Canadian Music Week starts tomorrow and I’ve put together my top 10 picks for what to attend from showcases, award shows and parties over the next week.
And no, you won’t sleep but you’ll meet new friends, have some laughs and discover amazing new bands from all over the world!
1. Bleeker at Mod Club – Tues April 18
Lucky enough to work with these gents and their amazing team. Go see ‘em before their big USA tour!
2. Zoobombs @Silver Dollar – Tues April 18
Silver Dollar is closing and that’s super sad, but this Japanese punk band calls it their second home. I made the mistake of seeing them the first time without earplugs. Pack them. They are LOUD.
3. Conferences! April 19-21 @Sheraton Centre
Go learn and be learned. Also, tons of networking to be done. I wrote the feature article for Canadian Musician Magazine if you need any further tips. Particularly, go see Rick Barker talk at 6 on Wednesday. He’s super inspiring.
4. Live Music Industry Awards – Wednes April 19
I’m really excited to attend this as Rush are receiving an award and any excuse to dress up on the red carpet with musicians is OK with me
5. The Indies Wednes April 18 @ The Phoenix
54/40, Dan Mangan.. So many artists are on this bill. Definitely going to be one of the hottest tickets of the week.
6. Canadian Women Musically - Thurs April 20 @ TBD
This is a non-CMW showcase being put on by some kick-ass ladies from 4-7pm. Message HERE for more info
7. Les DeuxLuxes Thurs April 20 @Supermarket
I discovered this band through as a juror for an award and fell hard for them. They’re playing the Bon Sound showcase and I think I’ll be sticking here for more of Thursday night.
Hollerado at Exclaim/Fred Perry Party – Fri April 20
Wait, it’s not confirmed but my detective work (check out the number of “???????” above!) has revealed they’ve got a new album out to promote. Plus, past clients PONY! are playing too.
9. Dandy Warhols Fri April 20 @Lee’s Palace
I think I like this band more after watching the documentary DIGG too many times (and showing my students too). Excited to see them play live.
10. No Bro Fri April 20 @ The Garrison
I’ve got a thing for Dine Alone and Buzz bands and both my Friday choices won’t disappoint. These gals are doing Wayhome too!
… now go get ready to rock!