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Who To See (And Where To Eat) During Canadian Music Week

Scott Helman at CMW 2016. photo credit: cmw facebook

Every year, Toronto becomes a music lover’s paradise when Canadian Music Week comes to town, bringing in hundreds of artists and bands to the city. Running from April 18-23, this year’s CMW showcases both big name talent and up-and-comers, and will feature Big Sean, Earl Sweatshirt, The Strumbellas, Good Charlotte, Wolf Parade and more.

So whether you’re setting out to see your favourite artist take a Toronto stage or plan on venue hopping in hopes of discovering some new ones, CMW is not to be missed.

Check out our picks on who to see (and where to eat while you’re there) below:


Supermarket Restaurant and Bar

268 Augusta Ave

This ain’t your mama’s grocery store. Post-dinner, Supermarket is a top spot in the city for live music, comedy, open mics, DJ dance parties and even book launches. We suggest stopping by on April 20 to check out Pierre Kwenders rap and sing in four languages.

Pre-show, check out Trinity Common across the street to sip on something from their giant beer list and head to Jumbo Empanadas for some classic (and cheap!) Chilean fare.


The Silver Dollar Room

486 Spadina Ave

Send The Silver Dollar room off in style (it’s set to close sometime this year) by checking out indie darling Japanese Breakfast on April 21.

Get the night started with beers and retro video games at Tilt, or venture to the back of Kensington Mall to Cold Tea, a speakeasy-style bar with a wild cocktail menu.


Phoenix Concert Theatre

410 Sherbourne St

The Phoenix boasts a legendary roster of artists who have graced the stage, including The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Don’t miss Earl Sweatshirt, who joins the ranks on April 22.

Before the show, head to the House on Parliament for a warm homey vibe and standard British pub fare or try Sukhothai for some killer Khao Soi.


Mod Club Theatre

722 College St

Catch Toronto natives Charlotte Day Wilson (April 20) and  synth-pop queen Allie X (April 22) and The Mod Club.

While you’re in the neighbourhood, head to Sneaky Dees, a staple in Toronto’s music scene and a go-to spot for late night eats and drinks. For something a little more sophisticated (and probably a lot less loud), hear to LoPan, Dailo’s upstairs bar for cocktails and dim sum until 2 a.m.


Horseshoe Tavern

370 Queen St W

You can’t do CMW without making a stop at The Horseshoe. Soak in the 70-year-old venue’s rich music history and catch one of the 25 acts playing this weekend—we suggest seeing Common Deer and The Beaches (who are both from Toronto) on April 21.

Grab a quick Vietnamese sub, bao, or order of kimchi fries at Banh Mi Boys, or order A&W from next door at their self-serve window without leaving the bar.


Everything You Need To Know To Go

What: Canadian Music Week
Where: Various venues across Toronto. See a full schedule here.
When: April 18-23, 2017
How much: Wristbands start at $75 and can be purchased here, with prices to individual shows varying.

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