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Canadian Music Week Preview: A Sea to Sea List of Canadian Content

4 May

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It is coming. One of the biggest events in Canadian Music will hit Toronto this week. Canadian Music Week 2014 will be held from Tuesday, May 6th to Saturday, May 10th (and let’s be honest, all throughout early Sunday morning as well). The 30+ year-old event has always returned to T.O. year after year, though this time the organizers decided to hold it a little later in the year, which is certainly welcomed  after the winter we’ve had.

While industry professionals convene, the festival portion of the event, Canadian Music Fest, will showcase over 800 acts in over 40 venues located in downtown Toronto. Some of the bigger names include City and Colour, Kardinal Offishall,  and Tegan & Sara. Naturally, Canadian Content Machine will be here, there, and everywhere covering the Canadian bands on display.

Wondering who’s playing?  And just where are all the bands coming from, anyway? As our first feature for Canadian Music Week, Canadian Content Machine lists every.single.Canadian.act, plus their home city. From Toronto to Woodstock, from Coquitlam to to Conception Bay South, from Flat Lake to Rosaireville–here is every Canadian band and where they hail from! Don’t forget to check out our write-ups on bands that Canadian Content Machine has featured previously.

 


 

British Columbia

Flag of British Columbia

Burnaby

Luca Fogale

Coquitlam

Tyler Shaw

Golden

Willhorse

Ladysmith

The Lion the Bear the Fox

Metchosin

The Roper Show

Surrey

Good for Grapes

Vancouver

Anita Eccleston
BESTiE
ByStarlight
Caleb Stull
Cat Thomson
Chatterton Eve
Chersea
David Blair
David Morin
The Deadset
Dear Rouge
Dominique Fricot
Fake Shark – Real Zombie!
Familiar Wild
Head of the Herd
Hedspin
Hunting
Johnny DeMarco
Jordan Klassen
Katherine Penfold
Kris Monico
Living With Lions
Lydia Hol
Madchild
Michael Fraser
Mounties
No Sinner
Pigeon Park
The Plastic Acid Band
The River and The Road
Skye Wallace
Swollen Members
T. Nile
Trevor Guthrie
Veda Hille
War Baby
Whiskey Jane
White Ash Falls
Tegan & Sara
Terrace

Vernon

Andrew Allen

Victoria

The Archers
Carli and Julie Kennedy
Current Swell
Handsome Distraction
LIINKS
Mike Edel
The Party on High Street
Secondhand Habit
The Tumblin’ Dice

West Vancouver

Michelle Joly

 


 

Alberta

Flag of Alberta

Calgary

36?
Amy Hef
Astral Swans
Beach & Monski
Candelora
Cowpuncher
The Electric Revival
Half Chance Heroes
Jason Hastie and the Alibi
JJ Shiplett
Open AIR
PORT JUVEE
The Rumble
Steve Rokosh
Transit
Windigo

Edmonton

Bryan Finlay
Daniella Andrade
FLTF
Forester
Jasmine Singh
Jr Gone Wild
Livy Jeanne
One Day Late
Rend
Short of Able
Slates
Ten Second Epic
The Provincial Archive
Tupelo Honey
Two Bears North
Zerbin

Flat Lake

Brett Kissel

Stettler

Domino


Saskatchewan

Flag of Saskatchewan

Regina

The Dead South
Keiffer & the Curiosity Club
Pimpton

Saskatoon

Autopilot
Bastard Poetry
Close Talker
League of Wolves
The Little Brothers
The Pistolwhips


 

Manitoba

Flag of Manitoba

Winnipeg

The Brothers Landreth
Comeback Kid
Distances
Indicator Indicator
Mobina Galore


 

