Canadian Music Week 2014

Photo by Renee Navarro from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Photo by Renee Navarro from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

If you’re thinking that it seems longer than usual since Canadian Music Week last rolled around, good news: you’re not crazy. For its 2014 edition, the event left behind its typically lousy March weather and moved to the comparatively balmier conditions of early May. So instead of being viewed as the next major festival after SXSW, it’ll perhaps now be seen more as a sibling of NXNE. Thanks to a radius clause introduced by NXNE that makes sure the two festivals feature different acts, though, they’ll have to carve out their own separate identities as concert extravaganzas.

What hasn’t changed about CMW in 2014 is its range of offerings—it still features a diverse lineup of music from artists both established and emerging, complemented by smaller samplings of film and comedy. With headlining performances from the likes of Canadian duo Tegan and Sara and a wide array of showcases carefully programmed for different genres and—in some cases—countries, there’s something on the schedule for everyone.

Details: Canadian Music Week 2014


  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • 11 a.m.

The Peggy Baker Dance Project is thinking outside the box with its new production, land|body|breath. Specially designed to exist between the paintings and sculptures of the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, this immersive show features a combination of dancers and vocalists.

Details: land|body|breath

One Hour in Paris Book Launch

  • Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

While there’s no debating the vileness of rape, there is positivity to be found in redemption stories like this one. Join Karyn L. Freedman as she celebrates the launch of her book, One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery with the help of comedian Elvira Kurt and female rock group Pins & Needles. A portion of proceeds from books sold during the evening will be donated to the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape.

Details: One Hour in Paris Book Launch

Terrific Women

Steph Kaliner and Sara Hennessey are Terrific Women. Image courtesy of Terrific Women.

Steph Kaliner and Sara Hennessey are Terrific Women. Image courtesy of Terrific Women.

  • The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue)
  • 9 p.m.

Comedians Steph Kaliner and Sara Hennessey want you to get into their time machine and go back to an era when hair was feathered, blue-jean bottoms were belled, and smoking during pregnancy was A-okay. As hosts of a cable access-type program, these Terrific Women will be joined by the hilarious and talented Templeton Philharmonic, Amanda Balsys, Parker & Seville, Matt Collins, and Rhiannon Archer.

Details: Terrific Women


A Journey Into the Forbidden City

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City