Canadian Music Week is a great way to not only see amazing favourites from our nation, but to see what could be the next best band or act that will take over. If you’re a veteran to the festival, then it’s easy to make your way through the week. But if this is your first time, you may not know what to expect. Don’t worry, Confront Magazine has you covered. Here are some things you should have and know for your first time at Canadian Music Week.
Canadian Music Week is held in various locations all over Toronto. From Sneaky Dee’s to the Sheraton Ballroom, there’s a wide variety of venues to see great Canadian talent. But where do you go? How do you get there? It can be very confusing, and sometimes you don’t want to waste any data on your phone. Don’t worry, because CMW has you covered. Located in the lobby of the Sheraton hotel is a handy map of every artist playing on their respective dates, their locations, and how to get there! Picking up one of these maps is vital for the whole week, especially if you’re not at all familiar with some venues. Not to mention, they’re free!
The exciting thing about CMW, is that it’s basically one big Toronto festival. The night comes alive with all of these new bands playing as late as 3am! If you think you’re going to be heavily invested in the festival, it might not be a bad idea to pick up some wristbands for you and your friends. This year there are two options: The 7-day VIP Festival Wristband or the 7 Day Festival Wristband. For $150, the VIP package will give you guaranteed access to 3 shows of your choosing, All you have to do is go to the CMW box office to pick up tickets, but the catch is it’s on a first come/first serve basis. The regular package, for $75 gives you access to all the shows where applicable.
With good music comes good food, and there’s a lot at CMW. Most of the venues during the festival week are located on Queen Street, where there is a plethora of food options. From fancy dine-ins to a good ol’ McDonald’s burger. Once you find your venue of choice, it might not be a bad idea to see what kind of grub is in your area! You will certainly need the food to fuel you when you go to rock out to your favourite bands.
Coffee is probably the most vital thing you’ll need during Canadian Music Week. Not only do some shows go super late, but if you have to be up early the next day, it’s definitely not a pretty picture if you don’t have your caffeine intake. The good thing about downtown is that there are plenty of coffee shops, some open as late as 11pm that will happily serve your caffeinated fix.
Coffee is great and all, but it’s just as important to stay hydrated. Whether you’re going to be moshing at rock shows, or just being the designated driver, it’s important to stay full of water so as to help keep you going through the night to avoid burning out.
Above all, have fun! This week is unique every year and you never know who you’ll meet, the bands you’ll discover, and the memories you’ll make. Canadian Music Week is a fun part of the Toronto music scene and is a great way to support local talent, as well as some international favourites. Take pictures, sing along, and enjoy the moment.