Article by: Chad Hutchings
Year after year, thousands of indie music fans slyly plan their sick days and stock up on their sleep with the approach of the country's largest new music festival, Canadian Music Fest.
With just one month to go, Canadian Music Fest 2011 is almost in reach, and Toronto is gearing up for five nights jammed full with over 800 live performances, spread throughout 55 venues within the downtown core.
The fun begins on March 9th and runs strong until the 13th, with a line-up so long that we'd have to hire a team of data entry clerks just to give you a full run-down. You can look forward to acts like Mother Mother, J Mascis, Adam Jones, Land of Talk, Down With Webster, Sweet Thing, Cuff the Duke, Big Sugar, and Yukon Blonde - and that's just a tiny handful of the talent.
To bring the festival to a close, there's the jewel in the crown of CMF: The 2011 Indies, an event honouring the brightest stars in Canadian independent music. With its eleventh annual celebration falling on March 12th, The Independent Music Awards will offer up performances from great acts like Janelle Monae, Shad, Hollerado, and Bombay Bicycle Club.
You can count on Sticky Magazine contributors to sacrifice sleep, sobriety, and a good bit of sanity as we work to give you coverage of the best of Canadian Music Fest 2011. Nevertheless, if you want to experience it for yourself, there's still time to grab a wristband before they sell out by visiting the sales outlet at CMF's official website, or by taking a trip to Rotate This, Soundscapes, or Ticketmaster. For passes to individual events, you can visit these same retailers, or just wait until the night of the show and try your luck for tickets at the door. After all, even in this day and age, miracles still happen.
To see the entire, sprawling schedule for the week, take a look at CanadianMusicFest.com.