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Countdown To Canadian Music Week New Artists And Showcases Added


In less than a month Canadian Music Week (CMW) will once again take over the city of Toronto from May 2-8. Widely recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music, the festival spans 7 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. To sort through the flurry of music news over the last few months, we have tried to keep it short and sweet below. Looking forward to seeing you out and about!


Even though we are less than a month out, we can’t stop adding bands! The Sheepdogs, Hannah Georgas, Jeff The Brotherhood, HUMANS, Max Frost, Diarrhea Planet and more have all joined the 2016 line up. For the full list of performing artists visit here.


Check out our featured festival partnered showcases below.




Boots & Hearts and KX Country Present The Hot Shots CMW Showcase:
Blackjack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Eric Ethridge, James Barker Band, Dani Strong, Kansas Stone

Tuesday May 3 @The Phoenix Concert Theatre

The Boots and Hearts Music Festival is an annual country music festival at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds from August 4th – 7th produced by Republic Live. This year’s festival features headliners Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley joined by Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Dean Brody and many more. All tickets and camping offerings are currently on sale at

M for Montreal and Brooklyn Vegan Present:
Ho99o9, Duchess Says, Dead Obies, The Posterz, Wasiu, and Ragers
Saturday May 7 @ Adelaide Hall
M for Montreal is a 4-day music festival and conference. The festival is teaming up with tastemaker music site, Brooklyn Vegan to present this showcase.Osheaga Presents:
Dilly Dally w/ The Damn Truth, Le Trouble, Foreign Diplomats and Motel Raphael
Saturday May 7 @ Lee’s Palace

The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is a multi-day indie music festival in Montreal, Quebec, that is held annually at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène every summer. The festival takes place on five stages. This year’s line up features Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Ray, Radiohead and more.

NeXT + Wavelength + POP Montreal Present: 
PARTNER (Wed, Thurs, Fri)
Walrus, Entire Cities, Little Junior, For Esme, Billy Moon, She-Devils, Caveboy and more @ The Silver Dollar
Legendary Toronto promoter Dan Burke teams up with POP Mtl (May 6) and Toronto’s Wavelength Music Festival (May 7) for the annual NeXT@CMW Silver Dollar showcases.

WayHome Presents:
HUMANS, Amir Obe, Lucas Dipasquale, Kiki Rowe, and Heartstreets
Saturday May 7 @ Mod Club

The WayHome Music & Arts Festival produced by Republic Live, takes place at the custom designed Burl’s Creek Event Grounds July 22 – 24, 2016. The festival includes headliners LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers and an additional 70 artists across four stages, a variety of late-night spectacles and experiences, original art installations, fine international and local cuisine, an on-site farmers market and more. All ticket offerings are currently on-sale exclusively at

It’s been a busy winter, if you accidentally missed one of our announcements, we have summarized the highlights below.

Music Docs at Hot Docs Co-presented with Canadian Music Week , will also feature free live shows opening weekend on April 30 and May 1, from 9-11PM, at The Mill Street Hub.
Introducing the inaugural international creative-economy Music Cities Summit “The Mastering of a Music City”. The one-day summit will explore in-depth the relationship between creative city planning, quality-of-life and the music industry.
We are pleased to announce this year’s Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award  will be awarded to Nelly Furtado.

In case you slept on getting tickets to one of our sold out shows (SKEPTA, LIGHTS, Scott Helman, Collective Soul, Eagles of Death Metal), we have a solution to avoid the inevitable fear of missing out.  The ‘Win To Get In’ series allows CMW wristband holders the opportunity to catch these must-see shows. Get your 7-day wristband and hop around to club venues all over the city– it’s a numbers game! Don’t forget to #CMW2016 so your friends can keep track of your music discoveries.Monday, May 2, 2016
LIGHTS @ The Danforth Music Hall *TICKETS
Max Frost w/ Rozes @ The Drake Hotel *TICKETS

