In less than a month Canadian Music Week will once again take over the city of Toronto from May 2-8. Widely recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music, the festival spans 7 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. To sort through the flurry of music news over the last few months, we have tried to keep it short and sweet below. Looking forward to seeing you out and about!


Even though we are less than a month out, we can’t stop adding bands! The Sheepdogs, Hannah Georgas, Jeff The Brotherhood, HUMANS, Max Frost, Diarrhea Planet and more have all joined the 2016 line up. For the full list of performing artists visit here.


Check out our featured festival partnered showcases below.

Boots & Hearts Presents:

Blackjack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Eric Ethridge, James Barker Band, Dani Strong, Kansas Stone

Tuesday May 3 @The Phoenix Concert Theatre

The Boots and Hearts Music Festival is an annual country music festival at Burl’s Creek Event Ground from August 4th – 7th produced by Republic Live. This year’s festival features headliners Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, and Dierks Bentley joined by Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Chase Rice, Dean Brody and many more. All tickets and camping offerings are currently on sale at

M for Montreal and Brooklyn Vegan Present:

Ho99o9, Duchess Says, Dead Obies, The Posterz, Wasiu, and Ragers

Saturday May 7 @ Adelaide Hall

M for Montreal, a 4-day music + industry event that takes place teams up with tastemaker music site, Brooklyn Vegan to present this showcase.

Osheaga Presents:

Dilly Dally w/ The Damn Truth, Le Trouble, Foreign Diplomats and Motel Raphael

Saturday May 7 @ Lee’s Palace

The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is a multi-day indie music festival in Montreal, Quebec, that is held annually at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène every summer. The festival takes place on five stages. This year’s line-up features Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Ray, Radiohead and more.

NeXT + Wavelength + POP Montreal Present:

PARTNER (Wed, Thurs, Fri)

Walrus, Entire Cities, Little Junior, For Esme, Billy Moon, She-Devils, Caveboy and more @ The Silver Dollar

Legendary Toronto promoter Dan Burke teams up with POP Mtl (May 6) and Toronto’s Wavelength Music Festival (May 7) for the annual NeXT@CMW Silver Dollar showcases.

WayHome Presents:

HUMANS, Amir Obe, Lucas Dipasquale, Kiki Rowe, Heartstreets and more

Saturday May 7 @ Mod Club

The WayHome Music & Arts Festival produced by Republic Live takes place at the custom designed Burl’s Creek Event Grounds July 22 – 24, 2016. The festival includes headliners LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and The Killers and an additional 70 artists across four stages, a variety of late-night spectacles and experiences, original art installations, fine international and local cuisine, an on-site farmers market and more. All ticket offerings are currently on-sale exclusively at


It’s been a busy winter, in case you missed one of our announcements we have summarized the highlights below.

Music Docs at Hot Docs Co-presented with Canadian Music Week, will also feature free live shows opening weekend on April 30 and May 1, from 9-11PM, at The Mill Street Hub.

Introducing the inaugural international creative-economy Music Cities Summit “The Mastering of a Music City”. The one-day summit will explore in-depth the relationship between creative city planning, quality of life, and the music industry.

We are pleased to announce this year’s Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award will be awarded to Nelly Furtado.


In case you slept on getting tickets to one of our sold out shows (SKEPTA, LIGHTS, Scott

Helman, Collective Soul, Eagles of Death Metal), we have a solution to avoid the inevitable ‘fear of missing out’. The ‘Win To Get In’ series allows CMW wristband holders the opportunity to catch these must-see shows. Get your 7-day wristband and hop around to club venues all over the city– it’s a numbers game! Don’t forget to #CMW2016 so your friends can keep track of your music discoveries.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Max Frost w/ Rozes @ The Drake Hotel*TICKETS

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Laura Stevenson w/ Special Guests @ Drake Underground*TICKETS

Låpsley @ The Mod Club*TICKETS

Bob Mould Band @ Horseshoe Tavern* TICKET         S

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Generation Axe: A Night of Guitars @ Massey Hall*TICKETS

Royal Canoe w/ The Wet Secrets & Hannah Epperson @ The Mod Club*TICKETS

MOTHERS w/ Honduras, Boulevards and more @ Adelaide Hall*TICKETS

Charlotte Cardin @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS

Heat @ The Garrison

Baio w /Blajk, Romes, Only Yours and TMPL @ Velvet Underground

Bob Mould Band @ Horseshoe Tavern* TICKET         S

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tommy Stinson of the Replacements w/ Common Deer, Ivory Hours, Frankie Lee, Little You

