May 04, 2015
King Tuff. The Jesus and Mary Chain. Alvvays. Lights. Kiesza. Death Cab for Cutie.
Those are just a few of the big-name acts appearing at this year’s Canadian Music Week.
In its 33rd year, Canadian Music Week is one of North America’s premier music and entertainment events. A conglomeration of Canada’s best in music production, exhibition, and stage acts are brought together for a 10-day event showcasing 1,000 bands at more than 60 venues in the city of Toronto.
Canadian Music Week kicked off last Friday, May 1, in Toronto. Aside from featuring hot Canadian talent, industry insiders get a glimpse of what’s new in the Canadian music market, and share their ideas with other industry professionals at conventions that are specific to their needs.
Various speakers, workshops, and panel discussions deal with all variety of topics, including marketing to Millennials, one-on-one industry mentor networking support, and discussions about the future of music radio.
CMW 2015 Lineup
For those who need some help navigating their week, the Toronto Star offered up its top five bands not to miss, while BlogTO advised on the top 5 concert venues to check out, and here’s a few Australian artists sharing some golden advice on playing CMW.
A large portion of CMW is also devoted to film and comedy. Filmmaker Spike Lee will be in attendance for two separate dates during CMW; first for a keynote interview on Saturday, May 9, and then for screening and Q&A of his 1989 film, Do The Right Thing on Sunday, May 10.
CMW will continue on for another six days until May 10. Tickets and wristbands are still on sale for anyone wanting to catch a show, and at $150 a pop, the price of a 10-Day VIP Festival Wristband beats the cost of most other music festival admission prices these days.
Chances to see some bands are still in effect! Anyone in the Toronto area wishing to take in a few shows during CMW are still able to enter the concert lottery this week.
In other news…
- Fred Penner reads “sweet tweets”
- Grooveshark is over
- Passovah seeks help from crowdsourcing
- Sled Island releases festival lineup
- Woman needs band to annoy neighbours
- Bogota, Colombia takes a page from Toronto
- Ryan finally succumbs to “Summer of 69”
- Billboard: Toronto is a hub for world-class music
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