Included are first-time charting and nominated artists New City, Felix Cartal, Romes, River Town Saints, and The Reklaws.
Notables include two of Canada's fastest-rising stars, R&B artist Daniel Caesar and Jessie Reyez, Iskwe and Pierre Kwenders.
The annual twister that brings the world to our doorstep is a complicated affair to navigate, so we've cribbed the agenda and simplified it for you all. Grab your spreadsheet or mobile calendar and mark down what's to 'like' and when to hit the fern bar for a respite from the crazy world known as CMW.
Audiotree North announces a strong presence at CMW, The Washboard Union launches its new album with a YouTube performance, and Civic Theatres Toronto wants you to help change names. Also in the news are Lindsay Ell, Santa Teresa fest, Haley Blais, Paul White, Jon Mullane, George Thorogood, Lonely Parade, and farewells to Mark Rye, Vanessa Staples, and Fraser Loveman.
The May 12 summit brings together mandarins and entertainment industry notables from around the world to discuss the economic, social and political value of integrating music into the fabric of urban societies.
The 3rd annual, presented by Michael Wekerle’s soon-to-be-relaunched El Mocambo nightclub, is to be held at the Sheraton Centre in May.
Presented during CMW, the CRMAs spotlight first-time charting artists on the airwaves. This year's nominations list is headed by rising stars Jessie Reyez, Dvbbs, and New City.
The first album written and recorded at a federal women’s prison in Canada is released, the McMichael gallery spotlights the history of Canadian hip-hop, and Bob Lefsetz will interview AEG's Rick Mueller at CMW. Also in the news are Canadian Specimens, Senator Winebar, Joe Jackson, OLP, Go North fest, Sting, and farewells to Charlie Quintana and Matt Dike.
Gordon Lightfoot adds a third Massey Hall show, and CMW announces a new wave of performers. Others making news include Martin Shkreli, Neko Case, J. Miles Dale, Suuns, Bass N' Tings, Lori Yates, The Beaches, FEO, BRDGS, Heavyweights Brass Band, International Women's Day, Slow Leaves, and a farewell to Alexander Buchanan and Ross Solomon. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent has sold nearly four million albums in Canada and around the world and on May 11 the quintet receives an achievement award recognizing their successes on the road and on record.
The Ottawa born singer, songwriter, and actor – who transcended the '50s, '60s, and '70s with hit songs such as "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby" – is announced as this year's CMW Lifetime Award recipient.
CMW's lineup announcement includes Sloan (pictured) and a reunited Slow, and The Weeknd signs Black Atlass to his XO label. Also in the news today are Unity Charity, Winter Ball, Tasha the Amazon, The Northern Pikes, Graffiti's, The Young Novelists, Alex Lifeson, Felix Cartal, and farewells to Craig MacGregor and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Videos added for your enjoyment.