Part industry conference, part performance festival and all music, CMW rocks Toronto for a week each May.
Recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America, CMW is a combination of informative conferences, exciting award shows, a cutting-edge trade exhibition, a film festival and a massive new music festival.
So whether you’re in the music industry, want to be, or are simply a fan of great music, there will be plenty of events for you to check out – all in downtown Toronto.
What’s Coming Up at Canadian Music Week 2019
CMW is back for its 38th year of thrilling musical performances and all-around entertainment. This year’s festival ups the ante with plenty of new talent and seriously stellar acts at your favourite venues across the city. Here’s what’s coming up at this year’s CMW:
There’s Something for Everyone
From Pop to Punk to Hip Hop, Jazz, Indie, Country, Industrial, and many, many more, there will be no shortage of musical genres to choose from at this year’s CMW.
With hundreds of musicians and bands representing a multitude of musical genres and sub-genres, CMW promises to deliver the goods – no matter what you’re into.
This year, headliners include rhythm & blues singer-songwriter Nick Waterhouse, Ontario rockers Tokyo Police Club and Born Ruffians, rapper Azealia Banks, Parisian synthwave sensation Perturbator, and American alt-rock mainstay The Dandy Warhols.
So whether you’re a hip-hop head, a lover of folk, an alt rocker, or you just like a little bit of everything, there’s something for everyone at this year’s festival. Check out the complete list of performing artists and bands for more info.
CMW Rocks Your Favourite Venues
For years, CMW has been primarily a club-hopping music festival, as artists perform at various venues across the city. This year will be no different, with such legendary spots as the Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace, Cameron House and Phoenix Concert Theatre serving as venues for CMW performances.
Last year, one of Toronto’s most beloved public spaces and concert venues – Yonge-Dundas Square – hosted Canadian rock royalty Sloan. Stay tuned to find out if the venue will be part of this year’s roster of iconic Toronto CMW venues.
New Artists Bring the Energy
What sets CMW apart from the rest? The sheer quantity of new and emerging artists bringing their fresh energy and eclectic musical talent to the stage.
CMW is touted as the country’s largest new music festival, and it certainly lives up to its name. From the edgy sound of up-and-coming country singer Ajaye Jardine, to the gender-bending, genre-defying Toronto Punk band Pterodactyl Problems, to the downtempo, atmospheric and experimental grooves of Montreal’s viñu-vinu and the raw rhymes of Ethiopian born Montreal Hip Hop artist Naya Ali, this year’s list of up-and-coming artists is as eclectic as the Canadian music scene itself.
CMW Wristband and Ticket Options
With three different ways to buy tickets to this year’s Music Week, it’s the perfect way to get your custom-tailored CMW experience.
For those that know exactly which performances they want to catch, individual show tickets will get you a guaranteed spot to your favourite artists and venues.
For music lovers that want to explore the festival in their own way, while getting the most bang for their buck, an Explorer Festival Wristband gets you access to all the official CMW Club Series shows. Attend the hottest club shows, catch performances from old favourites and discover new acts with the Explorer Wristband, for just $75.
For those that want even more access and the ability to bypass those long lineups, an Explorer+ VIP Festival Wristband ($150) gets you priority access to Club Series shows, plus entry to the CMW Concert Series, so you can catch all the headliners at the city’s best venues – without ever waiting in line. For more information and to get your tickets now, check out CMW’s Wristbands page. You can purchase your wristbands online up until May 5, after which wristbands will be available on-site, beginning May 6. Individual Show Tickets will be up for sale online at the CMW website, and on Ticketweb and Ticketmaster, as well as in person at Rotate This and Soundscapes.