This year Canadian Music Week lands between April 18-23. We're going to outline the exciting headlining acts, conferences and award shows. CMW is a great display of local and worldwide talent each year. Last year we had a blast covering some of our favourite acts and look forward to what this year has in store.
**UPDATE** LATEST LINE-UP WAVE ANNOUNCED:
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK continues to add artists to this year’s festival including Detroit M.C and G.O.O.D. Music, Gold selling artist BIG SEAN, indie rockers and JUNO Award winners THE STRUMBELLAS, Inuk throat singer, JUNO Award and Polaris Prize winner TANYA TAGAQ, Juno Award winning alt-folk duo WHITEHORSE, Canadian rock veterans 54•40, two-time JUNO Award winner DAN MANGAN, Toronto punk favourites TEENANGER, Ottawa pop-rockers NEW SWEARS, Montreal experimental collective YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, Australian punks DUNE RATS, psych-pop duo TASSEOMANCY, Fillipina / Canadian rapper HAN HAN and more join an already extensive roster of acts.
New Additions to line-up:
A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE * Early All Ages show added April 21st
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Who are you looking forward to the most? let us know in the comments section below but first soak in the info below.
Earl Sweatshirt, the incredibly talented hip hop artist and music producer from Los Angeles, California will be playing a show at Phoenix Concert Centre on Saturday April 22nd.
The 23-year old first caught people’s attention as a member of Odd Future. Throughout Earl’s career, he has released two studio albums. Both of his albums, “Doris” (2013) and “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album” (2015) were huge successes, respectively.
Over the course of 2016, Earl released several singles to his Soundcloud page. Including collaborations with Knxwedge on the song “Balance” and with King Krule on “Dead Whistles” to name a few. Dark tones are notable features throughout the mass of his music, including in his most recent releases.
On February 27th Earl announced that he was working on a new album.
Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, musician, and activist, Melissa Etheridge will be performing at the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday April 22nd.
In early 2017, Etheridge announced that she’d be back on tour playing shows throughout both Canada and the United States.
Etheridge is an iconic female rock musician, with fifteen Grammy Award nominations spanning across the course of her career – two of which she won. She also was the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2007 for the song, “I Need to Wake Up” from the movie “An Inconvenient Truth”.
Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner, Arlen Thompson, and Dante DeCaro, originally from British Columbia, got together in Montreal in 2003 to form the indie rock band, Wolf Parade. Over the course of the band’s career, they have released four self-titled EPs as well as three studio albums. Their most recent project, “Wolf Parade” EP was their first body of work to come out after the band went on a six-year hiatus from 2010 to 2016.
Wolf Parade will be headlining a show at Great Hall on Friday April 21st. On the night, The Velveteins, and Chastity will also be performing.
The American pop punk band, Good Charlotte, was formed in 1996 and they saw huge success throughout their six-studio album long career. In 2010 the band took a break from making music, but they returned to the scene in 2016 with their most recent album, “Youth Authority”.
The boys of Good Charlotte will be headlining a show at Danforth Music Hall on Wednesday, April 19th.
A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, released his first full-length mixtape, “Artist” in February 2016. The hip hop artist and music producer from the Bronx, New York began to get more exposure after he performed as an opening act during three nights of Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour.
In October 2016, A Boogie released his first EP, “TBA” an acronym meaning, “The Bigger Artist”. In the same year he released a collaborative album with Don Q, titled “Highbridge the Label: The Takeover Vol. 1”. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2016.
His third mixtape, “ARToven” is scheduled to come out sometime during 2017.
Catch A Boogie at Danforth Music Hall on Friday April 21st.
CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON
Charlotte Day Wilson, the 24-year old singer, songwriter, and musician from Toronto, Canada will be playing two shows during Canadian Music Week this year. When tickets for the first show on Wednesday, April 19th were released, they sold out within mere hours, so a second show was scheduled for the following evening at Mod Club.
Charlotte Day Wilson’s debut EP, “CDW” dropped on August 26th, 2016 and it is a composition of six soulful, original tracks that display her powerful voice and musical talent. This year, Charlotte Day Wilson can also be found contributing to BadBadNotGood’s album IV, providing vocals in the song, “In Your Eyes”.
Her music is heavily influenced by jazz and R&B, although she has said in interviews that she would like to appeal to a wider audience rather than just the R&B scene. She would like to showcase the multitude of unique musical talent that can be found in Toronto, expanding beyond the R&B genre.
Holla to the Juno nominated band “Hollerado”, coming in hot to this year’s festival with their newest single “Born Yesterday”. The Ottawa natives have been topping the charts for the past few years with hits like “Got To Lose” and “So It Goes”, to name a few.