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Laura Stevenson w/ Special Guests @ Drake Underground *TICKETS
Låpsley @ The Mod Club *TICKETS
Bob Mould Band @ Horseshoe Tavern *TICKETS

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Generation Axe: A Night of Guitars @ Massey Hall *TICKETS
Royal Canoe w/ The Wet Secrets & Hannah Epperson @ The Mod Club *TICKETS
MOTHERS w/ Honduras, Boulevards and more @ Adelaide Hall *TICKETS
Charlotte Cardin @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS
Heat @ The Garrison *TICKETS
Baio w /Blajk, Romes, Only Yours and TMPL @ Velvet Underground *TICKETS
Bob Mould Band @ Horseshoe Tavern *TICKETS

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Tommy Stinson of the Replacements w/ Common Deer, Ivory Hours, Frankie Lee, Little You Little Me @ Horseshoe Tavern *TICKETS
Wild Nothing w/ Charlie Hilton and more @ The Opera House *TICKETS
TOPS w/ Foxtrott, Wildlife, Savoir Adore and more @ Lee’s Palace *TICKETS
Memory Tapes w/ Ghostly Kisses, Wolkoff @ Comfort Zone *TICKETS
Yuna w/ Bosco @ The Mod Club *TICKETS
Kevin Abstract w/ Smino and Kaydee @ Adelaide Hall *TICKETS
No Joy w/ Programm and Mise en Scene @ The Velvet Underground *TICKETS
The Shrine w/ Dr. Boogie, Waxy and more @ The Bovine Sex Club (25th Anniversary party) *TICKETS
Gilligan Moss w/ Daithi @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS
Public Access T.V. w/ The Balconies, The Undivided and more @ The Great Hall *TICKETS

Friday, May 6, 2016
SWMRS w/ JPNSGRLS, New Swears and more @ Adelaide Hall *TICKETS
Public Access T.V. w/ No Sinner, The Sumner Brothers and more @ The Garrison *TICKETS
White Lung w/ Dead Tired @ Velvet Underground *TICKETS
Nao & Mura Masa @ The Mod Club *TICKETS
Motel Raphael w/ Timberwolf @ The Dakota Tavern *TICKETS
Corners w/ Attica Riots, and Acid Dad @ The Hard Luck *TICKETS
Busty and the Bass @ The Opera House *TICKETS

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Them Dang Rattlers w/ TrainwreckX @ Boots and Bourbon *TICKETS
Meat Wave w/The Dying Arts, Dead Messenger @ The Bovine (25th anniversary party) *TICKETS
Andrew Combs @ The Dakota Tavern *TICKETS
Royal Wood @ The Danforth Music Hall *TICKETS
Willa w/ Rococode, Kill J, and Elle Exxe @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS
Corners w/ Grounders, Haunted Summer and more @ The Garrison *TICKETS
Sunflower Bean w/ Death Valley Girls, Shy Kids and Mise en Scene @ Hard Luck Bar *TICKETS
Modern Space, Attica Riots, Sam Cash and more @ The Horseshoe Tavern *TICKETS
SWMRS w/New Swears, Splitfist, and more @ Sneaky Dees *TICKETS
Muuy Bien w/ Sharkmuffin, Hormoans and more @ Smiling Buddah *TICKETS

Wednesday, May 4
APCM Showcase @Nightowl *TICKETS
Indica Records Showcase w/ Foreign Diplomats and more @ The Burdock *TICKETS
London Music Office & Tourism London Presents London Is On w/ Wolf Saga, Taylor Holden, Hiroshima Hearts and more @ Cadillac Lounge *TICKETS
Harvard Broadcasting Presents Autopilot, The Sole Pursuit, Open Aire and more @ Cherry Cola’s
SiriusXM Presents TOP COMIC featuring Derek Sequin, Matt O’Brien, Faisal Butt @ The Great Hall *TICKETS
94.9 The Rock Presents Julian Taylor Band, Poor Young Things, SATE, Palaye Royale @ Lee’s Palace *TICKETS
Indies with Indie88 w/ The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, The Zolas and Alberta Cross @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *SOLD OUTThursday May 5
Music Express & IndieCan Records Present Annie Sumi, Rose-Erin Stokes, Nick Sherman, Carly Thomas, Laura Tremblay and more @ Cherry Colas *TICKETS
Music Glue Presents Model Aeroplanes and Tusks @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS

Spotify Spotlight Presents Filous, Charlotte Cardin, Rainer & Grimm, Ria Mae and Modern Space @ The Garrison *TICKETS
SiriusXM Presents Collective Soul @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre *SOLD OUT
The Academy Presents D.R.A.M @ Revival *TICKETS
Music From Ireland Presents Elm, Bagels, Daithi, Fangclub @ The Rivoli *TICKETS
Women in Music  Showcase @ The Supermarket *TICKETSFriday May 6
BonsoundSiriusXM and Exclaim! Present Radio Radio, Dead Obies, Lisa LeBlanc, Les Deuxluxes, and Safia Nolin @ The Great Hall *TICKETS
KX 96 Presents Cold Creek County w/ River Town Saints @ Boots & Bourbon *TICKETS
Communion Presents Repartee, Sarah Hartman, Jean Michel-Blias @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS
iHeartRadio Fest 2016 Presents Tegan and Sara, X-Ambassadors, Shawn Hook, Scott Helman, Jocelyn Alice and more (WIN-TO-GET-IN ONLY)
Lolipop Records Presents Corners w/ Attica Riots, and Acid Dad @ The Hard Luck *TICKETS
SaskMusic and Alberta Music Present How the West was Won @ Hideout *TICKETS
Dine Alone Records and SiriusXM Present The Sheepdogs, Wintersleep, Hannah Georgas, Jeff the Brotherhood, and Diarrhea Planet @ The Horseshoe Tavern *TICKETS

Fat Possum Presents Fat White Family, Sunflower Bean and more @ Lee’s Palace *TICKETS
UKTI Presents The Undivided, The Spook School, Model Aeroplanes, and more @ The Old Laurel *TICKETS
Burger Records Presents The Black Lips, Single Mothers and more @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre *TICKETS
Music BC Presents The Summer Bros, Van Damsel, Little India and more @ The Rivoli *TICKETS
Sounds Australia Presents SOUND GALLERY w/ Russell Morris Demi Louise, Auguste, HOWQUA and more @ The Supermarket *TICKETSSaturday May 7
Jim Beam and Exclaim!  Presents Eagles of Death Metal w/ The Beaches, Dearly Beloved @ The Opera House *SOLD OUT
Music Nova Scotia Presents Beauts, Mardeen, Walrus and Natalie Lynn @ The Rivoli *TICKETS
Music Ontario Showcase @ The Supermarket *TICKETS
UKTI Presents Fat White Family @ The Velvet Underground *TICKETS
Sounds Australia Presents The Aussie BBQ @ The Horseshoe Tavern 12-5:30pm

The festival wristband is ideal for the music fan interested in discovering new acts and seeing a ton of their favourite bands. Depending on your itinerary we recommend the following:

The VIP wristband will give you 7-day line skip access to the Music Festival. VIP wristband holders will be allowed to “Pick 3”, This will give you guaranteed access to 3 shows of your choosing. All you will have to do is come down to the CMW box office and pick up your tickets. This is on a first come / first serve basis. Being a CMW wristband holder also gives you the chance at guaranteeing a spot in our Win to get in Series. At $150 this wristband provides value and status 😉

The CMW Festival Wristband gives you access to 7 days of live music. Priced at $75, the CMW festival wristband gives you the chance at guaranteeing a spot in our Win to get in Series. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to get the inside scoop on pre sales, after parties, meet and greets and secret shows.
For more info visit here.


Now in it’s 34th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 7 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto.