Mark your calendars!!! Canadian Music Week has announced that the 34th year of the festival in 2016 will take place May 4 – 14 in the city of Toronto.
For the first time, the industry conference will take place at the beginning of the festival at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West), and will host the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards on Thursday, May 5. The Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon will take place on Friday, May 6, followed by one of Canadian Music Week’s most anticipated events, CHUM Fan Fest and finally capping off the weekend with Sirius XM’s annual Indie Awards on Saturday May 7th.
They have also announced that the 2016 International Spotlight will be on the United Kingdom with a special focus on Ireland. In association with CAAMA, CMW will be hosting labels, booking agents, festival organizers, promoters, talent buyers and industry specialists from the entertainment sectors, opening new trade routes for Canadians who are interested in furthering opportunities with these two key European markets as part of a Spotlight on the UK and Focus on Ireland.
For more information on Canadian Music Week, visit cmw.net.
Andy Warhol Revisited opens in Toronto today and gives you the opportunity to view one of the world’s largest collections of original Warhol prints and paintings. Located in a 4,200 square foot pop-up gallery space at 77 Bloor Street West (it used to be the Guess storefront in Yorkville). They cleansed the Guess-ness out of the place, and called in DesignAgency to help transform the space into a gallery with a bit of a R’n’R aesthetic.
Los-Angeles based Revolver Gallery, who are hosting and curating Andy Warhol Revisited, which includes portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mao, Mickey Mouse, Queen Elizabeth, the Dollar Sign Canvas, the Campbell’s Soup Cans, a rare series of prints of John Gotti commissioned by the New York Times and many more. They will rotate more than 120 historic Warhol pieces throughout the exhibit’s six-month run.
“I can’t wait to share my passion for Andy Warhol and his incredible work through this exhibition in my hometown of Toronto, a city that I love and respect,” said Ron Rivlin, founder of Revolver Gallery. “Warhol was a truly powerful artist, his work still resonates with so many people – he made accessible art that speaks directly to our admiration of popular culture, to both the mundane and iconic elements of it.”
The new mini-album from Thundercat is out now via Brainfeeder Records. ‘The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam’ is the first solo material in two years from Stephen Bruner—the man behind the Thundercat handle. The 6-track album’s funky first single Them Changes, co-produced by Thundercat and Flying Lotus and featuring Kamasi Washington on saxophone is available for streaming on Soundcloud – see below.
Hey Mother Death will be releasing their acclaimed debut album ‘Highway’ on Paper Bag Records on July 10th – Pre-order Highwayhere. In the lead-up to the release, the band have revealed a number of remixes in including Snake Power by Jay Crocker (listen) and The Hills by Chuck Blazevic (listen). Now, they have released the remix by Matthew Samway of the album’s title track – listen to it via Soundcloud below.
If you still have any energy from the past few nights, there’s more live music in the city. Here’s our picks for Day 4 (June 20).
Animalia8 pm @ The Painted Lady
Animalia is a solo electronic artist based in Toronto. Her music sways with the use of thumping beats and astral synths. A quirky voice belts out melancholic melodies, while she takes the stage in an aggressively energetic performance.
OK…you have worked a long hard week, but live music never sleeps, so get out there and check out some bands. Here’s our picks for Day 3 (June 19).
Wish8 pm @ Danforth Music Hall
Comprising members of Beliefs, Milk Lines, and Decades, Wish shreds your youth through a cheese grater and melts it onto a scratched up CD. They cut, copy, and time-stretch your first high and place it into your permanent present.
You are probably just heading out to check out some live music for NXNE 2015, but we wanted to share our picks for Day 2 (June 18).
Odonis Odonis8 pm @ The Opera House
The Toronto three-piece has had a career built on an inside-out, backwards-facing trajectory that has constantly kept fans guessing. For one, their 2011 lo-fi debut, ‘Hollandaze’ was technically their second record. Their actual second record, 2014’s ‘Hard Boiled Soft Boiled’, faced a two-year delay in its release and was actually recorded first – though it was considerably less “demo feeling” than its technical follow-up.