Ontario

Flag of Ontario

Ajax

Gunt
Najjah Calibur

Barrie

Attention Anyone
Labcats
Maps
The Socials
Swaying Tuesdays

Bradford

Grass Grows Back

Brampton

AHI
July
Knowledge Gonzalez

Brantford

MEME
Sons Of Revelry

Burlington

Andreas
Billy J White
Walk off the Earth

Caledonia

GRUVE

Cambridge

Auras
Conor Gains
Tanya Marie Harris

Campbellville

Steve Rivers

Cobourg

Gentlemen Husbands

Deep River

Ann Chaplin

Dundas

The Dirty Nil

Fonthill

Ivy Coast

Guelph

Ambre McLean
Among Millions
Danielle Todd
The Retrievers

Hamilton

Allegories
Counterparts
Dinner Belles
Gdansk
The Great Machine
The Medicine Hat
Mississippi Bends
Radio Free Universe
The Reason
Shanya Lynn
Skynet
T.Y.
The Tallest Tree
Teenage Head
Terra Lightfoot
Thought Beneath Film
Weekend Riot Club

Kingston

The Glorious Sons – Check out our feature!
Vorasek

Kitchener

Adrian Underhill
Exalt
Hisland
Sierra

London

Donna Creighton
Marcellus Wallace
Matthew Johnston
Metro4
Motion Grove
New Zebra Kid
The River Junction Band
Single Mothers

Maple

Glass Ampp

Markham

Dean West
Safe To Say

Mississauga

Kaitlin Kozell
KodessA
The Mustard Junkies
Sky Terminal
Uforia

Newmarket

Brothers of North – Check out our feature!
Holy Mind Funk
MiMi Cry

Niagara Falls

Barbudos
The Kerouacs
Tim Hicks
Xprime

Nobleton

We Outspoken

North Bay

Faraway Neighbours

North York

Ozzmanic

Oakville

Ivy James
Seaway
Sydney Delong

Orangeville

Columbo

Oshawa

Rory Taillon & the Old Souls
The StandStills

Ottawa

Charron
Cold Capital
Double Experience
Eagleson
Finding Chuck
Hollerado
Jeremy Fisher
Jon Hynes
Jordan McIntosh
Kristina Maria
Laurent Bourque
Miss Polygamy
MonkeyJunk
Mosely
SCISSORKICK
Soul Kisser
Tara Holloway

