Canada Music Week has taken over Toronto once again, and this weekend looks to be a great finale to one North America’s premier entertainment events.
The event is part industry conference, part performance festival and all music and runs from May 7 to May 13.
So whether you’re in the music industry, want to be, or are simply a fan, there will be plenty of events for you to check out, all in downtown Toronto.
WHAT’S NEW AT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2018
CMW is back for its 26th year of star-studded musical performances and all-around entertainment. This year’s festival ups the ante with plenty of new talent, veteran performers and seriously stellar acts. Here’s what’s new at this year’s CMW:
MUSIC LEGENDS WILL LIGHT UP THE STAGE
This year’s Canadian Music Week will feature plenty of performances by legendary musical talents from around the world.
From award-winning Canadian rock royalty Sloan, to world-renowned American rapper 2 Chainz, to American rockers The Used, Vancouver grunge pioneers Slow, and punk poet Lydia Lunch, there will be no shortage of music legends at this year’s CMW.
CMW WILL ROCK YDS
For a few years now, CMW has been primarily a club-hopping based music festival, with artists performing at various venues across the city, including such legendary spots as the Horseshoe Tavern, Cameron House and Phoenix Concert Theatre.
This year, one of Toronto’s most beloved public spaces and concert venues – Yonge-Dundas Square – will be added to the mix, as Sloan takes centre stage for a free open-air show on Saturday, May 12.
NEW ARTISTS WILL BRING THE ENERGY
The music veterans won’t be the only ones lighting up CMW stages this year – new and emerging artists will also be bringing fresh energy to the scene.
Hailing from Chicago, Raunchy rapper CupcakKe will bust out her audacious rhymes at this year’s festival, while genre-bending Toronto group Keys N Krates will show off their hip hop electronic sound and Indigenous singer/songwriter Iskwé will bring her powerful, culture-infused lyricism to the CMW stage.