Most Canadian musicians don’t become household names until they’ve achieved mainstream success first, in the States or Overseas, but that’s not indicative of a shortage in existing talent. Musicians just need an outlet to show what they’re capable of, a venue and an audience to listen. That’s what Canadian Music Week is all about. If you realize that you don’t know much about Canadian music and you’re lucky enough to live in Toronto, March 21-25, 2012 is the perfect time to go out and see what the Toronto music scene has to offer. Canadian Music week is quickly approaching and it’s generating a lot of excitement for good reason.
CMW means a diverse selection of live music, awards shows, comedy and films. There’s so much to do and see that it’s never too early to start planning which events you want to attend. After all tickets go fast and shows will sell out. So make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to go out and enjoy some homegrown musical talent. Seriously there are so many bands, (Canadian as well as International) that are worth seeing, and they’re all performing at local venues with intimate settings.
Headliners include the Sheepdogs, Dragonette, Temper Trap, Treble Charger, the Trews, Andy C and Nneka amongst 150 other musicians who will be performing across 60 venues throughout Toronto. Tickets may be purchased individually or as part of a 5 day wristband package for 75$ through Ticketmaster or Rotate This and Soundscapes. Performances can be caught at The Fairmont Royal York, The Hoxton, Lee’s Palace, Massey Hall and various other locations that will feature an impressive selection of Canada’s freshest musical talent. Which is why it’s a good strategy to plan ahead and avoid disappointment before shows are sold out, as is the case with the return of I Mother Earth. For all of you who used to be obsessed with popular hits like, ‘One more astronaut’ and ‘Another Sunday’ and would go party at Tattoo Rock Parlour just to catch a glimpse of Edwin, this was your chance to see him perform live again. Other significant bands reuniting for the week’s events include iconic Canadian pop-punk group, Treble Charger widely known for hits like ‘American Psycho’ and ‘Brand new low’ along with 90s Indie-rock group, The Inbreds.
Amongst the most exciting features of CMV are Bassweek and the SiriusXM 2012 Indie Awards. Bassweek will be featuring legendary drum and bass DJ, Andy C at The Guvernment on Friday March 23, and Hospitality featuring Netsky, High Contrast, and Camo & Crooked at Kool Haus on Saturday, March 24. So if you’re feeling the whole Dubstep/D&B culture you’ll want to ensure you experience at least one of these nights. The Indies will be held Saturday March 24 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel where you can witness Treble Charger’s induction into the SiriusXM Indies Hall of fame, and watch performances by breakthrough artists like The Sheepdogs, Dan Mangan and Young Empires.
Whether it’s indie-rock, drum and bass, blues, punk, alternative or folk that you’re into, there couldn’t be a better time to find out what makes Canadian music so remarkable.
To discover more about events, visit http://www.cmw.net/.