• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week Brings Thousands of Artists to Toronto

Canadian Music Week Toronto Stars

Stars are among the headline acts for this year’s Canadian Music Week (photo: A. de Wilde)

MARCH 19 TO 24 Thousands of musicians, industry execs and fans are set to descend on Toronto for six glorious days of concerts and industry events that comprise Canadian Music Week. The festival sees more than 60 venues host concerts by over 1,000 heat-seeking artists like Coheed and Cambria and A$AP Rocky, and seasoned acts including Stars, Metric and Heart. Bands from Japan, Korea and Scandinavia are also spotlighted this year. In between shows, CMW attendees can also take in music-related films screenings, comedy events and more. Various venues, all-access wristband $50 to $100; call 905-858-4747 or visit Canadian Music Week’s website for more information.  —Anna Marszalek

Weekend Roundup, March 11th to 13th

Friday: The Kodo Drummers of Japan bring their forceful rhythms to the Sony Centre

Friday, March 11
Enjoy the dazzling showmanship and primal rhythms of the world-famous Kodo Drummers of Japan as they take the stage for the Toronto stop of the group’s 30th-anniversary tour. This dazzling display of speed, dexterity, precision, and muscular endurance takes place tonight at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Canadian Music Week Film Festival—just one of many events comprising Canadian Music Week, from March 9 to 13—screens today and Saturday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The festival showcases 10 features and a handful of shorts, including rock docs, concert films, band biographies, and musicals.

Dog lovers and pet owners are advised to make tracks to the Purina National Dog Show, which opens today at the International Centre in Mississauga, and features hundreds of purebred canines strutting their stuff in competition. A number of vendors are also on-hand with the latest in doggie gear and accessories.

Saturday: Janet Jackson offers an intimate, all-hits concert

Saturday, March 12
Ms. Janet Jackson herself strides onto the Sony Centre stage for her international “Number Ones, Up Close and Personal” tour. The accomplished singer is set to perform top tracks from her Number Ones album in a personal, intimate setting.

Stroll through the bustling streets of Kensington Market on the Kensington Foodies Roots Walk, which has been featured on CNN and in National Geographic Traveler. From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., you’ll be able to savour the diverse foods from the ethnic markets, stalls and restaurants.

Start March Break on a high note by making your way to the Toronto Zoo. Starting today and continuing through the week, the zoo offers additional family-fun activities, events, and keeper talks.

Sunday: Enjoy a day at Spring Fling

Sunday, March 13
An excellent daytime activity to kick off your March Break is Spring Fling, Canada’s largest indoor carnival. Enjoy the midway with rides, family entertainment, and exotic animals. All-day ride tickets at this Rogers Centre event are $20, and the fun continues to March 18.

Satisfy Harry Potter fantasies at the Wizard World Indoor Family Fun Park, which opens today and runs to March 20 at Exhibition Place’s Better Living Centre.  The park features 150,000 square feet of indoor fun: food and drinks, professional stage shows, 20 carnival rides, free loot bags for kids under 12, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and much more.

Put on your best green outfit and shamrock buttons to engage in a little Irish revelry. The Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins today at noon. The annual procession starts at Bloor and St. George streets, marches east to Yonge, and then south toward Nathan Phillips Square.

Hot Date: Sonic City


MARCH 10 TO 14 For almost 30 years musicians, industry insiders and enthusiasts across the country have gathered in Toronto for Canadian Music Week. The annual event is one of the biggest and most influential in the country, and provides a showcase for both emerging and established artists making melodies in various genres. This year, homegrown favourites including Constantines, K-OS and The Trews are featured as part of a packed schedule, which includes more than 700 performers at 40-plus venues. The four-day affair is also highlighted by an information-intensive symposium, a trade exposition, screenings of music-related films, and even an awards ceremony. Admission wristbands range from $60 to $150, depending on level of access; call 905-858-4747 or visit here for further details and to purchase.