In 2015 the band also completed a very cool project called “111 Songs”. The band members took on the challenge of writing 111 custom songs for specific fans; “The idea was the person would send us their name and where they were from and two facts about themselves, and a few months later we would send them a song we wrote for them”. As tiring as the two year process may have seemed, it is credited for helping them structure their newest single “Born Yesterday”, and their third album. The band has toured all over the world, from North & South America, to Europe, and China. Keep an eye on the guys and what their up to on their website or check out their Facebook page for show dates and announcements.
Catch them April 19th at 10pm at The Phoenix.
This multi-talented Cali rapper is not a new face to the scene. An MC, producer, director, actor, and editor, Hopsin (Marcus Jamal Hopson) has worked across the board making his name known across the nation. Not only that, but he also owns two record labels; “Funk Volume” and “Undercover Prodigy”. You can see his acting in 90’s favourites such as; “Even Stevens”, “Lizzie McGuire”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “Gilmore Girls”, “John Tucker Must Die”, and “That’s So Raven”.
Although all of this fame may seem like a dream to some, it was not always easy for Hopsin. Throughout highschool, Hopsin was enrolled in Special Education classes and often looked down on and discouraged by his teachers. With an enforced feeling of pointlessness, increasing depression and suicidal thoughts, Hop dropped out of highschool in his senior year in 2004 to focus more on his music. Buying an $8 microphone from Walmart, accompanied with a Fruity Loops download, he started what would soon be his full time career.
Hopsin credits Eminem for his interest in hip-hop music and says he too would like to differentiate himself from other artists. One way he does this is by wearing white contacts during his shows and music videos, saying it gives him a memorable, non-cliché appearance.
Psychedelic trance group “Infected Mushroom” has been rocking the electronic scene since 1996. The Israeli based duo is comprised of Erez Eisen & Amit Duvdevani, both of whom have studied music since a very young age. The group has twice been ranked among the world’s “10 Best DJ’s” by DJ Magazine with notable hits including; “The Rat” and “Aura”.
The group comes to CMW this year with their fresh Janurary 27th, 2017 release of 11th studio album; “Return to the Sauce” and their newest bangers “Liquid Smoke” and “Nutmeg”.
Watch them perform live on April 21st, 2017 at The Phoenix.
This Canadian gem is best known for her song “Catch”, which gained success as #55 on the “Canadian Billboard Hot 100”. Alexandra Ashley Hughes, started her career in Toronto in 2006 recording indie, melodramatic pop music. Some of her songs have been featured on TV shows such as “Rookie Blue” and “Saving Hope”. Influenced by artists like Mariah Carey and Tom Petty, Hughes describes her sound as “soaring pop, borderline theatrical Disney”, although says her lyrics “always seem to be darker”. Allie X also compared songwriting to a science experiment; “…you put two people’s brains together for a few hours and see what they come up with”. When asked about the “X” in her name, Allie claims it represents the unknown variable in algebra.
For more music from this eccentric artist, check out her 2015 release of album “CollXtion II” and other songs on her YouTube. Also be sure to view her Website for new songs, tour dates, and even Allie X apparel.
Grab a glimpse of Allie X on April 22, 2017 at 8pm at MOD Club.
This Toronto group went from voice memos on an iPhone, to a “Band to Watch” tag from Rolling Stones Magazine. The band started with Jasmyn Burke and Morgan Waters recording bedroom sessions in Water’s Chinatown apartment. In 2013 the band expanded, adding bassist Zach Bines and drummer Spencer Cole to their roster.
Right before their first European tour in 2015, the band released their hit single “Tick”, gaining recognition across Europe and the United States. Morgan Waters describes the need to stay relevant in the growing music scene; “We’re always trying to push ourselves. Sometimes it feels like bands aren’t necessary, like they’re not the one’s pushing music forward, so I think we’re trying to hopefully prove that bands aren’t boring”. Always pushing limits, Waters says; “If we are going to be a band and if we are going to do this guitar, bass and drums thing then we might as well see how much we can f**k it up”.
You can see the band perform live on April 22, 2017 at 1am at Lee’s Palace.
This brother band is made up of Brad and Curtis Rempel from a small town in Alberta. Although the boys grew up small-town, they are far from it now after moving to Nashville to sign with “Atlantic Records”. Over the years the guys have had seven “Top 10” hit singles, two JUNO nominations, as well as many other awards and nominations.
