To save you time, here’s five can’t-miss acts for Saturday and Sunday night at Canadian Music Week, which runs from March 21-25
From: Toronto, Ontario
Playing: The Garrison (1197 Dundas St. West), 11 p.m. (Saturday)
From: Keswick, Ontario
Playing: Rancho Relaxo (300 College St.), 11 p.m. (Sunday)
About: The Elwins’ debut record, And I Thank You, is one of the best indie pop-rock albums of the year so far and their show with Topanga is the clear highlight of Sunday’s slim pickings.
From: Montreal, Quebec
Playing: Wrongbar (1279 Queen St. West), 1 a.m. (Saturday)
About: You might know him best as one half of the (now defunct) electro-rap duo Thunderheist, but Toronto-based producer Grahmzilla has been quietly making a name for himself since as a solo artist. Come expecting to dance.
MURDER BY DEATH
From: Bloomington, Indiana
Playing: Bovine Sex Club (524 Queen St. West), 12 a.m. (Saturday)
About: One of few American bands playing the festival, Murder By Death bring their rollicking, garage rockâ€•which draws on influences including alt country, blues and even gospelâ€•to the Bovine. Recommended if you like The Hold Steady or Titus Andronicus.
From: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Playing: The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. West), 12:40 a.m. (Saturday)
About: It’s been a little while since everyone’s favourite Nova Scotia indie rock five-piece last played Toronto, but we’ll forgive them, especially because they’ve been busying finishing up their fifth studio album.
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