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A guide to Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week is underway and with 5 nights of performances, 1000 bands and more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto, CMW can be a little overwhelming. Having a good plan is key to festival success, so we’ve narrowed it down to a list of shows you should check out.

Tuesday May 6, 2014

The 1975 | Event Info
Bad Suns and Sir Sly join the UK’s The 1975 at the Kool Haus the first day of Canadian Music Week.


The Reason | Event Info
Catch The Reason with The Dirty Nil, Stuck on Planet Earth & The C’mons at Tattoo.

Come As You Are: A Nirvana Tribute Show | Event Info
Performances from members of Sloan, Hidden Cameras, July Talk, DIANA, Luke Lalonde (Born Ruffians) & more.

Kenny vs. Spenny | Event Info
Kenny and Spenny from Toronto’s Kenny vs. Spenny will be at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Wednesday and Thursday.


Wednesday May 7, 2014

Brody Dalle | Event Info
Ex-Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle will be rocking the Horseshoe with The Box Tiger and Kennedy Cult.


Canadian Radio Music Awards | Event Info
Walk off the Earth, Down With Webster, Trevor Guthrie, Head of the Herd, Bret Kissel & more perform at the Phoenix Concert Theatre for the Canadian Radio Music Awards.
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Papermaps | Event Info
Catch sets from Papermaps, The Lost Chord, Lady Face & more at the Velvet Underground.

Thursday May 8, 2014

Kongos | Event Info
Kongos, Dear Rouge & Zerbin all play the Opera House Thursday.

Brendan Canning | Event Info
Catch some chill vibes with Brendan Canning, Say Yes & more at Lee’s Palace.


DIANA | Event Info
Toronto’s DIANA plays at the Drake with Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn, ASMR Buds & Jennifer Castle.

Friday May 9, 2014

City and Colour | Event Info
Catch City and Colour with special guests Half Moon Run at the Air Canada Centre.

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Neko Case | Event Info
Indie88 Presents Neko Case (The New Pornographers) and The Dodos will at Massey Hall.


FanFest | Event Info
Performances from Tegan and Sara, Ellie Goulding, Andrew Allen, Alyssa Reid, Kristina Maria & MAGIC! at the Kool Haus.

Flatbush Zombies | Event Info
Catch one of Matt’s CMW picks, Flatbush Zombies with Bodega Bamz, Perrion & Kaydee at the Phoenix.

Operators | Event Info
Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Firs, Divine Fits) band Operators will occupy a three-night residency at the Silver Dollar with Grounders, Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots), and more.


Jane’s Party | Event Info
Toronto act Jane’s Party takes the stage at Handlebar with Tully on Tully, Le Trouble and more on Friday.

No Age | Event Info
Post-punk rockers No Age play their first CMW show with Red Mass, The Motorleague and more at Hard Luck Bar.

King Khan & BBQ Show | Event Info
The King Khan & BBQ Show features performances from The Balconies, Head of the Herd, The Honeyrunners and more at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Saturday May 10, 2014

Owen Pallett | Event Info
Don’t miss the extremely talented Owen Pallett with Doldrums at The Danforth Music Hall on the final night.


The Indies | Event Info
The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards takes place at the Kool Haus with performances from Little Dragon, Mounties, Born Ruffians, Hollerado, The Hidden Cameras, The Strumbellas & Ponctuation.

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Television | Event Info
Saturday is your chance to see one of the most influential post-punk bands, Television, at the Phoenix with Brendan Canning.

No Age | Event Info
No Age plays their second show at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club with Indian Handcrafts & more.