They say music brings people together, and that is what the Canadian Music Week (CMW) is all about. The CMW started in 1981 and has become one of Canada’s biggest and most influential media and music conferences. Drawing top industry performers, this week-long event is action packed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence and provide networking opportunities. Every year in May, CMW brings together more than 3,000 national and international attendees in Toronto for a week full of industry conferences, cutting-edge trade exhibition, award shows, and electric performances, including one of Canada’s biggest “New Music” festivals.
Recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America, CMW offers unique opportunities to several emerging brands to showcase their collection and ‘get spotted’ by the A&R representatives that are there in greater than average numbers. The CMW is also a unique Launchpad for start-ups. The first Startup Launchpad event started in 2016, where start-ups in the music industry participated to pitch their business to potential investors and a judging panel, which includes star-studded names like Michael Wekerle and Ted Cohen. So, whether you’re in the music industry, want to be, or are simply a fan, there will be plenty of reasons for you to attend the CMW in downtown Toronto.
Event Highlights: What to expect
The CMW now in its 36th year, is not only a music festival but a unique event that focus on the business of music. Every year, it lives up to the hype and brings together Sound Recording, New Media and Broadcast for one week of events. The agenda of the event combines informative, intensive conferences as well as Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. To sum it up, the CMW festival is spread across 10 nights of performances, with over 600 showcasing bands at more than 35 live music venues. However, all convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.
Here is a glimpse of what to expect at this years’ CMW:
May 7-May 13: CMW music festival
May 9: Tech Innovation (Attend this year’s Tech Innovation Summit to connect with leading media and brand specialists who can help you fine-tune your integrated Digital Media strategy, from branding, marketing to multi-platform content integration).
May 9: Radio Music Awards
May 9-May 10: Radio Interactive Summit (Learn about the present and future of broadcasting and related platform from top names in both Canadian and international broadcasting at the Radio Interactive Summit.)
May 9-May 12: Music Summit (If you are a music industry executive or a recording professionals, then the Music Summit is for you. Focused on the business of global music, this four-day event is a must-attend with dedicated programming streams to Tech & Innovation, Live Touring, and Global Creators Summit, along with keynotes, celebrity interviews, breakout sessions, and workshops.)
May 9-May 12: CMW Trade Show and International Marketplace
May 12: Music Cities
What’s New at Canadian Music Week, 2018
The CMW is happening from May 7 to May 13, and this year it has up the ante with a lot of new talent, music legends and stellar acts. Some of the highlights of this years’ CMW include:
Performances by music legends
Expect the stage to be studded with musical stars and great legends from around the world. From award-winning Canadian rock royalty Sloan, American rapper 2 Chainz, to American rockers The Used, Vancouver grunge pioneers Slow, and punk poet Lydia Lunch, there are plenty of legends to look forward to.
Enjoy music at Yonge-Dundas Square
For a couple of years now, several venues have been lucky to host CMW music festival, with artists performing at various venues across the city. Some of the well-known places include legendary spots as the Horseshoe Tavern, Cameron House and Phoenix Concert Theatre. In 2018, Toronto’s most beloved concert venues – Yonge-Dundas Square – will witness the performance of Sloan in a free open-air show on Saturday, May 12.
Hear the unheard – solid performances from new artists
CMW will give a platform to new and emerging artists to light up the stage this year. Some of the names that will bring fresh energy to the scene include names like Raunchy rapper CupcakKe from Chicago, Toronto group Keys N Krates, and Indigenous singer/songwriter Iskwé.
Create Your Own Musical Adventure
This year, guests can buy tickets to the CMW with three different ways to create their own bespoke CMW experience. Guests have the option to buy individual show tickets to see a glimpse of their favorite artists and venues. They can also opt for an Explorer Wristband that gives access to all the official CMW Club Series shows for only $50. For those who want to ‘see it all,’ opt for an Explorer+ Wristband, that gives you priority access to Club Series shows, in addition to the entry to the CMW Concert Series, For more information and to book your tickets now, check out CMW’s Wristbands & Tickets page.
It’s the place to be if music means business to you!
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