Who To See During Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week is upon us yet again, and although some may feel it pales in comparison to some of the other festivals (check out the varying opinions from a bunch of music writers including myself in this Torontoist write up) I still think it’s a great time of year for music. There are a ton of bands worth checking out each night (and day – if you have the time off!), so here are my choices for who is worthy of your time this week (I’ve bolded what I will be attempting to see over the next five days):

Wednesday March 21

Opening Gala @ 4pm at the CN Tower with Ben Caplan and Joel Plaskett

Bella Clava @ 9:30pm, The Ascot Royals @ 11:45pm, Bright Lights Social Hour @ 12:30am at The Horseshoe

Teenage Kicks @10pm, Treble Charger @11pm at The Phoenix

Carleton Stone 11pm @ Cadillac Lounge

Will Currie & The Country French @11pm at the Rivoli

Amos the Transparent @ 11:15pm at the Garrison

Thursday March 22

Teenage Kicks @ 4:30pm at the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music

The Dirty Nil @ 8pm at Cherry Colas

Cold Specks @ 9pm at the Music Gallery

Army Girls @ 10:30pm at Parts & Labour

Martha Wainwright 12am, The Dears 1am, Lifestory Monologue (upstairs) @ 11:30pm at El Mocambo

Brett Caswell @ 8:30pm, Joseph Arthur @ 9:30pm , The Pack A.D  @ 11:30pm the Horseshoe

Wildlife @11pm at Lee’s Palace

The Balconies @11pm, secret guest at 12am at Cabin 5

Janes Party @11pm, Parks and Rec @10pm, HONHEEHONHEE @12am at Rancho Relaxo

Topanga @12am, Sandman Viper Command @2am, at Silver Dollar

Audio Blood Showcase featuring Ben Caplan, Hands and Teeth, The Love Machine starting @ 8pm at Sneaky Dees

Dinosaur Bones @8:30pm, I Mother Earth @10:30pm at Sound Academy

Shotgun Jimmie @ 9pm at The Great Hall

Bright Light Social Hour @11pm at Supermarket

Teenage Kicks @11:35pm at The Hideout

Friday March 23

Army Girls @ 2:00pm at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music

Audioblood/Spincount Showcase @ 2pm at Sneaky Dees

CATL @ 8pm, ATTAGIRL @ 9pm at Comfort Zone

Dine Alone Showcase @ 8pm featuring Great Bloomers, Dinosaur Bones, Parlovr, Monster Truck, Doldrums at the El Mocambo (both floors)

Poor Young Things and The Trews @ 8pm at Queen Elisabeth Theatre

Pat Wright @ 11:15pm at Underground Garage

Arts and Crafts Showcase @ 11pm featuring Eight and a Half, The Darcys, Zeus & Dan Mangan at the  Horseshoe 

Young Lions Music Club Showcase @ 12am at Sneaky Dees featuring Dinosaur Bones, Rouge, Sheezer

Time Giant @ 1am at Supermarket

Saturday March 24th

The Indies @ 7-11pm at the Canadian Room in the Royal York Hotel featuring Dan Mangan, The Sheepdogs, The Pack A.D, Rich Aucoin 

Fade Chromatic @ 9pm at Duffys

Papermaps @ 10pm at Hard Luck

Little City @ 11pm at the Silver Dollar

Bravestation @ 8:30pm, Wintersleep @ 12:40am, Poor Young Things@  2am at the Horseshoe

Sandman Viper Command @ 10pm, Whale Tooth @ 11pm, The Inbreds @ 12am at Lee’s Palace

Poor Young Things and the Trews @ 8pm at Queen Elisabeth Theatre

The Sweet Mack @ 2am at Rancho Relaxo

The Dirty Nil @ 2am at Bovine Sex Club

Teenage Kicks @ 2am at the Garrison

Sunday March 25

Pat Wright @ 11pm at the Hideout

Elwins @ 11pm Topanga @ 12am at Rancho Relaxo


It’s gonna be a crazy week, remember bars are open until 4am! Let me know who you’re looking forward to seeing.