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Canadian Music Week 2010 Preview

Canadian Music Week 2010

Three of our contributors offer up some recommendations for Canadian Music Week 2010.

Part of the point of festivals is to get out and see bands or musicians you haven't seen before. We have lots of great talent in Toronto this week from across the country, and even far off countries, so take advantage of it. (Yes, we realize that, in some cases, that means ignoring our recommendations.)

Pete Nema

Wednesday, March 10th

For Wednesday, the Bahamas / Jason Collett / Zeus show is probably the place to be, I hear they will be mixing up it up a bit — expect greatness. Also, Cage The Elephant is in Toronto again, this time headlining their own show — rock music played with a punk-attitude should get the adrenaline flowing (limited wristbands/passes accepted).

  • Bahamas / Jason Collett / Zeus @ Lee's Palace, Doors at 8:00pm
  • Cage The Elephant @ Phoenix, 11:00pm
  • Michou @ Supermarket, 11:00pm
  • Eddie Orso @ Cadillac Lounge, 1:00am
  • Hello Beautiful @ Clinton's, 1:00am

Thursday, March 11th

On Thursday, if you're looking to stick to one venue, I recommend the Horseshoe, El Mocambo, or The Silver Dollar. The CHARTattack Showcase at the Horseshoe looks amazing as usual, but the Audio Blood Showcase at the El Mocambo looks particularly good this year. Excellent local talent play at The Silver Dollar.

  • NeXT-at-CMW: Songs From A Room, Dinosaur Bones, Still Life Still @ The Silver Dollar, 9:00pm
  • Amos The Transparent @ Horseshoe Tavern, 9:20pm
  • We Are The City @ El Mocambo, 10:00pm
  • Michou @ Rivoli, 10:00pm
  • Hollerado @ Horseshoe Tavern, 11:10pm
  • We Are The Take @ Supermarket, 12:00am
  • Make Your Exit @ El Mocambo, 1:00am

Friday, March 12th

Friday is insane, there is lots of great music everywhere. I don't want to reproduce the CMW schedule here, so I'll just say: CHARTattack has put together another great showcase at the Horseshoe on Friday; start to finish, there isn't one bad band in the lot. It should be suitably packed, so get there early. Children Collide are in town from Australia, playing three shows in total (check the schedule for other times). They put out a great album last year, and since they are so far from home, this would be a good opportunity to see them.

  • Bend Sinister @ Horseshoe Tavern, 8:30pm
  • Children Collide @ Rivoli, 9:00pm (also at Gladstone Hotel, 11:30pm)
  • The Dudes @ Horseshoe Tavern, 9:20pm
  • Jets Overhead @ Horseshoe Tavern, 10:10pm
  • Melissa Auf Der Maur @ Horseshoe Tavern, 11:10pm
  • Plants and Animals @ Lee's Palace, 12:00am
  • Paper Lions @ Horseshoe Tavern, 1:20am
  • Parlovr @ The Silver Dollar, 2:00am

Saturday, March 13th

Joel Plaskett is playing an early show presumably in an attempt to prevent The Mod Club from being overrun, but I'm not sure it will help... we'll see. Postdata was formed by Paul Murphy from Wintersleep (read more) and is doing an early set at the Rivoli. Dine Alone Records has a crazy night planned at The Garrison, including Songs From A Room and Moneen. And The Indie Awards are at the Royal York.

  • The Indie Awards @ Canadian Room (inside the Royal York), Doors 7:00pm
  • Joel Plaskett @ The Mod Club, 7:30pm
  • Postdata @ Rivoli, 8:00pm
  • Songs From A Room @ The Garrison, 9:00pm
  • The Balconies @ Horseshoe Tavern, 9:20pm
  • Hot Panda @ Lee's Palace, 10:00pm
  • Minto @ Rancho Relaxo, 12:00am
  • Moneen @ The Garrison, 12:00am
  • Two Hours Traffic @ Horseshoe Tavern, 12:10am

Sunday, March 14th

If you've paced yourself appropriately, and looking to end the week with some great music, two good suggestions are the Horseshoe and the Phoenix.

