Sloan, CupcakKe and Slow to play Canadian Music Week 2018: Just announced concerts

The club-hopping festival's latest lineup announcement also includes Lydia Lunch, the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Keys N Krates


Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced a big wave of performers for its 36th edition, which runs from May 7-13 at more than 30 venues – and it’s heavy on music legends.

Topping that list is Vancouver punk myths/grunge pioneers Slow, who notoriously flamed out and didn’t play for 31 years before improbably reuniting for a mini-tour last year. They’ll join a lineup that includes a couple other infamous names in rock: No Wave/punk poet Lydia Lunch and psychedelic burnouts The Brian Jonestown Massacre

CMW enjoyed a couple of years as Toronto’s only primarily club-hopping based music festival, but now that NXNE has ditched the Port Lands, there’s competition again. While NXNE is turning Yonge Street into a “festival village,” CMW will put on CanRock lifers Sloan (who are leading up to a new album 12 in April) at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, May 12. The festival was going to present M.I.A. there in 2014, but a last minute venue change moved it to Tattoo. So it’s the first CMW show at the square, unless you count YouTube Fan Fest in 2015. 

It’s not all veterans, though. Raunchy Chicago rapper CupcakKe, one of the most exciting new names in hip-hop, will raise the energy. As will Toronto electronic group Keys N Krates. Other artists include Indigenous singer/songwriter Iskwé, Ontario pub-punks the Dirty Nil and Single Mothers, Spanish rock band Hinds, country artist Lindi Ortega, plus epic experimental band This Will Destroy You playing their 2008 self-titled album in full. 

Plus: Annie Hart (of Au Revoire Simone), Birds of Bellwoods, Christophe Mae, City Mouse, Jess Williamson, Mad Caddies, Madison Beer, Modern Space, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Valley and Yonatan Gat

Over 100 artists are still to be announced. Find a full list at the CMW website.

May 7-13 at various venues. Festival wristbands $50-$100. cmw.net/music/wristbands.

More Just Announced Toronto Shows

The Dirty Fix, Odd Ones, At Dawn’s Edge, Slyde The Garrison 8:30. $10. February 23.

Ceol Kids Kickoff Party & Fundraiser: Christian and the Sinners, Little Foot Long Foot, The Mandevilles, Declan Nine, The Noonans The Garrison In support of the Regent Park School of Music. 8 pm. $10. March 3.

Man Made Hil, Corpusse, New Chance, Zoe The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. March 3.

Soul-Glo, Que Lastima, Group Hug The Baby G doors 8:30 pm. $10. March 6.

Killy Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm, all ages. $20. ticketmaster.ca. March 8.

Vypers, Brenda, Jean Daddy The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. March 9.

*repeat repeat Drake Hotel doors 7 pm, all ages. $12.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. March 11.

Nick Millevoi’s Desertion, Mimico, The Litch, Colin Fisher/Victor Cirone The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. March 17.

The Cybertronic Spree, Wordburglar The Rec Room – Roundhouse doors 8 pm. $15. therecroom.com. March 17.

Never Betters, Grievances, Bald Britney The Baby G doors 9 pm. $5. March 18.

Mr. Pharmacist Plays The Fall, The Dead Souls play Joy Division The Baby G doors 9 pm. $TBA. March 23.

Bernice, Erica Eso, Tryal The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10-$13. ticketfly.com. March 27.

Reuben and the Dark Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $17.50. -ticketmaster.ca. March 28.

Biblical, Volur, Kaleidoscope Horse Smiling Buddha doors 9 pm. $11.50. ticketfly.com. April 7.

Rick Astley Opera House doors 8 pm. $35. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 13.

Pink Mexico The Baby G doors 7 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. April 17.

Frenship, Yoke Lore Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15.50-$50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 21.

Dagny Adelaide Hall $17. On sale February 16. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 22.

Sirenia, Threat Signal, Valinor Excelsior, Dire Peril The Garrison Doors 7 pm. $27.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. April 26.

Yung Gravy Adelaide Hall doors 8 pm. $18. ticketmaster.ca. April 28.

WANNABE: The Spice Girls Tribute Band Mod Club May 4, doors 9 pm. May 5, doors 7 pm, all ages. $22-$30. ticketfly.com. May 4-5.

Frankie Cosmos, Florist, Lala Lala The Rec Room – Roundhouse doors 7 pm, all ages. $13. therecroom.com. May 5.

DAVE Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, all ages. $21. ticketweb.ca. May 5.

CMW: Sloan, Slow, Cupcakke, Lydia Lunch, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, This Will Destroy You, Annie hart and others Various venues $50-$100 festival wristband. cmw.net. May 7-13.

Christophe Mae The Great Hall doors 8 pm. $25. livenation.comticketmaster.com. May 11.

Marian Hill, Michi Mod Club doors 7 pm. $30. ticketfly.com. May 13.

Madison Beer Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $29.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. May 13.

Damien Jurado The Great Hall Over Rainbows Tour. 8 pm. $TBA. May 16.

King Tuff, Cut Worms Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $15. horseshoetavern.comticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. May 23.

Emmure Mod Club doors 6 pm, all ages. $27. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. May 23.

Matthew Logan Vasquez Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $17.50. -rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. May 24.

Big Sean, Playboi Carti, Shy Glizzy, Gashi Echo Beach doors 6 pm, all ages. $60.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 3.

Hayley Kiyoko Gavin Turek Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $20-$25. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 3.

Thirty Seconds To Mars, Walk The Moon, Misterwives, Joy Wave Budweiser Stage doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $30-$100. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 6.

Luis Miguel Budweiser Stage doors 7 pm, all ages. $39.95-$500. On sale February 16. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 7.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $27. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. June 9.

Depeche Mode Air Canada Centre doors 7 pm, all ages. $59.50-$149.50. On sale February 16. ticketmaster.ca. June 11.

We Are Scientists Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $18.50. horseshoetavern.comticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. June 18.

Poison, Cheap Trick Budweiser Stage doors 6 pm, all ages. $25-$130. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 19.

Vance Joy, Scott Helman, Mondo Cozmo Budweiser Stage doors 7 pm, all ages. $25-$75. On sale February 23. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. June 22.

Bud Light Dreams: Armin Van Buuren, Galantis, Kaskade, Tchami X Malaa, Richie Hawtin and others East Island – Ontario Place $TBA. dreams.frontgatetickets.com. June 23-24.

Jason Mraz, Brett Dennen Echo Beach doors 7 pm, all ages. $65. On sale February 16. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. July 29.

Sleep Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $30.75-$38.50. ticketmaster.ca. July 30.

The National, Father John Misty, Jenny Lewis, Julien Baker, Dan Edmonds Fort York doors 2:30 pm, all ages. $79.50-$119.50. On sale February 16. ticketfly.com. August 4.

Ozzy Osbourne, Stone Sour Budweiser Stage doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $35-$250. On sale February 17. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. September 4.

Bruno Mars, Cardi B Air Canada Centre 24K Magic World Tour. 8 pm. $59.50-$225. ticketmaster.ca. September 22-23.

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