Peterborough

Jesse Slack
Union City

Port Elgin

The Ending To This Story

Prince Edward County

Jamie Stever

Ridgeway

Anodyne

South Simcoe

Indian Handcrafts

St-Bernardin

Pandaléon

St. Catharines

Creature Speak
Step Echo
Waterbodies

Sudbury

The Almighty Rhombus
Sea Perry

Tecumseh

Mike Cerveni

Thunder Bay

Sunshine & The Blue Moon

Toronto

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1990Future
The ’92 Blue Jays
1st Class
The 6th Letter
A-Game
Adverteyes
The Airplane Boys
All Those Who Wander
Alicia Cinnamon
Allan Rayman
The Almighty Trigger Happy
Alona
The Alter Kakers
Amy Carson Hunter
Anastasia A
Andrea Godin
Andrew Austin
Angela Saini
Animalia
Ansley Grove
The Anti-Queens
Anthony Tullo
AON
Ariel
ART//The Band
ASMR Buds
Aspire
Atom and The Volumes
B-17
Bad River
The Balconies
BamBoo
Barbarosa
Bathurst Station
The BB Guns
beau
Beautiful Nothing
Bedouin Soundclash
Bella Clava
Bellwoods
Ben Zamora
Biblical
Big Tobacco & The Pickers
Billie Dre & The Poor Boys
bizZarh
Blake Carrington
Blitz Berlin
The Bloody Five
Blue Sky Miners
blueVenus
Blurred Vision
The Boom Boom
The Box Tiger
Born Ruffians – Check out our feature!
Brandon Chey
Breached
Brendan Canning
The Bright Skies
Brooklyn Doran
Bryan Potvin
Buddy Black
Burning The Day
The C’mons
Candice Sand
CANVAS – Check out our feature!
The Cardinal Dream
Cardinals
Carmel Freeman
CATL
Century Thief
Chach
Chase Reason
Chasing Jane
Chloe Charles
Chris Quotes
Chuck Coles
City and Colour
The Commoners
conversation
The Cool Hands
The Corner
Courtney Lynn Music
Craig Stickland
Crhymes
Crowns for Convoy
The Cruelty Party
Crystalyne
Cyclops 76-6-6
D-Pryde
Dan Kosub
Dan McKinnon
Dani Jean Unplugged
Daniel Caesar
Daniella Watters
Dante Matas
Danthrax
Days Like Today
The Dead Projectionists
Dean Marino
Delinquents
Dévah Quartet
DIANA
Die By Remote
Diggy the DJ
The Dirty Fix
DJ Big Jacks
DJ Charlie B
DJ hustleGRL
DJ Mike P
DJ MJ
DJ Riccatchet
DJ Soundbwoy
The Do Good Assassins
The Do Good Badlies
Donovan Woods
Down With Webster
Drop Dead Pin-Ups
Duane Forrest & Co.
Duck Duck Goose
Ebedoz
Eden Culture
Elos Arma
ELS Organ Trio
Emily Reid
Eriksen
Eytan Tobin
Fade Chromatic
Fairchild Brothers
Fallen Heirs
FALLS
Fanette
Fat As Fuck
Fefe Dobson
Field Study
Finnegan’s Wake
The Fiscals
Fitness Club Fiasco
Flash Lightnin’
The Flatliners
For Esmé
Francesco
Free n Losh
Friday Night Trend
Future History
Gee Wunder
Ginger Ale & The Monowhales
Good Conduct
Goodnight, Sunrise
GRAY
Graydon James & the Young Novelists
Green Rays
Greg Janssen
Grounders
Happy Boy Tona
The Heartbroken
Heirloom Beats
Hello Companion
Heroes of The Resistance
The Hidden Cameras
High Heels Lo Fi
HIGHS
The Hollowbodies
Hollywood Sins
The Holy Gasp
The Honeyrunners
Hormoans
House of Monroe
Icecream
ILUMINAS
Indoor Voices
INKA
International Zombies of Love
Invermier
J.P. Wasson Band
Jackson Steinwall’s Funny Funk Band
Jake Feeney
Jane’s Party – Check out our feature!
Jeff Beadle
Jennifer Castle
Jennifer Cortez
Jesse Gold
Jessica Bundy
Jessica Speziale
The Jessica Stuart Few
JJ & The Pillars
JJ Gerber
Jordan Grey & The Grey Owls
Jordan Rutledge
JOZEM
Julian Taylor Band
Juliana’s Daughter
Justin Dubé
Justin Nozuka
Jutes
Kandy Kisses
Kardinal Offishall
KASHKA
Kaydee
Kaylan Mackinnon
Kennedy Cult
Kevin Myles Wilson
Kid MK
Killer Wails
King Reign
Kirty
Kristina King and The Walk-Ups
Lady Face
Lake Forest
Last Bullet
Last of the Bandits
Lee Serviss
Leila Dey
Lenny and the Bullfighters
Les Ex
Life In Vacuum
Like Pacific
The Lipstick Junkies
Lisa Marie Kruchak
The Little Black Dress
The Lost Chord
Lost in Film
The Lovelocks
Low Hanging Lights
LYON
Macie Paquette
Maddy Rodriguez
Maneli Jamal
Mannerisms
Mark Martyre
Marlon Chaplin
Marmel
Marriage
Mary McKay
Mas Aya
Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn
Maylee Todd
Meanwood
Megan Bonnell
Melanie Ungar
The Meerkats
Men In Suits
Meredith Shaw
Metoux
Michael Brooker and MB10
Michael Tobin
Michie Mee
Miles Jones
The Mohrs
Moonwood
Most People
Moves
MoZayic
MTL (Message to Love)
Muscle Souls
Mushy Callahan
The Muso Project
Naturally Born Strangers
Navy Skies
Nightizm
Nikki Clarke
No Big Deal
Noah Pascoe
Oh Susanna
Old James
Old Man Morrish
Olenonly
Omhouse
The Organ Thieves
OSIYM
The Other Girl
Owen Pallett
Pacific High (Colin Bergh + Scott Seewhale)
Paint
Papermaps
Parasona
Parks At Night
Partycat
Pat Maloney
Patrick Grant
Pete Van Dyk & The Second Hand
Petra Glynt
Philly Moves
The Pick Brothers Band
Pilot Light
Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots)
Poor Young Things
Pow Wows
Praises
Professor H & The Bandits
Public Animal
Ramona
The Rathburns
Rehan Dalal
Rich Kidd
Ride Em Cowboy
RLMDL
Rob Moir
Robyn Dell’Unto
Roney
The Rucksack Willies
Saidah Baba Talibah
Sandro Perri
Sara Wilkinson
Sarah Budden
Saturns
Say Yes
Scott Helman
Sean Leon
Seas
Secret Broadcast
Serephic Lights
Seven:30
Sexy Merlin
Shakura S’aida
Shaky Knees
The Shanks
ShaqIsDope
Sharon Nutzati
Shawbros
Shawn Brady
The Sick Kids (Spesh K & Tiggz)
The Sketch
The Soles
South of Bloor
St. Andrews
Skratch Bastid
Sleepy Mean
ShootR
Signe Miranda’s Veranda
The Soul Motivators
Stacey
Starks & Heights
Stellarize
Stolenowners
Stone River
The Stormalongs
Strands
Streetlight Marathon
Streetlight Social
The Strumbellas
Sugar Brown
Sun Stone Revolvers
Supreme Villain
Tallan, M.D
Tanika Charles
Tasha the Amazon
Thomas D’Arcy
TimeGiant
Tiny Danza
Trash Gordon & Molly Gruesome
Tre Mission
The Treasures
Trevor James and the Perfect Gentelmen
Tupper Ware Remix Party
The Tungsten Hum
Uncut
Union Duke
Urban Rodeo
Vibonics
VIRE
Virginia to Vegas
We Were Heads
We’re Doomed
Wildheart
Wildlife
Wolf J McFarlane
Wordburglar – Check out our feature!
Young Doctors In Love
Zoo Owl

