Festival/concert season, just about everyone’s favourite time of year to get out and spend late nights hearing their favourite artists live. Summer 17 in Toronto is heating up with over a dozen major concerts entering the city bringing in world renowned names to some of our biggest and most intimate venues. What’s even better is as the temperatures rise, so do the number of outdoor festivals which means more artists and more music compacted into 2 to 3 day events. We’ve scaled down 7 of the most highly anticipated live shows you need tickets to this season, be sure to click on artist/festival names for direct ticket links and updates and get your pockets ready for a lifetime of memories.

Smino Brown

Show Date: April 29th, 2017

Location: Adelaide Hall

Must Hear Tracks: “Lemon Pon Goose”, “Ruby Red”, “Maraca”

Zero Fatigue has been the buzz of the web since last year when Brown debuted BlkJuptr for the world to hear. The Missouri artist has pushed a heavily refreshing sound distinguishing him from the wave of melancholy and dark artists coming up at the moment by giving us feel good vibes overlaying his midwest meets southern rap style over jazzy tempos. With the release of his 2017 debut album, BlkSwn, we’ve seen young Smino’s numbers and sound keep growing and this summer if you’re smart you will definitely give him a listen at his Adelaide Hall show alongside producer Monte Booker, April 29th. Tickets are only 15 dollars and available for purchase now.

Cupcakke 

Show Date: May 1st, 2017

Location: Mod Club Theatre

Must Hear Tracks: “Deepthroat”, “Pedophile”,  “Barcodes”

Cupcakke (Elizabeth Harris) has made her mark through her notoriously lusty and vulgar hard rap in the industry, what many thought was meant to be comedic genius has been spun to build a devoted fan base and bustling career. Having dropped her 2017 debut album Queen Elizabitch, Cupcakke’s raunchy reign carries on with a quick tour, though her sound may not be for everybody her animated and lighthearted attitude towards her sexuality makes her stand out and surely interesting for live entertainment.

Future

Show Date: May 16th, 2017

Location: Budweiser Stage

Must Hear Tracks: HNDRXX (Full Album), “Draco”, “Mask Off”, “March Madness”

Future Hendrix has come a long way in the game evolving not only his sound but overall vibe in the industry. The heavily drug fuelled tracks which Hendrix is known for have always spoken to the stories of his upbringing and struggles throughout his life. This year Future hit the mark with back to back releases Future and HNDRXX, both albums with two distinct tastes that Future fans were not expecting, blowing the 33 year old rappers ratings out of the water and sitting him at the top spot for weeks on end with tracks such as “Mask Off”. Future makes his way back to Toronto this May alongside major names the Migos, Tory Lanez, Young Thug and more. The Budweiser stage set is currently sold out but check into Ticketmaster and authorized resellers for more closer to the show date.

Chance the Rapper

Show Date: May 24th, 2017

Location: Budweiser Stage

Must Hear Tracks: Coloring Book (Full Album), “Acid Rap”, “Smoke Again”

The man with a plan, Chance the Rapper, has become a fan favourite in house holds across the world since top selling album, Coloring Book, debuted last year. This discography which has become a holy grail for some music libraries sent Chance the Rapper sky rocketing for his heavily rhythmic church flow, the Chicago rappers 14 track album was heavily based in his spirituality and created a new lane in music making last year by way of major tracks such as “All We Got” and “How Great” which some now consider gospel rap. Chance continues to play into living a selfless lifestyle while sharing a message that’s become lost in the secular community while still maintaining a very cool edge to his sound. If you missed out on his stop in Toronto last fall you have a chance (no pun intended) to get back into the loop this May on a bigger platform, ticket sales have been listed as sold out but be sure to check in closer to the date of via Ticketmaster and authorized resellers for last minute quick finds!

The Weeknd

Show Date: May 26th, 2017

Location: Air Canada Centre

Must Hear Tracks: Starboy (Full Album), “The Morning”, “House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls”, “High for This”

R&B’s playboy of the moment, Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd has been labelled a must see act since the Beauty Behind the Madness Tour. The Weeknd’s shows are known for extravagant lights, big props and an even bigger voice live in action. Starboy comes as the Toronto natives latest creation and has been critically acclaimed and praised on almost every major music sharing platform, now fans can hear big tracks such as “Starboy”, “True Colours”, “Secrets” and more this summer at the ACC. With a wide vocal range and crazy high energy the Weeknd’s notorious for always delivering no matter where you’re seated, not only will you get to hear some of the best from Abel, but this time around he’s bringing along big names such as Belly, Rae Sremmurd, and rising star 6lack. We’re sure this is one show you don’t want to miss out on this summer, be sure to check into Ticketmaster for VIP packages and more.

