It’s one of my favourite weeks of the year and it’s right around the corner. Canadian Music Week 2014 is almost here. Canadian Music Week marks the end of winter and the start of possibilities. A full week of live shows, where bands take over the city of Toronto. I’m not sure how I will see all the shows I plan to but I sure am excited to try. The schedule is listed on the CMW Website. However, it’s a beast. If this is your first time to the rodeo, or you are just overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of it, we’ve come up with a guide to help you manoeuvre the week. To make it really easy, we have broken it down by venue, showcase and will highlight some of the bands we are most excited to see.
THE VENUES: We all know a good venue can make a good night so in case you find yourself overwhelmed by the schedule or not familiar with the line ups, here are our favourite places that will ensure a good night be had by all.
THE SCHEDULE: We’ve chosen our highlights of shows we think are going to be great. That being said, often the best thing about CMW is stumbling across an amazing band and discovering new local music so we are looking forward to doing just that. If you are looking for some direction. Here are our top picks for the CMW 2014 highlights.
Tuesday May 6th, 2014
It’s a quiet start – I suggest you go check out your local CMW bar and see some new music.
Wednesday May 7th, 2014
HIGHS @ 10:00pm
Check out local Toronto Artists, HIGHS, also playing 2 other shows throughout CMW.
Broods @ 11:00pm
Broods are ethereal synth indie with house undertones and female vocals. They are reminiscent of Zero 7
The Garrison – M for Montreal
Maica Mia @ 11:00 pm
Mas Aya @ 12:00
Mozart’s sister @ 1:00 am
Thursday May 8th, 2014
Ivy Coast @ 1:00am
If you’re looking for a chill night at a pub, this is a great spot to hit. Ivy Coast is playing at 1:00 am and their twangy bluegrass folk will sooth your country soul. Seriously though, reminiscent of First Aid Kit, this young group has a solid sound.
Living with Lions @ 1:00am
These guys remind me of something I would listen to in high school when I was more into the punk thing. They do it well, so join me to relive my youth at 1 am.
Lounge Bar (Marriott Hotel) – CBC Music Lounge
The Brothers Landreth @ 1:30pm
Because this is during the day I will probably have to listen to CBC music on the radio, but I will definitely be tuning in to hear The Brothers Landreth and their blues-y sound and soothing vocals.
Virgin Mobile Mod Club
The Lighthouse and the Whaler @ 8:00 pm
Friday May 9th , 2014
Jordan Klassen @ 1:30pm
Bill and Murray @ 8:00 pm
They had me at the name, this group is synthy and will satisfy your need to do a little dancing this CMW.
We are Wolves @ 8:00pm
One of our favourite Montreal based groups – last year we had the opportunity of watching these guys play on a boat in the Toronto harbour. These guys put on a great show.
Tickets available through the Concert Lottery only. This is a big ticket show, so buy yours now. It’ll be a good one.
Sneaky Dee’s Poutine Party – M for Montreal & Audio Blood
International Zombies of Love @ 10:00pm
HIGHS @ 11:00 pm
Lisa Leblanc @ 12:00 am
Random Recipe @ 1:00 am
Sneaky Dee’s and M for Montreal are hosting their annual Poutine Party with a great line up. Poutine and music? Yes please.
The Great Hall
Woods @ 10:30pm
Gladstone Hotel (North Ballroom) – Alberta Music & Saskmusic
Just the name of this night had me sold – not sure if you have noticed my love of bluegrass yet.
Close Talker @ 11:00 pm
The Dead South @ 1:00 am
The Dead South are real old school down ‘n’ dirty bluegrass. Get your Hoe Down ready. Close Talker is reminiscent of The Dodos (playing at Massey Hall earlier this evening) but with more soothing vocals.
The High Dials @ 11:00 pm
Brothers of North @ 11:00 pm
Saturday May 10th, 2014
The day of all days.
Silver Dollar – POP Montreal/Next Showcase
BlueVenus @ 8:00pm
Motel Raphael @ 9:00pm
Grounders @ 11:00pm
Kool Haus – It’s THE INDIES
You might be pumped for the Oscars, but here at Naked Underground,we get pumped for the Indies! Last year we wandered into this little awards event by accident and had the best time ever. There was also a 4am tattoo incident but that’s a story for another day.
This year, the Indies will feature:
Mounties @ 10:00 pm
Little Dragon @ 11:00pm
Awards all night.
Adelaide Hall – Osheaga & Life or Death PR Present
(Also known as the best night ever)
We are Wolves @ 9:30pm
Wildlife @ 12:00 am
They’re two of our favourite locals bands, need I say more?
Bovine Sex Club
The High Dials @ 12:00am
(Check out our interview with them here)
Tattoo Queen West – CMW Presents
M.I.A. @ 11:00pm
You can get access to this guaranteed-to-be-epic show by heading to Tattoo Queen West (567 Queen Street) on April 30th at 6pm where they will be handing out 200 free wristbands.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Canadian Music Week has to offer. Check out the schedule and stay tuned for more interviews and inside information to come.