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Canadian Music Week 2019 concert guide

(By: Angela McLean)

Music fans, your time to thrive has arrived. From May 6 to 12, Toronto will be music city central as Canadian Music Week (CMW) takes over, bringing with it hundreds of artists ready to play shows for you.

As you plan out your schedule for the week, make sure these six shows find a spot on your concert calendar.

Official CMW Kickoff Party with Television and Kandle

Official CMW 2019 Kickoff Party show poster

Monday, May 6
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tickets start at $54.91 or get in with a CMW Explorer wristband

Iconic band Television kicks off this year’s CMW concert and club series with a special show at The Phoenix Concert Theatre. Co-presented by Q107 and CMW, this is the perfect event to mingle with industry leaders and fellow fans as you get a taste of a group that has well-established roots in the British post-punk rock and American indie rock scenes. Arrive early – opener Kandle, a rising singer-songwriter and the daughter of 54–40 frontman Neil Osborne, is sure to captivate the audience with her “rock-noir” sound.

iHeartRadio FanFest 2019

iHeartRadio FanFest 2019 featuring Marshmello

Wednesday, May 8
REBEL
Tickets start at $64.80

Marshmello. Frank Walker. Neon Dreams. These are just a few of the names headlining the latest edition of the iHeartRadio FanFest. Always a highlight of the week, this year’s show – the third in its current format ­– will also feature a stacked reunion of talent from CTV’s The Launch, including recent winners Olivia Lunny, Cassiøpeia and Saveria, along with season one megastars Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine.

Kevin Garrett: The Hoax Tour with TEEN and CLAVVS

Kevin Garrett Hoax Tour Toronto poster

Thursday, May 9
Radio (formerly Adelaide Hall)
Tickets start at $25.66 or get in with a CMW Explorer wristband

If Beyoncé appreciates your talent, there’s not much left to say. From the start of his career, Pittsburgh native Kevin Garrett has been embraced by the likes of Rudimental (he features on their latest album on a bonus track, “Do You Remember”), Sam Smith, Jay-Z and Queen Bey herself. Fun fact: Garrett earned a Grammy nom for his work on “Pray You Catch Me,” a track on 2016’s Lemonade. Star collaborations aside, Garrett has single-handedly earned his praise. His debut full-length album ‘Hoax,’ featuring irresistibly smooth tracks like “Faith You Might,” does not disappoint. With his Toronto tour stop officially being part of this year’s CMW, don’t let this be the show where we have to say “told you so.”

Paradigm, Indie88 and CMW Showcase featuring KONGOS and more 

Paradigm Showcase with KONGOS CMW poster

Thursday, May 9
Mod Club
Tickets start at $31.56 or get in with a CMW Explorer wristband

In between sets from your favourite artists, why not discover a few new ones? Paradigm, Indie88 and CMW’s joint artist showcase boasts buzzed-about local and international names, including alternative, bilingual Canadian artist Gabrielle Shonk and South African American alt-rockers KONGOS. There’s no better place to find your next top played artist on Spotify.

KXCountry & CMW Showcase featuring Kira Isabella and David James

KXCountry Showcase CMW poster

Friday, May 10
Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon
Tickets start at $13.08 or get in with a CMW Explorer wristband

Kick it country style at the KXCountry radio showcase with headliners Kira Isabella and David James. At the most appropriate venue – Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon in the heart of downtown – you can even hop on the famous bull ride between sets. Rising country stars Nice Horse and Elyse Saunders will also be rocking the stage early in the night. Consider this night your early practice for Boots and Hearts Music Festival in August.

Jim Beam INDIES with Indie88

INDIES Toronto 2019 CMW poster

Saturday, May 11
The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Tickets start at $40.77 or get in with a CMW Explorer wristband

Closing out the fest, this unique combination of an award show and concert is a hot ticket each year. This year’s 19th annual Canadian Independent Music Awards (INDIES) features performances from “proudly Canadian” indie rock bands Born Ruffians and The Elwins, new Broken Social Scene member La Force (Ariel Engle) and emerging pop singer-songwriter Christee Palace, the winner of the national Jim Beam Talent Search. Expect possible appearances from nominees like Ralph, Chromeo, Tanya Tagaq and Suuns.

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(All photos courtesy of Canadian Music Week)

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