Slacker Canadian Music Fest Comes Out Swinging

March 16th, 2012  |  Published in News

]900 ARTISTS – 40 COUNTRIES – 60 VENUES – 5 NIGHTS – 1 WRISTBAND

A PART OF SLACKER CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2012 – CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

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It’s the season for gift-giving and we have a few presents to unwrap early this year. Slacker Canadian Music Fest will kick winter into spring this March as the festival occupies Toronto for a weeklong run of events.

Officially slated to run Wednesday March 21 through to Sunday March 25, 2012, this year’s festival will include additional programming on Tuesday, March 20, increasing the festival to six days. Taking over more than 60 venues in the city’s entertainment district, Slacker Canadian Music Fest will draw in more than 4,500 musicians – from local to international acts representing more than 40 countries – playing to 100,000 music fans. This year’s lineup offers an array of entertainment from some of Canada’s hottest acts, emerging artists, and headline talent from all over the world, including:

Jeff Beck | Thursday, March 22 | The Phoenix Concert Theatre | 9 p.m.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy | Friday, March 23 | The Phoenix Concert Theatre | 9 p.m.

Passion Pit | Saturday, March 24 | Canadian Room | 11:15 p.m.

Train | Thursday, March 22 | The Piston | 9 p.m.

The Sheepdogs | Saturday, March 24 | Canadian Room | 9:45 p.m.

The Temper Trap | Sunday, March 25 | The Phoenix Concert Theatre | 9 p.m.

*Childish Gambino w/ Danny Brown | Saturday, March 24 | Sound Academy | 9 p.m.

The Cat Empire w/ Tinpan Orange | Saturday, March 24 | Phoenix Concert Theatre | 9 p.m.

*Fanfarlo w/Avalanche City | Saturday, March 24 | Virgin Mobile Mod Club | 7:30 p.m.

Saul Williams w/ Spoek Mathambo | Friday, March 23 | The Great Hall | 9 p.m.

*The Trews w/ Poor Young Things | Friday, March 23 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | 8 p.m.

John K. Samson & The Provincial Band | Thursday, March 22 | The Great Hall | 9 p.m.

*Kings & Queens: Blackie & The Rodeo Kings w/ special guest appearances by Amy Helm, Holly Cole, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Serena Ryder and more Queens to be announced | Wednesday March 21 | Massey Hall | 8 p.m.

*The Saw Doctors | Tuesday, March 20 | Virgin Mobile Mod Club | All Ages | 8 p.m.
*(in association with Live Nation)

…as well as showcases from:

