Canadian Music Week 2016 – Nadia’s Picks

While the first official day of spring may have passed weeks ago (even though it doesn’t always feel like it), today marks the first day of  another very important season in Toronto – music festival season. And it all starts with Canadian Music Week!

Now in it’s 34th year, Canadian Music Week is one of the biggest events in entertainment in North America. Spanning 7 nights of performances, CMW features hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 venues in downtown Toronto.  Running from today until Sunday, music lovers from in and around Toronto will get their chance to see some of the biggest names in music to some of the newest and most exciting acts in indie music today. Established names like Collective Soul,Eagles of Death Metal, and Holy Holy  will be featured along with Canadian favorites like The Sheepdogs, Tegan and Sara and Lights while Addicted indie favorites likes Secret Broadcast, Bend Sinister and Les Deuxluxes work their way up their own paths of stardom. With so many bands to choose from, I thought I’d put together my picks for this year’s CMW to help you out. You’re welcome!

Monday May 2nd

Secret Broadcast – 9pm – Supermarket

Lights – 10pm – Danforth Music Hall

Tuesday May 3rd

Colour Film – 8pm – The Paddock

Last Bullet – 9pm – The Hideout

Laura Stevenson – 10pm – Drake Underground

JJ Shiplett – 12am – The Dakota Tavern

Wednesday May 4th – 94.9 The Rock Show case – Lee’s Palace

SATE – 8pm

Bleeker – 9pm

Poor Young Things – 10pm

Julian Taylor Band – 11pm

The Standstills – 12am

Bend Sinister – Cherry Cola’s – 3am


Thursday May 5th

Van Damsel – The Cave – 9pm

Sun K – The Dakota Tavern – 10pm

Dirty Radio – The Nest – 11pm

Ivory Hours – Horseshoe Tavern – 1:30am

Friday May 6th 

Busty and the Bass – The Opera house – 8pm

Les Deuxluxes – The Great Hall – 10pm

The Honest Heart Collective – The Dakota Tavern – 11pm

Wake Island – Burdock – 12am

Saturday May 7th

Musicontario Showcase – Supermarket

Sumo Cyco – 8pm

Canvas – 9pm

Xprime – 10pm

Sam Weber – The Burdock – 11pm

Get your CMW wristband here so you don’t miss a moment of the music and be sure to share your adventures with us on social media at @weraddicted and @thenadiae!

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
Nadia Elkharadly


  1. lesdeuxluxes

    TheNadiaE You got good taste 😉 Lookin’ forward to seeing you at the show!

  2. stateofSATE

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  3. stateofSATE

    TheNadiaE I’ll see you tomorrow night at thedakotatavern for my boys, jjshiplettmusic