Sometimes I forget CMW stands for Canadian Music Week and that we should be focusing on Canadian artists at this festival. Well, here is a Canadian for you.
Haviah Mighty is a Toronto hip hop artist who reps our city well. Take this video for instance, it’s shot literally across the street from where I work! Like where was the memo? I coulda just been strollin in the background or something.
The great thing about this video is how law abiding it is, they are drinking alcoholic drinks on a boat that is tied to shore, which is legal. If anything this song has some good PSA as to alcohol consumption on boats. It looks like she just met up with some guy, had some nice conversation and a drink and then parted ways. Very wholesome and clean. How Canadian.
The song is pretty good too. Anyways she’s at Revival on Friday, check her out.
Recommended Pre Show restaurant – The Metro’s salad section, get a 1$ off salad
Wolkoff is a Canadian turned Brooklynite singer who appears to be quite the global traveller. According to some interview she did in 2015, she went to school in Paris, worked in Tokyo, and farmed in the Chinese countryside. Is she actually a spy? I don’t know. Anyways, she writes pleasant synth pop tracks that you can totally be playing at H&M. The track While You Still Can has a nice low key chilled vibe to it and I have determined that it’s could be a great way to start off a whirlwind CMW. I believe she has a new album coming up. It’s really hard to google her since Melania Trump hired someone with the same last name and so she’s now lost in the internet search engine shuffle.
Canadian Music Week is coming up next week. From April 18 – 23, clubs across the city will be filled by acts from across Canada and various other places and if for some reason you’re filled with indecision and unable to make your own choices, we here at Panic Manual have you covered with a selection of some of our top picks.
Not a whole lot going on for the first night, but the best bet is The Zoobombs at the Silver Dollar. Festival favourites, they always put on a fun show. Or you could also go see Papa Roach at the Danforth Music Hall as a … last resort.
The Wedding Present play the Horseshoe Tavern in support of their latest,Going, Going … along with Colleen Green, while the evocatively named The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit tour features Dune Rats, Repartee, Surf Dads, and Dead Love and will hopefully not be bullshit.
If you’re looking to see a few good bands without spending much money, Red Bull Sound Select presents Nyssa, Frigs, She-Devils and Belle Game at Costume House for only 3 buck with an RSVP. Other solid options for Thursday night include Sebadoh, Charlotte Day Wilson, Tanya Tagaq, Japanese Breakfast (starting the first night of a three night run at the Silver Dollar), and the Bonsound showcase.
A lot of good stuff happening tonight, including Greys, Japanese Breakfast, The Dandy Warhols, and Julia Jacklin (who will also be playing an instore at Soundscapes on Saturday for Record Store Day).
Buzz Records, home of some of the best bands in Toronto these days, sets up camp at Lee’s Palace for the night with a lineup featuring Pony, Twist, Vallens, Casper Skulls, and Weaves. The Garrison also has a solid lineup of Toronto bands, with Weight, Eyeballs, Teenanger, Beliefs, and HSY (presented by BUNZ for some reason – can you trade stuff to get tickets for this show?)
There’s only two acts listed for this night – Fred Penner and Explosions In The Sky. Sure, EITS probably won’t play “The Cat Came Back,” but they always put on an epic show.
Yi is the collaborative effort of Jordan Allen of Rolemodel and Jesse Crowe of Beliefs.
The pair started writing together in winter of 2015 and the end results were a pair of EPs, fittingly titled EP1 and EP2. According to band’s bio, EP1 embodies “the quiet of winter pushing forward into the waking of the spring,” which seems a fairly accurate description of the Dinosaur Jr-esque “Not So Dead.” Meanwhile, EP2 will deal with “the frantic energy autumn presents.” EP1 will be released April 14th via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Yi will be playing the Silver Dollar on April 20th alongside Teagan Johnston ,Luna Li, The Seams, Japanese Breakfast, and Heaven For Real.