1977 – CANADA
A Friend In London – DENMARK
Aaron Glass – USA
Acres Of Lions – CANADA
Aerials Up – SCOTLAND
After Runnymede – CANADA
Agent Fresco – ICELAND
Air Marshal Landing – CANADA
Alissa Vox Raw – CANADA
Ambassadors – CANADA
Ambisonic – CANADA
Andrea Superstein – CANADA
Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers – CANADA
Ania Soul – CANADA
Ariane Moffatt – CANADA
Avery Island – CANADA
Baby June – CANADA
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers – CANADA
Big John Bates – CANADA
Bloodgroup – ICELAND
Body Doubles – CANADA
Boxer the Horse – CANADA
Brad Fillatre – CANADA
Brasstronaut – CANADA
Bryce Jardine – CANADA
Busby Marou – AUSTRALIA
C T Z N S H P – CANADA
Cadence Weapon – CANADA
Careers In Science – CANADA
Carly Rae Jepsen – CANADA
Cartoon – BRAZIL
Christien Summers – CANADA
Cloud Castle Lake – IRELAND
Cody Allen – CANADA
Copacabana Club – BRAZIL
Corinna Rose – CANADA
Courage My Love – CANADA
Cowpuncher – CANADA
Dancing With Paris – CANADA
Daniela Nardi’s Espresso Manifesto – CANADA
Darrelle London – CANADA
David Fonseca – PORTUGAL
Deep Sea Arcade – AUSTRALIA
Def3 – CANADA
Dekadens – ROMAINA
Dibigode – BRAZIL
Dirty Names – USA
Dizzy G – CANADA
Dope D.O.D. – NETHERLANDS
Double Helix – CANADA
Dream Jefferson – CANADA
Drew Smith’s Lonely Choir – USA
Dry the River – UNITED KINGDOM
DVAS – CANADA
dyzack – NETHERLANDS
DZ Deathrays – AUSTRALIA
Elephant Stone – CANADA
Eli Wolfe – AUSTRALIA
ENDAST – CANADA
Endless Dark – ICELAND
Erin Barra – USA
Ewert and The Two Dragons – ESTONIA
Expensive Soul – PORTUGAL
FADE – JAPAN
Fanfarlo – UNITED KINGDOM
Fanny Bloom – CANADA
Farryl Purkiss – SOUTH AFRICA
Felix Zenger – FINLAND
Femme Accident – CANADA
Fiction in Motion – CANADA
Fighting For Ithaca – CANADA
Filligar – USA
Final Thought – CANADA
Fine Times – CANADA
Fire and Neon – CANADA
FIRExFIRE – CANADA
FM HI LOW – CANADA
French Wives – UNITED KINGDOM
Fur Eel – CANADA
Gabrielle Papillon – CANADA
Gavin Slate – CANADA
Give Me Something Beautiful – CANADA
Go Back To The Zoo – NETHERLANDS
Gold & Youth – CANADA
Golden Bloom – USA
Goodnight, Sunrise – CANADA
Great Big Pile of Leaves – USA
Greater Than Giants – CANADA
Grey Kingdom – CANADA
Guadalupe Plata – SPAIN
Hands & Teeth – CANADA
Helen Austin – CANADA
Hot Panda – CANADA
Hotkid – CANADA
Husky – AUSTRALIA
I.R.O.K. – UNITED KINGDOM
In Medias Res – CANADA
INAMBUSH – CANADA
Inch Chua – SINGAPORE
Ineke Vandoorn & Marc van Vugt – NETHERLANDS
Infinite I – CANADA
Jabe – USA
Jackson Firebird – AUSTRALIA
Jacqui Sutton – USA
Jane’s Party – CANADA
Jerry Lindqvist – FINLAND
Jessi Teich – USA
Jessica Lurie – USA
Jessica Rose – CANADA
Jesuslesfilles – CANADA
Joal Kamps – CANADA
Jody Glenham – CANADA
Jordie Lane – AUSTRALIA
Journeys – SWITZERLAND
JP Hoe – CANADA
Juliann Kuchocki – CANADA
Junior Battles – CANADA
Kalle Mattson – CANADA
Katalina Kicks – ENGLAND
Katie Rox – CANADA
Keek – CANADA
Kestrels – CANADA
Kids and Explosions – CANADA
Kids at Risk – AUSTRALIA
Lacerda – CANADA
Level 10 Band – USA
Linda Martini – PORTUGAL
Little City – CANADA
Longital – SOLVAKIA
Louise Burns – CANADA
Lynzie Kent – CANADA
Mad Ones – CANADA
Mansions – USA
Marc O’ Reilly – IRELAND
Marcus Doo & The Secret Family – SPAIN
Margot Roi – CANADA
Mary Stewart – CANADA
Matt Track – CANADA
Max Burgundy – USA
Maybe Refuge – CANADA
McAlister Drive – USA
Measure – USA
Melanie Peterson with Blair Stutz – CANADA
Melissa Cameron – CANADA
Mike Edel – CANADA
Miri – ICELAND
Mise en Scene – CANADA
Missing In Venice – CANADA
Misstress Barbara Live With Girls On A Ducati – CANADA
Modernboys Moderngirls – CANADA
Most People – CANADA
Mushy Callahan – CANADA
My First Tooth – UNITED KINGDOM
My Skin Against Your Skin – TAIWAN
Nash – CANADA
Nightbox – CANADA
Ninette & The Goldfish – SPAIN
Noiserv – PORTUGAL
Ntjam Rosie – NETHERLANDS
Of Verona – USA
Ol Savannah – CANADA
One Bad Son – CANADA
Organ Thieves – CANADA
PAPERMAPS – CANADA
Parks & Rec – CANADA
Patti Cake – CANADA
Paula & Karol – POLAND
Pet Conspiracy – CHINA
Peter Katz – CANADA
phonogarde – CANADA
PKEW PKEW PKEW (gunshots) – CANADA
Racoon Bandit – CANADA
Ralf Wiggum – CANADA
Random Recipe – CANADA
Rebekah Higgs – CANADA
Recovery Child – CANADA
Red Nightfall – CANADA
Redxdown – CANADA
Rejects United – PORTUGAL
Renée Yoxon & René Gely – CANADA
Repartee – CANADA
Revelstoke – CANADA
Ria Mae – CANADA
Rik Van Den Bosch – SPAIN
RIZE – JAPAN
Rococode – CANADA
Ron Davis – CANADA
RPTZR – CANADA
Rubber Kiss Goodbye – UNITED KINGDOM
Rubberbandits – IRELAND
Saidah Baba Talibah – CANADA
SaulPaul – USA
Schiller – GERMANY
Secret Broadcast – CANADA
SECRETTES – CANADA
Seward – SPAIN
Shred Kelly – CANADA
Sigmun – INDONESIA
Siôn Russell Jones – UNITED KINGDOM
Sizhukong – TAIWAN
Slow Motion Shoes – UNITED KINGDOM
Some Community – BRAZIL
Something Good – CANADA
SonReal – CANADA
Spoek Mathambo – SOUTH AFRICA
Stuck On Planet Earth – CANADA
Sun Wizard – CANADA
Sydney Wayser – USA
Tara Priya – USA
Telephunken – SPAIN
Tesla Rossa – USA
TFHouse – CANADA
The Arka Teks – CANADA
The Ascot Royals – CANADA
The BackYard Devils – CANADA
The Big Sleep – USA
The Breaks – CANADA
The Cunninghams – CANADA
The Curious Incident – UNITED KINGDOM
The Danks – CANADA
The Elwins – CANADA
The Gay Nineties – CANADA
The Intermission – PERU
The Jessica Stuart Few – CANADA
The Lines – UNITED KINGDOM
The Love Machine – CANADA
The Lucky Ones – CANADA
The Lytics – CANADA
The MacHams – CANADA
The Marrieds – CANADA
The Matinee – CANADA
The Mercy Now – CANADA
The Michael Shand Trio – CANADA
The Midtown Collective – USA
The Mojo Fins – UNITED KINGDOM
The Motorleague – CANADA
The North – CANADA
The Provincial Archive – CANADA
The Saw Doctors – IRELAND
The Schomberg Fair – CANADA
The Standstills – CANADA
The STRAIN – CANADA
The Underdogs – PORTUGAL
The unquiet dead – CANADA
The Vasco Era – AUSTRALIA
The Vickers – ITALY
The Wilderness – CANADA
This is Head – SWEDEN
Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold – CANADA
Tiny Danza – CANADA
Today I Caught The Plague – CANADA
Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party – CANADA
Twin Atlantic – SCOTLAND
Two Crown King – CANADA
Two Hours Traffic – CANADA
Victoria Banks – CANADA
WASTER – CANADA
We Are The City – CANADA
Wild Domestic – CANADA
Winter People – AUSTRALIA
World’s End Press – AUSTRALIA
Yellow Monsters – SOUTH KOREA
Young Ones – CANADA
Young Statues – USA
Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet – NETHERLANDS

