Six shows to catch during Canadian Music Week 2018

(By: Angela McLean)

For one week every spring, Toronto transforms into a musical magicland for Canadian Music Week (CMW). Over 800 artists and bands from around the world entertain industry leaders, label scouts and fans at more than 40 venues across the city. There’s no better time to see your favourite artists, and discover new ones, before they make it big.

CMW 2018 takes over Toronto May 7-13. With so much music in such little time, here’s some inspiration to get your schedule started.

New City with Langston Francis, Drama, Jon Bryant and POESY

New City (Photo courtesy of New City/Facebook)

Thursday, May 10
Velvet Underground
Tickets start at $16.50 or get in with a CMW Explorer wristband

If you want to see some of Canada’s most promising artists, the Paradigm Talent Agency showcase at Velvet Underground is the place to be. There’s something for every music fan, from The Launch star POESY’s fun indie-rock headbangers to Langston Francis’ vibrant, genre-bending sound. Pop-rock three-piece New City will cap off the jam-packed evening, hot off the success of their recent singles “Dirty Secrets” and “Getting Closer.” Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see five talented artists for under $20.

DJ Windows98 with Felix Cartal

DJ Windows98 (Photo courtesy of Canadian Music Week)

Thursday, May 10
The Rec Room
Tickets start at $20 or get in with a CMW Explorer wristband

When Win Butler isn’t performing with his mega-successful group Arcade Fire, you just might find him spinning in a DJ booth as DJ Windows98. He’s joining forces with the highly-buzzed about Canadian DJ and producer Felix Cartal for a one-off CMW show at a unique venue – Toronto’s Rec Room. For the perfect evening in the 6, kick off your night with the Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre across the street.

iHeartRadio Fanfest

DVBBS (Photo courtesy of iHeartRadio Canada)

Friday, May 11
Tickets sold out but available on resale

If you still don’t believe that Canadian musicians are killing the game, check out the lineup for iHeartRadio’s annual Fanfest: Alx Veliz, Allie X, Ria Mae, Marianas Trench, Belly, headliners DVBBS – and that’s just scratching the surface. With names this big, it’s no surprise that Fanfest has become one of the biggest shows of CMW and tickets sell out fast every year. Keep an eye out for resale tickets as this is one show you would definitely regret missing.

Keys N Krates CURA Tour (Live)

Keys N Krates (Photo courtesy of Keys N Krates/Facebook)

Friday, May 11
The Danforth Music Hall
Tickets start at $15

Electronic group Keys N Krates returns home during CMW, bringing their hot-ticket CURA tour to The Danforth Music Hall. The tour, in support of the group’s new critically-acclaimed album of the same name, is guaranteed to be a party thanks to their complex, punchy and infectious beats. In fact, it might even be “music to your ears.”


Sloan (Photo credit: Corbin Smith)

Saturday, May 12
Yonge-Dundas Square
Free admission

After 12 albums, you might think a band would be slowing down. That’s certainly not the case for Canadian power-pop icons Sloan who are stronger than ever with their latest release, ’12.’ The album has a nostalgic ’90s sound with a modern twist and is the perfect soundtrack for a spring evening in Yonge-Dundas Square. In addition to the new material, expect performances of their classics such as 1996’s “Everything You’ve Done Wrong” and 2003’s “The Rest of My Life.”

Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88

INDIES (Photo courtesy of Canadian Music Week)

Saturday, May 12
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tickets sold out but admission available with a CMW Explorer wristband

This unique combination of an award show and concert is one of the final events of CMW. Canadian bands Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs, Said the Whale and The Rural Alberta Advantage will perform mini sets in between award presentations to some of the world’s top independent artists. R&B artist Daniel Caesar, breakthrough star Jessie Reyez, electro-pop singer Iskwé and festival favourite Allan Rayman are among the many Canadian nominees.

Which shows are you most looking forward to this Canadian Music Week? Share them in the comments below or tweet us @RUtvNews.

Stay tuned to our website and socials for additional coverage of CMW 2018.

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