Canadian Music Week 2012 mining- Day 4

Writers' Strike

by Michael Thomas

  • Murder By Death @ Bovine Sex Club w/ Mad Ones, the Curious Incident, Big John Bates, the Schomberg Fair, the Dirty Nil, Doors 8:30 p.m. (adv. tickets sold out)
  • CMF Showcase @ C’est What featuring: Hisland, the Danger Bees ft. Kid Twist, French Wives, Nash, FM HI LOW, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • FILTER Magazine Showcase@ Cabin 5 featuring:I Am Oak, Ewert and the Two Dragons, Paula & Karol,Doors 7:30 p.m. (adv. tickets sold out)
  • KX96 FM Showcase @ Cadillac Lounge featuring: Three Blind Wolves, Steph Macpherson, Stacey McKitrick, the Stellas, Dallas Smith, the Roseville Band, Jabe Beyer, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • The Cameron House Presents @ Cameron House (front room) featuring: Sue & Dwight, Colonel Tom, Emergency Monologues, Doors 5:30 p.m.
  • The Indies @ Canadian Room featuring: Pavlo, the Pack A.D., Young Empires, Treble Charger, Dan Mangan, the Sheepdogs, Rich Aucoin, Passion Pit, Doors 7 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Central featuring: After Runnymede, Brad Fillatre, Jordie Lane, Ryan Nolan, Joy Phillips, Ashley Fayth, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Cherry Cola’s featuring: the Crystal Keys, Hollowick, Live How You Live, Kyshera, Mad June, Eldorado, the Broadys, the Dirty Water,Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • UniqLifestyle Presents @ Cheval featuring: Ali Shaheed Muhammed, DJ Undercover, Doors 10 p.m.
  • UniqLifestyle Presents @ Cobra featuring: Adam K, Aadil, Doors 10 p.m.
  • Resonancity-Buzz Records-NeXT @ CMW Showcase @ Comfort Zone featuring:Connoisseurs of Porn, Cellphone, Dentata, Bad Party, Absolutely Free, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • Ice Cold Dranks! @ Crawford featuring: DJ Law, DJ F-Bomb, DJ Ry-Fi, CAFF, Doors 9 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Czehoski featuring: Lunic, Sarah Cripps, Chad Price, Kate Morgan, Rehan Dalal, Gavin Slate, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • Pop Montreal Showcase @ Drake Underground featuring: the Weather Station, Kyrie Kristmanson, Katie Moore, Adam & the Amethysts, Reversing Falls, Invisible City DJs, Kon (Kon & Amir), Doors 7:30 p.m. FOLLOWED BY Invisible City w/ Kon & Amir,Doors 11:30 p.m.
  • WOAH! Music Showcase @ Duffy’s Tavern featuring: Fade Chromatic, Lickpenny Loafer, Cousin Rufu, Trevor James & the Perfect Gentlemen, the Folk, Doors 8 p.m.
  • M For Montreal Presents @ El Mocambo (upstairs) featuring: I.No, Jesuslesfilles, Half Moon Run, XXX, Misteur Valaire, Doors 8 p.m. preceded by AUSSIE BBQ featuring: Traveller and Fortune, Jordie Lane, Husky, Busby Marou, Oh Mercy, DZ Deathrays, Eli Wolfe, Doors 12 p.m.
  • AUSSIE BBQ @ El Mocambo (downstairs) featuring: the Jefferson, Tinpan Orange, Minute 36, Teeth & Tongue, Voltaire Twins, Big Scary, Direct Influence, Doors 12 p.m.
  • McKee Agency Showcase @ Faces Nightclub featuring: Rufus, QOH, Tuzzy, Raz Fresco, Trinity Chris, Peter Jackson, Doors 10 p.m.
  • David Herrero @ Footwork, Doors 9:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Free Times Cafe featuring: Ross and Tori, Jody Glenham, SEA + AIR, Eli Wolfe, Jeffery Straker, Benjamin Winter, Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • Sounds From Spain Showcase @ Gladstone Hotel featuring:Furguson, Bigott, Quique Gonzalez, L.A., Guadalupe Plata,Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase@ Graffiti’s featuring John Borra, Doors 4 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Hard Luck featuring: Royal Canoe, Papermaps, Rococode, Sidney York, the Little Black Dress, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • Supernova Showcase @ Hard Rock featuring: James and the Readys, Mute Union, the Shift, Arkham Awaits, Crutch, Zealots Desire, Last Bullet, the Comedy, Black Diced, Wall of Contempt, Doors 6:30 p.m.
  • Collective Concerts Presents @ Horseshoe Tavern featuring: Bravestation, Chains of Love, Gentleman Husbands, Two Hours Traffic, Wintersleep, Poor Young Things, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Projekt: Hospitality @ Kool Haus featuring: Mystical Influence, Camo & Krooked, High Contrast, Netsky, Hydee, Doors 10 p.m.
