CMW Best Bets, Vol. 2: Thursday
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CMW Best Bets, Vol. 2: Thursday

From March 10 to 14, Torontoist is covering the crap out of Canadian Music Week, with daily concert and film previews, reviews of the latest action (both here and via our TOist Live Twitter account), questionnaires with your favourite and soon-to-be-favourite bands and industry stars, and more, maybe.

Hey, it’s Japanther. Aren’t those guys playing an anti-CMW show in a fort tonight? Burn. Photo by BraunImaging from Flickr.

Here we have a day that begins, like all good days, with Slash doling out morning wisdom at the Fairmont Royal York (11:15 a.m. in the Ballroom). This is also the day when all things CMW/CMF actually get moving. Wednesday eased us in with a modest offering of good shows, and in comes Thursday for the kill, making us wish we had avatars to run around to competing shows for us (does that even make sense? Is that what happens in the movie?).
Anyhow, all that means is that we aren’t tired yet and can really make use of our bikes’ spring tune-ups today, if the rain quits being such a debbie downer. Let’s start with some showcases.

First up in the indie rock onslaught, we’ve got the Chartattack showcase at the Horseshoe featuring all your favourite buzz bands: Great Bloomers, Arietta, The Besnard Lakes, Hollerado, Green Go, Amos the Transparent, and Magneta Lane. We won’t be there, but tell us how good (and how sweatballs rammed) it is. Because it will be.
Then, from opposite ends of the singer/songwriter spectrum, two of Canada’s most currently hyped troubadours—Dan Mangan and Timber Timbre—get down at The Great Hall. Bonus points for this show not going until dawn.
Stay static for a couple of hours as the Drake hosts some of the city’s most meticulously made and seemingly effortless indie pop: Digits, Forest City Lovers, and Hooded Fang. Pure craft geekery and totally praise-worthy.
If by now you’ve overdosed on mid-tempo indie rock, the antidote comes from Athens, GA, in the form of slow-and-sludgy Melvins-esque gut-rockers, Harvey Milk… at the Annex Wreckroom. Just ignore that you’re at the Annex Wreckroom. Stick around afterward for on-again off-again metalcore legends Coalesce (from Kansas City, MO), and their long-awaited return to Toronto.
Finally, there’s the Eye Weekly showcase at the Garrison featuring the unstoppably rad Cadence Weapon, Fields of Fur (Brian Borcherdt from Holy Fuck’s latest band), Diamond Rings (The D’Urbervilles’ John O’Regan’s side project), and First Rate People (currently riding the wave of some recent Pitchfork head-patting). Bit of an all-over-the-place show, but super buzzville.
If you’re darting around town with a wristband, no-fail drop-ins include Woodhands at the Opera House at 10:15 p.m., RJD2 at the Mod Club at 11 p.m., or if you lean more toward thoughtful indie than Def Jux party jams, The Darcys at the El Mocambo (also in the 11 p.m. time slot).
The wildcard for the evening would have to be Halifax’s The Rhythm Method at Rancho Relaxo at 10 p.m. Last time this “all-female, all-pale, hip-hop extravaganza group”—who are apparently “back from a ‘finding themselves’ hiatus”—played Toronto, their set turned into a massive dance-off that lasted until everyone had to be politely booted out of the bar at close.
Full listings and ticket information here.