February 7 2008
After a long wait, the schedule for the 2008 Canadian Music Week festival has been announced. This year features over 500 bands from Canada and abroad, playing over 40 Toronto venues for what will be 4 days of auditory bliss starting thursday March 6th.
Some of the bands playing this year that the organizers are excited about are: Aaron Pritchett, Ace Frehley, Alanis Morissette, Alex Cuba, Brian Melo, Corb Lund, Dan Mangan, Danko Jones, David Usher, Deerhoof Dub Trio, Faber Drive, Finger Eleven, Gogol Bordello, Grand Analog, Hawksley Workman, Ill Scarlett, Jason Collett, Jully Black, Justin Nozuka, k-os, KRS-One, Les Breastfeeders, Lowest of the Low, Missy Higgins, M.O.P., Pigeon Detectives, RED1, SIA, State of Shock, Steve Earl, The Cliks, The End, The Breeders, The Divorcees, The Donnas, The Hives, The New Pornographers, The Russian Futurists, The United Steel Workers of Montreal, Tokyo Police Club and Warren Hill.
Most of the shows are 19 over and in the $7-$35 range. Toronto Music Scene highly recomends getting a wristband (available through Ticketmaster) that will allow you to gain access to all the shows, all weekend. Try to pickup your wristband early or from one of the smaller bars since they seem to run out early.
Shows to watch out for are: Sat. March 8th at The Royal York Hotel, Lowest of The Low will be inducted into the Canadian Indie Hall of Fame. Also playing are The New Pornographers, The Cliks and Tokyo Police Club. The individual bands to watch out for are: Vesta Varro (This band from Ireland blew people away during Indieweek), Tin Bangs, Camoflauge Nights, illScarlett, Birds of Wales, Scarlet Sins and White Cowbell Oklahoma.
To see the full schedule goto: www.cmw.net/cmw2008/festival_schedule.asp and be sure to check out the Toronto Music Scene Blog at http://torontomusicscene.blogspot.com/ for updates on bands we'll be covering. If your playing and are interested in an interview contact firstname.lastname@example.org