Cadence Weapon brings his freshest tracks to market at Canadian Music Week
1. The Hunger Games, Friday March 23. Jennifer Lawrence stars as a kick-ass archer fighting to the death on live TV in the most hotly anticipated film of the year. Surely this is the most hotly anticipated film either Stanley Tucci or Lenny Kravitz has ever been in. We’ve all been anticipated this film very hotly. See it virtually anywhere.
2. Cadence Weapon, Friday March 23. Edmonton’s former poet-laureate takes the stage at The Great Hall as part of Canadian Music Week. Expect the former Pitchfork music writer (aka Rollie Pemberton) to assault the audience with his electro-inspired beats and precision-strike lyrical missiles from his new tracks from the upcoming Hope in Dirt City out May 29th.
3. BadBadNotGood, Friday March 23. Fresh off their UK debut at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards, these homebred NOW Magazine cover boys bring their jazz/hip-hop civic union to their second CMW show at Wrongbar this week. BBNG use jazz covers of hip-hip songs to make kids mosh and girls grind onstage. Do they have too much power? Find out.
4. Sirius XM Indie Awards, Saturday March 24. Passion Pit tops the list of performers at the satellite radio broadcaster’s 12th annual independent music awards. Rich Aucoin, The Pack AD and Dan Mangan – all up for awards – will perform along with pop-punk heroes Treble Charger who are this year’s inductees for the SiriusXM Indies Hall of Fame. The Sheepdogs will also be there.
5. Mad Men Season 5 Premiere, Sunday March 25. After seventeen months off the air Don and the gang are back and up to their old tricks again with a special two-hour premiere on AMC at 9pm. Suit up into on your Mad Men outfits (sweatpants) and assemble your Mad Men snacks (chips, beer) and finally start living vicariously through fictional characters from a gilded age again.
6. Spirited Away @ TIFF Bell Lightbox, Sunday March 25. As part of their month-long tribute to the films of Studio Ghibli, TIFF Cinematheque presents Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award winning masterpiece Spirited Away. The story follows ten-year-old Chihiro who discovers a world inhabited by hundreds of spirits and monsters and is forced to work odd jobs to save her parents who have been turned into pigs. See it again or for the first time on the big screen.
7. I’m a Very Sexy Baby, Monday March 26. Presented as part of Margaux Williamson’s AGO residency, this discussion hosted by artist Darren O’Donnell will explore the experiences of sex writers; authors who explore experiences. Participants include Tamara Faith Berger (Lie With Me, The Way of The Whore), Sheila Heti (The Middle Stories, co-author of The Chairs Are Where The People Go) and Chris Kraus (I Love Dick, Where Art Belongs).
8. Humber Comedy Year End Showcase, Tuesday March 27. Graduating students from the Humber College Comedy program present their best four minutes of stand-up at Yuk Yuk’s. Come support these young up-starts before they embark on fabulous careers spent being heckled by drunks in the back rooms of dive bars.
9. Monsieur Lahzar @ Revue, Wednesday March 28. If you’re anything like me then you haven’t seen any of the Oscar movies that last year you told yourself you would see before the award ceremony this year. Now’s your chance to see Canada’s representative from the Best Foreign Language Film category and the Genie award winner for best picture. The story follows an Algerian immigrant hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically.
10. The Polecats LIVE @ Comedy Bar, Thursday March 29. Sketch comedy veterans Scott Yamamura, Brendan Halloran, Andy Hull and Glenn Macaulay are staging a night of fun and improv to record for their submission to an upcoming comedy festival so you know these guys are going to be on top of their game. Plus, this: