It’s never been a better time to be a Canadian K-pop stan. Artists like BTS, NCT, and BLACKPINK continue to shatter the barriers that have kept the genre from making waves outside its usual market, and as a result, more and more Korean acts are finally bringing their tours to North America. Check out five K-pop tours we’re looking forward to this year.
Despite the explosive popularity of K-pop in recent years in Canada and the U.S., the excitement has mostly followed boy groups, with few girl groups and female soloists bringing their tours to North America. Artists like Red Velvet are at the forefront of changing this. Kicking off their North American tour last week, their RedMare tour marks the first stateside K-pop girl group tour since 2016.
Anyone who wants to see “Bad Boy,” aka Billboard’s best K-pop song of 2018, performed live will have a chance to during their seven-city tour, which includes stops in Toronto (February 19) and Vancouver (February 21). Additional tickets have been released and are available here.
With a historical Coachella performance already in the books, these K-pop darlings are gearing up for a world tour, with dates taking them to Europe, Australia, and North America. Sharing their itinerary yesterday hours before their U.S. television debut on Colbert, BLACKPINK will thankfully be in our area, stopping in Hamilton, ON on April 27. Tickets go on sale February 20 here.
Following the success of her monster hit “Gashina,” Sunmi dropped her second EP Warning late last year, delivering the equally badass feminist anthems “Heroine” and “Siren.” Now, she’s setting out on her first solo world tour, with the North American leg taking the former Wonder Girls member to Vancouver (March 11), Calgary (March 13), and Toronto (March 16). Get tickets here.
After conquering the K-pop world with Girls’ Generation, Tiffany Young now has her sights set on the international market. Her highlights of 2018 include releasing a flurry of solo singles, appearing in our favourite web series (yes, she’s played with puppies and taught us slang), and strutting on the American Music Awards red carpet. She’s also up for an iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Solo Breakout. In the midst of all this, she’s hitting the road on an eight-city North American tour, with stops in Toronto (March 3) and Vancouver (March 13). Get tickets here.
They haven’t officially announced a comeback nor have they wrapped their current tour yet, but BTS aren’t showing any signs that their journey to world domination is slowing down. Hot off their monumental Grammy appearance this weekend, the boy band have already hinted that they’re back in the studio. Rumours of an “early 2019” return have circulated through media—we don’t think that another world tour with stops in Canada is that farfetched of an idea. After all, it’s not like they had any issue last year selling out the 17,000+ seats in Hamilton, ON’s FirstOntario Centre, ahem, three times over. Let’s just hope they hit more than one city this time around.