Vaughan

King & Queen
Stuck on Planet Earth

Waterloo

Amberwood
Anthony Damiao
JoJo Worthington
Red Orkestra

Welland

Canyon Carvers
Serena Pryne & The Mandevilles
Spencer Burton

Whitby

T.J. Kingston

Whitchurch-Stouffville

Riot Acts

Windsor

The Blue Stones
Crissi Cochrane
The Fresh Breath Band
Salt of The Chief Cornerstone
Silent Movie Type

Woodstock

Clumsy

 


 

Quebec

Flag of Quebec

Boucherville

Black Mocassins

Drummondville

Your Favorite Enemies

Mont-Laurier

Bobby Bazini

Montreal

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Alexandre Desilets
Anomalie
Antoine Corriveau
Archery Guild
AroarA
Babylones
Blood
The Bluebirds
BODØ
The Bright Road
Buddy Mcneil and the Magic Mirrors
Cafeïne
Chairs
The Damn Truth
David Hodges & The Honest Family
Dead Messenger
Doldrums
Elliot Maginot
Emilie & Ogden
Femme Accident
Fire/Works
Foreign Diplomats
The Franklin Electric
FrankySelector
GrimSkunk
Groenland
Half Moon Run – Check out our feature!
Heartcopy
The High Dials
Ian Kelly
Jimmy Hunt
Kandle
Ladies of the Canyon
Le Trouble
Little Suns
The Loodies
Loud Lary Ajust
M.T.L
Mad June
MaicaMia
Motel Raphaël
Mozart’s Sister
Nikki Yanofsky
October Gold
Oh No! Yoko
Operators
Orkestar Kriminal
Papillon
Pat Jordache
Paul Kasner
Penelope
Pif Paf Hangover
Pink Chocolate
PyPy
Random Recipe
Red Mass
Secret Sun
She’s
Thanya Iyer
Three O’Clock Train
Valérie Daure
Waiting Game
We Are Wolves
Zappien