Little Me @ Horseshoe Tavern*TICKETS

Wild Nothing w/ Charlie Hilton and more @ The Opera House*TICKETS

TOPS w/ Foxtrott, Wildlife, Savoir Adore and more @ Lee’s Palace*TICKETS

Memory Tapes w/ Ghostly Kisses, Wolkof @ Comfort Zone*TICKETS

Yuna w/ Bosco @ The Mod Club*TICKETS

Kevin Abstract w/ Smino and Kaydee @ Adelaide Hall *TICKETS

No Joy w/ Programm and Mise en Scene @ The Velvet Underground*TICKETS

The Shrine w/ Dr. Boogie, Waxy and more @ The Bovine Sex Club (25th Anniversary party) *TICKETS

Friday, May 6, 2016

SWMRS w/ JPNSGRLS, New Swears and more @ Adelaide Hall*TICKETS

Public Access T.V. w/ No Sinner, The Sumner Brothers and more @ The Garrison*TICKETS

White Lung w/ Dead Tired @ Velvet Underground*TICKETS

Nao & Mura Masa @ The Mod Club*TICKETS

Busty and the Bass @ The Opera House *TICKETS

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Meat Wave w/The Dying Arts, Dead Messenger @ The Bovine (25th anniversary party) *TICKETS

Andrew Combs w/ Wooden Horsemen @ The Dakota Tavern *TICKETS

Royal Wood @ The Danforth Music Hall *TICKETS

Willa w/ Rococode, Kill J, and Elle Exxe @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS

Corners w/ Grounders, Haunted Summer and more @ The Garrison *TICKETS

Sunflower Bean w/ Death Valley Girls, Shy Kids and Mise en Scene @ Hard Luck Bar Modern Space, Attica Riots, Sam Cash and more @ The Horseshoe Tavern


  Wednesday, May 4

Indica Records Showcase w/ Foreign Diplomats and more @ The Burdock

London Music Ofce & Tourism London Presents London Is On w/ Wolf Saga, Taylor

Holden, Hiroshima Hearts, and more @ Cadillac Lounge

Harvard Broadcasting Presents Autopilot, The Sole Pursuit, Open Aire and more @ Cherry Cola’s

SiriusXM Presents TOP COMIC featuring Derek Sequin, Matt O’Brien, Faisal Butt @ The Great Hall *TICKETS

94.9 The Rock Presents Julian Taylor Band, Poor Young Things, SATE, Palaye Royale @ Lee’s Palace

Indies with Indie88 w/ The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, The Zolas, and Alberta Cross @

Phoenix Concert Theatre *SOLD OUT

Thursday May 5

Music Express & IndieCan Records Present Annie Sumi, Rose-Erin Stokes, Nick Sherman,

Carly Thomas, Laura Tremblay and more @ Cherry Colas *TICKETS

Music Glue Presents Model Aeroplanes and Tusks @ The Drake Underground

Spotify Presents Filous, Charlotte Cardin, Rainer & Grimm, Ria Mae and Modern Space @ The Garrison

SiriusXM Presents Collective Soul @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre *SOLD OUT

The Academy Presents D.R.A.M @ Revival

Music From Ireland Presents Elm, Bagels, Daithi, Fangclub @ The Rivoli

Women in Music Showcase @ The Supermarket

Friday May 6

Bonsound, SiriusXM, and Exclaim! Present Radio Radio, Dead Obies, Lisa LeBlanc, Les Deuxluxes, and Safa Nolin @ The Great Hall*TICKETS

KX 96 Presents Cold Creek County w/ River Town Saints @ Boots & Bourbon *TICKETS

Communion Presents Repartee, Sarah Hartman, Jean Michel-Blias @ The Drake Underground *TICKETS iHeartRadio Fest 2016 Presents Tegan and Sara, X-Ambassadors, Shawn Hook, Scott Helman, Jocelyn Alice and more (WIN-TO-GET-IN ONLY)*SOLD OUT

SaskMusic and Alberta Music Present How the West was Won @ Hideout *TICKETS

Dine Alone Records and SiriusXM Present The Sheepdogs, Wintersleep, Hannah Georgas, Jef the Brotherhood, and Diarrhea Planet @ The Horseshoe Tavern

Fat Possum Presents Fat White Family, Sunfower Bean and more @ Lee’s Palace *TICKETS

UKTI Presents The Undivided, The Spook School, Model Aeroplanes, and more @ The Old Laurel *TICKETS

Burger Records Presents The Black Lips, Single Mothers and more @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre *TICKETS

Music BC Presents The Summer Bros, Van Damsel, Little India and more @ The Rivoli

Sounds Australia Presents SOUND GALLERY w/ Russell Morris Demi Louise, Auguste,

HOWQUA and more @ The Supermarket

Saturday May 7

Jim Beam and Exclaim! Presents Eagles of Death Metal w/ The Beaches, Dearly Beloved @ The Opera House *SOLD OUT

Music Nova Scotia Presents Beauts, Mardeen, Walrus and Natalie Lynn @ The Rivoli

Music Ontario Showcase @ The Supermarket

UKTI Presents Fat White Family @ The Velvet Underground

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Now in its 34th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 7 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto.