Plan Your Year in Concerts Now: The Best Tours of 2016

Snap up tickets to these hot concerts before it’s too late (Beliebers, we’re talking to you!)

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A new year means a new calendar full of concerts to look forward to. It will be hard to top 2015, which brought A-list acts like Taylor Swift and Drake across the country, but we’re already looking forward to the tours on tap for the year ahead. Here are the can’t-miss shows you need to start stalking tickets for ASAP.

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Rihanna
Canadian Dates
April 13 & 14 (Air Canada Centre, Toronto)
Ticket Prices: $30–$170
After keeping us in the dark for three years following the release of her Unapologetic album, Rihanna’s coming back something fierce with her Anti-World tour starting in February. But while many artists release their new album before their tour announcement, RiRi isn’t playing by anyone’s rules—she’s been toying with us for what feels like forever now regarding when her record will drop. But we already know it will be killer and this show is a must-see.

Justin Bieber
Canadian Dates:
March 11 (Rogers Arena, Vancouver); May 18 & 19 (Air Canada Centre, Toronto)
Ticket Prices: $60–$150
Not-so-secret confession: we’re absolutely OBSESSED with the Biebs right now. He announced his Purpose tour dates on Ellen in November and we’ve been waiting in eager anticipation since. If you’re on the same page you should probably be doing everything in your power to get tickets for his ALMOST sold-out show—act soon, because these babies are selling faster than the Kylie Jenner lip kit.

Selena Gomez
Canadian Dates:
May 16 (Rexall Place, Edmonton); May 17 (Scotiabank Saddledone, Calgary); May 18 (Rogers Arena, Vancouver); May 19 (SaskTel Centre, Saskatoon); May 20 (MTS Centre, Winnepeg); May 22 (Air Canada Centre, Toronto); May 23 (Budweiser Gardens, London); May 25 (Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa); May 26 (Centre Bell, Montreal)
Ticket Prices: $50–$126
Our November Cover Star will also be lighting up the stage this year with her all-grown-up Revival tour, which includes an impressive number of Canadian stops. Maybe because it’s kind of a big deal for Selena—this is basically her “moving away from my Disney princess past” tour. Every child star must to do it at some point, and now it’s her turn. She’s been owning every red carpet lately, so what we really wanna know is: what’s she going to wear??

best concerts 2016

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Ellie Goulding
Canadian Dates:
April 1 (Rogers Arena, Vancouver); June 19 (Air Canada Centre, Toronto)
Ticket Prices: $50–$90
Ellie Goulding absolutely slayed 2015 with her hot radio hits “Love Me Like You Do” and “On My Mind,” and proved to us all at last month’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show that she’s even more amazing live. We can’t wait to see what she brings to the stage for her own concert this spring.

Janet Jackson
Canadian Dates: June 17 (Bell Centre, Montreal); June 18 (Budweiser Gardens, London)
Ticket Prices: $20-$148
If you missed your chance to see Janet live when she came to Toronto last year, the music gods are smiling down on you, friends, because she’s back on tour in 2016 with two Canadian dates (and totes affordable tickets!). Get on this now or you will regret it forever.

Florence + the Machine
Canadian Dates:
June 8 (Bell Centre, Montreal); June 10 (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto)
Ticket Prices: $55 and up
Florence Welch and co. are kicking off their How Big How Blue How Beautiful tour this spring, touching down in Toronto and Montreal with supporting acts we’re equally excited for: Of Monsters and Men are booked for all their tour dates, and our Winter 2015 cover star Grimes is supporting their American stints as well—fingers crossed she decides to make an appearance in her homeland, too.

best concerts 2016

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Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas
Canadian Dates
: July 22 (Bell Centre, Montreal); July 23 (Air Canada Centre, Toronto); August 24 (Rogers Arena, Vancouver); August 26 (Rexall Place, Edmonton); August 27 (Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary); August 29 (MTS Centre, Winnepeg)
Ticket Prices: $55–$115
Hot duo alert! Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are joining forces this year for their Future Now tour. This is a pretty amazing deal, because we’re getting two of our fave performers for the price of one! Concert goers will also have the opportunity to hang backstage—but you’ll need $10,000 for that experience (ticket prices not included, obvi).

Adele
Canadian Dates:
July 20 & 21 (Rogers Arena, Vancouver); October 3, 4, 6 & 7 (Air Canada Centre, Toronto)
Ticket Prices: $50 and up
Adele has finally granted our wishes with a huge—almost sold out—tour following the much much much anticipated release of her new album, 25. And she’ll be performing in our homeland for four nights! But her first North American tour in five years sold out in, like, five seconds, so if you’re committed to seeing her it’s time to resort to plan B: searching anywhere and everywhere for these golden tickets! If you’re willing to live on ramen noodles for the next month, StubHub is a good place to look with tickets starting at $330.

Related:
15 Albums From 2015 That Sound Amazing on Vinyl
November Cover Star Selena Gomez: “I Feel In Control”
Ellie Goulding on her M.A.C Collabo and Mega-World Tour

 

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