Indie Underground’s TOP 50 Must-See Canadian Music Week 2016 Performers

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We’ve listened to every performer of the HUNDREDS upon HUNDREDS that are playing at CMW, so you don’t have to do it (sure, it took about 64 hours and 23 mins of listening, but hey, who’s counting!?) All you need to do now is (wait for the page to load lol) and listen to the performers to easily pick out who you want to see this week!

Oh, don’t forget to get your CMW Wristbands and Tickets here!

Make sure you check out the Performer Special Mentions further down. They are bands that were being considered for the top 50!


Bands are listed alphabetically

ACID DAD (Psych, Punk) – New York, USA

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 10 PM | Hard Luck Bar (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 12 PM | Sneaky Dee’s (Tickets)


 

BEAT MARKET (Dance, Electronic, House) – Montreal, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 1:20 AM | Nocturne (Tickets)
– Friday, May 6 @ 1:30 AM | Revival (Tickets)


 

BEND SINISTER (Indie Rock) – Vancouver, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 10 PM Comfort Zone (Tickets)
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 3 AM | Cherry Cola’s (Tickets)
– Friday, May 6 @ 2 AM | Painted Lady (Tickets)


 

BONZAI (Electronic, R&B) – Dublin, IRE

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May6 @ 8 PM | The Mod Club (Tickets)


 

BRASS BED (Indie Pop / Rock) – Lafayette, USA

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 11 PM | The Piston (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 6 @ 8 PM | Cameron House – Back (Tickets)


 

CHARLIE HILTON (Alt Rock, Singer / Songwriter) – Portland, USA

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 10 PM | The Opera House (Tickets)


 

CHARLOTTE CARDIN (Soul / Downtempo Pop) – Montreal, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 10 PM | Drake Underground (Tickets)
– Thursday, May 5 @ 11 PM | The Garrison (Tickets)


 

CORNERS (Garage / Post-Punk) – Echo Park, USA

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 12 AM | Hard Luck Bar (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 12 AM | The Garrison (Tickets)


 

DILLY DALLY (Rock, Punk, Psychedelic) – Toronto, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Saturday, May 7 @ 12 AM | Lee’s Palace (Tickets)


 

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL (Rock) – Palm Desert, USA

CMW Shows:
– Saturday, May 7 @ 11 PM | The Opera House (Tickets)


 

FAKE PALMS (Noise Rock, Pop) – Toronto, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Tuesday, May 3 @ 9:15 PM | Horseshoe Tavern (Tickets)
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 9:15 PM | Horseshoe Tavern (Tickets)


 

GHOSTLY KISSES (Ambient, Electronic, Pop) – Quebec city, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 10 PM | Comfort Zone (Tickets)


 

GROUNDERS (Pop, Psychedelic) – Toronto, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Saturday, May 7 @ 4 PM | Handlebar (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 11 PM | The Garrison (Tickets)


 

HANNAH GEORGAS (Alt Pop) – Vancouver, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 10 PM | Horseshoe Tavern (Tickets)


 

HEART ATTACK KIDS (Punk, Rock) – London, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 12 AM | Handlebar (Tickets)


 

HEARTSTREETS (Hip Hop, R&B) – Montreal, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 8 PM | The Opera House (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 8 PM | The Mod Club (Tickets)


 

HUMANS (Electronic, House) – Vancouver, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 7 @ 12 AM | The Mod Club (Tickets)


 

IN DRIFT (Surf, Garage-Pop) – Toronto, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Saturday, May 7 @ 11 PM | The 300 Club (Tickets)


 

JON BRYANT (Folk) – Halifax, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 8 PM | Drake Underground (Tickets)


 

KROY (Electronic, Pop) – Montreal, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Saturday, May 7 @ 8 PM | Silver Dollar (Tickets)


 

LA SERA (Pop, Garage-Folk) – Los Angeles, USA

CMW Shows:
– Sunday, May 8 @ 10 PM | The Garrison (Tickets)


 

LAURA STEVENSON (Rock, Pop) – Brooklyn, USA

CMW Shows:
– Tuesday, May 3 @ 10 PM | Drake Underground (Tickets)


 

LAPSLEY (Electronic) – Liverpool, UK

CMW Shows:
– Tuesday, May 3 @ 8:30 PM | The Mod Club (Tickets)


 

MARDEEN (Indie Pop, Rock) – Cape Breton, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 9 PM | The Garrison (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 10 PM | Rivoli (Tickets)


 

MISE EN SCENE (Indie Pop, Rock) – Winnipeg, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 10 PM | Velvet Underground (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 1 AM | Hard Luck Bar (Tickets)


 

MORLY (Downtempo Electronic, Pop) – Minneapolis, USA

CMW Shows:
– Tuesday, May 3 @ 8:30 PM | The Mod Club (Tickets)


