Posted on March 9th, 2011
Canadian Music Fest is going down this week March 9 to March 13. It can be an overwhelming and sleepless few days… if you don’t know what you’re doing! With 800 bands and artists swarming the city of Toronto what’s a music fan to do? So to help narrow things down Jessica and I have picked a few of the bands/artists to watch for and the shows we’re hoping to catch this week. Remember we still need to get our beauty sleep!
Protest The Hero
From: Oshawa aka. The Shwa
Sounds like: a metal rock opera
Why you should go: Because if you’ve ever seen Protest The Hero you know they eat your face and spit it back at you… and that likely happened at a much larger venue. So with a set happening at the legendary and very small Bovine Sex Club, you don’t want to miss this metal band tear the place to shreds.
Bovine’s 20th Anniversary – Friday March 11 @ 12 AM – Bovine Sex Club
From: Regina, SaskatchewanSounds like: an extremely good punk singer turned extremely good folk singer
Why you should go: Matt Goud aka. Northcote has the most powerful, dynamically raspy, and captivating voice. He used to scream his lungs out as the singer of Means and has taken that same energy but funneled it into eclectic acoustic ditties. I dare you to go and not fall in love. Plus he’s the nicest band dude in all of Canada… yup!
Factor Breakthrough Series – Saturday March 12 @ 1 AM – The Dakota Tavern
From: Tel Aviv, Israel
Sounds like: everything…very progressive
Why you should go: Not only is it the Canadian debut of this 6 piece visual art-rock band, but lead singer Lee Triffon is one well-dressed, stand out front girl amongst her all-male band. They’re all experienced musicians coming from various musical backgrounds, and if they could hold their own opening up for Slipknot then I’m pretty sure this show is going to knock you off your feet.
CMF Showcase – Wednesday Mar 9 @ 10 PM – The Hideout
Sound like: Sweating it out in someone’s late night backyard BBQ dance party in Barbados.
Why you should go: Did you eat too many tacos at Hot Beans on Friday night? A Bonjay show is the ultimate workout. The electric dance hall duo of Alanna Stuart and beatmaster Pho get even the most super glue sneakered audience members to see how low they could go.
Indies Afterparty – Saturday March 13 @ 12:15 – Mod Club
Esben and The Witch
From: Brighton, United Kingdom
Sounds like: Just like how you would imagine a band called Esben and The Witch to sound—spooky séance music to play in your coven.
Why you should go: This band is already probably going to be all over the best of 2011 lists with insane buzz that rivals that surrounding fellow Brits James Blake and Jessie J. Although the music won’t put you in the mood for the summer it will make you feel better about the winter funk you may be in.
Windish Agency Showcase – Friday March 11 @ 11 pm – Wrongbar
Sounds like: Quality sweet dancy pop music that will make you want to find a CMF boyfriend.
Why you should go: Last year when I was interviewing bands during Canadian Music Fest both Think About Life and Cadence Weapon named them as their band to look out for. What other reason could you want?
The Untold City Presents – Thursday March 10 @ 1 am – Silver Dollar
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