CMW Best Bets, Vol. 4: Saturday
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CMW Best Bets, Vol. 4: Saturday

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.

Constantines. Photo by Justin Cutler from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

So how many venues were you turned away from yesterday because they were at capacity? Yeah, us too. Tonight there aren’t as many gigantor showcases worth making roots at all night so be prepared to bop around in the rain a bunch (and get turned away from even more venues). Don’t let anyone tell you ponchos are uncool.

First up, there’s the Indie Awards (featuring Plants and Animals/Rural Alberta Advantage/Great Lake Swimmers/Constantines) at the Royal York beginning at 8:50 p.m. We’ll be there schmoozing with labels, hogging the good bands, and talking truths on @TOist Live. Come hang!
Or start your evening off right with darling-faced Joel Plaskett—opening the Sirius Songwriter’s Cafe show at Mod Club (7:30 p.m.)—and then get the hell out of there before the three other mediocre Cancon fixtures start. What a show.
Sights and Sounds/Meligrove Band/Moneen at The Garrison (starting at 10 p.m.). Go bask in your own suburban-indie/punk nostalgia while these three kingpins show you why they still rule. Rumour has it that Moneen are only playing stuff off of their first couple of albums. Plus, there’ll be special guests! We love special guests.
For those who like to indulge in popular music journalists’ bands, here’s one that’s actually good: The Two Koreas. Playing at Velvet Underground at 10 p.m.
Though we may often be discouraged by crowd volume at Horseshoe festival showcases, The Wooden Sky is usually pretty worth it (11:10 p.m.). Get there early for Dakota Tavern superheroes The Beauties, or stick around after for P.E.I. power pop princes (alliteration overkill, enjoy it) Two Hours Traffic.
Dense, electric prog-party jams come tonight from Halifax’s Rich Aucoin (10:30 p.m.). Chances are this guy will be featured at a sardined Horseshoe showcase next year.
Wildcard: Monster Truck at the El Mocambo (2 a.m., following Comeback Kid). Get in on this party before it’s ironically cool to like this band in a few months.
Full listings, set times, and ticket information here.