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CMW 2018

Canadian Music Week is upon us again! You’ve likely seen ads for all of the big shows that are happening, but there is a lot more out there than you might think. I listened to all 500+ artists on the schedule to find the ones that worth your time and money. Go and check some of these out so that my tireless efforts weren’t in vain!


Tuesday, May 8th

7:00pm – Benjamin Dakota Rogers @ Dakota Tavern

7:15pm – Amanda Rheaume @ Rivoli

8pm – Hotel Mira @ Supermarket

8pm – Mudie @ Mod Club

8pm – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ Garrison

8:20pm – Van @ Drake Underground

9pm – Slamboni @ Mod Club

9pm – Matt Hoyles @ Dakota Tavern

9pm – Iduna @ Nightowl

10pm – The Alpacas @ Hideout

10pm: Fear the Mammoth @ Bovine

10pm – Mad Caddies @ Mod Club

10pm – The Used @ Phoenix

11:30pm – The Crooked @ Cherry Cola’s

12am – Peeling @ Baby G



Wednesday, May 9th

6:10pm – Soran @ Supermarket

7pm – The Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Danforth Music Hall

7pm – Lindi Ortega @ Mod Club

7:15pm – Angela Saini @ The Vault

7:30pm – Aliocha @ Supermarket

8pm – 1990Future @ Hard Luck

8pm – Acid Dad @ Adelaide Hall

8pm – Girlongirl @ Lee’s Palace

8pm – Tough Age @ Longboat Hall

8pm – Single Mothers @ Phoenix

8:50pm – Nikki Fierce @ Lee’s Palace

9pm – Trampa @ Bovine

9pm – Peeling @ Longboat Hall

9pm – The Mariachi Ghost @ Lula Lounge

9pm – Barry Paquin Roberge @ Monarch Tavern

9pm – Chkbns @ Hard Luck

9pm – Little Red @ Nightowl

9pm – The Dirty Nil @ Phoenix

9pm – JoJo Worthington @ Garrison

9pm – The Bae Beach Club @ Cavern Bar

9:45pm – Wine Lips @ Adelaide Hall

10pm – Twin Flames @ Painted Lady

10pm – Birds of Bellwoods @ Horseshoe

10pm – Excuses, Excuses @ Hard Luck

10pm – Laura Sauvage @ Monarch Tavern

10:30pm – Abakos @ Drake Underground

11pm – Los Poetas @ Lula Lounge

11pm – LOMA @ Garrison

11pm – Jiants @ Piston

11pm – Hungry Lake @ Cameron House

11pm – A World in Pictures @ Hard Luck

11pm – Modern Space @ Horseshoe

11pm – Nahga @ Cherry Cola’s

11:20pm – Sun K @ Lee’s Palace

12am – King Park @ Hard Luck

2am – Jonny Porter @ Hideout



Thursday, May 10th

5pm – Altered By Mom @ ldsjel Collective

5:30pm – Barry Paquin Roberge @ Supermarket

6:30pm – Suzi Wu @ Drake One Fifty

7pm – Andrea Nixon @ Rock N Horse Saloon

7pm – Bayla @ Drake Underground

8pm – Jade Eyes @ Painted Lady

8pm – The Bishops @ Rivoli

9pm – Chersea @ Hideout

9pm – Chippy Nonstop @ Mod Club

9pm – HMLT @ Drake Underground

9:30pm – Beautiful Nothing @ Supermarket

9:30pm – Possum @ Baby G

10pm- Brett Newski @ Cameron House

10pm – The Bare Minimum @ Bovine

10pm – ABOA (Aljenljeng) @ Painted Lady

10pm – Alexandria Maillot @ Hideout

10pm – Altameda @ Adelaide Hall

10pm – Terence Jack @ Dakota Tavern

11pm – Not For Function @ Bovine

11pm – Kandle @ Horseshoe

11pm – LowDown Brass Band @ 3030

11pm – Julian Taylor Band @ Lee’s Palace

11pm – All Hands on Jane @ Cherry Cola’s

11pm – Teddy Thomason @ Dakota Tavern

11:25pm – Paupiere @ Monarch Tavern

11:30pm – The Nursery @ Supermarket

11:30pm – Yonatan Gat @ Sneaky Dee’s

12am – Whoop-Szo @ Garrison

12am – Sputnik @ Piston

1am – Chersea @ Painted Lady

1am – Possum @ Garrison



Friday, May 11th

7pm – Alice Glass @ Mod Club

7pm – Jade Eyes @ Rivoli

7pm – Suzi Wu @ Super Wonder Gallery

8pm – Tallies @ Drake Underground

8pm – Holy Hum @ Small World Music Centre

8pm – Aliocha @ Lee’s Palace