Quebec City

Blue Davens Code
Maldito
Ponctuation
The Seasons
These Silent Waves

Saint-Jean-Chrysostome

Andee
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New Brunswick

Flag of New Brunswick

Moncton

Les Hay Babies
Mike LeBlanc
The Motorleague

Rosaireville

Lisa Leblanc


 

Prince Edward Island

Flag of Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown

The Meds

Summerside

The Seven Thirty Sevens


 

Nova Scotia

Flag of Nova Scotia

Antigonish

The Trews

Dartmouth

Adam Baldwin
Alfie
Cam Smith
Mattyboh
Take Part

Halifax

Bloody Diamonds
The Caravan
Christine Campbell
Cyndi Cain
DJ IV
Gloryhound
Jessie Brown & The Black Divine
Kayo
Kim Harris
Laura Roy
Like A Motorcycle
Neon Dreams
Nicole Ariana
Quake Matthews
Ria Mae
SoHo Ghetto
This Sound Will Save You
Weirdo Click

New Glasgow

Mary Stewart

Springhill

Chris James

Sydney

Carleton Stone


 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Flag of Newfoundland and Labrador

Conception Bay South

Hogarth & The Sky Vines

Pasadena

Undesirables

St. John’s

The Beer Patrice
Dave Whitty & The City Superette
DT & The Dinosaurs
Fortunate Ones
Hudson Hogarth
Jay Miln
MOOCH
Navigator Black & the Indighost
Port of Call

Steady Brook

The Heavy Horses


 

Yukon

Flag of Yukon

Whitehorse

Speed Control


 

Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Flag of Northwest Territories

Flag of Nunavut

Unfortunately, no bands to report!

 


 

 

So, that’s every single Canadian band playing at Canadian Music Week in Toronto! As you can see, the list may be dominated by your Torontos, Vancouvers, and Montreals, but there are plenty of Canadian musicians from towns and cities all across the country! We’ll be featuring some of these bands throughout the week, so stay tuned.

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Osheaga 2014: The Canadian Bands (Part 3: Toronto)

7 Apr

And CCM is back for the next installment of our Osheaga preview. Last time, we finished looking at all the Canadian artists based in Montreal. This week, we’re moving our focus upriver to Lake Ontario and bringing you all the Osheaga bands hailing from the Greater Toronto Area and its outskirts.

 

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Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

These days, Etobicoke is getting more than a bad rap for birthing two politico brothers–ones that are currently reducing the city of Toronto to a global laughingstock. All too bad, as the ‘Coke is also the birthplace of renowned singer-songwriter Basia Bulat. Bulat, at 29 years of age, is already a vet of the Canadian folk scene, and her latest release Tall Tall Shadow was nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year in this year’s Juno Awards.

Having grown up under the tutelage of her music teacher mother, Bulat is an adept multi-instrumentalist; take in Bulat’s show and you shouldn’t be surprised to see the autoharp, dulcimer, ukelele and charagano as part of her demurely dazzling set.

 

The Beaches

The Beaches

Taking their name from the Toronto hood where they grew up, The Beaches are poised for a breakout set at Osheaga. This raw, rollicking four-piece only got their start in the early days of 2013, and consists of two sisters (guitarist Kylie Miller, bassist/vocalist Jordan Miller), and their high-school friends (drummer Eliza Enman-McDaniel, keyboardist Leandra Earl). Their searing brand of rock was undoubtedly born out of many late-night gigs at rock clubs (though perhaps not any bars–none of the band members have even hit their 20s yet), and so The Beaches here have started a fire in the Toronto music scene that is quite unlike their idyllic namesake.

Their self-titled debut EP was released last year, with production credited to Canadian rock staple and Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida. Expect more fiery rock out of these girls in the near future.

