From March 9 to 13, Torontoist is covering the crap out of Canadian Music Week, with daily concert and film previews, reviews of the latest action, words with your favourite and soon-to-be-favourite bands, and more.
The Russian Futurists play The Baitshop at 5 p.m. Photo courtesy of CMW.
It’s the last night of Canadian Music Week! All the more reason to really make it count. Here’s what you should see…
Daylight Riot Showcase, with The Russian Futurists, Dinosaur Bones, Zoobombs, and Diemonds: The Baitshop (358 Dufferin Street), 2:45 p.m.–6 p.m.
Musebox and Scion, who put together a terrific bill last night at Sneaky Dee’s, collaborate on a showcase of acts at a skateboard shop in Parkdale, including veteran laptop wizards The Russian Futurists at 5 p.m., and honourary Torontonians Zoobombs at 3:30 p.m. (we hope they’ve heard word from family and friends back in Tokyo that everyone’s fine).
Go There Once, Be There Twice: TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 5 p.m.
If there has ever been a movie made about your birthday parties, you’re probably either Jesus or Sammy Hagar. On the first day of the Canadian Music Film Festival, the documentary Go There Once, Be There Twice tells the story of Hagar’s passion project, the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and how it transformed the sleepy town into a resort empire after twenty years (and twenty rockin’ birthday bashes). The Red Rocker himself will also be present to personally introduce the film.
Fred Penner: The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m.
For many CMF-ers, a love of Canadian music started early. And if it did, it probably started with Fred Penner. Head out early, and have the most wholesome fun possible at the Drake, because not only is he the man who first taught us how to shake, but he also has an Order of Canada, which is a hell of a lot more than we can say about Barney.
The North Lakes: Mitzi’s Sister (1554 Queen Street West), 10 p.m.
Prince Edward Island’s The North Lakes have garnered some substantial East Coast acclaim with their debut nine-track EP Cobra (2010 Music PEI award for Best Alternative Recording of the Year) and the single “Bravado.” Now the small-town ensemble will give their big city ambitions their first test at Mitzi’s Sister at CMF.
Maestro Fresh Wes: Maro (135 Liberty Street), doors at 10 p.m.
Who knows what the original Canadian rap star will bring to a rare performance at CMW, but it’s probably worth finding out. It’s been more than a decade since the MC-turned-actor has released a studio album, but we suspect he’s still got it.
Music: TIFF Bell Lightbox (250 King Street West), 10:15 p.m.
For a festival designed to be a fast-paced relay race of music, the finale of the Canadian Music Film Festival is starkly simple. Andrew Zuckerman’s Music takes the industry’s biggest names and most recognizable personalities, from Ziggy Marley to Kenny Rogers to Fiona Apple, plops them in front of a white background, and merely asks “What is music to you, what is its power, and how do you create it?” And at only fifty-two minutes long, there’s still plenty of time to get back to concert hopping.
Neon Windbreaker: The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Avenue), 11 p.m.
No sandwiches this time around, just five local, hardworking, hype-savvy music-makers prepping their “melodic hardcore” set for hoped-for SXSW glory.
Emmanuel Jal: Supermarket (268 Agusta Avenue), 11 p.m..
Former child soldier and lauded MC Emmanuel Jal brings his distinct brand of inspiration to the intimate venue of the Supermarket. His music has the international influences one might expect of someone who split his life between Sudan and the U.K., with lyrics that speak of hope, positivity, and politics. With Nikki Lang, Morgan Cameron Ross, and Patrick Robitaille.
Kidstreet: El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), 1 a.m.
We were majorly bummed when last month’s edition of Silent Shout was cancelled hours before showtime (due to licence issues at Teranga). The show’s headliners, Kidstreet, were an act we’ve been waiting to see again since we saw them play an explosive set at CMW 2009, in a secret bomb shelter on Queen Street in the wee hours of the morning. This time at CMW, they’re playing a little earlier, and at a far easier to locate venue.
For complete concert listings, the full Canadian Music Fest schedule is right here.
Your picks come courtesy of: Steve Fisher, Carly Maga, and Saira Peesker.