November’s concert calendar is looking mighty interesting. From a once-in-a-lifetime triple-threat roots-rock extravaganza to the return of the dark lord of ’90s industrial to a multi-media spectacular, this month has some real treats in store, with the heavy-hitters stacked towards December.
Here are some shows you might want to check out if you’re feeling musically inclined…
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell with Richard Thompson (Nov. 6 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St) – One of the most respected and beloved singers in country/Americana/roots-rock, Emmylou Harris teams up with songwriter extraordinaire Rodney Crowell and British guitar wiz Richard Thompson (no slouch in the songwriting department himself). If you don’t hear your new favourite song at some point during this show, it won’t be the fault of the onstage talent. Doors 6:30 p.m./show 7:30. Tickets $35.00, $55.00, $75.00/Reserved Seating/All Ages.
Lindi Ortega (Nov. 13 at the Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St.) – Lindi Ortega is equally adept at rambunctious, attitude-filled songs (“I’m No Elvis Presley”) and wounded laments (“Demons Don’t Get Me Down”). The Nashville-by-way-of-Toronto singer/songwriter is touring in support of her latest release, Cigarettes and Truckstops. Doors 8 p.m./show 9. Tickets $15.00 / General Admission / 19+.
Cults (Nov. 16 at the Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway) – The New York duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin is on tour for its just-released sophomore album, Static. Cults’ music has been described as “quirky, nostalgic and pop-influenced.” Doors 8 p.m., show 9:30. Tickets $20 at ticketweb.ca.
Thomas Dolby (Nov. 17 at the Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway) – Yes, there are the hits – “She Blinded Me With Science”, “One of Our Submarines is Missing”. But this is something different. Thomas Dolby, working with sound designer Blake Leyh, presents Invisible Lighthouse Live, a unique event that is part film, part concert and part transmedia event. Doors 7 p.m., show 8, tickets $25.
Deltron 3030 (Nov 18 at the Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St.) – In 2000, three of hip-hop’s leading innovators teamed up to release the album Deltron 3030. The record turned the genre on its head, and praise was pretty much unanimous. Now, the trio – Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan “The Automator”, and Kid Koala – have reunited for a new Deltron 3030 album and tour. Doors 8 p.m., show 9:30, tickets $28.50, general admission.
Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013 (Nov 21 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Trent Reznor brings his ’90s act on tour for the first time since 2009. According to reports, NIN is playing a bunch of tracks from its new album, Hesitation Marks, along with fan favourites such as “Head Like a Hole”. Doors 6:30 p.m./show 7:30, tickets $54-114.
Drake (Nov 28 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Canada’s biggest hip-hop star on tour for his latest album, Nothing Was the Same. Doors 6 p.m./show 7. Tickets $59.75 – $109.75. Reserved Seating/All Ages.
The Mrs. Carter World Tour Featuring Beyoncé (Nov. 30 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way) – Never one for subtlety, Beyoncé trumpets her Mrs. Jay-Z status with a tour title that leaves little room for interpretation. Doors 7 p.m/show 8. Tickets: $45-$250. General Admission Floor/Reserved Seating/All Ages.