Today is the last day of Canadian Music Week. If you are looking for a way to wind down from your amplified, high intensity, intoxicating audio/visual experiences may I suggest Fred Penner's CD release party for Hear The Music this afternoon at Lulu Lounge 1585 Dundas St W. Doors open at 2pm.
Hear The Music features a roll call of marquee Canadian talent including Ron Sexsmith, Alex Cuba, Basia Bulat, The Good Lovelies, Terra Lightfoot, Afie Jurvanen (a.k.a Bahamas) plus backup vocals from Fred’s own family, all tethered to the sterling production of long-time collaborator Ken Whiteley.
The messages on Fred Penner's new album are reminders of things we as adults occasionally forget. "I Hear The Music ... I can hear it all around me." "Working Together ... Helping each other grow.." "Humility ... Don't try to be someone that you're not." "Hold Your Head Up ... Be proud of who you are.." "Courage is waiting."
There are many things that I believe should be included in our children's school curriculum like gratitude journals, money management, and ethics. (Imagine how different our world would be!) This album should be added to our schools music curriculum. Hear The Music by Fred Penner et al is an album created in the best interest of the children. No matter how old we are.
The country music showcase on the opening night of Canadian Music Week that was co-hosting by the Boots and Hearts Festival (Is it just me or do other people think they should just call it the Broken Hearts Festival? It;s probably just me. But, I had to share. It was on my mind all night cuz every country singer has their own heart break song.) & KX Country Hot Shots Concert Series was held at the Phoenix Concert Theatre again this year.. Many artist and audience members appeared to be Livin' the Dream Andrew Hyatt had to have been on cloud nine as he was the only one with a fan devoted enough to show up with a hand made sign stating :I'm Here For Andrew Hyatt."
Alee (Gottabealee on all her social media. Very creative.)
Alee was thrilled to officially announce ... drum roll please ... that she would be performing at this summers Boots and Hearts Music Festival. I know music festival are great party experiences but I'm not sure is her taste for Moonshine will be catered to.
Drake White and The Big Fire
I'm glad that I was shooting from the rafters at the Phoenix Concert Theatre last night. I had a birds eye view of all the action in the crowd below. There gets to be a certain time during every concert that demands a solid slow dance Last night the song for that dance was Drake White's Makin' Me Look Good Again.. The couples just wrapped themselves up in each other like no one else was watching. Now that's Livin' the Dream.
Birds of Olympus had a fresh new video release for their single Vine of the Soul. They are set to perform as part of Canadian Music Weeks Music From Ireland showcase at the Drake Underground tomorrow evening. Doors @ 7:00 pm. Admission $10. FREE with Canadian Music Week wrist band. .
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 - KX Country's Hot Shots
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 - Indies with Indie 88
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 - Whitehorse, Tanya Tagaq & More
Friday, April 21rst, 2017 - iHeart Radio Fest
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 - Melissa Etheridge
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 - Fred Penner
I don't think you can squeeze more quality live music out of Canadian Music Week unless they started raising the dead. They just added their final round of artists.
With less than two weeks until the return of the 35th edition of Canadian Music Week (CMW), the festival is pleased to announce even more programming. Portland rockers The Dandy Warhols, Canadian indie darlings Yukon Blonde, Toronto producer Tasha the Amazon, Juno award winner Jess Moskaluke, country fan favourites James Barker Band and more join the previously announced line-up including Big Sean, Melissa Etheridge, and Wolf Parade.
Speaking of resurrections a Canadian Music Week wristband would be the perfect gift for any music lovers on your Easter gift giving list. It would fit sweetly in a card envelope or a decadent box of chocolates. That would be worth at least a big hug and a sloppy kiss. With no added fat or calories you can't go wrong.
Here's the link to Canadian Music Weeks schedule - https://cmw.net/music/schedule/
Here's the link to the CMW2017 wristbands - https://cmw.net/music/wristbands/
Happy Hunting! Happy Hopping!
You cannot go wrong with a Canadian Music Week Explorers Pass for $75 or a VIP line by-pass Explorer + Pass for $150 for a weeks worth of live music performances. Especially, when you take into account the big names that are still being added to this year's line up.
CMW2017 continues to add artists to this year’s festival including Detroit M.C and G.O.O.D. Music, Gold selling artist BIG SEAN, indie rockers and JUNO Award winners THE STRUMBELLAS, Inuk throat singer, JUNO Award and Polaris Prize winner TANYA TAGAQ, Juno Award winning alt-folk duo WHITEHORSE, Canadian rock veterans 54•40, two-time JUNO Award winner DAN MANGAN, Toronto punk favourites TEENANGER, Ottawa pop-rockers NEW SWEARS, Montreal experimental collective YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, Australian punks DUNE RATS, psych-pop duo TASSEOMANCY, Fillipina / Canadian rapper HAN HAN and more join an already extensive roster of acts.
Canadian Music Week 2017 is set to take place April 18 – 23 at over thirty official CMW venues across downtown Toronto
***Festival Passes now on sale on cmw.net/music and Ticketweb.
Latest Editions to Canadian Music Week 2017
A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE *Early All Ages show added April 21st bit.ly/2m3HFSH
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY