BLARE’s 20 Must-Hear Bands At CMW

Five nights. Over 800 artists. From March 9-13, hundreds of bands will flood the streets of Toronto for CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK, the annual music conference that showcases acts from across the world. Since there’s no way you can be at 55 venues at the same time, BLARE has created a list featuring artists you really can’t miss. It does exclude the obvious (Die Mannequin, Land Of Talk), but it’s full of talent designed for reckless headbanging, toe-tapping and long walks on the beach.


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SHARKS

(LEAMINGTON SPA, ENGLAND | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/SHARKS)
“Channeling blue-collar punk with a tiny bit of that ole’ rock n’ roll”

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COCKY AMERICANS

(DALLAS, TX | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/COCKYAMERICANS)
“If The Black Keys slapping The Strokes made a sound”

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THE DARCYS

(TORONTO, ON | WWW.THEDARCYS.CA)
“Known for their talent, one of Toronto’s rising guitar acts “

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SHAD

(LONDON, ON | WWW.SHADK.COM)
“An intelligent mind, Shad is the rap game’s lower-class prizefighter “

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BRAVESTATION

(TORONTO, ON | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BRAVESTATION)
“Intoxicating indie pop with the lush satisfaction you’d expect from Foals”

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CADENCE WEAPON

(EDMONTON, AB | WWW.CADENCEWEAPONMUSIC.COM)
“Local MC who doesn’t shy away from the light, or experimentation”

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ILLSCARLETT

(MISSISSAUGA, ON | WWW.ILLSCARLETT.COM)
“A toxic mix of reggae and alternative rock”

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DINOSAUR BONES

(TORONTO, ON | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DINOSAURBONESBAND)
“An example of a Canadian rock outfit climbing its way to the top”

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LISTENER

(ATLANTA, GA | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/LISTENER)
“Abstract. Imaginative. Refreshing.”

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YOUNG GALAXY

(VANCOUVER, BC | WWW.YOUNGGALAXY.COM)
“Two songwriters becoming entwined in waves of dream rock”

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BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB

(LONDON, ENGLAND | WWW.BOMBAYBICYCLECLUBMUSIC.COM)
“Quirky indie jams? Yes, but the talent is undeniable”

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JANELLE MONAE

(KANSAS CITY, KS | WWW.JMONAE.COM)
“Providing a definition for “fresh”, Janelle Monae is a revolutionary”

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MEMORYHOUSE

(GUELPH, ON | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/WEAREMEMORYHOUSE)
“Ready to run, the trio have the ability to lap their genre’s competition”

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PROTEST THE HERO

(WHITBY, ON | WWW.PROTESTTHEHERO.COM)
“An artistic explosion of music”

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ESBEN AND THE WITCH

(BRIGHTON, ENGLAND | WWW.ESBENANDTHEWITCH.CO.UK)
“Raucous atmospheric rock built with a dark, personal touch”

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COURAGE MY LOVE

(KITCHENER, ON | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MERCEDESANDPHOENIX)
“A trip back to emotional pop punk driven by melodic outbursts”

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THE PACK AD

(VANCOUVER, BC | WWW.THEPACKAFTERDEATH.COM)
“Grim southern blues all the cool kids listen to”

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THE TARGETS

(WINSFORD, ENGLAND | WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEUKTARGETS)
“A glimpse at the underground British Invasion”

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

(DUBLIN, IRELAND | WWW.JAMESVMCMORROW.COM)
“Only a few voices can make your body surrender to every word”

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THE DAMN TRUTH

(MONTREAL, QC | WWW.THEDAMNTRUTH.COM)
“The cover says contemporary, the potential proves their more”

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4 comments on “BLARE’s 20 Must-Hear Bands At CMW

  1. Mark on said:

    decent list. CAN’T WAIT for illscarlett!

  2. Darcy McGee on said:

    Though originally from Vancouver (and their parents still live here) Young Galaxy has long since called Montreal home.

  3. Jason on said:

    PROTEST!!!!!

  4. Just discovered quite a few bands… Listener is rly awesome.
    Wish I would live in Toronto hehe :P this festival does look incredible

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