The full lineup of CMW 2011 was just announced it’s a doozy. And the main acts are a total awkward doozy of Papa Roach, Good Charlotte and Melissa Etheridge. What the what? Seriously…
So, instead of sitting around here complaining about this, I’ve made a list of artists playing who I know already and feel that you should really check out. I’ll dive more into detail as well as check out some new artists once it gets closer to the fest (Mar 9-13).
Aidan Knight – Victoria – kind soul of lovely Canadiana.
Amos The Transparent – Ottawa – melodic alternative rock.
Autumn Owls – Dublin – Irish indie rock.
Boxer the Horse – Charlottetown – Indie rabble rousers.
Bravestation – Toronto – On the up and up here with their electro indie rock.
Cadence Weapon – Edmonton – Everyone’s favourite rapper/new rocker/poet laureate.
Catl – Toronto – Blues/country/rock that will likely cause a stir at Dakota or the Shoe.
Charlotte Cornfield – Montreal – Alternative folk casual heroine.
Dinosaur Bones – Toronto – Maybe this time their indie rock will catch a bigger wave.
Dora Alexander – Toronto – Pretty atmospheric indie rock.
DVAS – Toronto/Montreal – Party poppers bound to make the place s-s-sweaty.
Esben & the Witch – Brighton – Ghostly shoegaze bound for great things this year.
Freedom or Death – Toronto – Slow, dream-like dances.
Funeral Suits – Dublin – They’ll bring the right amount of UK indie I’ve (and you’ve) been missing.
Hands & Teeth – Toronto – Strong boy/girl pop rock.
Hollerado – Montreal – Because we’re all gonna wanna get in on the parties now.
Hooded Fang – Toronto – Twee parties and melancholy lyrics.
Humans – Vancouver – West coast French Canadian electro partytime.
Imaginary Cities – Winnipeg – Boy/girl soul/pop.
Isis – Toronto – This former Thunderheist lady will get people to the Land of Talk show for her own, strong reasons.
Karkwa – Montreal – Our chance to get to know the Polaris winners even more.
Kurt Vile – Philadelphia – Psychedelic folk at its most modern dark and light periods.
Land of Talk – Montreal – Soulful indie rock with a killer lady voice.
Memoryhouse – Guelph – Canadian chillwave buzzers closer East than West.
Miracle Fortress – Montreal – Soothing electro pop with an album coming soon.
Old Crowns – Toronto – Warm country rock.
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers – London – Beautiful Canadiana folk-rock.
Paper Lions – Charlottetown – East Coast pop rock.
Parlovr – Montreal – They’ll blow you away with their gusto.
Rich Aucoin – Halifax – Known for his crazy colourful confetti parties.
Royal Canoe – Winnipeg – Quirky rock from the Prairies.
Sandman Viper Command – Toronto – Fun guitar-driven pop rock.
Shad – London/Vancouver – The friendly neighborhood rapper who everyone loves.
The Darcys – Toronto – Woozy, dreamy alternative rock.
The Golden Dogs – Toronto – The fun house party band.
The High Dials – Montreal – Pretty indie rock.
The Liptonians – Winnipeg – Also part of Royal Canoe, more quirky rock.
The Schomberg Fair – Toronto – Really rollin’ country.
The Wilderness of Manitoba – Toronto – The warm feeling of love on a stage.
Treelines – Vancouver – Legit bar rock that will bust open those swingin’ doors for sure.
Volcanoless in Canada – Saskatoon – Artsy indie dance party.
We Are the City – Kelowna – Young, ambitious rock with a heart of gold.
Yukon Blonde – Vancouver – Beer swillin’, rocks a rollin’ West Coast indie rock with pretty man vocals.
Zeus – Toronto – Canada’s favourite Beatles-like rockers.
Looking at the list now, I am super excited to see these bands. Who are you excited to see?