 

Grandtheft

Grandtheft
The life of a DJ/producer may, at first glance, seem like one of luxurious excess and divine blitheness. But you only have to follow hard-working Torontonian Grandtheft to get a greater idea of all the rigors that being a successful, globetrekking mixmaster entails. It’s exhausting enough that even typically chilly customs agents give their sympathies to the man that hits up more than 150 locales in a year.

A very busy man; when Grandtheft isn’t on tour, he is in the studio. Just recently he was in Miami working on the next Major Lazer release alongside other esteemed producers like Diplo. And his own trap-hop trappings have just begun to expand. Shakers like “Give Me More”, with its ratatat snares, high-pitched vox and bass candy drops, can’t be a better example of where-we-at-now here  in 2014.

Plus, with a stache n’ shades combo like that, how can you go wrong in the DJ/producer biz?

 

July Talk

July Talk

“Love at first sight” may not be the appropriate phrase to describe the first meeting between July Talk‘s leading, dueling power couple, Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay. Instead, “Love at first listen” may be more on the mark, as both took notice of each other at an impromptu singalong acoustic session at a bar. Fay, with a soothing voice of a celestial being brought to Earth to lift you above, and Dreimanis, with a throat stuffed with razor blades and mud, bursting out of the ground and dragging you into hell by your ankles. And that, kids, was how July Talk was born.

Add in bandmates Ian Docherty, Josh Warburton and Danny Miles, and you have a group that many herald as one of the Next Big Things in the Canadian music scene. Where does such hype emanate from? You can count a nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards; you can take in their notoriously kinetic live performances complete with fake blood and feather cannons; or, you can just listen to Dreimanis’ and Fay’s vocal sparring held over a hard rock danceathon and fall along in love with them.

 

Kevin Drew

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You don’t know Drew? Perhaps one of the most significant contributors to Canadian music in the new millennium, Kevin Drew co-founded the now-legendary Broken Social Scene with Brendan Canning in 1999, and proceeded to wreck shop over the indie rock scene for all of the noughties. But with the Canadian super-collective presently on hiatus, what’s an Etobicoker to do, besides smoke crack and run for mayor?

Between slapping his face on local-brand body butter and being stopped at the border, Mr. Drew also has a new solo album you should get to know: Darlings, just released last month. Continuing on the themes of dirty intimacy and self-conscious braggadocio he explored with BSS, Darlings further cements Kevin Drew as a musician that you don’t need, you want. Or as Sebastien Grainger of Death From Above 1979 puts it: “I don’t always bathe / With other men / But when I do / It’s Kevin Drew.”

 

Serena Ryder

The last of today’s Toronto installment, we have what may be the most ‘mainstream’ artist on this list, but saying that shouldn’t make you dismiss the years of hard work Ryder has accomplished getting to that level. The standby tale of a singer-songwriter starting from the bottom, breaking into the industry, and achieving nationwide acclaim and recognition–that has been Ryder’s story.

No stranger to singing in public since she was 7 years old, Ryder would then move out at 17 to live in Peterborough and perform whenever and wherever possible. Her first recording break came when a local label owner noticed her singing during a set change of a local theatre act. As serendipity goes, Ryder’s talents would give her more fortune as she landed gigs on CBC Radio as well as attracting the attention of Canadian music stalwart Hawksley Workman.

Move forward to 2014, and here we have Ms. Ryder, co-host of the 2014 Juno Awards, and, as the ultimate sign of you”ve-made-it, winner of this year’s Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. Ryder will arrive this summer in Montreal more well-renowned than ever and in the prime of her career; as such, it would be a shame to miss the performance of one whose career has proved emblematic of the Canadian musician rising to success.

 

That’s all for this installment. Next time, in our final section, we will look at all the Canadian artists from the rest of Canada, from sea to sea!

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Check out more in Osheaga 2014: The Canadian Bands!

Part 1: Montreal

Part 2: Montreal Redux

Part 3: Toronto

Part 4: All The Rest

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Author: Nathan Christie