  • The Inbreds @ Lee’s Palace w/ Snailhouse, Sandman Viper Command, Whale Tooth, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • UniqLifestyle Presents @ Maro featuring: Headspin, DJ Andy Alias, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Neutral Lounge featuring: Anastasia A, Paul Davidson, Kaila Picard, Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • SoccerMom Records/Wired 96.3 Showcase @ Painted Lady featuring: Cody Gamracy, Dan Silljer, James Cohen, Jason Plumb, Creosote, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • The Cat Empire @ Phoenix Concert Theatre w/ Tinpan Orange, Doors 8 p.m. (adv. tickets sold out)
  • Prairie Music Showcase @ Pipers Lounge featuring: Jason Plumb, Jen Lane, Cowpuncher, Jordan Cook, Makeshift Innocence, Zoo Lion, Doors 7 p.m.
  • Two Way Monologues Showcase @ Rancho Relaxo featuring:Head of the Herd; the Skirt Chasers; the Speaking Tongues; Goodnight, Sunrise; Andrew Hunter & the Gatherers, Say Domino, the Sweet Mack, the Cautioneers, Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • Delta Hotel’s Nova Scotia Showcase (Industry Only) @ Rivoli featuring: Mo Kenney, Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers, Ria Mae, the Mountains & the Trees, Mike O’Neill, Doors 5 p.m. FOLLOWED BY Music Nova Scotia Showcase featuring: Molly Thomason, Wintersleep, Soho Ghetto, the Stanfields, Carleton Stone, Writers’ Strike, Andrew Hunter & the Gatherers, Doors 9 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Sennheiser Library Lounge featuring: Jordan Klassen, Joshua Hyslop, Danielle Bourjeaurd, Maya Solovey, Chloe Charles, Donovan Woods, Melanie Peterson, Blair Stutz, Angela Saini, Doors 7 p.m.
  • NeXT @ CMW @ Silver Dollar featuring: Stephanie Bosch & the Cmons, Rebel Rebel, Devin Therriault, Little City, Last Year’s Men, the Mercy Now, the Lost Babies, Revolvers, Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • Travis Porter + livemusicto @ Sneaky Dee’s featuring: the Raspberry Heaven, the Midnite, After the Anthems, From Indian Lakes, Windsor Drive, Carter Hulsey, Doors 2 p.m. FOLLOWED BY the Rubberbandts w/ Lost Cities, Theset, Lifestory Monologue, Gentlemen Hall, OPOPO, Tupper Ware Remix Party, Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • The Agency Group Showcase @ Supermarket featuring: Take Me to the Pilot, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Current Swell, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ the Dakota Tavern featuring: Graydon James & the Young Novelists, Racoon Bandit, Autumns Canyon, Ewert and the Two Dragons, the Treasures, Rob Moir, Doors 8:30 p.m. (adv. tickets sold out)
  • Artist Select Series: Brendan Canning (Host & DJ) @ the Garrison featuring: Husky, the Balconies, ALX, Uncle Bad Touch, Yardlets, Teenage Kicks, Doors 8 p.m.
  • Van Hunt @ the Great Hall w/ Dj Agile, Sean Sax, Tanika Charles and the Wonderfuls, Vintage Troubles, Doors 8 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ the Hideout featuring: Neisha Dunn, Keek, Scotty James, the Little Black Dress, Brendan Distefano, Take Me to the Pilot, Doors 12:30 p.m. FOLLOWED BY CMF Showcase featuring: Cardinal Chase, Free City Collective, Mean Tangerine, Street Pharmacy, Go Back to the Zoo, Stone River, the Stanfields, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • METALLIANCE @ the Opera House featuring: Wretched, Impending Doom, 3 Inches of Blood, Job for a Cowboy, Dying Fetus, the Faceless, Devil Driver, Doors  5:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ the Ossington featuring: Most People, Redxdown, Kids and Explosions,  Doors 10 p.m.
  • Catalan Sounds Showcase @ the Piston featuring: Petit, Ninette and the Goldfish, Seward, Dorian, the Suicide of Western Culture, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • The Gabe Lee 3 @ the Sister w/ Dennis Napper, the Likely Lads, Doors 9 p.m.
  • Jazz Showcase @ Tranzac (back room) featuring: Jessica Rose, Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet, Sizhukong Ensemble, Juliann Kuchoki, Doors 7 p.m.
  • Jazz Showcase @ Tranzac (front room) featuring: Double Helix, Jessica Lurie, Pedro Menendez Crossover Guitar, Level 10 Band, Doors 6:30 p.m. (adv. tickets sold out)
  • Krista Grant Showcase @ Underground Garage featuring: Matt Groopie, Katalina Kicks, Rain Over St. Ambrose, Miss Emily, Chris Caddell and the Wreckage, Doors 8:30 p.m.
  • CMF Showcase @ Velvet Underground featuring: Old English, the Dying Arts, Gay, the Mark Inside, Doors 7:30 p.m.
  • Fanfarlo @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club w/ the Apache Relay, Doors 7:30 p.m. FOLLOWED BY UK Underground Showcase featuring: Dream Jefferson, the Corner, DJ MRK & Tigerblood, Doors 10 p.m.
  • CMF Party@ Watusi featuring:DJ Starboy, DJ Vania,Doors 8 p.m.
  • Housse de Racket @ Wrongbar w/ the Breezes, Light Fires, Nightbox, Grahmzilla, Doors ?