8pm – Goodbye Honolulu @ Opera House

8pm – Claire Hunter @ Cameron House

8pm – ABOA (Aljenljeng) @ Rivoli

8pm – Idgy Dean @ Monarch Tavern

8pm – Victoria + Jean @ Painted Lady

8:15pm – Pony @ Horseshoe

9pm – Crown Lands @ Phoenix

9pm – Brandon Solomon @ Paddock

9pm – Hotel Mira @ Adelaide Hall

9pm – Foonyap @ Small World Music Centre

9pm – Taylor Knox @ Opera House

9pm – Cave Boy @ Lee’s Palace

9:15pm – Rawls Royce @ Sneaky Dee’s

9:30pm – ANML @ Longboat Hall

9:45pm – James Blonde @ Adelaide Hall

9:45pm – Wolf Saga @ Hideout

10pm – Bets @ Painted Lady

10pm – Anemone @ Baby G

10pm –  Pkew Pkew Pkew @ Horseshoe

10pm – Beaches @ Opera House

10:30pm – DATU @ Longboat Hall

11pm – Death Valley Girls @ Hard Luck

11pm – Miesha and the Spanks @ Bovine

11pm – Moon King @ Baby G

11:15pm – Traitrs @ Garrison

11:30pm – Iskwe @ Longboat Hall

11:30pm – Fake Shark @ Rivoli

12am – Fortune Killers @ Cherry Cola’s

12am – Whoop-Szo @ Hideout

12am – Starcrawler @ Bovine

12am – Yukon Blonde @ Lee’s Palace

12am – Tough Age @ Garrison

12:30am – Romes @ Rivoli

1am – Bike Thiefs @ Monarch Tavern

1am – Dick Rodan @ Hideout

1am – Dreamboats @ Horseshoe

1:30am – Petra Glynt @ Garrison

2am – Uni @ Bovine



Saturday, May 12th

4pm – Starcrawler @ YDS

5pm – Tallies @ YDS

5pm – Little Red @ Drake One Fifty

6pm – The Kents @ YDS

7pm – Death Valley Girls @ YDS

8pm – Holy Hum @ Small World Music Centre

8pm – Joyful Joyful @ Cameron House

8pm – The Rathburns @ Lee’s Palace

8:15pm – Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies @ Supermarket

9pm – Alexandria Maillot @ 120 Diner

9pm – The Standstills @ Horseshoe

9pm – The Ocean Cure @ Sneaky Dee’s

9pm – Good Kid @ Monarch Tavern

9pm – Foonyap @ Small World Music Centre

9pm – Sloan @ YDS

9:45pm – Altered By Mom @ Supermarket

10pm – Surf Dads @ Bovine

10pm – LOLAA @ Baby G

10pm – Ellevator @ Lee’s Palace

10pm – Victoria + Jean @ 120 Diner

10:30pm – Desi Sub Culture @ Adelaide Hall

11pm – Maybe May @ Hideout

11pm – NOBRO @ Bovine

11pm – Uni @ Lee’s Palace

11pm – Scope @ Painted Lady

11pm – Annie Hart @ Baby G

12am – Polarity  @ Hideout

12am – City Mouse @ Bovine

12am – New Swears @ Longboat Hall

12am – Jo Passed @ Garrison

1am – Hell County X @ Cherry Cola’s

2am – Ready the Prince @ Horseshoe



Sunday, May 13th

8pm – Pete International Airport @ Phoenix

8pm – Phantom Atlantic @ Rivoli

9pm – Goodbye Honolulu @ Horseshoe

10pm – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Phoenix

11pm – Hinds @ Horseshoe


Best of 2016


A Musical Journey


Now that the year of death is officially over, it’s time to look back on the good things that happened in 2016. Since I tend to swim upstream, I’ve put together a list of 10 albums that made up the soundtrack to my year – not necessarily the ones that were released within those 12 months (though many were). And because my opinion matters, you should definitely check out all of these and thank me later.


tuns1. TunsTuns

Upon hearing the first few notes, this album delivered a swift drop-kick to my heart. I shouldn’t be surprised how hard I fell for it either, considering my love for 90s alternative, east coast sounds, and songs about heartbreak. A typical Canadian  supergroup (by which I mean downplayed), Tuns is comprised of Sloan’s Chris Murphy, the Inbreds’ Mike O’Neill and Matt Murphy from The Super Friendz. Soaked in nostalgia, don’t be alarmed if this album tears open a few old wounds. Keep the bandaids and tissues handy.

