Canadian Music Week is among the largest and the most influential events for the Canadian media and music industries. It combines several conferences, a trade exhibition, award shows, a film festival, and a music festival.
The event attracts artists, producers, broadcasters, other music industry professionals, and music lovers. For one week in May, over 3,000 delegates from all over the world gather in Toronto to share and discuss trends and innovations while dozens of bands play all over the city.
Canadian Music Week has a strong focus on the new names in the music industry. Since 1981, this event has gained a reputation of a national talent search that gives little-known artists a chance to draw the attention of the industry gurus. At the same time, big names such as Of Monsters and Men, Perturbator, Kongos, Sloan, Collective Soul, and many others also throw their shows.
Shows take place in bars, cafes, shops, and in the clubs scattered across downtown Toronto. Horseshoe Tavern, Cameron House, and Phoenix Concert Theatre are among the venues traditionally hosting the festival events.
Visitors can choose between three types of tickets that vary depending on the kind of experience they want to get. The first option is to buy individual show tickets which are perfect for those who know which shows they want to attend. The other two options are passes—Explorer Wristband for $75, with access to all the official CMW Club Series shows, and Explorer+ VIP Wristband for $150, with priority access to Club Series shows and entry to the CMW Concert Series. Tickets for the conferences are on sale separately.