Plus, previously announced artists;

Big Scary – AUSTRALIA
Direct Influence – AUSTRALIA
Fahrenheit 43 – AUSTRALIA
Felicity Groom – AUSTRALIA
Minute 36 – AUSTRALIA
Oh Mercy – AUSTRALIA
Our Mountain – AUSTRALIA
Papa vs. Pretty – AUSTRALIA
Saskia Sansom – AUSTRALIA
Split Seconds – AUSTRALIA
Stone Parade – AUSTRALIA
The Chemist – AUSTRALIA
The Jefferson – AUSTRALIA
The Little Stevies – AUSTRALIA
Traveller & Fortune – AUSTRALIA
Voltaire Twins – AUSTRALIA
Marina Zettl – AUSTRIA
Threads of Scarlet – BARBADOS
Brothers of Brazil – BRAZIL
Labirinto – BRAZIL
5th Projekt – CANADA
Abstract Artform – CANADA
Ali Milner – CANADA
Anastasia A – CANADA
ARIA – CANADA
Belgrave – CANADA
Breaching Vista – CANADA
Brett Caswell & the Marquee Rose – CANADA
Broken Bricks – CANADA
Cai.ro – CANADA
Candelora – CANADA
Carleton Stone – CANADA
Casino – CANADA
Derek Christie – CANADA
Domestic Crisis Group – CANADA
Eastborough – CANADA
Fairchild – CANADA
Federal Lights – CANADA
First You Get The Sugar – CANADA
Graydon James & the Young Novelists – CANADA
Gruve – CANADA
Half Moon Run – CANADA
Hellbros – CANADA
Hisland – CANADA
HONHEEHONHEE – CANADA
In My Coma – CANADA
Jeffery Straker – CANADA
Jess Hill – CANADA
Joelle – CANADA
Jon Davis – CANADA
Jordan Klassen – CANADA
Kate Todd – CANADA
Keith Rich & The Po’Boys – CANADA
Laganza – CANADA
Laurent Bourque – CANADALindsay Barr – CANADA
Live on Brighton – CANADA
London Swagger – CANADA
Lovely Killbots – CANADA
Mad June – CANADA
Maddy Rodriguez – CANADA
Makeshift Innocence – CANADA
Maneli Jamal – CANADA
Mary Rose Obsession – CANADA
Matt Groopie and the Bandits – CANADA
Midnight Romeo – CANADA
Miss Emily Brown – CANADA
Misteur Valaire – CANADA
Molly Sweeney – CANADA
Motel English – CANADA
Murder Plans – CANADA
Paint – CANADA
Paradise Animals – CANADA
Paul Davidson – CANADA
Paula Perri – CANADA
Portage and Main – CANADA
Ramona – CANADA
Redbird – CANADA
Rehan Dalal – CANADA
Rob Moir – CANADA
Royal Canoe – CANADA
Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs – CANADA
Sandmand Viper Command – CANADA
Sarah Smith of The Joys – CANADA
Sarah Troy – CANADA
Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case – CANADA
Sidney York – CANADA
Slow Motion Victory – CANADA
Steph Macpherson – CANADA
Stephanie Bosch and the Arkayo – CANADA
The Archives – CANADA
The Balconies – CANADA
The Belle Game – CANADA
The Broadys – CANADA
The Cheap Speakers – CANADA
The Cobrahawks – CANADA
The Crystal Keys – CANADA
The Little Black Dress – CANADA
The River Junction Band – CANADA
The Stanfields – CANADA
The Tudors – CANADA
To Tell – CANADA
Trap Tiger – CANADA
Tupelo Honey – CANADA
WHOSARMY – CANADA
Young Pacific – CANADA
Prime Ministers – ECUADOR
Delay Trees – FINLAND
Getawaycab – FINLAND

