In trying to put together this playlist for the show, I realized that picking from amongst the hundreds of quality artists gigging during Canadian Music Week was going to be impossible. Fortunately, the excellent music programmes that come before and after my show this week* will include lots of incredible music. Of course you can also go to shows throughout the fest, regardless of where you are in the downtown core, and see tons of bands you know, bands you think you know and bands you have never heard before (see how not-so-cleverly I slipped in Ruby Slippers' mantra?)
Anyway, I had to chose my CMW picks by the only way possible...closing my eyes and pointing randomly to names from the programme guide. You can do the same thing by going to www.canadianmusicfest.com where there is a comprehensive schedule of the week's venues and line ups.
Also may I add that the selections for the Music Film Fest, held at the TIFF Lightbox is amazing, with two movies each day Thursday and Friday, as well as four on Saturday. Who doesn't want to see the continuation of "The Last Pogo (Jumps Again)" or a film about Levon Helm?
Hope to see you out and about, and thanks for listening!
X...Xray Eyeballs (CMW)
Live To Tell The Tale...Passion Pitt
Devon...Grimes (from the album Halfaxa)
Ungirthed...Purity Ring ( I love this song)
With Her Shadow...Born Ruffians (CMW)
What I Like About You...Lion Or Gazelle
Things Are Changing...Hey Rosetta
Sedna...Septembryo (interview to come) (CMW)
Lost Dream...Digits (CMW)
The Golden Hour...Ocean City Defender (CMW)
Amaze Me Jane...Parlovr
Nine In The Morning...Panic! In The Disco
Dig, Lazarus,Dig!...Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (CMW)
Be Still...Robyn Hitchcock
Our Retired Explorer...The Weakerthans (Live from Winnipeg)
Space Oddity...Powerman 5000 (Why not?)
* Some of our outstanding music shows include Dreaming In Stereo Friday 3-5 pm, Mixtape Escape Friday noon to 2, Bang Friday 5-6 pm, Catwoman Friday 6-7 pm, Blissful Thunder Thursday noon to 2 pm, Stylistic Endeavours 8-10 pm on Friday, Vinyl from the CIUT Crypt Sat. 8-10 pm, and so many