Canadian Music Week is upon us yet again, and although some may feel it pales in comparison to some of the other festivals (check out the varying opinions from a bunch of music writers including myself in this Torontoist write up) I still think it’s a great time of year for music. There are a ton of bands worth checking out each night (and day – if you have the time off!), so here are my choices for who is worthy of your time this week (I’ve bolded what I will be attempting to see over the next five days):

Wednesday March 21

Opening Gala @ 4pm at the CN Tower with Ben Caplan and Joel Plaskett

Bella Clava @ 9:30pm, The Ascot Royals @ 11:45pm, Bright Lights Social Hour @ 12:30am at The Horseshoe

Teenage Kicks @10pm, Treble Charger @11pm at The Phoenix

Carleton Stone 11pm @ Cadillac Lounge

Will Currie & The Country French @11pm at the Rivoli

Amos the Transparent @ 11:15pm at the Garrison

Thursday March 22

Teenage Kicks @ 4:30pm at the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music

The Dirty Nil @ 8pm at Cherry Colas

Cold Specks @ 9pm at the Music Gallery

Army Girls @ 10:30pm at Parts & Labour

Martha Wainwright 12am, The Dears 1am, Lifestory Monologue (upstairs) @ 11:30pm at El Mocambo

Brett Caswell @ 8:30pm, Joseph Arthur @ 9:30pm , The Pack A.D  @ 11:30pm the Horseshoe

Wildlife @11pm at Lee’s Palace

The Balconies @11pm, secret guest at 12am at Cabin 5

Janes Party @11pm, Parks and Rec @10pm, HONHEEHONHEE @12am at Rancho Relaxo

Topanga @12am, Sandman Viper Command @2am, at Silver Dollar

Audio Blood Showcase featuring Ben Caplan, Hands and Teeth, The Love Machine starting @ 8pm at Sneaky Dees

Dinosaur Bones @8:30pm, I Mother Earth @10:30pm at Sound Academy

Shotgun Jimmie @ 9pm at The Great Hall

Bright Light Social Hour @11pm at Supermarket

Teenage Kicks @11:35pm at The Hideout

Friday March 23

Army Girls @ 2:00pm at The Toronto Institute For The Enjoyment Of Music

Audioblood/Spincount Showcase @ 2pm at Sneaky Dees

CATL @ 8pm, ATTAGIRL @ 9pm at Comfort Zone

Dine Alone Showcase @ 8pm featuring Great Bloomers, Dinosaur Bones, Parlovr, Monster Truck, Doldrums at the El Mocambo (both floors)

Poor Young Things and The Trews @ 8pm at Queen Elisabeth Theatre

Pat Wright @ 11:15pm at Underground Garage

Arts and Crafts Showcase @ 11pm featuring Eight and a Half, The Darcys, Zeus & Dan Mangan at the  Horseshoe 

Young Lions Music Club Showcase @ 12am at Sneaky Dees featuring Dinosaur Bones, Rouge, Sheezer

Time Giant @ 1am at Supermarket

Saturday March 24th

The Indies @ 7-11pm at the Canadian Room in the Royal York Hotel featuring Dan Mangan, The Sheepdogs, The Pack A.D, Rich Aucoin 

Fade Chromatic @ 9pm at Duffys

Papermaps @ 10pm at Hard Luck

Little City @ 11pm at the Silver Dollar

Bravestation @ 8:30pm, Wintersleep @ 12:40am, Poor Young Things@  2am at the Horseshoe

Sandman Viper Command @ 10pm, Whale Tooth @ 11pm, The Inbreds @ 12am at Lee’s Palace

Poor Young Things and the Trews @ 8pm at Queen Elisabeth Theatre

The Sweet Mack @ 2am at Rancho Relaxo

The Dirty Nil @ 2am at Bovine Sex Club

Teenage Kicks @ 2am at the Garrison

Sunday March 25

Pat Wright @ 11pm at the Hideout

Elwins @ 11pm Topanga @ 12am at Rancho Relaxo


It’s gonna be a crazy week, remember bars are open until 4am! Let me know who you’re looking forward to seeing.