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.
Well, comrades, we’re headed into weekend show territory now. If you thought the venue lineups were worth yapping about before, just wait until the CMW tourists are out in full force tonight. And for the remainder of the weekend. The best way to not come out of this totally disappointed is to choose your shows wisely (or just try not to flit over to the super marquee stuff last minute) and to try to stay put if you like what you see. Unless you’re weaselly like us and know all the underground tunnel routes into all the best venues.
There are tons of shows happening tonight, and this is also the first day of CMW’s freshly expanded film program, so get into it.
First up, there’s Our Lady Peace at Massey Hall. Just kidding. Someone must be going to this though; it’s a pretty big place.
Better yet, there’s a band called Powerglove playing at the Opera House (9:20 p.m.). They’re a metal band from Boston that does covers of NES theme songs. They also may or may not have swords available at their merch table (and they hope they can “see some at the shows, held high and proud”). Great! See you there! CLANK.
There are also some real shows happening. Like the Handsome Furs (Juno nominees?!)/Winter Gloves/Parlovr show at El Mocambo. Come fit in with us!
Or if you want to see Winter Gloves but none of those other jerk bands, you can also go fit in with everyone else and catch them earlier in the night opening for The Russian Futurists, The Acorn, Plants and Animals, and Think About Life. Co-presented by the ever-present (and ever-awesome) Chromewaves.
Flying under the radar, there’s the Afterparty/Les Handclaps/Gobble Gobble/Fighter Lover show at Bread and Circus in Kensington Market. This’ll be a sick synth-pop lineup featuring 100% less-bloated synth-pop hype.
If you want to see three of the best bands in the city, hit the D’Urbervilles/METZ/Soft Copy show at The Garrison. It doesn’t matter if they play here all the time; you should see them everytime. Especially METZ (do you wish you were around when the Jesus Lizard was relevant and from your hometown? Yes? Go see METZ). And if you don’t care about the D’Urbervilles by now, you probably never will.
Then there’s Brian Borcherdt and Postdata at the Music Gallery. Bring your tissue and your best behaviour for this quiet church show. And watch Wintersleep’s frontman Paul Murphy as Postdata now, so in a year you can say, “I saw him before he went Polaris.”
For those completely not down with indie rock but who love it when shit rules, hunker down at the Bovine for the Metal Blade Records/Exclaim! showcase. Bison b.c., Barn Burner, Titan, etc. This is where you go to thrash. Your mom said to bring ear plugs.
Bopping around with a pass or wristband? Check out Ian Blurton’s Happy Endings (because Ian Blurton rules at everything always) at the Silver Dollar, 10 p.m., as part of Tim Perlich’s big show. Or hit the Drake for Hannah Georgas at 10 p.m. (she’s gonna be huge soon) and Brasstronaut (Japandroids labelmates) at 11 p.m.
Full listings, set times, and ticket information here.