NXNE – North By NorthEast

Dates: June 23-25 2017

Must See Artists: Post Malone, Amir Obè, Ferraro, Kaytranda, John River, Ebhoni, Passion Pit, The Soul Rebels, Talib Kweli, River Tiber, Humans

One of Toronto’s biggest arts and music festivals returns to the city this summer from June 23rd to June 25th, North by North by NorthEast better known as NXNE branches on up north from the legendary South by SouthWest spans over a 3 day period bringing together a fresh grouping of up and coming names down to budding artists on their main stages and showcases for the city to see.

Known for it’s rich content for the culture, North has been live for over 20 years, with multiple streams of entertainment festival goers are always immersed in different outlets from gaming, to stand up comedy down to live shows. This year NXNE Port Lands has a crazy line up to keep you entertained with a multitude of artists all with their own unique sounds.

Each night a new line up of some of the most versatile voices in the industry come alive at the Port Lands to get you going. Port Lands features the likes of names such as Post Malone, Amir Obè, Kaytranda, Ebhoni, John River and more this year. Take a look into Club Lands, sponsored by Porsche which exclusive to a number of clubs in tdot to dip into an even wider range of artists. NXNE is an experience with many levels to it, this is one stop where you’ll always have something to do. Dive in to the full experience here.

Major Bonus Stop: Wayhome Music Festival 

Dates: July 28th to July 30th

Location: Oro-Medonte, Ontario

Must See Artists: Flume, Foster the People, Imagine Dragons, Vance Joy, Solange Knowles, Schoolboy Q, Jahkoy, Frank Ocean, Porter Robinson, Banks, Harrison Brome, Daniel Caeser and more…

Festival season in Ontario is going bigger and better this summer, last year RegalChiz hit Wayhome Music Festival located in Oro-Medonte Ontario and got a taste of what’s being dubbed Canada’s Coachella. Wayhome 2016 was super epic with a number of stages which featured a multitude of established names and rising stars catering to a number of genres from fans from all across the world. With names such as River Tiber, Tory Lanez, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Major Lazer and more, Regal got an earful and more over the 3 day weekend only leaving us eager for 2017’s lineup. You can check out the full 2016 review here to get a dose of what the experience brought to the table for Canadian Music Festivals. This year it’s only set to get bigger and better, we’re going completely mental with the sets they’ve brought forward and only expect the amenities to get better. With names such as Frank Ocean, Vance Joy, Schoolboy Q, Solange and more we anticipate this years festival selling out well before it’s scheduled weekend.

Wayhome features a crazy range of amenities for festival goers, whether its the 1920’s lounge bar and tent, beauty bars, massage lounges, or curated drink lounges, they’ve got the scene covered with plenty of after parties and cool features such as their legendary Ferris wheel and sponsored booths which let you and your friends get into the scene with a different energy. Wayhome is more than just the music, Republic Live will immerse you in an experience built to make you feel like concert royalty. Passes are available for purchase here with full festival details on site. Stay tuned on RegalChiz for updates Wayhomies because this 2017 lineup has got all the goods in store just for you.

Veld Music Festival

Dates: August 5th and August 6th

Location: Downsview Park

Must See Acts: Future, Major Lazer, 24Hrs, Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, Frank Walker and more

Veld Music Festival has the city buzzing and not because of it’s already super wicked EDM lineup but for a switch up featuring so many rap, R&B and Trap artists this year. Veld has taken a turn and with open arms has welcomed names such as Tory Lanez, Lil Uzi Vert and more, this is highly unconventional for the festival as it was once a predominately EDM rave but over the years we’ve watched the sets grow inviting names such as Waka Flocka down to take over the stage. These changes so far are being well received on social media platforms praising Veld for bringing multifaceted artists onto the scene with high energy which may inspire future collaborations. Only two days long Veld rings in the long weekend we’re all waiting for, packages are now up for sale on the Veld website.