Canadian Music Week

Now in its 30thyear, Canadian Music Week (CMW) is the single longest running and premier conference focusing on the business of Music, bringing together Sound Recording, New Technology and Broadcast for one spectacular week of events. CMW combines informative, intensive conferences, a cutting edge trade exposition, a film festival, a comedy festival, award shows & Canada’s biggest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest, which kicks off tonight.

The festival begins tonight and runs until Sunday and is mainly devoted to homegrown talent, but it has grown into a global affair by drawing performers of all different music genres from more than 40 countries.

Several big names will be in town, including former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Dan Mangan, The Sheepdogs, and comedian Tracy Morgan.

Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton are well represented this week by the following:

Saint Alvia @ Lee's Palacephoto by Shawn Magill

the SAINT ALVIA cartel originally formed in 2006. No strangers to the business, the make-up of Alvia are founding members of seminal hardcore band Grade, Boys Night Out, Jersey, and The Video Dead. Fused with the spirit of the Clash, the eclectic nature of The Band, and a boundary pushing attitude, they’ve managed to create a sound that has been critically acclaimed, and repeatedly said to defy genres. The band has garnered the respect of the music industry with a slew of awards and nominations, relentless touring, recording, radio play, videos and reinventing. “”

Cabin 5 – March 22nd @ 1am

Magpie Taproom – March 23rd doors @ 9:30

Monster Truck  photo by Steve Hainging

Monster Truck was formed as somewhat of a side-project for their other more serious bands (The Reason, Saint Alvia). Quickly the original plan of getting wasted and playing sloppy rock got twisted into something new entirely. Everyone's influences gelled in a cohesive and exciting new take on all of the classic rock that had come before them. The band has quickly become known for their live show and the growing confidence on stage is now more apparent than ever. “”

The Horseshoe Tavern – March 22nd@ 12:50am

El Mocambo – March 23rd@ 1:00am

Great Lake Survival

Great Lake Survival -
The Great Lake Survival ( who were temporarily known as Cartels & Thieves) are a project formed by Ben Rispin ( Saint Alvia), Jon Laurin ( Saint Alvia) & Chuck Coles (The Organ Thieves). The trio formed out of a love of roots rock & roll and playing music together. It’s blues mixed with classic rock and a little bit of folk.

Magpie Taproom – March 23rddoors @ 9:30


johnny lubera

Johnny Lubera – former Jersey member playing original acoustic guitar.

Magpie Taproom – March 23rddoors @ 9:30

With over 900 artists it will be hard to choose which venues to attend. Two of my other picks aside from the above will be the following:

Treble Charger - Grieg Nori

Treble Charger - True fans of Canadian pop-rock music will be celebrating this year as one of Canada’s greatest power-pop bands, Treble Charger, returns to the stage. Spending almost a decade away from the roar of a live crowd, band members Greig Nori and Bill Priddle will reunite for Slacker Canadian Music Week, bringing back hits such as “American Psycho” and “Red.”

Phoenix Concert Theatre – March 21st doors @ 8:30

Organ Thieves @ The Horseshoe Tavern  Photo by Shawn Magill

The Organ Thieves – Formed approximately in 2008, the band's musical style is unique and although the music is mainly considered hard rock, southern rockand reggae rock, the band like to call themselves "experimental-soul-rock".

Phoenix Concert Theatre – March 21st doors @ 8:30.

Canadian Music Week is a prime opportunity for rising or undiscovered acts to get noticed. For more information regarding Canadian Music Fest visit :

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