  • Woods / Real Estate @ Horseshoe Tavern, Doors 8:00pm
  • Born Ruffians / Young Rival / Born Ruffians @ Phoenix, Doors 7:00pm

Whitney Pineault

Thursday, March 11th

  • Arts and Crafts Showcase @ The Great Hall, Doors 8:00pm
    • Sally Seltmann, 9:00pm
    • Dan Mangan, 10:00pm
    • Timber Timbre, 11:00pm

Friday, March 12th

  • Sirius Salutes Quebec @ El Mocambo, Doors 8:00pm
    • Navet Confit, 9:00PM
    • Fred Fortin, 10:00PM
    • Parlovr, 11:00PM
    • Winter Gloves, 12:00AM
    • Handsome Furs, 1:00AM
    • Artist Of The Year, 2:30AM

Saturday, March 13th

  • CHARTattack Showcase @ Horseshoe Tavern, Doors 8:00pm
    • Yukon Blonde, 8:30pm
    • The Balconies, 9:20pm
    • The Beauties, 10:10pm
    • The Wooden Sky, 11:10pm
    • Two Hours Traffic, 12:10pm
    • The Junction, 1:20am
    • The Stanfields, 2:20am

Sunday, March 14th

  • Phoenix Concert Theatre, Doors 7:00pm
    • Parlovr, 8:00PM
    • Young Rival, 9:00PM
    • Born Ruffians, 10:00PM

Jen Polk

Wednesday, March 10th

  • Fucked Up, Tropics, Bastard Cult Dead Child, The Black Swan Effect, and Lifestory Monologue @ El Mocambo (First Floor).
  • Bonfire Ball: Zeus, Jason Collett, and Bahamas @ Lee's Palace
  • The Wilderness of Manitoba, Dead Letter Chorus, Hear, Comes the Cavalry, and more @ The Painted Lady
  • Vivian Girls (NY), Male Bonding (UK), and Molested Youth @ Wrongbar
  • EYE Weekly Opening Party: CFCF, Parallels, DVAS, and Styrofoam Ones @ The Roosevelt Room

Thursday, March 11th

  • Hooded Fang, Forest City Lovers, Low Level Flight, and Digits @ The Drake Hotel
  • Audio Blood Showcase: Sandman Viper Command, Make Your Exit, Clothes Make the Man, The Darcys, We Are the City, and Leif Vollebekk @ El Mocambo (First Floor)
  • Timber Timbre, Dan Mangan, and Sally Seltmann @ The Great Hall
  • CHARTattack Showcase: Arietta, Great Bloomers, The Besnard Lakes, Hollerado, Green Go, Amos the Transparent, and Magneta Lane @ Horseshoe Tavern
  • Windish Agency Showcase: Rich Aucoin, Little Dragon (Sweden), Neon Indian (USA), Speech Debelle (UK), and New Look @ Lee's Palace
  • NeXT-at-CMW: The Ghost is Dancing, Nightmare Air, Still Life Still, Dinosaur Bones, Songs from a Room, and the Treasures @ The Silver Dollar Room
  • The Musebox Showcase: Green Go (DJ set), Times Neue Roman, Kidstreet, Parlovr, Everything All the Time, The Elwins, Language-Arts, and Hellsongs (Sweden) @ Sneaky Dee's

Friday, March 12th

  • Sirius Satellite Radio Quebec Showcase: Artist of the Year, Handsome Furs, Winter Gloves, Parlovr, and more @ El Mocambo (First Floor)
  • Winston Hauschild, Sydney Wayser, Aidan Knight, Hyperpotamus, and Giant Hand @ Global Village Backpackers
  • Billions Showcase: The Uglysuit, Think About Life, Plants and Animals, The Acorn, The Russian Futurists, and Winter Gloves @ Lee's Palace
  • Postdata, Brian Borcherdt, and Julie Fader @ The Music Gallery
  • Boats, Krupke, Balthazar (Belgium), Gypsophilia, more @ Rancho Relaxo

Saturday, March 13th

  • Peer Pressure DJs, 84.85, and Grand Analog @ The Drake Hotel
  • CHARTattack presents The Stanfields, The Junction, Two Hours Traffic, The Wooden Sky, The Beauties, The Balconies, and Yukon Blonde @ The Horseshoe Tavern
  • Brasstronaut, Electric Six, Sweet Thing, Hot Panda, and Ben Stevenson @ Lee's Palace
  • Joel Plaskett, more @ The Mod Club
  • NeXT-at-CMW presented by Optical Sounds: Action Makes, Black Feelings, The Hoa Hoa's, Mutters, Revolvers, and Ostrich Tuning @ The Comfort Zone

Sunday, March 14th

  • Born Ruffians, Young Rival, and Parlovr @ Phoenix
  • Collective Concerts presents Real Estate and Woods @ The Horseshoe Tavern