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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.