The GATE and Sonos want you to dive into the sounds of Canadian Music Week with a special giveaway for a Sonos Play:1 wireless Hi-Fi speaker and two tickets to CHUM FM FanFest this Friday, May 8 at the Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto.
Canadian Music Week kicks off next week in Toronto, from May 6 to 16, and The GATE is giving away a special prize pack in honour of Edmonton's Bryan Finlay, who launched his new EP recently, and will be performing at Supermarket and the Marriot Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel Bar on May 8 and May 9.
The 2013 Sirius XM Indies pulled out a packed crowd on Friday for independent acts ranging from gothic gospel to glam rock. Oh, and Metric performed, which might have something to do with the audience screaming at any reference to the band and growing in numbers as their set time neared.
Through an unfortunate series of events, this will be the first time in years that I'll be missing most of Canadian Music Week this year, but I am glad to be going to at least one event tonight. The good people at CHUM FM have invited media to their annual FanFest concert at the Masonic Temple, and they've brought in a few notable artists, including Train, Hedley, Carly Rae Jepsen, The New Cities, Victoria Duffield, Marianas Trench, and Kristina Maria.
Thirteen years. Unless I can't count, I am pretty sure this will be my thirteenth year covering Canadian Music Week, or more specifically, what is now called Canadian Music Fest. (Yes, that does, indeed, make me feel old, but then again I've been doing this since I was 24, when I wasn't so old at all.) Since my time is short, as I'm getting ready to head out for the night, I wanted to pass on a few recommendations for tonight, the second night of the festival. You can find the full schedule for the full festival at www.canadianmusicfest.com/schedule/.