 

MOUNTAIN OF WOLVES (Alt Folk / Rock) – London, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 12:20 AM | UG3 (Tickets)


 

NYSSA (New Wave, Rock, Electronic) – Toronto, CAN


CMW Shows:
– Saturday, May 7 @ 9PM | Silver Dollar (Tickets)


 

PROGRAMM (Electronic, Shoegaze, Psychedelic) – Toronto, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 9 PM | Smiling Buddha (Tickets)
– Thursday, May 5 @ 12:30 AM | Velvet Underground (Tickets)


 

PUBLIC ACCESS T.V. (Rock, Post-Punk) – New York, USA

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 12 AM | The Great Hall (Tickets)
– Friday, May 6 @ 12 AM | The Garrison (Tickets)


 

ROYAL CANOE (Pop) – Winnipeg, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 10 PM | The Mod Club (Tickets)


 

SAHARA (Rock, Shoegaze) – Toronto, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 12 AM | The 300 Club (Tickets)


 

SMOOVE AND TURRELL (Funk, Soul, Electronic) – Newcastle, UK

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 8 PM | Adelaide Hall (Tickets)
– Friday, May 6 @ 12 AM | The 300 Club (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 12 AM | UG3 (Tickets)


 

SUNFLOWER BEAN (Rock) – Brooklyn, USA

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 11 PM | Lee’s Palace (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 12 AM | Hard Luck Bar (Tickets)


 

TOPS (Electronic, Dream Rock) – Montreal, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5@ 12 AM | Lee’s Palace (Tickets)


 

TEGAN AND SARA (Pop) – Vancouver, Montreal, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 6:30 PM | The Grand Ballroom – Sheraton Centre Toronto (Tickets)


 

THE BLACK LIPS (Rock) – Atlanta, USA

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 11 PM | Phoenix Concert Theatre (Tickets)


 

THE KICKSTAND BAND (Garage, Pop, Rock) – Detroit, USA

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 8 PM | Nightowl (Tickets)


 

THE SHEEPDOGS (Classic Rock) – Saskatoon, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 1 AM | Horseshoe Tavern (Tickets)


 

THE STRUMBELLAS (Alt Folk Rock) – Lindsay, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 9:10 PM | Phoenix Concert Theatre (Tickets)


 

THE WET SECRETS (Rock) – Edmonton, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 9 PM | The Mod Club (Tickets)


 

VOGUE DOTS (Synth-Pop) – Halifax, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 10 PM | Studio Bar (Tickets)


 

WALRUS (Pop, Psychedelic, Rock) – Halifax, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 1 AM | Silver Dollar (Tickets)
– Friday, May 6 @ 1 AM | The Garrison (Tickets)
– Saturday, May 7 @ 10:45 | Rivoli (Tickets)


 

WE WERE LOVERS (Electro-Pop) – Saskatoon, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 12 PM | The Hideout (Tickets)


 

WEST NILE (Synth-Pop, New Wave, Electronic) – London, ON

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 11 PM | Comfort Zone (Tickets)


 

WHITE LUNG (Rock) – Vancouver, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 11 PM | Velvet Underground (Tickets)


 

WILD NOTHING (Dream Rock, Pop) – Blacksburg USA

CMW Shows:
– Thursday, May 5 @ 11 PM | The Opera House (Tickets)


 

WILDE (Alternative R&B, Electronic) – Toronto, ON

CMW Shows:
– Sunday, May 8 @ 8 PM | Adelaide Hall (Tickets)


 

YARROW aka Ryan Boldt (Rock) – Brooklyn, USA

CMW Shows:
– Friday, May 6 @ 4 PM | Drake One Fifty (Tickets)
– Friday, May 6 @ 8 PM | Cameron House – Back (Tickets)


 

WINTERSLEEP (Rock) – Halifax, CAN

CMW Shows:
– Wednesday, May 4 @ 10:20 PM | Phoenix Concert Theatre (Tickets)
– Friday, May 6 @ 11 PM | Horseshoe Tavern (Tickets)


Performer Special Mentions:

Adria Kain, Animalia, Basic Nature, Bastian Baker, Bears and Children, Bears of Legend, Beds, Big Black Delta, Blocked Bones, Boyscott, Braden Folks and the Pushers, Common Deer, Darts, Devarrow, Dylan Menzie, Eddie Paul, Ella Fence, Elm, Fat White Family, Few Bits, Foxtrott, Fridaee, Gillian Moss, Heat, I am Dive, Kytami, Meltybrains?, Memory Tapes, Muuy Biien, Partner, Pet Sun, Pony, Scenic Route to Alaska, Tusks, Rococode

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Aaron is the Founder / Chief Editor and curator of Indie Underground (Est. 2012). Also, he just tried Franks Red Hot a couple months ago for the first time.