Also on the schedule is the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards – “The Indies” – taking place Saturday March 24 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Featuring some of the hottest indie acts around, the show will include a special reunion by one of Canada’s most influential pop punk bands and a rare performance by one of America’s beloved electro-pop bands. Full lineup will be announced January 16, 2012.

As part of the event’s international focus, this year’s festival will shine the spotlight on select acts from Latin America, Portugal and Spain. Programmed over three nights at Revival and Hard Rock Café, participating bands will include:

PORTUGAL
Blasted Mechanism
Blues
David fonseca
Dead Combo
Expensive Soul
Gomo
Linda Martini
Mazgani
Mikkel Solnado
Miss Lava
Murdering Tripping
Noiserv
Norton
Orelha Negra
Peixe:Aviao
The Underdogs
Youthless

SPAIN
Amics Del Bosc
Elkostate
Gentle Music Men
Guadalupe Plata
Marcus Doo & The Secret Family
Mujeres
Ninette & The Goldfish
Rik Van Den Bosch
Seward
Telephunken
Tokyo Sex Destruction
Za!

LATIN AMERICA
Brothers of Brazil
Labirinto
Copacabana Club
Some Community
Dibigode

For the full schedule of events please check out, http://canadianmusicfest.com/schedule/

Adding to the scope of the event, Slacker Canadian Music Fest will introduce a jazz series at the Courthouse and other venues with performances by international and domestic artists. This year will also see featured showcases by Arts & Crafts, Dine Alone Records, The Agency Group, Windish Agency, S.L Feldman & Associates, Paquin Entertainment, Billions Corporation, Sirius XM, CBC, New Noise Live, Exclaim, Filter Magazine, Mogo Magazine, Pirates Blend, T.M.K.O, Audioblood, Young Lions Club, Jagermeister, Proud FM, Dawg FM, KX96, Sounds Australia, Music from Ireland, The Great Escape, M for Montreal, the annual win-to-get-in CHUM Fanfest and many more. Oh, so many more!

As part of the entertainment lineup, Slacker Canadian Music Fest will also showcase an eclectic mix of music-oriented films, special screenings, documentaries and movie premieres during the Tribute presented Film Festival taking place Wednesday March 21 to Saturday March 24 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and NFB Cinema. Newly expanded to four days, the Film Festival will once again feature special appearances and Q&As with some of the films’ stars, directors and more. Full program will be announced in January.

2012’s edition will also see the launch of the Canadian International Comedy Fest presented in association with Bite TV and Yuk Yuk’s. Featuring five days of the world’s hottest comedians in Toronto’s prime comedy clubs (Absolute Comedy, The Second City, Yuk Yuk’s), the comedy fest will include some of North America’s leading comedians, a night of musical comedy with Sean Cullen on Thursday March 22 at Glenn Gould Studio and the finale of Bite TV’s Stand Up & Bite Me, where someone will be crowned Canada’s best stand-up comic and be awarded with a $10,000 grand prize.

For a complete list of acts, films and show details, visit www.canadianmusicfest.com. All Slacker Canadian Music Fest performances, films and comedy shows are accessible to holders with a festival wristband. Certain restrictions on some shows may apply. Entry to all shows is subject to capacity. All shows are 19 and over unless stated all ages.

The schedule is subject to change. The schedule will be updated frequently – so check the site often for up-to-the-minute information and announcements.

Slacker Canadian Music Fest wristbands can be purchased at www.canadianmusicfest.com. For a limited time only, fans can purchase wristbands at a special buy-one-get-one-half-price offer available only through the website. Individual tickets for certain shows are available at Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.ca – or 1.855.985.5000 to charge by phone.

About Slacker Canadian Music Week

Celebrating 30 years, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 21 to March 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and over 60 various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.
For media information and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Planet3 Communications Ltd. • Laura McLean/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101 E: info@planet3com.net

Bessie Bullard – Communications Director
T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net

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