Canadian Music Week

10 CMW Picks by YouRockRed

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.


8. 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!

CMM! Cover Story: How to Do Music Conferences

Thrilled to announce the cover feature article I worked on the topic of music education and how to make the most of music conferences is now available on newstands across Canada!  It’s about 10 pages long, so lots to be learned.

I interviewed festival managers, bookers, producers, publicists, artist managers and more to get a full representation of all the best advice for indie/DIY musicians. There’s also an article on how you can make a music conference happen in your own town.

Pick it up now or read it online HERE.

(P.S. I’ve got the May/June feature as well- stay tuned!)

My cover April

10 Must See Acts at Canadian Music Week 2016

Some incredible artist clients are playing CMW this week and I’m happy to share who! Follow me on Twitter @Urockred, Instagram or Snapchat (YouRockRed) throughout the week for inside look at the conference, showcases and more shenanigans.

I’m also going to be speaking at the Mentor’s Cafe so please come by and say hello!


Friday, May 06 Adelaide Hall 9:00PM

PONY - Garage Punk Pop

Wednesday, May 04 Silver Dollar 10:00PM


Thursday, May 05 Cadillac Lounge 7:00PM

Other non-clients I’m stoked to see:

  • Eli and the Strawman
  • Fat White Family
  • Les Deuxleuxes
  • Woodes
  • Wander Years
  • We Were Lovers

Speaking at Canadian Music Week

CMW 2015 is under way and my ears are already ringing (Thanks, Metz!) The 3-day music conference begins on Thursday, May 7, and you can sign up for a FREE meeting with me at the Mentor’s Cafe from 12- 1p.m.

Click here for the link! 

Canadian Music Week 2014 Photos- Stars, July Talk, ATCR, Operators…

There are so many thank-you notes and emails that must be sent after the whirlwind that was the last week in Toronto at Canadian Music Week.

However, because Ottawa Rock Lottery is upon me essentially meaning this is my busiest week of the year photos will have to suffice for now.

Big shout-out to Audio Blood and the amazing support team that put on Canadian Music Week. I learned so so much and met some incredible industry and artists that I’m truly looking forward to working with in the future.  Also Amanda Palmer is my new personal hero.


A Tribe Called Red at Google Play launch

casie stewart

The inimitable blogger/socialite Casie Stewart

kevin drew and I

Kevin Drew and I had a moment

kevin drew

Kevin Drew and Stars talking about “Good Sex.”



rob moir

Ran into old friends and new (Rob Moir and Underground Operations)

ladies of the canyon

Diana at the Drake Underground (not pictured, members of Stars, Halfmoon Run and Metric who were also in attendance.)
the socials

Barrie’s The Socials at Johnny Jacksons. Really Gaslight Anthem feel.

bathroom grafitti

Wisdom from Almost Famous @ Hardluck Bar


Jian Ghomeshi interviewing DeadMau5 (minus the helmet)

hat shop show

Secret show in a Haberdashery on Queen St. West

pkew pkew pkew

Pkew Pkew Pkew at Silver Dollar


My job over the 3 day conference. Social media screens!

old james

Old James at Cadillac Lounge

team ab


Operators (ex-Handsome furs Wolf Parade- and yes, they played Shine a Light with Japandroids!)

cmw wall

I became a rock and roll machine.


Yellerkin at Dakota

july talk

July Talk covering Nirvana at the Come as You Are fundraiser at The Great Hall

stars cmw

My favourite band ever Stars in an intimate industry-only showcase for the launch of Google Play. They were joined by Kevin Drew of BSS.

bruce cockburn