by | Nov 4, 2015

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 info@cmw.net


What is Canadian Music Week (CMW)?

In our 38th year, we are now a little bit of everything. We are Canada’s Hottest New Music Festival.  The festival will take place in venues across Toronto from May 19-23, 2020, showcasing the talents of musicians from a wide range of genres for both international industry and general public alike.

When is CMW?

May 19-23, 2020!

Where is CMW?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

During the day the conference takes place at The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. At night we bounce around the many venues in Toronto. Check out our list of venues here.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets will be available on the CMW site, ticketweb.ca, ticketmaster.ca, Rotate This and Soundscapes – More details can be found in the passes/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 often have a few 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?

Most CMW venues are General Admission – standing room only, but may have some seating at the bar. Each venue website will have more information.

How do I get around?

In Toronto we have the TTC, our trusty (sometimes…) public transit. Now if you don’t want to wait around for that, we also have Uber, cabs, car sharing, and bike sharing. You can also walk around. Toronto is pretty easy to navigate, and it’s a cool way to get to know the city. You can find information about Toronto’s Public Transit System at ttc.ca

I need somewhere to stay, can you help?

As a large metropolis, Toronto has hotels, hostels, and short term rentals in every price range. Take a look at our venue map so you can book somewhere that is in the middle of all the action. Please note that hotels in downtown Toronto can get expensive, so booking as early as possible is recommended.


Who’s playing?

Once finalised, all of our artists performing at CMW 2020 can be found here.


Once finalised, our full 2020 schedule can be found here.

Can I take pictures?

You are absolutely welcome to take photos at the shows, and we encourage you to share them on social media with the hashtag #CMW2020. CMW venues generally do not allow professional cameras (DSLR or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses) or recording equipment of any kind. Selfie sticks are also not permitted.

If you are interested in volunteering at Canadian Music Week as a photographer, we will be accepting applications closer to CMW 2020. Stay tuned for more information.

I want to volunteer!

Perfect! We would love to have you, volunteer application forms can be filled out here.


How do I apply?

By clicking HERE!

What happens after we apply?

Your submission will be carefully reviewed 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 interesting acts 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. We don’t book cover bands.

What happens if I don’t get selected this year? Do I get a refund?

No refunds, but you do receive 1 (one) pass for a member of your group to attend the conference. Yes, that’s right we are giving you a $600.00 pass to learn and network at the 4 day music summit. Take advantage of it! Come mingle with some of the most influential people in the industry. Check out cmw.net for more info on the conference.

When will I know if I’m accepted?

Our submissions close December 15th, 2019. You will hear back either way by the end of February.

What happens if I’ve missed the deadline?

Then you have an entire year to prepare for the 2021 festival. Applications open during the summer, 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 we 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 be provided with a blanket immigration letter for crossing the border. 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.

What costs does CMW cover for showcasing artists?

Much like other showcasing festivals we don’t cover travel, accommodations or other costs. You will receive a pass for the conference and festival for each member of your group. We do encourage you to take advantage of the various industry events we have occurring during CMW beyond the shows.

You may be eligible to receive government funding to help cover the costs of attending Canadian Music Week. While we are not able to help you secure this funding, please reach out and we may be able to point you in the right direction.


What is the difference between Explorer + Pass, Explorer Pass 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 May 6-12, 2019. 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 Shows. By far the best value for music lovers allowing you to explore the festival the way YOU want.

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 shows, 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 Shows vs. Concert Series Shows ?

This year only Explorer+ Pass holders will have access to Concert Series Shows. To guarantee a spot at the venue, you will need to come down to the CMW Box Office and pick up your ticket. Please check back for a list of our Concert Series Shows.


Where can I buy a Pass?

Right Here!

Where can I buy a ticket?

Individual Show Tickets will be going on sale soon! You will be able to buy them from the CMW website 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 pass/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. 


Please check back for box office hours for CMW 2020.

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?

Keep an eye on the CMW social media accounts, and check the website and we will let you know depending on the show! Unless a show is sold out, tickets will be available at the door.

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

All venues are subject to capacity. 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 info@cmw.net and we will get back to you asap.

Make sure to follow Canadian Music Week on social media for our most up to date information about CMW 2020.