Canadian Music Week

canadian Music Week

After our recent SXSW preview, we decided to look at other festivals. We didn’t need to look long to find Canadian Music Week. This festival shares similarities to SXSW in that it is a music & education festival, a film festival and a media festival. Artists from all over the world come to Toronto for it.

18th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards

Kiesza – Fresh off her Sound of a Woman tour, Kiesza is dance rock artist. In some ways her music calls back to Madonna mixing rap and strong music. Her show is dance. Sound of a Woman made it to #14 in the Canadian charts. She is an artist to watch coming up.

Dear Rouge – Drew & Danielle McTaggart are the alt rock group. Their latest album is Black to Gold. They’ve opened for Phantogram, and many others.

Andee – Andee is a singer-songwriter from Quebec who began as a finalist is a TV competition. Her debut full length album comes out this year. In the meantime singles are being released.

Jessica Moskaluke – She is the winner of 2014’s Canadian County Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year with her album, Light Up the Night and is known for “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes.


Alana Yorke– This Halifax artist is known for big sound and thoughtful arrangements using piano. Her debut album Dream Magic came out in January.

Alvvays – Last year this Toronto band went to the top of the US college charts. Led by the Molly Rankin’s captivating vocals, they have made an impact worldwide. Their self-titled album was released last year.

Animalia – Jill Krasnicki leads this dark and melodic electronic band. Mouth Full of Teeth is their debut album.

Belladonna – This Italian band is led by Luana Caraffa whose whispering vocals draw the listener in. Shooting Dice with God is their latest full length album from 2013.

Betty & Oswald – This Australian duo is on their King of Bohemia tour. They play pop rock that is too catchy.

Chersea – Vancouver based Chelsea Laing is Chersea an indie synth pop artist. Her new EP Grey Matter just came out.

Daniella Watters – Watters is a Norah Jones of Canada doing R&B, soul, pop with a jazz flavor. She has toured the US & Canada and is working on her first full length release.

Featurette – Toronto duo is Lexi Jay & Jon Fedorsen. Their music is dream pop with synth. Their EP Smoke is out in 2015.

For Esme – Toronto based alt pop band is led by the vocals of Martha Meredith. They have a style that recalls 80’s pop. Their full length album Singer is coming out this year.

Ginger Ale and the Monowhales – Sugary pop with a touch of surf describes this band and their EP Ha!

Go For the Eyes – Calgary independent band leans towards rock blues in their album Fifteen Through Twenty. They are led by the vocals of Jeff Turner and Elise Roller.

Isobel Trigger – Nocturnal is this indie band’s EP. They are led by Felicia Harding on vocals and synth. Her vocals have a Tori Amos feel.

Jully Black – The Queen of R&B has awards and appearances across the board in music and TV. Her latest album is Made in Canada.

Kiki Rowe – Rowe caught our attention last year. She is actually Keandra Shan Lal from Mississauga, Canada. She released a self titled album and we’re hoping for more soon. She should be a highlight of CMW.

Laura & Greg – This NY duo is Laura O’Neill & Greg Yagolnitzer. They are an acoustic duo with wonderful harmonies in their song “Muscle Memory.”

Lights – This Toronto pop artist is known for wildly addictive songs in all of her releases. Her latest is Little Machines.

Like A Motorcycle – Michelle Skelding, Kim Carson, Jillian Cameau & KT Lamond make up this punk rock band. They have a vocal style and edge that recalls The Donnas. Their release is due this Fall.

Milk & Bone – This Montreal duo of Camille Poliquin & Laurence Lafond-Beaulne hit the ground running and never stopped. Pay attention to their song “Pressure” in their release Little Mourning.

Mobina Galore – This alt punk duo is Jenna Priestner and Marcia Hanson. Their 2014 release is Cities Away and they have a fierceness that makes no comparisons.

Paperwhite – NYC family band of brother & sister Katie & Ben Marshall who mix synth with drums into a sugary dream texture. They have an EP called Magic.

Plaitwrights – This Toronto artistic duo of Xylk Lorena & Angela Abrenica make compelling alt rock as well as fashion. Their 2013 EP cmyk sold out.

Reenie – Reenie Perkovic leads this indie pop band filled with strings and horns. Their material is easily comfortable in their 2014 release Parallel Place.

Savvie – Savannah Leigh Wellman leads this superb rock group in its debut album Night Eyes. It is impossible not to be drawn in from the first note.

The Standstills – Johnny Fox and Renee Couture make this heavy alt rock band from Ontario.

Skye Wallace – This Vancouver artist brings orchestral arrangements to her album Living Parts.

Tear Away Tusa – TAT for short is a 6 piece from Ontario that seems to bridge gospel and ska with their EP Music in The Digital Age. They can draw a slight comparison to Phox but both bands are richer in many different ways.

The Deadset – This pop punk duo from Vancouver has the energy and drive found in Vans Warped Tour Band. JT Criminal & Steven Appleyard are the group. Their EP Take Everything is due soon.

The Jessica Stuart Few – Indie Rock Jazz and a Japanese koto don’t go far enough to describe this trio. Their 2013 release Two Sides To Every Story is merely the first step to taking over the music world.

May 1st, 2015