I saw many of my absolute favourite artists this year, some more than once: Los Campesinos!, John K Samson of the Weakerthans (3x), Kathleen Edwards (2x), The Joel Plaskett Emergency (2x), Feist, Stars (2x), Ben Folds Five (reunion tour!), Sloan, and Hawksley Workman.
I also discovered some new artists this year too. Standout new-to-me live acts from the past year are Rose Cousins, Patrick Watson, Fiona Apple, Beach House, and Rich Aucoin.
My absolute favourite show was, without a doubt, Sloan's "Twice Removed" album show from November. It's rather memorable seeing a great band play your favourite album of theirs in its entirety and then treat you to an excellent second set of other material.
I love that I closed out 2012 and brought in 2013 with a show. I saw Young Empires at Lee's Palace (fave TO concert location) and it was a really fun show. The perfect end to a music-filled year.
Happy 2013 and here's to many more shows!
For posterity, here's my list of 2012 concerts.
- Jan. 21st - Los Campesinos! @ Lee's Palace
- Jan. 24th - John K. Samson @ Soundscapes
- Jan. 31st - Jack's Mannequin @ The Sound Academy
- Feb. 11th - Kathleen Edwards @ The Phoenix
- March 22nd - John K. Samson @ The Great Hall
- May 3rd - Rose Cousins @ The Rivoli
- May 18th - Joel Plaskett Emergency at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
- May 29th - Patrick Watson @ Danforth Music Hall
- June 10th - Rufus Wainwright @ Luminato
- June 16th - Dan Mangan & Kathleen Edwards @ Luminato
- June 17th - Ohbijou @ Luminato
- July 4th - Winnipeg Folk Festival with Snow Blink, James Vincent McMorrow, and FEIST
- July 10th - Fiona Apple @ The Chicago Theatre
- July 21st - Best Coast @ The Phoenix
- Aug. 10/11 - Wolfe Island Music Festival
- Sept. 6th - John K Samson @ 918 Bathurst
- Sept 12th - Stars @ Masonic Temple
- Sept. 20th - Rich Aucoin @ Lee's Palace
- Oct. 13th - Beach House @ Kool Haus
- Oct. 15th - Ben Folds Five @ Kool Haus
- Oct. 25th - Dan Mangan and the Rural Alberta Advantage @ Danforth Music Hall
- Oct. 26th - Wildnerness of Manitoba @ Trinity-St. Paul's
- Nov. 1st - Die Antwoord @ Sound Academy
- Nov. 22nd - Sloan @ The Phoenix (Twice Removed Tour!)
- Nov. 24th - Metric & Stars @ Air Canada Centre
- Dec 6th - Patrick Watson @ Massey Hall
- Dec. 12th - Hawksley Workman @ Trinity-St. Paul's
- Dec. 16th - The Joel Plaskett Emergency @ The Horseshoe Tavern
- Dec. 31st - Young Empires @ Lee's Palace