Though the band has moved to the United States and gained success, lead singer Brad explains how they maintain their simpleton upbringing; “I remember coming to Nashville six years ago and thinking about 100 different things that would blow my mind – and they’re all happening. I don’t want to wake up one day and say ‘Wow, I’m completely different than what I was”. Growing up, the boys only heard static from their mainly AM radio. It was only in Grade 10 that FM radio was introduced to their Alberta community; “We had radios, but you turned them on and heard a lot of static from an AM station 300 miles away. When it was cold enough you could hear the farm report, the price of grain and the occasional old school country song. We finally got FM in our town when I was in 10th grade”.
The band was labelled as “Ones to Watch” by Spotify, CMT, and Taste of Country. With their latest release of “Dear Life” on November 18th, 2016, Brad recalls the album; “That’s why the record was called ‘Dear Life’…Because that song for me was trying to write a journal entry to my life and say, ‘I really have loved every mile of this road”. With hits like “Every Week’s Got A Friday”, and an upcoming fall tour with Martina McBride, the brothers have gone from rural to radio.
Watch a live performance from High Valley on April 22, 2017 at 11pm at The Great Hall.
The festival also includes four conferences;
Digital Media/Music Summit, Radio Interactive, International Music Summit, and Music Cities Summit.
DIGITAL MEDIA/MUSIC SUMMIT
Digital Media/Music Summit takes place on April 19th, 2017 at the Sheraton Center. It is a networking opportunity for brands, agencies, entertainment and digital executives. The DMS conference includes speakers and interactive workshops on topics that include:
Online Branding execution
Quality content development
Xross Platform Monetization
New Advertising Strategies
Mobile and Marketing Applications
Top Digital media trends
Focus on marketing ROI
Community Strategy: Social Media and blogging
Radio Interactive will take place from Wednesday to Thursday April 19th -20th.
“The event draws together the top names in broadcasting for a look at present and future of broadcasting and related platforms. It is an opportunity for broadcasters and those in related fields to interact with each other and others in the entertainment industry.”
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC SUMMIT
International Music Summit is a 3-day event throughout April 19th -21st. It is designed for both industry executives and recording professionals focused on the business of global music. The Summit has three specific streams:
Global Creators Summit
It also includes keynote speakers, celebrity interviews, and workshops. The goal is to provide attendees with tools and knowledge to build their profile in the business and network with others in the entertainment industries.
MUSIC CITIES SUMMIT
Music Cities Summit takes place on April 21st, 2017 at the Sheraton Center in Toronto. The summit explores the shared realization that cities across the globe enjoy an often-huge economic dividend from the creation, performance, and reception of music. The goal is to understand the relationship between creative city planning, quality of life and the music industry.
“Ultimately the goal is to create a more sustainable music community where artists and professionals can enjoy successful careers,” Says Graham Henderson, President & CEO of Music Canada. “We want to see a world without musical borders.”
There are many awards this year and many deserving recipients;
Music Industry and Broadcast Awards (MBIA): April 20, 2017 beginning at 6pm-9:30pm at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel: Awarding the best in the Music Industry and Broadcast.
Live Music Award: April 19th, 2017 from 4pm-6pm at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel: Celebrating the best in Live Music, this year’s host is the notable Paul Schaffer.
Radio Music Award: April 19th, 2017 from 12pm-2pm at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel: This award ceremony is an interesting one; new artists sing for their lunch in front of the industry’s opinion-makers, and try to grab a spot on playlists across the nation.
The INDIES Award: April 19, 2017 at The Phoenix: The Independent Music Awards showcase the best in the Independent Music sector.
The 2016 Rosalie Award: This special award was established to recognize female, Canadian, trailblazers in the radio industry. The award is in honour of Rosalie Trombley; a renowned music director at Windsor-Detroit’s CKLW-AM radio station. The award is given to women in the radio industry that are viewed as leaders, mentors, and people making a difference in the radio broadcast business. Two high-profile events usually host the presenting of the Rosalie Award including; an exclusive, invite-only cocktail party (May 3rd, 2017), as well as the awards ceremony on stage (May 5th, 2017).
A few more cool facts about Rosalie Trombley is that she is credited with launching and aiding the careers of legends such as; Elton John, Alice Cooper, The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, Chicago, Aerosmith, and Bob Seger, to name a few.
Speaking of Mr. Seger, did you know he actually wrote a song about her called “Rosalie” on his album “Back in ‘72”! In the song, Seger expresses his adoration for Rosalie’s talent and perseverance; “She’s everybody’s favorite little record girl/
She knows music/ I know music too you see/ She’s got the power/ she’s got the tower/ Rosalie, Rosalie…”
For all your CMW information, schedules, and tickets, go to the official CMW website.
And to really get in the zone, you can start bumping this 400 track (yeah) CMW playlist