Canadian Music Week is once again underway, with a huge line up of big name acts, and emerging artists who might just be the next big thing.

It all kicked off Monday night at the Phoenix Concert Theatre with a performance by NYC post-punk legends, Television, who have been entertaining audiences with their ignatic frontman, Tom Verlaine, since the mid 1970s. Their 10-minute plus song, Marquee Moon, is still one of prog-rocks enduring guitar classics. Someone newer on the scene, but also making a scene, is Kandle. She’s the daughter of beloved Canadian rockers 54-40 lead singer, Neil Osborne. This is what CMW is all about, a perfect mix of classic and contemporary.

As for what else on the bill that we feel is BUZZ worthy, see below, then grab a pass and get out there and discover new music! Click on the links below for more information.

Moon Vs Sun – May 7 – new project from Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Chantal Kreviazuk

Judah and the Lion – May 7 – Invite only – first performance before they launch into a months long tour

The Lemonheads – May 8 – late 80s pop and roll throwback. It’s time to dance!

Monowhales with Janes Party – May 8 – Toronto power pop acts creating a noise as they rise above the rest

Alezia Banks with Tasha the Amazon – May 8 – this dancehall duo is going to get sweaty

Art d’Ecco – May 9 and May 11 – post punk gender bender

Dandy Warhols – May 9 – doesn’t everyone just wanna be a Bohemian Like Me?

We Are Wolves – May 10 – electro, dance, art, pop, punk – whatever you call it, this Montreal act does it

Teke Teke – May 10 – Psychedelic Japanese Eleki Garage Rock – yep, that’s how they describe themselves

Danko Jones – May 11 – still rocking after two decades, on tour with their latest album release

Born Ruffians with the Elwins – May 11 – indie rock at its catchiest

Also be sure to check out the queer owned (Mandy Goodhandy / Todd Klinck) 120 Diner for some Jazz influenced programming in a very intimate environment. If flying in or out of the city, be sure to check out the YYZ Airport Stage for some welcome or goodbye tunes.


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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.