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Canadian Music Week

April 18 to 22, 2017 across Toronto. Visit the official website: CMW.net. ShareThis

Now in its 34th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America. CMW is a combination of informative, intensive conferences, a cutting-edge trade exhibition, award shows, a film festival and a massive new music festival.

In 2016, don’t miss Tony Visconti: A Life In Music. The Grammy Award-winning producer has provided the soundtrack to rock history and recently co-produced David Bowie’s Blackstar. He will be sharing stories during the celebrity interview on May 7 and performing live with Holy Holy on May 8 at the Phoenix Club.

Canadian Music Fest – May 2 to 8

1,000 artists – 60 venues – 7 nights – one wristband. From catchy pop songs by Canada’s Tegan and Sara to fiery guitar licks by veteran Swedish rocker Yngwie Malmsteen, you can expect to hear just about anything at Canadian Music Week. Artists from 40 countries will take the stage, so a lot of action is pumped into these days of musical mayhem and it’s the reason why CMW continues to be a premier destination for any musical artist looking to launch their career. Check out the CMW website to see if your favourite artist or band is performing.

CMW Film Fest – April 29 to May 8

An eclectic mix of retro rarities and movie premieres, spotlighting some of the industry’s hottest new directors and composers. Featuring music-oriented films and documentaries plus special appearances and Q&As with some of the films’ stars and directors, here are a few of this year’s must-see films:

  • Madonna: Truth or Dare – Credited as one of the best music documentaries ever made, this 1991 documentary follows Madonna on her controversial “Blond Ambition” world tour, offering a candid look into the singer’s life.
  • Strike a Pose – A pack of Madonna’s dancers from the “Blond Ambition” tour tell tales from the road 25 years later.
  • Hip-Hop Evolution – This 2016 documentary follows Toronto-based artist Shad as he ventures through the streets of New York in a quest to uncover the origins of hip hop.
  • Spirit Unforgettable – After a successful musical career as frontman for multi-platinum Canadian band Spirit of the West, John Mann was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. This 2016 documentary profiles the musician as he prepares for what could potentially be his last concert at Massey Hall.
  • Aim for the Roses – In 2008, three decades after Canadian stuntman Ken Carter attempted jumping the St. Lawrence in a rocket-powered car, Canadian musician Mark Haney announced his intention to create a concept album in tribute to Carter. This 2016 docudrama about both events is as daring as the stunts it profiles.

More: CMW Film

Comedy Fest – May 2 to 8

If you prefer entertainment off the silver screen, be sure to check out CMW’s “Top Comedic Showcase,” held Wednesday, May 4, at The Great Hall featuring some of Canada’s funniest people.

  • Ben Miller – As the host of “Comic Stripped” on SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs, this seasoned Canadian comedian is known for getting large groups roaring with laughter. Miller’s extensive comedic resume also lists gigs at Just For Laughs in Montreal, The Vancouver Comedy Fest and NXNE.
  • Derek Seguin – A Canadian household favourite, Seguin is no stranger to the international circuit. Undeniably one of Canada’s funniest people, Seguin has appeared at multiple times at both the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
  • Faisal Butt – A regular on the Canadian comedy circuit, Butt has performed at venues all across Canada. He has been featured in the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal and performed his solo show at JFL42.
  • Matt O’Brien – This Toronto-based comedian is a star on the rise. Named “Best Break Out Artist” at the Canadian Comedy Awards, O’Brien’s comedy act is worth seeing (and laughing at!)
  • More: CMW Comedy

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