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Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks

09-Mar-2009 08:00 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

Canadian Musicfest '09

Festivals have too many options. So many bands roll into town, all at the same time, which means I end up missing bands that I would otherwise love to see. Like last year, the biggest conflict during Canadian MusicFest '09 (apparently a separate name has been given to the festival portion of CMW) is on Saturday when The Indies draw media and photographers away from all the great bands out in the venues. My schedule is already partially set out for me this week because I've (happily) been hired to cover a few events. But you, you should grab yourself a wristband and hop from event to event like a happy-go-lucky fan. Or, another good strategy is to pick a good venue each night and stick there.

My picks below are basically "things I know", but there are heaps of bands on the schedule that I don't know. And I'm willing to bet I've omitted some really worthwhile stuff, so please leave a comment with your recommendations (my stupid CAPTCHA thing is case-sensitive, so don't forget to hit the Shift key when entering it). And hey, it's always good to see a few bands you've never heard of before, so pick something you want to see and then either get there early for the band just before, or stay for the band afterwards.

Wednesday, March 11th

Things are just getting started on Wednesday. If you're looking for a good warm-up night, Tattoo Rock Parlor is hosting a kick-off party, or maybe spend it at the Rancho Relaxo to check out Revival Dear. Also, Zeus and Sloan and The MOD Club should be excellent.
  •   8:00 - Zeus @ The MOD Club
  • 10:00 - Sloan @ The MOD Club
  • 10:30 - Revival Dear @ Rancho Relaxo
  • 10:30 - Songs From A Room @ Tattoo Rock Parlour
  • 11:30 - Inward Eye @ Tattoo Rock Parlour

Thursday, March 12th

If I just wanted to stick at one place on Thursday, it would be Lee's Palace. On the other hand, I've really been wanting to see The Details, but always seem to miss them when they are in town (sadly, this time will be no exception). I'm kind of hoping that one of you other photographers will head out to Rancho Relaxo for their set so I can see what I missed.
  •   9:00 - We Are The Take @ Lee's Palace
  • 10:00 - Sloan @ The MOD Club
  • 10:00 - Dan Griffin (of the Arkells) @ Clinton's
  • 11:00 - The Waking Eyes @ Lee's Palace
  • 11:00 - Mother Mother @ Supermarket
  • 11:00 - The Birds Of Wales @ Black Betty
  • 12:00 - The Details @ Rancho Relaxo
  • 12:00 - Matt Mays & El Torpedo @ Lee's Palace
  • 12:00 - Bend Sinister @ Black Betty
  •   1:00 - Inward Eye @ Rivoli
  •   1:00 - The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Gladstone Hotel
Other good bets: 12:10 - Chad VanGaalen @ The Horseshoe (Note: My spell checker suggested "VanGaalen" be corrected to "Anal". Heh heh.)

Friday, March 13th

If I had to pick one location to be at on Friday night, it would be a toss-up between The Horseshoe Tavern and Rancho Relaxo. They both have great line-ups. I may try to hit both venues for late-night sets after the illScarlett show. Be prepared for both of these venues to be packed-out. Other good bets: 1:10 - Hot Panda @ The Horseshoe Tavern, 9:00 - An Horse @ Tranzac

Saturday, March 14th

Saturday night at The Horseshoe is a safe bet for most festivals, and CMW 2009 is no different. I've included three picks below, but the whole line-up looks worthwhile.
  •   8:00 - Hey Rosetta! @ Royal York Hotel (as part of The Indies)
  •   8:00 - B & The North @ Velvet Underground
  •   9:30 - Arkells @ Royal York Hotel (as part of The Indies)
  • 10:00 - Library Voices @ El Mocambo
  • 10:10 - Young Galaxy @ The Horseshoe
  • 11:10 - Two Hours Traffic @ The Horseshoe
  • 12:10 - The Golden Dogs @ The Horseshoe
  •   2:00 - Songs From A Room @ Bovine Sex Club
Other good bets: 1:00 - Beekeeper's Society @ Silver Dollar


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Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 09-Mar-2009 09:21 pm
Not surprisingly, we have many of the same picks on our list. Looking forward to the reviews of the bands you'll be seeing ... curious how you didn't let us in on where you'll be each night, Pete. I'm sure we'll bump into you somewhere .... have fun!
Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: pete on 09-Mar-2009 09:46 pm
I'm hoping to be at Sloan on Wednesday. I'll be at the Rivoli all night Thurday night for the Coalition Entertainment showcase that includes Inward Eye and a "special guest" that hasn't been announced yet. On Friday, I'll be at the Sound Academy for illScarlett and Down With Webster, and hoping to get out to some smaller venues afterwards. On Saturday, I think I'll start at The Indies to catch Hey Rosetta! but I will leave early to get out to some other shows... not sure which ones yet, but Young Galaxy is a high probability.
Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 09-Mar-2009 10:48 pm
Also Sunriser are playing Sneaky Dees on Thursday at 10!
Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 09-Mar-2009 11:02 pm
You lucky duck... I hope you do get to see Sloan, they'd be so fun! We just saw Bend Sinister in VanCity. They put on a super show too, you'll have an awesome time!
Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 09-Mar-2009 11:37 pm
Make sure you check out Bella Clava at ROK Boutique. They're playing at 1am on Saturday. DEFINITELY a must-see.
Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 11-Mar-2009 01:21 am
We can't get any love for Hollerado?

Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: pete on 11-Mar-2009 08:53 am
Can't believe I missed Hollerado on the schedule. Oh wait... no I didn't, there they are in my Friday picks. ;-)
Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 12-Mar-2009 07:51 pm
who i'd like to see would be B & The North @ Velvet Underground or The North as they like to be called , top class band and well worth the money , they have just finished a uk and ireland tour as support to status quo and i got to see them twice and was way impressed with them , hope to see them over here in ireland again :-) (northdublin)
Canadian Music Week '09 - Picks
Authored by: Anonymous on 16-Mar-2009 08:21 pm
Yah, that was a GREAT set. Watch for this band, go see them live!!