at the Mod Club.
Sampha – ‘Process’ Tour – Feb 12 and 13, 2017 @ 8:00PM at The Mod Club, 722 College St, Toronto, ON
Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Killa
Mykki Blanco and Cakes Da Kill are coming to town with their the Stunt Queen Tour. Blanco refuses any kind of tired label and has created an imprint, Dogfood Music Group through !K7 to support fellow artists who share her vision. Blanco has conjured much hype around herself with various mixtapes and EPs, but she finally dropped her debut album, Mykki, in 2016.
Cakes Da Killa, a Novella favourite, will also be touring with his debut studio album, Hedonism. The album brings together key parts of his life, his queerness, his roots in jersey club, and his talent as an MC. Like Blanco, Cakes refuses to fit into one conventional sphere and instead opts to create a space that is entirely his own. If you’re looking for a good time, the Stunt Queen tour is a sure place to dance away your Valentine’s Day woes.
The Stunt Queen Tour: Mykki Blanco / Cakes Da Killa – Feb 14, 2017 @ 8:00PM at The Velvet Underground, Queen St W, Toronto, ON
Sean Nicholas Savage
Sean Nicholas Savage is a Canadian singer-songwiter. He’s gone from being one of Montreal’s indie darlings to performing at NYFW for MM6 Maison Martin Margiela and being one of Solange’s favourites. With multiple releases on Arbutus Records, there’s no point trying to categorize Savage, as he’s constantly experimenting with songwriting. His latest release, Magnificent Fist, was recorded in Berlin and Glasgow. “It’s all about the energy of the swing and the fist — not a punch, it’s not called ‘Magnificent Punch’, it’s about the fist,” he told Dazed and Confused in 2016. See him crooning accompanied by fellow Canadian talents Juant and Dj Daydreamz (Charlotte Day Wilson) at the Baby G.
Sean Nicholas Savage – Feb 16, 2017 @ 9:30PM at The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON
Hailing from Stouffville, Ontario, Nicole Dollanger may look like a doll but her lyrics revolve around themes of of sex, violence, illness, death, and paranoia. Her dark words are carried out by her soft angelic voice over lo-fi beats. Dollanger’s rerelease of her LP Natural Born Losers was the first output of Grimes’ Eerie Organization label. The songstress will be bringing her haunting sounds to the Smiling Buddha.
Nicole Dollanganger – Feb 12, 2017 @ 7:00PM at the Smiling Buddha, 961 College St W, Toronto ON
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