Here’s what I would recommend:

  • If you can make it in, the Indies will be a great place to get a good sampling of some great talent. Some rising/risen stars include Dan Mangan, the Pack A.D. and Rich Aucoin, and you can even see Treble Charger who have started touring again.
  • El Mocambo once again has it going on, this time with the Pop Montreal Showcase that has acts like the Weather Station, Adam & the Amethysts and Reversing Falls.
  • There’s a good selection of geographically-scattered talent at Hard Luck. Royal Canoe from Winnipeg. Sidney York and Rococode from Vancouver. Papermaps and the Little Black Dress from Toronto. One of the strongest-looking showcases in my possibly uninformed opinion.
  • Speaking of strong-looking showcases, the Horseshoe Tavern may possible have its best CMW showcase. Bravestation, Chains of Love, Gentlemen Husbands, Two Hours Traffic, Wintersleep, Poor Young Things… Is your jaw kinda dropping? It should be.
  • Lee’s Palace is putting up a good fight for best showcase of the night as well. Its biggest attraction is undoubtedly the Inbreds but it’s also got Snailhouse, Sandman Viper Command and Whale Tooth.
  • If you are involved with the music industry and are reading this, go and see the industry-only showcase at the Rivoli. You will see Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers. You will see the Mountains & the Trees. You will see Mike O’Neill. If you are not in the music industry, you will doubtless enjoy the showcase right after the industry-only affair. Wintersleep and Writers’ Strike among others will be dazzling. No wonder advance tickets are already sold out.
  • A lot of good singer-songwriters will be at the Sennheiser Library Lounge such as Jordan Klassen, Joshua Hyslop and Donovan Woods among others.
  • The Dakota Tavern seems to be selling out its shows quickly. This time it has Graydon James & the Young Novelists, Racoon Bandit, and all the way from Estonia, Ewert and the Two Dragons.
  • Brendan Canning will be hosting and DJing for a great night at the Garrison with the Balconies, ALX and Teenage Kicks.
  • The Velvet Underground has some good music playing such as Old English and Gay.

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