5 for 5 - Nur's CMW Festival Picks

Every year, Canadian Music Week blesses the city with a flurry of amazing shows featuring talent from all over the world. This year will be no different with more than 100 artists scheduled to play venues around Toronto from April 18th to the 23rd. Since we at BanTOR are CMW vets, we're here to help you navigate the packed schedule. Here are Nuruddin's Top 5 shows going down at the festival this year.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Puffy L'z, Derek Wise
 

Friday April 21st
Venue: Danforth Music Hall
Doors: 7:00 PM

Bronx rapper A Boogie will be performing for the first time in Toronto in what is sure to be a highlight of the festival. Boogie saw incredible success in 2016 with his singles 'My Shit' and 'Not A Regular Person' taking off in both the US and Canada. He will be joined by Halal Gang's Puffy L'z who is fresh off a European Tour with Drake and XO member Derek Wise who released his debut album 'Inglorious' early this year.  Both artists are loved by the city and could easily be headlining their own shows. This show will be turnt.

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Charlotte Day Wilson

Thursday April 20th
Venue: T Mod Club
Doors: 7:00 PM

This show will be the second in as many nights for Toronto singer/ producer Charlotte Day Wilson. Her multi layered, soul infused R&B will be on full display at the Mod Club for two nights that are almost sold out. I once read that for a Toronto artist selling out the Mod Club means you can make it anywhere. Charlotte is about to do that back to back. At its core her music is atmospheric and I don't doubt she'll bring this element to her live performance.

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Explosions In The Sky
 

Sunday April 23rd
Venue: Rebel
Doors: 7:00 PM

Austin, Texas based band, Explosions In The Sky, sound is really like no other. Their songs contain no lyrics and have a pushing momentum that can only be heard and not described. I put on an Explosions song anytime I'm going for a run or want to vibe out to some sonic excellence. I'm going to be sweating and dancing my ass off at Rebel next Sunday.

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Featurette, Bad Child, Inventor, Michelle Treacy


Thursday April 20th
Venue: Adelaide Hall
Doors: 8:00 PM

Local electro-pop duo, Featurette, will be headlining a show at Adelaide Hall that should be a good time. Heavily influenced by synth pop contemporaries from Europe and New Zealand, listeners got a taste of what the duo has to offer on their debut album 'Crave'.  Enigmatic Toronto pop artist, BAD CHILD, will also be performing at Adelaide Hall. I first became aware of him after stumbling along his single 'Desert Island Lover' on SoundCloud. He offers a range of sounds and superb vocal performance along the 4 songs he's released so far. Toronto band Inventor and Ottawa singer, Michelle Treacy, will also be opening.

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Haviah Mighty, A-Game, DGS Samurai Champs, Wasiu, Noyz, Patrik

Friday April 21st
Venue: Revival
Doors: 7:00 PM

Its going to be a night full of bounce as hip hop artists from an assortment of locales ascend on Revival. Friend of the show, Haviah Mighty, is leading the pack as the only female performing that night. Somehow while balancing a full time job and contributing to rap group The Sorority, Haviah found time to drop her own solo project. 'Flower City' puts her skills a spitter and songwriter to the forefront. Joining her will be identical twin duo, A-Game, and Patrik. Both are hip hop acts from the city who I'm starting to discover. The night will also feature music from DGS Samurai Champs from Saskatchewan, Wasiu from Montreal and Noyz from Brampton.

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Stay up to date as we add more to the guide, on our Best Of The Fest playlist: