Get Ready For Canadian Music Week!

Published: 2005-01-17
Those lucky enough to be calling Toronto home this March will be faced with the difficult challenge of deciding just which bands they want to see during Canadian Music Week 2005. Nearly 200 acts from all ends of the country (and even some out of country) will be taking to the stages of various Toronto venues from March 3-5, with sounds ranging from country, punk, rock, hip hop, and Celtic to name but a few.

Probably one of the best chances to check out some of the less-well known bands the country has to offer, CMW helps Canadians recognize their homegrown talent before the British or American press pick up on them. The biggest contributor of acts happens to be with Afflatus, Crash Kelly, The Golden Dogs, Unsensored, and The Populars making apperances. Those travelling all the way from British Columbia include the likes of Hinterland, Limblifter, The Flairs, and Adrienne Pierce. Quebec is sending The Wailing Hobos, Craig Cardiff, and Jason Bajada.

The prairie acts are a bit harder to find; Alberta is sending just just four groups: AA Sound System, Dirt Gritie, The Dudes, and Tupelo Honey; Saskatchewan's sole representative is Ultimate Power Duo; Blush, J.P. Hoe, and The Telepathic Butterflies are representing Manitoba. More bands from the less populated areas include Nathan Wiley, MIR, and The Peter Parkers from the Maritimes, and Boy who hails from the Territories.

To purchase wristbands for Canadian Music Week (just $30) go to Ticketmaster; for a complete list of bands and venues go to To hear songs from many of the CMW 2005 performers, go to

Some tid-bits of the Canadian Music Week festival schedule (doors at 8:30pm):

Thursday March 3rd:

CLUB 279 - $10 Door
CMW Break Thru Series Presents Hard Rock Pop
9:00 - Pete Moss
10:00 - The Rumours
11:00 - MIR
12:00 - The Populars
1:00 - Sowatt

The 360 - $8 Door
CMW Break Thru Series Presents Guitar Rock Pop
9:00 - Statues
10:00 - The Dudes
11:00 - The Ashgrove
12:00 - The Remains of Brian Borcherdt

Friday March 4th:

Lee's Palace - $8 Door
ATG / CMW Presents
9:00 - Brian Bryne
10:00 - Nathan Wiley
11:00 - Shaker
12:00 - The Golden Dogs
1:00 - Marble Index

Holy Joe's - $8 Door
CMW Break Thru Series Presents Roots Folk Country
9:00 - J.P. Hoe
10:00 - Autumn Avanue
11:00 - Jason Bajada
12:00 - Friday Morning's Regret
1:00 - AA Sound System

Saturday March 5th:

CLUB Rockit - $8 Door
Eric Warner / CMW Presents Rock Pop Indie
9:00 - The Most Serene Republic
10:00 - Chasing Dagmara
11:00 - Wax Mannequin
12:00 - Five Blank Pages
1:00 - tba

The Drake Hotel - $10 Door
CMW Presents Aporia Records Showcase
9:00 - Madrid
10:00 - Beneath Augusta
11:00 - The Peter Parkers
12:00 - Mind Of A Squid
1:00 - Audiosleep

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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