Canadian Music Week 2015: My Where’s Waldo Recommendation List

The Jesus And Mary Chain

The Jesus And Mary Chain

It’s always been a little easy to pick on Canadian Music Week what with its focus on the “industry” side of music and the sheer amount of wide-eyed acts who’ll travel to the fest in the hopeless hope of “making it.”

Thing is, that’s the cynical view. If you actually still like music, and you’re not dead inside there are a tremendous amount of intriguing acts worth investigating.

Every year at these sort of things (this will be my 16th CMW) I put together a flex list broken down by day/hour for acts I’m interested in seeing. Not quite an official recommendations list, this is more of an awesome-known-quantities + this-sounds-like-it-has-promise list.

If you want to play Where’s Waldo and try to find me over the next 10 days it will likely be at some of the following places:

Friday, May 1
8 pm Gateway Drugs @ Phoenix
9 pm Jesus And Mary Chain @ Phoenix
9 pm John Cougar @ Sony Centre
11 pm Daniel Lanois @ Horseshoe Tavern
11 pm Fidlar @ Great Hall
12:30 am Tre Mission @ Rivoli

Saturday, May 2
9 pm John Cougar @ Sony Centre
9 pm Planet Creature @ Silver Dollar
12 am Fidlar @ Horseshoe Tavern

Sunday, May 3
8 pm Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ Sony Centre

Monday, May 4
8 pm Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ Sony Centre
9 pm Of Monsters And Men @ Massey Hall

Tuesday, May 5
8 pm Canadianity @ Rivoli
10:30 pm Programm @ The Garrison

Wednesday, May 6
8:30 pm Slow Down Molasses @ Drake Underground
9 pm Murder Murder @ The Dakota Tavern
10 pm Sianspheric @ Horseshoe Tavern
10 pm The Cocksure Lads @ Rivoli
10 pm The Holy Gasp @ Silver Dollar
11 pm Swervedriver @ Horseshoe Tavern
12:40 am Slow Down Molasses @ Parts & Labour

Thursday, May 7
9:30 pm Souljazz Orchestra @ Lula Lounge
10 pm Solids @ Horseshoe Tavern
10:15 pm Wordburglar @ Hard Luck
10:45 pm Swamp Thing @ Hard Luck
11 pm Thomas D’Arcy @ Smilin’ Buddha
11 pm Juliawhy @ Bovine
11 pm Pet Sun @ Silver Dollar
11:10 pm D-Sisive @ Hard Luck
12 am Jazz Chartier @ Garrison
12 am Twin Guns @ Bovine
1 am Gateway Drugs @ Bovine
2:30 am Acid Priest @ Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, May 8
12:55 pm Juliawhy @ The Rivoli
9 pm Dear Criminals @ Silver Dollar
10 pm Gateway Drugs @ Horseshoe Tavern
11 pm Dead Tired @ Lee’s Palace
11 pm Brave Shores @ Mod Club
11 pm East India Youth @ Drake Underground
12 am Single Mothers @ Lee’s Palace
12 am Elephant Stone @ Hard Luck
12 am Indian Handcrafts @ The Hideout
1 am Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger @ Horseshoe Tavern
1 am Immigrant Union @ Bovine
1 am The Pinholes @ The Paddock
1 am Twin Guns @ The Hideout

Saturday, May 9
8 pm The Pinholes @ Cherry Cola’s
8:50 pm Jazz Chartier @ Danforth Music Hall
10 pm About: @ Handlebar
10 pm The Soul Motivators @ Supermarket
10 pm Kalle Mattson @ The Garrison
10 pm Psychedelic Furs @ Phoenix
11 pm Humans @ Great Hall
12 am Cloud Nothings @ Lee’s Palace
12 am Aldo The Band @ Underground Garage
12 am Rich Aucoin @ Great Hall
12 am Gateway Drugs @ Sneaky Dee’s

Sunday, May 10
11 pm Animalia @ Rancho Relaxo

I also want to see this Belgian band Soldout and Nick Flanagan’s new dorkstick thing Wrong Hole, but when and where they’re playing isn’t actually listed anywhere (?).

For more information about Canadian Music Week, go here.

For wristbands, go here.

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