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Canadian Music Week – The Festival That Started It All

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Canadian Music Week – The Festival That Started It All

While there are plenty of music festivals throughout North America, none bring the history, the great performances and in-depth interviews quite like Toronto’s Canadian Music Week.

For over 30 years, CMW has set the bar for music festivals, concerts and awards, hosting over 1,000 bands playing dozens of venues throughout downtown Toronto — and this year’s festival looks to be the best yet. Running May 6-10 this year, performers at this year’s CMW include Tegan and Sara, M.I.A., City and Colour, Neko Case and many more.

CMW is also known for some of the most groundbreaking interviews, keynotes, and conference sessions with the music industry’s biggest stars. This year, catch legendary producer Quincy Jones in a pointed interview; listen to Martin Mills, founder/chair of label the Beggars Group, present a keynote address; or check out an interview with guitarist/producer legend Nile Rodgers, hot on the heels of his very successful collaboration with Daft Punk.

Want to catch a rock doc or other music-related movies? CMW’s film component will be one of the first places to see the new Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All is By My Side, starring Andre Benjamin of Ooutkast as the late guitar hero. Check out documentaries about Johnny Thunders, Slint, Elliott Smith, Fela Kuti and more during the fest as well.

Beyond the official gigs and venues, you’ll find plenty of other shows — be they rock, pop, country, electronic or otherwise — attracting some of the industry’s best and brightest. From late-night jam sessions to bumping after-parties, Toronto nightlife is at its best during CMW.

Through it all you’ll enjoy that inimitable Canadian hospitality wherever you go — be it one of Toronto’s countless quaint restaurants, cozy lounges, incredible art galleries or dizzying dancefloors.

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