The vibrant city of Toronto comes alive multiple times a year; Canadian Music Week is one of those times. Artists from all across the world and Canada come to Toronto to showcase their talent for music execs and diehard music fans at numerous venues throughout the city.
Here’s a list of 10 artists we recommend you see during Canadian Music Week 2018.
After steadily releasing music since 2015, Irini Mando recently released her latest indie pop single, “Six In The Morning”. The London-based artist is making her Toronto debut at not one, but two Canadian Music Week showcases and is about to blow people away. Don’t miss this dazzling voice in marvellous settings. Irini Mando is a must-see artist.
Hot off the heels of a tour, Hamilton’s Ellevator has continued to see success with their self-titled debut indie rock EP. The band announced a few months ago that they would be sharing the stage with the Arkells at a hometown stadium show. Catch the band at Lee’s Palace for their intimate Canadian Music Week show — it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be selling out larger venues across Canada.
Good Kid is one of the few bands these days that you can go to their show not knowing a single song and leave being one of their greatest fans. The band combines indie rock with pop punk creating a melodic and energetic sound. After seeing the Toronto band perform live multiple times and listening to their singles countlessly, I can confirm that they’re one of the catchiest bands in the Toronto music scene right now.
After hiding away for months to write and record their label debut, Toronto’s VALLEY has resurfaced to showcase new music from their album. See them live at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern to hear music from the album before it’s released.
Despite only recently coming across Little Rêd’s music, I am already certain she is an artist to watch. Our friends at Going Solo describe her music as a “dreamy soundscape” and we couldn’t agree more. Take one listen to her songs and you’ll be buying tickets to not one but both of her shows.
Only a year after releasing their debut EP, Mount Farewell has returned with a list of upcoming shows — one of which is their appearance at Canadian Music Week. With one of the tightest live sets around, Mount Farewell’s set is not one to miss. The band is made up of some of the most talented songwriters and musicians in the indie rock genre. 2018 is their year.
Salt Spring Island, BC
If you’re looking to feel like you’ve travelled back in time, Lovers Touch is the band for you. With dance moves from the past that belong in modern day and groove in every song that will make you feel alive, Lovers Touch’s Canadian Music Week set is a must-see. Pro Tip: Bring your dancing shoes.
The Bae Beach Club
St. Catharines, ON
If you look up the band’s online presence, it may appear that the band is a newcomer to Canada’s music scene. However, the band has been playing numerous shows under a different name for a short while. The 3-piece recently reb(r)anded as The Bae Beach Club and has returned with a dreamy summer sound. Roll the windows down and hit the road to their Canadian Music Week showcase at The Cavern Bar.
Put simply, Del is an artist that Toronto’s music scene has been heavily sleeping on. With influences from Anderson.Paak, Kendrick Lamar, & Phoenix just to name a few, Del has crafted an intriguing sound. I can already see Del’s name in the lights. See him at the Painted Lady before he starts really going off. It’s only a matter of time.
Following a successful year of streams in 2017, alcordo is catapulting into her Canadian Music Week showcase at the Painted Lady. Find out what you’ve been missing out on during her intimate r&b set.
Who are you most excited to see?