Canadian Music Week (CMW) has a lot of moving parts, Here are some answers to questions most people have. On this page we will be concentrating on the Music Festival portion of the event.  Hopefully we have covered everything, if you need more info or further explanation shoot us an e-mail


What is Canadian Music Week (CMW)?

In our 35th year, we are now a little bit of everything. We are Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. We take over downtown Toronto venues/clubs for over 6 days of live music running April 18-23, 2017. We like to party, so a lot of our venues are open till 4:00 am. We also like to laugh, so we have a comedy festival as well. We like to chill out sometimes with our film festival bringing you innovative films about music.  Sometimes we even put on our learning caps we at our conference. Come join us at one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music.

Tl;dr –  We are a music festival, comedy festival, film festival, trade show, award shows and conference.

When is CMW?

April 18-23, 2017!

Where is CMW?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Main headquarters is The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Check out our list of venues here.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets will be available on the CMW site,,, Rotate This and Soundscapes – More details in the wristband/ticket section

Is it all ages?

With most of our shows being at clubs open till 4:00 am, you have to be 19+. But we do try and have a couple shows that are all ages.

Are venues accessible for people with disabilities?

Please check the venue website – you can find a list of our venues with their websites here

Is there seating?

Well with most venues, there might be one bar stool. If you can find it. So lots of standing, and dancing.

How do I get around?

In Toronto we have the TTC, our version of public transit. Now if you don’t want to wait around for that to arrive we also have uber or cabs. But we also have a lot of traffic. If you are a biker, you can always use Bike Share Toronto. Or you can walk around everywhere, Toronto is a grid and pretty easy to navigate.

I need somewhere to stay, Help!

Let me google that for you…. But really depends on how fancy you plan to be on your stay here. If you think about it, you are never really going to be at your hotel anyways. There are a bunch of hotels.  Airbnb is always a great choice, if you want to save money and make meals, do a little pre drink. Toronto is big, take a look at our venue map so you can book somewhere that is in the middle of all the action.



Who’s playing?

Slow down there! We’re still working away on the 2017 festival, so stay tuned.


Check back in the new year for the 2017 schedule.

Can I take pictures?

I mean everyone can take a picture. And phones have turned into cameras. But keep it real and don’t be dick. Don’t watch the show through your screen, because that means everyone behind you is watching it through your screen as well. Also don’t use flash, that’s just a known fact. It annoys the band and everyone around you. NO SELFIE STICKS. No explanation needed.

I want to volunteer!

Perfect! We would love to have you, volunteer application forms can be filled out here.
Most of the positions have been filled, but there is a chance to get on a waitlist



How do I apply?

By clicking HERE!

What happens after we apply?

Your submission will be carefully listened to by our programming team, and you will hear back either way. And yes, we listen to every. single. submission.

What are you looking for?

We are looking for artists from a wide array of genres who have started to establish a presence, have long term career goals and a plan on how to achieve them.

What happens if I don’t get accepted? Do I get a refund?

No refunds, but you do receive 1 (one) pass to attend the conference. Yes that’s right we are giving you a $700.00 pass. Take advantage of it! Come mingle with some of the most influential people in the industry.

When will I know if I’m accepted?

Our submissions close on Dec 29, 2016. You will hear back either way by the end of January at the very latest.

What happens if I’ve missed the deadline?

Then you have an entire year to prepare for the 2018 festival. Applications open during the summer time, mark it down in your calendars!

Can we play multiple times?

We have bands come from all over the world on their own dime, so priority does go to them for multiple plays. That being said, we do try to give each band as much opportunity to make the most of their time at CMW as we can, and offer second plays where we can.

If we are from out of town, do we need to bring all our gear?

Most of our venues come with basic backline. Your stage manager will reach out to you and let you know what will be in the room. We do encourage you to use this. It saves on time on change overs. If you need certain equipment, let your stage manager know, they will either try and help you sort it out or put you in the right direction to rent it.

We are not a Canadian Band, Do I need a visa?

No, you do not need a visa, there are a few exceptions – please check here. All of our venues are exempt. You will find a blanket immigration letter in your artist log in area. This does not include additional dates in Canada or US. It’s your responsibility to get proper paper work for your other shows.

Artists outside of Canada and the US will now have to obtain an eTA, It is a simple online form you need to fill out. The cost is $7.00 CAD per person and is good for 5 years.

Ok, we’ve been accepted, our bags are packed… CMW is fronting the bill right?

Much like most showcasing festivals we don’t cover travel, accommodations or other costs. You will receive a pass for the conference for each member of your group.



What is the difference between VIP Wristband, Regular Wristband and buying a ticket?

Here is the breakdown of how this all works:

Explorer Pass – Showcasing the best in new music, Canadian Music Week once again lands in the clubs across Toronto April 18-23, 2017. And if you’re all about the club hopping life you’ll want to grab the EXPLORER PASS which grants you access to all official CMW Club Series venues. By far the best value for music lovers allowing you to explore the festival the way YOU want. Catch the hottest club shows, discover your new favorite artists, all with one pass.

Explorer+ Pass – Want more access? Don’t like waiting in line? Then pick up the EXPLORER+ PASS for priority access to all official CMW club series venues, plus guaranteed entry to the CMW Concert Series to experience marquee headline shows at Toronto’s best concert venues.

Tickets – this is the only way to guarantee your spot in a venue. You can always purchase your ticket and upgrade to a wristband to club hop for the rest of the event.


Club Series Venues vs. Concert Series Venues ?

This year only Explorer+ Pass holders will have access to Concert Series Venues. To guarantee a spot at the venue, you will need to come down to the CMW Box Office and pick up your ticket.


Danforth Music Hall                                          Mod Club

The Opera House                                               Phoenix Concert Theater



Adelaide Hall                                                       Baby G

Boots and Bourbon                                            Bovine Sex Club

Cameron House                                                  CODA

Comfort Zone                                                      Dakota Tavern

Drake Underground                                          Garrison

Great Hall                                                              Horseshoe Tavern

Lee’s Palace                                                         Longboat Hall

Painted Lady                                                        Revival

Rivoli                                                                       Silver Dollar

Smiling Buddha                                                   Supermarket

Velvet Underground


Where can I buy a wristband?

Wristbands aren’t on sale quite yet, but when they are, you can buy them on our website or ticketmaster.

Where can I buy a ticket?

Right Here. or Ticketweb/Ticketmaster or you can go old school and pick some up in person at Rotate This or Soundscapes

When / How do I get my wristband/ticket?

If you choose the shipping option, We will be sending them out starting at the beginning of April. If you chose the pick up option, you can come visit us at The CMW Box Office

The CMW box office will be located at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St. W., Toronto.  On the Concourse Level at the Convention Registration


Tuesday April 18: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday April 19: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday April 20: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday April 21: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday April 22: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Please note: Tickets must be picked up on-site during box office hours. Tickets that are not picked up by 4:00 PM DAY OF SHOW, will be available at the venue when doors open.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes … and no. Check the website and we will let you know depending on the show!

What is the difference between limited wristband accepted / all wristbands accepted?

I’ll just say it again – all venues are subject to capacity. It’s the law and none of us want to get in trouble. That being said we leave room open in every venue for wristband holders. Limited wristbands accepted is for our larger shows. This means that you should show up early and be prepared to wait in line. All wristbands accepted – this is for our showcasing venues and the places you want to be to find really great up and coming acts from around the world.

My question wasn’t answered… Help!

E-mail us at and we will get back to you asap.