Roots Music at Canadian Music Week
Amid a downpour of alternating rain and snow, Canadian Music Week (CMW) kicked off last night in Toronto. Over 5 nights, in 55 venues, over 800 artists (most of them independent) will take to the big city stages hoping to make an impression in the industry.
A festival of this magnitude requires some hefty schedule-sifting, so we’ve waded through the information to create a handy guide to finding roots music at CMW. The full schedule can be found here.
Want to get a feel for the night before venturing into the tempest? Click on the artists we’ve linked to listen to a preview.
Tonight, Thursday March 10:
- Factor Breakthrough Series @ Bread and Circus featuring: Steph Macpherson, The R.G. Morrison, Drawn From Bees, Our Friends & The Spiders, Andrew Cole, Doors 8 p.m.
- Alt-Country Showcase @ Cadillac Lounge featuring: The River Junction Band, Val Halla, WAGONS, Lindsay Ell, Six West, Doors 8 p.m.
- Moose FM Showcase @ Mitzi’s Sister featuring: Kalle Mattson, The Folk, Jean-Paul de Roover, Laganza, Doors 9 p.m.
Friday, March 11:
- CMF Showcase! @ Free Times Cafe featuring: JD Clarke, Zachary Lucky, Alanna Cherote, Layah Jane, Ariane Mahryke Lemire, Doors: 8 p.m.
- CHARTattack Showcase @ Horseshoe Tavern featuring: Christiana Martin, The Sheepdogs, Hooded Fang, Winter Gloves, Cuff the Duke, Gentlemen Husbands, Glory Hound, Doors: 8 p.m.
- The Sirius Secret Showcase @ Mod Club Theatre featuring: The Sadies, Bachman & Turner Doors: 7 p.m.
- Music BC @ Rivoli featuring: Zaac Pick, Aidan Knight, Treelines Doors: 8 p.m.
- Factor Breakthrough Series @ The Dakota Tavern featuring: Rob Moir, Dave Hause, Grey Kingdom, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Racoon Bandit, Seth Anderson, Doors: 8 p.m.
- Manitoba Music Showcase @ The Garrison featuring: Les Jupes, Del Barber, The Liptonians, Imaginary Cities, Hope Atlantic, Take Me To The Piolt,
- Live Near Bellwoods Daytime Living Room Sessions @ Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment of Music featuring: Nash, The Wilderness, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, Pick a Piper, Rich Aucoin, We’re NotPopstars, Doors: 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 12:
- Live Near Bellwoods: The Daytime Living Room Sessions @ Toronto Institute For the Enjoyment of Music featuring: Nadia von Hahn, Ingrid Gatin, The R.G. Morrison, Loom, Aidan Knight, The Wilderness of Manitoba, Doors 1:30 p.m
- Factor Breakthrough Series @ The Dakota Tavern featuring: Ariana Gillis, The Belle Games, Dinner Belles, Cavaliers!, The Treasures, Northcote, The Schomberg Fair, Doors 7:30 p.m.
- Blues At Its Best @ Silver Dollar featuring: Bill Durst, Jordan John, Treasa Levasseur & The Daily Special, The Johnny Max Band, Doors 5 p.m.
- CMF Stripped Down @ Library Bar Sennheiser Lounge featuring: Bed of Stars, Paul Davidson, Ingrid Gatin, Lindsay Broughton, Chantel Upshaw, Pedro Menendez Fusion Ensemble, Nadia von Hahn, Carey Ott, Wool on Wolves, Doors 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 13:
- Will Currie & Friends @ Gladstone Hotel, featuring: Gay, Will Currie & the Country French, Pinecones, Doors 8 p.m.
- Ouzo Power CD Launch @ Lula Lounge, featuring: Dominic Mancuso, Mel M’rabet, Ouzo Power, Doors 7:30 p.m.