Canadian Music Week 2013 T-Mak World Recommendations

T-Mak World coverage of Canadian Music Week 2013 is centralized here – your one stop guide for rock at this year’s festival. 

March 13, 2013 – Canadian Music Week 2013 is almost upon us and as always it promises to be an incredible event. CMW is actually three events in one, Music, Comedy and Film. T-MAK World is primarily focused on the Music and Film of CMW. This year the Music Fest is bigger than ever with over 1000 artists playing at 60 venues over 6 nights. To take full advantage of what CMW has to offer, a wristband is really the only way to go. At only $60 for the week, it’s a great value because it provides access to all CMW showcases, the Comedy festival and Film screenings. The VIP wristband is recommended for enthusiasts who’ll be very active at venues. Aside from the exclusive VIP gigs like Nick Cave at Massey Hall, and after parties, it provides priority access to clubs at capacity (this is especially important if the weather is less than ideal). And it comes with an official 2013 Canadian Music Fest t-shirt. Get your wristbands here.
One Bad Son at CMW 2012
So, you’re getting a wristband, now what? With 1000 artists, where do you start? How do you plan your week? Well that’s where T-MAK World comes in. To help you out, we’ve reviewed every band playing at CMW and made a list of just those that rock. Bad news is there’s so much good music that even this “short” list has 109 bands playing a total of 136 shows. But that’s hardly bad news! Plus there are 6 “Secret” shows that won’t get announced until the day of the event. Stay close to Twitter to find out who’s playing. There is no way to see every worthy band, so strategies need to be formulated. Do you pick the highlights and move from venue to venue or pick your favourite venue and see the bands that are playing there? Ultimately, as we have in the past, we’ll likely employ a hybrid model where we focus on the Queen W section from Spadina to Bathurst. From there it’s just a quick jog to cover our core clubs of Cherry Cola’s, the Bovine, the Hideout and the Horseshoe. Since it’s impossible to see everything you want to see, it’s important not to stress too much about the ones you can’t.

Lastly, download the CMW app for your iPhone or Android smartphone to help with the full listings and addresses. With 60 venues, there are bound to be some that you’ll visit for the first time.

T-MAK World CMW2013 Recommendations


Time Band Venue
9 pm Alex Bien Band  Central
10 pm The In & Outs  Bovine
Live How You Live  Underground Garage
11 pm 20 Amp Soundchild  Cherry Colas
Atlantis Blueprint  Underground Garage
12 am The Bloody Five  Horseshoe
Mad Anthony  Bovine
Riding Shotgun  Cherry Colas
1 am Eagleson  Underground Garage
The Rabid Whole  Bovine
Short of Able  Cherry Colas
2 am Wildheart  Cherry Colas
3 am London Swagger  Cherry Colas


Time Band Venue
tbd Monster Truck  Kool Haus
Yukon Blonde  Danforth Music Hall
Hey Brother  Hard Rock Bar
8 pm The StandStills  Painted Lady
The Lost Chord  Velvet Underground
9 pm Incura  Painted Lady
Savanah  Bovine
Scott McCord & the Bonafide Truth  Velvet Underground
Josy  Clinton’s Tavern
10 pm Colin James  Lee’s Palace
My Excuse  Hideout
The Stogies  El Mo (Downstairs)
Rain Over St. Ambrose  Cherry Colas
Weekend Riot Club  Painted Lady
11 pm The Damn Truth  Supermarket
Hunter Valentine  Great Hall
AyOH  Underground Garage
Rulers of the Moon  Bovine
Miesha and the Spanks  Painted Lady
12 am One Bad Son  Underground Garage
The Stanfields  El Mo (Downstairs)
Stone River  Cadillac Lounge
Voodoo Bunny Bovine
1 am The StandStills  El Mo (Downstairs)
The In & Outs  Cherry Colas
Son of a 1000  Brooklynn
Anna Rose  Underground Garage
The Mercy Now  Bovine
2 am Sorry Ok Yes  Rancho Relaxo
Live How You Live  Cherry Colas


