Spring is finally in the air, and music lovers are now looking forward to festival season. And the first one of the year is always Canadian Music Week.
Canadian Music Week (CMW) has bounced around when it comes to date in past years, but where it’s remained consistent is with its killer lineups, cool collaborations and an industry first focus. And after 35 years in the business, you know they know what they’re doing. It’s globally recognized as one of North America’s premiere entertainment events, with artists and industry representatives coming from all over the world to participate.
2017’s Canadian Music Week festival will see Toronto taken over by music for 6 nights(April 18th-23th), with hundreds of artists bringing their talents to more than 30 live musicvenues across our downtown. For those who can get out of bed before noon (thanks 4am last call!), the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel will host all convention activities such asthe Digital Media Summit on April 19th, as well as others presentations, panel discussions, networking events and more.
This year’s festival lineup features some music greats as well as some amazing home grown talents. Portland rockers The Dandy Warhols,Canadian indie darlings Yukon Blonde, Toronto producer Tasha the Amazon, Juno award winnerJess Moskaluke, country fan favourites James Barker Band and more join the previously announced line-up that includes Big Sean, Melissa Etheridge, and Wolf Parade. Some fantastic showcase collaborations are also in the works, with Toronto born barter community Bunz, powerhouse indie music label Dine Alone Records and Six Shooter Records and Toronto Music publication Exclaim! among the teams bringing great music to CMW.
I’ve had the pleasure of covering CMW for a few years now, and every year I put together a list of can’t miss shows that you, well, can’t miss! Here are my pics for CMW 2017:
Silver Love Club at Adelaide Hall
Bleeker at the Mod Club
Ivory Hours – Adelaide Hall
The Balconies – Adelaide Hall
Danko Jones – Velvet Underground
Grown Up Avenger Stuff – Cherry Cola’s
Bossie at the Silver Dollar
The New Electric and Courage My Love at the Velvet Underground
Groenland and Les Deuxluxes at Supermarket
Tanya Tagaq and Whitehorse at the Phoenix
Matt Mays at Lee’s Palace
The Strumbellas at Rebel
Sumo Cyco and A Primitive Evolution at the Bovine Sex Club
hey!dw at Longboat Hall
The Dead Love and The Beaches at the Horseshoe Tavern
UTA showcase at the Horseshoe Tavern featuring:
Birds of Bellwoods
One Bad Son
Adam Baldwin and more!
Youngblood at the Drake Underground