Canadian Music Week

As ever, Canadian Music Week (CMW) was packed with a host of music performances, an array of A&R reps and the glitz and glamour of award ceremonies.

Arguably Canada’s largest and most influential music and media event, celebrated its 30th anniversary over 5 days of music, film, comedy and industry networking events. A staggering 900 artists, representing 40 different countries, performed at 75 different venues across Toronto.

Johnny Reid, the Scottish born singer who grew up in Brampton, Ontario, set the bar with one of his usual soulful and melodic performances, as he headlined at the Mod Club. On the same night, 1,815.4 ft in the air, Joel Plaskett and the Emergency performed at the CN tower.

One of the things that make CMW such a unique and special event is the mixture of acts. It gives the chance for emerging artists to play alongside established and renowned performers.

Some of the less known acts included Shawn Brady & The Electric Blood Band, The Pond and BADBADNOTGOOD. Each pulled off performances that will surely see them gain the recognition they seek.

There were also fine performances from Samantha Savage Smith, as well as Australian band The Temper. Smith’s endearing and peaceful persona can really be felt in her music, which allows listeners to really connect with her as an artist, whilst the Temper put on an engaging performance that really lifted the crowd, performing fan favourite love lost.

Canadian rock band Sheepdogs were another highlight of the week, as they performed at the Indies for industry officials.

However there were some lacklustre performances from the likes of Oberhofer, who failed to connect with the crowd at the Phoenix concert venue. Passion Pit were another band who didn’t live up to the hype.

Canadian rap acts The 6th Letter and tfhouse got the chance to perform for fans in their home city. The two young rappers have both enjoyed recent plaudits from their respective mix-tapes, “What the F?” and “On my way”.

The week also saw Daniel Lanois and Rilley O’Connor inducted to the Canadian Music Industry hall of fame. Lanois has produced albums for Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel as well as U2’s platinum selling album The Joshua Tree. Fellow Canadian Rilley O’Connor was honoured for his work as a concert promoter, producing more than 1,100 concerts annually for Canadian and international artists.

The final day of CMW featured performances from the identical twin duo of Cherina & Davina, Right Hand Drive, and Georgia Anne Muldrow. It was a great way to cap off the start of the festival season in Canada.

CMW reached new heights this year and will surely have more in store for music lovers when they host their 31st year next March.