Show Review: Matt and Kim (Canadian Music Week) at Phoenix Concert Theatre, May 7, 2018

By Mena Fouda, Featured Photo via Mena Fouda There’s no better way to celebrate Canadian Music Week (CMW) than with an old-fashioned party. The 2018 music festival kicked off on May 7 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Dance-pop duo Matt and Kim brought a combination of balloons, confetti, and sweat to help Toronto with the … Continue reading

Events/Parties In Toronto [May 4–10]

By Stuart Oakes An (incomplete) cool list of stuff in Toronto this week! Have fun be safe go somewhere you wouldn’t normally go! Wednesday, May 4th Extra Credit – Unofficial CMW DJ Sets: Darcys/No Joy/Walrus – @ Dundas Video (831 Dundas St W) – 6pm, Free – Facebook! ! CMW Ride The Tempo: Partner/Pony/Eyeballs/Pale Lips/Pins & … Continue reading

CMW 2015: Sunday

Johnny Active (Media Photo)

By Ayla Shiblaq This night would mark the first CMW showcase I would attend — for Esquire Fresh — and thankfully, the first that I didn’t actually have an issue getting into with my wristband. (Miracles happen, people.) Located in the Parts & Labour basement, reminiscent of the Smiling Buddha’s grimy charm, I was immediately taken aback … Continue reading

CMW 2015: Saturday

By Ayla Shiblaq My first impression every year with the release of the CMW line-up is always mixed with excitement and bafflement. The curating of CMW is so random which, delightfully, brings in something for everyone. Whether you are a pop or post-punk fan or both, there is always something for you here at Canadian Music Week. … Continue reading

CMW 2014: Saturday Pt. 2

We Are the Best! Promotional Photo

By Aviva L. This is my fourth year taking part in Canadian Music Week’s festivities, but I had never before checked out their film fest. Between night and day shows, conference events, and comedy showcases, the film fest often gets overlooked, or ignored in favour of sleeping in. However, when Saturday brought another warm and beautiful … Continue reading

CMW 2014: Friday

Flatbush Zombies perfuming at CMW.

By James Li We’re not supposed to like Brooklyn. During the Raptors’ run in the playoffs, “Fuck Brooklyn” was as much a Toronto rally cry as “We the North.” Sports rivalries aside, Brooklyn, and New York in general, has declined in status as hip hop’s centre of gravity. While Brooklyn spawned some of the greatest … Continue reading

CMW 2014: Thursday Pt. 2

By Aviva L. Day two of my CMW adventure brought beautiful sunny weather and a wonderful in-store performance by folk musician Spencer Burton, formerly known as Grey Kingdom. The event, hosted by Dine Alone Records, took place at upscale men’s clothing store Ben Sherman, at their Queen Street location. When I arrived, 15 minutes after … Continue reading

CMW 2013: A Retrospective

This year was the first time that Demo writers threw themselves into covering perhaps the largest musical event of the year in Toronto, Canadian Music Week. The industry conference and six-day festival can be overwhelming, but we did our best to give you a glimpse into the small slice of the 1000 bands and 60 … Continue reading

Show Review: The Black Fever At The Horseshoe

By Adam Bernhardt & Erik Masson, Photo by Adam Bernhardt For Local Rock n Roll night, the Horseshoe hosted a number of local bands as well as bands from abroad. The grungy intimate atmosphere of the Horseshoe allowed for us to get a good feel for the bands that we would not have gotten at a … Continue reading

CMW 2013: Martha Wainwright

By Fan Wu Martha Wainwright took the stage at El Mocambo for Canadian Music Week, as the opening act before The Dears. And when I say “took”, I mean it quite literally: she made the most out of her brief forty-minute set. She started off the night by saying “I’m going to be playing all … Continue reading