Check out: Throw It All Away, Mind Over Matter


honeyrunners-ii2. HoneyrunnersEP II

Did I mention that I really seem to like local bands? These guys are bound to blow up any minute with their energetic and soulful indie rock, so it’s best that you get on this soon in order to claim those elusive “I knew them when” bragging rights. After all, very few albums have harmonies so rich, and hooks so catchy that you can sing along to each and every one after only one listen. Check out EP I while you’re at it, because it’s kind of weird to start on a sequel (and it’s just as good).

Check out: Under Control, Bones


phantogram-three3. PhantogramThree

Perhaps one of the few “radio” albums that has made my lists (but one of the many number-titled ones), I was unabashedly hooked as soon as You Don’t Get Me High Anymore started playing on heavy rotation. A dark synth pop romp, this album contains enough instrumentation to keep them out of the MDMA-and-beat-drops category. While there are some sentimental moments, most of the tracks boast an unabashed sexuality that will likely prompt a lot of hair whips and sultry half-naked dancing around your apartment (uh, so I’ve been told). We all got a little bit of ho in us, after all.

                                                 Check out: Cruel World, You’re Mine


tommy-hawkins4. Tommy HawkinsAmy

This album came out of nowhere, even to those who (thought they) keep up with the goings-on of Hawksley Workman. Having paired up with Thomas D’Arcy, a fellow Canadian producer/songwriter (and not a Jane Austen character, incidentally) they’ve birthed a passionate six-song EP. Rich with fervent vocals and screaming guitars, it’s hard to tell where Tom ends and Hawk begins. One can only hope that this will be more than just a one-off side project.

Check out: Love Will Destroy Who It Wants, The Best of Me


tiger-army-v5. Tiger ArmyV

A longtime Tiger Army fan, I was very excited to get a hold of new material after nine long years of silence. At first, I was less than enthused with the dreamy pace of the album and seeming lack of their bass-slapping psychobilly roots, but it grew on me. Haunting and melodic, it draws more from their past alt-country explorations (think ‘In the Orchard‘), with a dash of mariachi. And while it may be an overall slower album than previous efforts, the intensity remains.

Check out: Knife’s Edge , In the Morning Light, Prisoner of the Night


dilly-dally-sore6. Dilly Dally Sore

There are flash-in-the-pan buzz bands, and then there are the few that live up to the hype. Dilly Dally is among the latter. Having heard their name from the mouths of every indie music snob for months, ye olde “why haven’t I been listening to them forever?” lamentation set in this April when I finally checked out a few tracks. Simultaneously pulling off girlish and grungy, lead singer Katie is such a perfect combination of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain that she should probably just change her name to Frances Bean. Commence swooning.

Check out: Desire, Ballin Chain, Purple Rage


whitehorse-bridge7. WhitehorseLeave No Bridge Unburned

This band seems to follow me wherever I go lately. The sickeningly cute couple Melissa McLelland and Luke Doucet are prolific artists in their own rights, and twice as awesome as Whitehorse. Best described as country for city-dwellers, they’re a mix of exceptional guitar work, inventive instrumental loops, and a vocal harmony that could only be spawned by an intensely deep relationship.

Check out: Sweet Disaster, Tame as the Wild Ones


dearly-beloved-admission8. Dearly BelovedAdmission

At this point, you’ve probably caught on that this band makes my list almost every year. But it’s not my fault that they’re a non-stop music machine (the next album is apparently already written). Keeping up with their patented unisex call and answer vocals, riding a rollercoaster of bass notes, Admission explores new regions. One of them being Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 (seriously, that’s where it was recorded), which provides a richness of sound that is audible throughout.

Check out: I Tried to Leave, When You Had the Choice, These Data


alice-cooper-welcome-nightmare9. Alice CooperWelcome to My Nightmare

Obviously this album didn’t come out in 2016, but it’s one that spent a good portion of the year in my ears. Arguably one of his best (and he has a lot), it’s not as creepy as you might expect from a guy who lives in face paint and regularly executes himself onstage. While there are are some necrophiliac themes, and a guest appearance by Vincent Price, the overall sound is rooted enough in classic rock for your “normal” friends to appreciate it as well.