Time Band Venue
7 pm Simon Townshend  Massey Hall
7:30 pm Gentlemen Spectres  Hard Rock Bar
Your Favorite Enemies  Tranzac
8 pm Heart  Massey Hall
A Northern Drawl  Velvet Underground
9 pm One Bad Son  Hideout
Fur Eel  Cherry Colas
Beginners Guide to Endings  Underground Garage
The Breaks  Cadillac Lounge
Mary Rose Obsession  Cherry Colas
Future History  Rancho Relaxo
9:30 pm Ravenscode  Hard Rock Bar
9:45 pm Coheed and Cambria  Sound Academy
10 pm Poor Young Things  Horseshoe
The Balconies  Lee’s Palace
Mad Ones  Great Hall
Saint Alvia  Sneaky Dee’s
In My Coma  Cherry Colas
10:45 pm Secret  Rivoli
11 pm Bend Sinister  Cherry Colas
Grimskunk  Hideout
Jojeto  Velvet Underground
The Blue Stones  Rancho Relaxo
Acres Of Lions  Dakota
11:30 pm Secret  Rivoli
12 am My Excuse  The Sister
Teenage Kicks  Horseshoe
Iamdynamite  El Mo (Downstairs)
Wildlife  Great Hall
1 am Lumberjunk  The Sister
Savanah  Hideout
Dangerband  Silver Dollar
HellBros Underground Garage
2 am The StandStills  Hideout
The Stogies  Underground Garage


Time Band Venue
8 pm Last Bullet  Cherry Colas
8:30 pm Acres Of Lions  Tranzac
9 pm The Cheap Speakers  Cabin 5
Fuss  Hideout
9:30 pm Yukon Blonde  Kool Haus
Angel At My Table  Tranzac
Weekend Riot Club  Concierge Lounge (Marriott)
The Meds  El Mo (Upstairs)
10 pm Incura  Rivoli
10: 40 pm Matt Mays  Kool Haus
11 pm Heaven’s Basement  Cherry Colas
Black Mastiff  Hideout
Blackdog Ballroom  Hard Rock Bar
Navy Skies  Rancho Relaxo
Secret  Rivoli
12 am Limblifter  Horseshoe
TimeGiant   (acoustic) Shanghai Cowgirl
The Dyadics  Painted Lady
One Day Late  Underground Garage
Strangers  Cherry Colas
Secret  Rivoli
1 am Jackson Firebird  Rivoli
Rain Over St. Ambrose  Hideout
Static In The Stars  Cherry Colas
The Meds  Dakota
Secret  Garrison
1: 30 am Gloryhound  Horseshoe
2 am Bend Sinister  Hideout
The Roper Show  (blues) Underground Garage
2:30 am The Damn Truth  Horseshoe


Time Band Venue
2 pm Jackson Firebird  Horseshoe
3:20 pm Strangers  Horseshoe
8 pm Project Mars  Hideout
9 pm Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds  Massey Hall
A Primitive Evolution  Cherry Colas
Kingdom of Few  Underground Garage
Angel At My Table  Sneaky Dee’s
9:20 pm No Sinner  Horseshoe
10 pm Jackson Firebird  Hideout
Go For The Eyes  Rancho Relaxo
Manic Sheep  Painted Lady
10:15 pm Acres Of Lions  Concierge Lounge (Marriott)
10:30 pm Billie Dre & the Poor Boys  Rivoli
11 pm Heaven’s Basement  Hideout
TimeGiant  Underground Garage
Six Side Die  Cherry Colas
12 am Dance Laury Dance  Hideout
The Dead Exs  Cherry Colas
Mad June  The Garrison
The Little Black Dress  Sneaky Dee’s
12:45 am Gloryhound  Rivoli
1 am Black Mastiff  Cherry Colas
Chris Caddell and the Wreckage  Underground Garage
Diemonds  Hideout
James Cohen  C’est What?
2 am Biblical  Cherry Colas
Pat Wright  Underground Garage
Strangers  Hideout
Secret  Bovine
3 am A Primitive Evolution  Hideout


Time Band Venue
9 pm In My Coma  Horseshoe
10 pm Atom and The Volumes  Painted Lady
11 pm Revolvers  Annex
The Beauties  Dakota
Static In The Stars  Horseshoe
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