2011 Canadian Music Week mining- Day 1

Gentleman Reg, one of many great artists playing the first day of CMF.

by Michael

With Canadian Music Week just around the corner, Grayowl Point will try to bring full concert listings for the five days of Canadian Music Fest. Day 1 takes place on Wednesday, March 9th. Following the list will be recommendations.

  • Pop! Goes the Wreckroom @ Annex Wreckroom featuring: Chad Price, Kenya Kondo, Mike D, Meredith Shaw, Chastity
  • Bovine’s 20th Anniversary @ Bovine Sex Club featuring: Darlings of Chelsea, Iron League, Saigon Hookers, Dead Messenger, This Drama, Organ Thieves, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Rock Series @ Cadillac Lounge featuring: Melanine Morgan, Poor Young Things, Tongue ‘N Groove, the Polymorphines, Dirty Penny, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Cabaret featuring: Daydreams for Dollars, The Targets, Monday Rose, WOLFHEART, The Lines, Doors 9 p.m.
  • Scene Showcase @ Clinton’s featuring: GRUVE, Magnum KI, Auresia, M.T.L., Staylefish, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Kill the Noise @ Cobra w/ Rocket Bomb Shelter, Matt Medley, Doors 10 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Czehoski featuring: Jodymoon, Morten Myklebust, Cameron Scott Fraser, Dennis Passley, Ania Soul, Capital Stacks, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Drake Underground featuring: Half Moon Run, Gabby Young, Epigram, Elsiane, Doors 9. p.m.
  • Factor Breakthrough Series @ El Mocambo (Downstairs) featuring: Cardinal Chase, Michou, Eric Hutchinson, Behind Sapphire, To Tell, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ El Mocambo (Upstairs) featuring: Distance Between Stars, Lacerda, Courage My Love, ROADS, Red October, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Free Times Cafe featuring: Jack Carty, Christine Owman, JP Hoe, Louise Burns, Peter’s Songs, Doors 9 p.m.
  • Gentleman Reg @ Gladstone Hotel w/ Kevin Wong, Chris Velan, Rouge, Creature, Doors 7 p.m.
  • Factor Breakthrough Sessions @ Hard Luck featuring: Graydon James & The Young Novelists, The Wheat Pool, Kalle Mattson, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Supernova Showcase @ Hard Rock featuring: Greater than Gatsby, Green Richards Band, Skepsis, Lost Cause, R.E.D., Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • Opeing Party at the Shoe @ Horseshoe Tavern featuring: Wormwood Scrubs, Violent Kin, WAGONS, CHASING AMEE, Black Phoenix Orchestra, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • CMF Opening Party! @ Lee’s Palace featuring: The Little Black Dress, Future History, Make Your Exit, Funeral Suits, The Mark Inside, Lost Chord, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Tiken Jah Fakoly @ Lulu Lounge, Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • Sirius Satellite’s CMW Opening Party @ Mod Club Theatre featuring: Breaching Vista, Desperate Union, TBA, Finger Eleven, Doors 7 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Neutral Lounge featuring: Tailor Made Fable, Mackenzie First, Clockwize Sound, The Autumn Portrait, PUSTKI, Berlin Brides, Doors 7 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Painted Lady featuring: The Breezes, amberhaze, Snowblink, MotherMoon, Sacred Animals, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • CMF Metal Showcase! @ Parts and Labour featuring: Titan, Dancing With Paris, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Mother Mother @ Phoenix Concert Theatre w/ Rococode, Whale Tooth, Birds of Tokyo, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Two Way Monologues Presents… @ Rancho Relaxo featuring: Lordy Lordy, Go For the Eyes, Ryan Warner and the Moonlight Ride, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Old Crowns, Doors 8 p.m.
  • One Night Stand @ Rivoli featuring: Robyn DellUnto, Lindi Ortega, Rex Goudie, Royal Canoe, The Airplane Boys, Doors 8 p.m.
  • The Agency Group Showcase @ Supermarket featuring: TBA, Running Red Lights, Everywhere, Take Me to the Pilot, TBA, Doors 8 p.m.
  • The Najjah Calibur “So Far (Been a Pleasure)” Video Release Party @ Tattoo Rock Parlour, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Factor Breakthrough Series @ The Dakota Tavern featuring: The Vanishers, Shane Chisholm, Darlingside, The Coppertones, The Wildbirds, Colin Moore, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ The Garrison featuring: Bianca, Red Vienna, The Cosmic Eye, Mortiboyz, Wild Domestic, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ The Hideout featuring: Kemal Evans Project, Eatliz, Altan Urag, TheYageLetters, INAMBUSH, Doors 8 p.m.
  • STORMING THE GATES…. TABARNAK! Montreal’s 2011 Metal Showcase @ The Opera House featuring: Sykode, Dush, TBA, Dissension, The Catalyst, Fatality, Beneath the Massacre, Cryptopsy, Doors 5:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ The Piston featuring: Smokekiller, Samantha Savage Smith, Daniel Benjamin, David Vertesi, adaline, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Underground Garage featuring: Jumple, Yeti Lane, Sound Glyphics. Doors 9 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase! @ Velvet Underground featuring: The Archives, TBA, The Shanks, Mad June, Mad Anthony, Doors 7 p.m.
  • MURS @ Wrongbar w/ DJ Foundation, Ab-Soul, Tabi Bonney, Doors 8 p.m.
  • BASSmentality @ Wrongbar featuring: Zeds Dead, Killbits, Doors 11 p.m.

Day 1 is traditionally the warmup day, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of great acts here.

  • Check out Gentleman Reg’s show. The man himself is a fantastic talent, and he’s backed up by not only Chris Velan, a lawyer-turned-human-rights-activist-slash-musician, but also Creature, a band that knows how to get you dancing.
  • The show at Hard Luck also looks promising, with Graydon James & The Young Novelists sure to keep you on your toes (after all, they’ve got at least 40 songs they could play). The Wheat Pool and Kalle Mattson are also very worth checking out as well.
  • Though I’m not familiar with the other acts, I’m recommending the show at the Painted Lady solely based on Snowblink playing there.
  • Mother Mother‘s show at the Phoenix doesn’t even need a recommendation, really. I’m sure that show will be sold out rather quickly. Such an amazing band.
  • Metal fans should definitely head the showcase at the Opera House, looks to be a pretty hectic and awesome show.
  • The CMF Showcase at the Piston is highly recommended. First there’s Samantha Savage Smith, a musician I had the chance to meet briefly at North by Northeast last summer. Also playing is David Vertesi of Hey Ocean!, who released the amazing Cardiography last year. To top it all off is the exceedingly talented adaline.

The listings, as you can see, aren’t complete yet. We’ll try to update as new acts are announced.

Leave a comment with who you want to see on day 1, or to point out any errors I may have made (I’m human, after all).


  1. Just wanted to let you know that the Green Richards Band put on a great show at the Hard Rock!

  2. I took my chances @ the CMF opening party last night! I was absolutely blown away by Future History @ Lee’s Palace….Definitley a must see band. Very happy to find out they are playing a second showcase on Sunday!!!!

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