We've known for a while now that Canadian Music Week has moved from still-frigid March to the uber-promising springtime month of May. Hooray!
And today came the official announcement of its 2014 lineup - an impressive assortment of Canadian and international artists (that will eventually amount to over 1,000, all-told) who will play almost every downtown venue you can imagine between May 6 and May 10.
As of now the lineup is pop and indie-rock heavy, with local folk star City and Colour, British synth-popper Ellie Goulding, Machester indie-rockers the 1975 and sometimes-indie-pop/sometimes-indie-rock sisters Tegan & Sara among the boldface.
But, we're most excited about two solo female powerhouses: Neko Case, the American singer/songwriter formerly of New Pornographers, who hasn't played a show in Toronto since a private, industry (boo!) one at the Dakota back in August. May's CMW show will be the first time her Toronto fans can hear the tunes from her latest release, the very excellent The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.
And, though we have had more opportunity to see the envelope-pushing, controversy-stirring badass British singer/rapper M.I.A. as of late, it's always thrilling to see what colours, moves and bhangra beats she brings to town.
Stay tuned for more artist announcements in the coming weeks.
A full list of performers can be found, here: http://cmw.net/music/