Check out: Black Widow, Only Women Bleed, Welcome To My Nightmare


misfits-walk-among-us10. MisfitsWalk Among Us

You probably know that this album didn’t come out recently, either. But when a band that influenced many of the things you love—and hasn’t really existed since before you were born—reunites, their stuff ends up on constant repeat for many, many months. A clever hybrid of punk, horror themes, 50s rock and roll, and a whole lot of whoahs, this one’s a must-own for anyone that refuses to ‘fit in’.

Check out: 20 Eyes, Astro Zombies, All Hell Breaks Loose


Indie Week 2016


Indie Week 2016 has kicked off, with perhaps their best lineup of bands ever. You may not recognize every name on the bill, but that’s kind of the point — get out there and discover some new music! Here are a few bands we promise will be worth your while.


Wed. Nov 16th

8:00pm- Dick Rodan @ Cameron House
8:00pm – Brad Fillatre @ Supermarket
8:30pm – Savilles @ The Drake
8:30pm – Juliet Oh @ Painted Lady
10:30pm- Ginger Ale & the Monowhales @ Supermarket
10:45pm- Katie Who @ Paddock
11:20pm – Moon Tan @ Coalition
11:30pm – TURBO GOTH @ Cherry Cola’s
12:30am – Menage @ Cherry Cola’s
1:20am – J.C Sandoval @ Painted Lady


Thurs. Nov 17th

9:30pm – Return for Refund @ Bovine
9:30pm – TURBO GOTH @ Nocturne
10:20pm – Moon Tan @ Bovine
9:45pm – #FamilyGrind @ The Drake
10:00pm – Sumo Cyco @ Mod Club
11:00pm – Finger Eleven @ Mod Club
11:45pm – Pat Robitaille @ Cameron House
12:30am – Katie Who @ Cameron House
12:40am – Thinly Veiled Double Entendres @ Bovine


Fri. Nov 18th

9:15pm – The Lad Classic @ Mod Club
10:00pm – Trampa @ Bovine
10:00pm- Honeyrunners @ Mod Club
10:45pm – Los Bolitas @ Painted Lady
11:00pm – Philip Sayce @ Mod Club
1:10am – Blackie Jackett Jr @ Bovine
1:40am – #FamilyGrind @ Painted Lady


Sat. Nov 20th

10:00pm – Goodbye Honolulu @ Silver Dollar
11:00pm – Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party @ Silver Dollar
11:00pm – Maybe May @ Coalition
1:00am – Polarity @ Coalition
1:10am – Hot Lips @ Cherry Cola’s



CMW 2014


Bands to See

Because I Said So



Wednesday, May 7

9pm: Mobina Galore @ Cherry Cola’s

11pm: Brody Dalle @ Horseshoe

11pm: Rehan Dalal @ Hideout

1am: The Standstills @ Bovine


Thursday, May 8

8pm: Seas @ Adelaide Hall

12am: Kashka @ Czehoski

1am: The Flatliners @ Sneaky Dee’s


Friday, May 9

8pm: Robyn Dell’Unto @ The Vault

9pm: Fade Chromatic @ Rancho Relaxo

10:15pm: Donovan Woods @ The Vault

12am: The Balconies @ Horseshoe

1:20am: Tupper Ware Remix Party @ Lee’s Palace


Saturday, May 10

4:40pm: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Horseshoe

9pm: Mad June @ Bovine

10pm: Organ Thieves @ Lee’s Palace

11pm: Your Favourite Enemies @ Hard Rock Cafe

12am: Wildlife @ Adelaide Hall

12am: The ’92 Blue Jays @ Handlebar



Where is that venue? Find it here.






Polaris 2013

Polaris Prize Banner 2013

Short List Predictions


It’s that again! When “music people” such as myself wrack their brains to try and predict the Polaris Music Prize Short List. This year was difficult, as there weren’t as many standout albums for me on the Long List as in previous years. But here are a few that caught my ear:

A Tribe Called RedNation II Nation
Alaclair EnsembleLes maigres blancs d’Amérique du Noir
The Besnard LakesUntil In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
Hannah GeorgasHannah Georgas
Jim GuthrieTakes Time
Kid Koala12 bit Blues
Danny Michel with the Garifuna CollectiveBlack Birds Are Dancing Over Me
AC NewmanShut Down The Streets
SuunsImages du futur
Tegan and SaraHeartthrob

Find out on July 16th how horribly off I am!