inTO: Your Toronto Music Calendar for 11/12

Looking for some shows this weekend (and beyond) while the weather is still behaving? We’ve got a few selections lined up for you.

Sultans of String play Koerner Hall, December 4th.

Sultans of String play Koerner Hall, December 4th.

After a whirlwind tour stateside, JUNO nom/SiriusXM Award winners Sultans of String return to home-base for a triple header of high octane shows including two shows with the Ontario Philharmonic performing the songs from their 2014 multiple award winning album, “Symphony!”, at Oshawa’s Regent Theatre on Nov 28th and Flato Markham Theatre on Nov 29th. Then they perform a collaborative concert with a whole team of heavy hitters at the Sultans & Divas show at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Dec 4th. This special concert features performances from this country’s leading Canadian Arab artists – OktoEcho, Julie Nesrallah, Miriam Khalil, Bassam Bishara, Sultans of String and more.

The band is led by 6-string violinist Chris McKhool (Jesse Cook, Pavlo) who grew up in a LebaneseEgyptian house bursting with music and diversity. Growing up, Chris was fed a steady diet of delicious musicality alongside Middle Eastern cuisine and violin lessons.

Friday, November 28, 2014 – 8:00pm – with the Ontario Philharmonic

Regent Theatre www.ontariophil.ca 905-579-6711

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 8:00pm – with the Ontario Philharmonic

Flato Markham Theatre http://tinyurl.com/q8ac9st  905-579-6711

Thursday, December 4, 2014 – 8:00pm
Koerner Hall http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/sultans_divas 416-408-0208

Tasha the Amazon

Tasha the Amazon

We all know by now that The Guvernment is closing at the end of January, so Kool Haus is bringing together their favourite DJs over the next month to go out in style with a bang or rather a best drop. Andy C performs November 28th and ticket sales have exceeded expectations. If for some strange reason you don’t know who Andy C is, you should watch this video and then get tickets here or at Play De Record.

For non EDM fans on November 28th, Steam Whistle UNSIGNED concert series is celebrating its 30th show in Toronto and the lineup mixes the tribal rhythms of Toronto’s own Tasha the Amazon, the new-wavesque styles  of Joseph of Mercury and the R&B Funk of Brendan Philip. Tickets are only $5 at the door and proceeds will help support the Artists Health Alliance.

DJ Afro Jack

DJ Afro Jack

Steam Whistle UNSIGNED is an ongoing concert series that showcases Canada’s indie music talent, while also developing its future. Hosted this year in Calgary, London, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver each edition of UNSIGNED features three Canadian artists with all of the ticket sales going back to the arts community. It has been eight years since the UNSIGNED series launched, and since then it has feature over 100 independent Canadian acts and raised over $75,000 for local not-for-profits.  Tickets available at the door and more information found at Unsigned.steamwhistle.ca

Bud Light Sensation takes you into the Wild on November 29th with the Canadian return featuring DJs Mr. White, Baggi Begovic, Eric Prydz, AfroJack, and Bingo Players. The show’s second year will see Rogers Centre turned into a hot jungle environment with lights, décor and pyro effects that will play out over five acts, as fans experience modern day nightlife through the atmosphere of the animal kingdom.

The DJs at Bud Light Sensation each play an essential role in taking fans through the five act ‘Into The Wild’ experience beginning with awakening of the wild animals, to chasing and catching the prey, all the way to celebrating victory.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, and at the Rogers Centre. More information can be found here: http://www.sensation.com/canada/en/news/index/1006/

Flosstradamus plays at Danforth Music Hall on December 5th.

Flosstradamus plays at Danforth Music Hall on December 5th.

The Underachievers are coming to Guvernment on December 3rd with the Flatbush Zombies. UA are in support of their acclaimed album Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium. They have one of the most dynamic live shows in hip hop, and even moreso when you put them with the Zombies. The two groups also just put out a collaboration set. Tickets available here.

Flosstradamus tour kicked off Monday and this is no joke the Yeezus tour of EDM at the Danforth Music Hall on December 5th. They even brought on the creative director of the actual Yeezus tour (Virgil Alboh) for it and went all out with a crazy stage production. Think police state right before the apocalypse. Tickets available on Ticketmaster here.

Goapele brings her tour to the Hoxton on December 9th.

Goapele brings her tour to the Hoxton on December 9th.

Soul, R&B singer/songwriter Goapele announces a 14-city tour kicking off at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY on November 7th and wrapping at The Loft in Atlanta, GA on December 14th. On December 9th, she’ll be at the Hoxton.

The tour is in support of Goapele’s new album “Strong As Glass” which followed her debut album “Even Closer” (2001). Over her career, she was also named the #5 artist to watch in the July 2003 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, made the countdown on MTV’s Top 10 Artists to Watch, and collaborated with ALDO Shoes’ advertisement campaign in its fight against HIV/AIDS, which featured artists such as Avril Lavigne, Charlize Theron, Pink, Ziggy Marley, and Kelly Rowland. Tickets available here.

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