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Music, Year in Review 2017

Year in Review: The Best Concerts of 2017

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Tim Nguyen
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Artist: The Weeknd
Venue: Rogers Arena
City: Vancouver
Date: Oct. 4

The Weeknd performs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on September 9, 2017. (Photo: Francesca Ludikar/Aesthetic Magazine)

The second phase of the Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 world tour brought amazing stage production and a beautiful performance by Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd. The party aesthetic, sensual vibes and united audience were what made the show.

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Artist: Vans Warped Tour
Venue: CenturyLink Field
City: Seattle
Date: June 16

Warped Tour 2017 Lineup

Boasting a stellar line-up with a wide range of punk, metal, hip-hop, ska and all their appropriate subgenres had kids running from stage to stage trying to catch all their favourite acts. With some scene heavyweights including Andy Black, blessthefall, GWAR and Neck Deep – it’s a shame to see one of the premiere alternative, national tours come to an end next year.

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Artist: Dropkick Murphys & Rancid
Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Arena
City: Vancouver
Date: Aug 15

Dropkick Murphys performs at Echo Beach in Toronto on July 29, 2017. (Photo: Tyler Roberts/Aesthetic Magazine)

Kilts, pints of beer, mohawks and circle pits. The collaborative tour of two legendary modern punk bands made for an experience and a half with most of the crowd drunkenly singing at the top of their lungs to classics like “Shipping Out to Boston” and “Time Bomb” were a sight to behold.

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Artist: July Talk
Venue: Malkin Bowl
City: Vancouver
Date: Sept 16

July Talk performs at Budweiser Stage in Toronto on June 24, 2017. (Photo: Tyler Roberts/Aesthetic Magazine)

Boasting a reputation for the explosive live shows, July Talk absolutely slays live with the synergy between singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay. Feeding off each other’s energy and the crowd, audiences are often caught screaming at the top of their lungs and fighting to get to the barricade to catch the band up close. This show was no exception.

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Artist: In This Moment
Venue: Commodore Ballroom
City: Vancouver
Date: Nov 2

VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 2: In This Moment performs at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on November 2, 2017. (Photo: Tim Nguyen/Aesthetic Magazine)

Beautiful and moody set production alongside Angela Gossow’s vocal range and stage presence show she’s a tour-de-force in the metal scene. Between the costume changes and theatrics, In This Moment gives you a true expression of art via performance which separates it from just being just another show.

 

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