Canadian Music Fest 2013 – Katie’s Picks

CMF 2013 Lineup

Find the full list of artists here.

If you’re like me, and have anything whatsoever to do with the Toronto media, music, and arts scene, you’ve probably been pelted with press releases for Canadian Music Fest for the last few months. Finally, it’s March and I can peel the electronic whitesheets from my virtual windshield and attend some fine concerts.

What are my picks? Great question. Because there’s nothing that gives a pretentious twenty-something more sickeningly satisfying pleasure than telling other people what to like. These are great bands and you should definitely check them out. Or, wait until you hear them at Urban Outfitters and pretend you knew about them all along while you’re shopping for shredded Sesame Street t-shirts and pink-bleached jeans with three types of non-functional zipper. It’s really your choice.

These bands have been vetted for quality. They’re “sure things.” All that’s left is for you to go out and enjoy them.

Yukon Blonde (Kelowna, BC)
Wed March 20 @ 8pm, The Danforth Music Hall
RIYL: The Sheepdogs, Zeus

CHVRCHES (Glasgow, Scotland)
Wed March 20 @ 10pm, Mod Club
RIYL: Purity Ring, The Knife, The Good Natured

Chloe Charles (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Tattoo Rock Parlour
Sat March 23 @ 10pm, El Mocambo (Upstairs)
RIYL:  Regina Spektor, Coffee shop pleasantries

Turtle Giant (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Rancho Relaxo
RIYL: Vacationer

The Breezes (Montreal, QC)
Thurs March 21 @ 8:30pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Luscious beach rock

First Rate People (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 9pm, Annex Live
RIYL: Teenage dreams

Efterklang (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Thurs March 21, 10pm, Virgin Mobile Mod Club
RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Tunng

Raleigh Moncrief (Sacramento, California)
Thurs March 21, 11:30pm, Parts & Labour
RIYL: The sound of a thousand exploding suns

Wildlife (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 12am, The Great Hall
RIYL: Collegiate life

Javelin (Providence, NY)
Thurs March 21, 1:00am, Parts & Labour
RIYL: Bibio, TV Girl, Toro Y Moi

Cold Specks (London, UK)
Fri March 22 @ 9:20pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: Macy Gray without the smoker’s throat

Diamond Rings (Toronto, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:00pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: The eyeshadow counter at Sephora and drum machines

Young Rival (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Smith Westerns, Black Lips, Dirty Fences

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 11pm, Bovine Sex Club
RIYL: Cracking beer bottles over your friends’ heads

Cookie Duster (Toronto, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 11:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Broken Social Scene, the “original” Toronto music scene

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 2:30am, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Public urination, leftover pizza

Sharon Van Etten (Brooklyn, NY)
Sat March 23 @ 8pm, Massey Hall
RIYL: First Aid Kit

NXNE Sampler: Friday June 17th: Yonge-Dundas Square & Wrongbar

Here are some MP3s to pique your interest for NXNE! It would take a lifetime (or at least a very long time) to put together a comprehensive NXNE taste test. There’s just too many darned bands! But enjoy this little burst of NXNE flavour to whet your appetite!


Diamond Rings – 7:30-8:10PM

MP3: Something ElseDiamond Rings

Land of Talk – 8:30-9:10PM

MP3: Some Are LakesLand of Talk

Stars – 9:30-10:10PM

MP3: We Don’t Want Your BodyStars



    Super Vacations – 8:00-9:00PM

    MP3: Be GladSuper Vacations

    Secret Cities – 9:00-10:00PM

    MP3: The ParkSecret Cities

    Pujol – 10:00-11:00PM

    MP3: Butterfly KnifePujol

    Julianna Barwick – 11:00-12:00AM

    MP3: The Magic PlaceJulianna Barwick

    Prince Rama – 12:00-1:00AM

    MP3: Golden GlowPrince Rama

    Ty Segall – 1:00-2:00AM

    MP3: The DragTy Segall

    Talk Normal – 2:00-3:00AM

    MP3: Hot SongTalk Normal

    Toronto Concert Update – Sept, Nov, Dec 2010

    Ra Ra Riot!


      The Thermals @ Lee’s
      Oct 9, 2010
      Dr. Dog @ Phoenix
      Oct 16, 2010
      Drums @ Mod Club
      Oct 16, 2010
      Deerhunter @ Opera House
      Oct 19, 2010
      Phoenix (Reserved Seating) @ Ricoh Coliseum
      Oct 22, 2010
      Diamond Rings @ Garrison
      Oct 26, 2010
      Dan Mangan @ Trinity St. Paul’s
      Oct 28, 2010


      Tame Impala @ Horseshoe
      Nov 24, 2010


      Ra Ra Riot @ Mod Club
      Dec 1, 2010
      Broken Social Scene @ Sound Academy
      Dec 9, 2010

    Toronto Concert Update! Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov 2010

    Image by Francis Chung



      MGMT @ Kool Haus
      Aug 5, 2010
      Sold Out! (Scalp?)

      Arcade Fire @ Olympic Island
      Aug 14, 2010


      Chromeo @ Phoenix
      Aug 3, 2010

      Blitzen Trapper @ Opera House
      Aug 3, 2010


      Diamond Rings @ Lower Ossington Theatre
      Aug 1, 2010

      Javelin @ Wrong Bar
      Aug 11, 2010

      Forest City Lovers and Gentleman Reg @ The Great Hall
      Aug 12, 2010



      Vampire Weekend @ Molson Ampitheatre
      Sept 7, 2010

      The xx @ Massey Hall
      Sept 22, 2010


      Ratatat @ Sound Academy
      Sept 8, 2010

      Dirty Projectors @ Opera House
      Sep 15, 2010

      School of Seven Bells @ Mod Club
      Sept 15, 2010

      Rogue Wave @ Opera House
      Sept 24, 2010

      Foals @ Lee’s
      Sept 27, 2010


      Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ El Mocambo
      Sept 4, 2010



      Belle & Sebastian @ Massey Hall
      Oct 12, 2010


      Deerhoof @ Lee’s
      Oct 3, 2010

      Temper Trap @ Phoenix
      Oct 5, 2010

      Miike Snow @ Kool Haus
      Oct 10, 2010

      Dr. Dog @ Phoenix
      Oct 16, 2010



      Tunng @ Rivoli
      Nov 16, 2010

    Diamond Rings – All Yr Songs [Music Video]

    John O, aka Toronto’s Diamond Rings is quite a character. His music video for All Yr Songs is one of the most hilarious, ridiculous music videos I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. When I saw him open for Owen Pallett on January 12, 2010, his dancing blew my mind. I’m going to have to upload a video I took of him dancing to YT and then post it on the blog tomorrow.