Canadian Music Week 2011: Bands to Check Out

Yukon Blonde. Image Source: Bumstead Records / Nevado.

Alright, here’s our recommendation for some great Canadian artists playing Canadian Music Fest this week:

Mother Mother: The Vancouver based five-piece has unique sound and you can instantly recognize a Mother Mother song based on the vocals. It’s gritty, but there are still vocal harmonies and rock hooks to back up the swagger. They play 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 at the Phoenix (410 Sherbourne St., Toronto, ON).

Yukon Blonde: These guys are not actually from the Yukon, they’re actually from B.C. and they sure know how to pull together great sing-along pop rock anthems. Watch out for the song “Wind Blows,” it’s sure to get the audience together for a sing-along/clap-along. 11:15 p.m., Thursday, March 10 at the Great Hall (1087 Queen Street W., Toronto, ON).

Hollerado: These guys have a lust for life. Whether they are travelling around in a colourful waiting “tour van,” spending all their prize money on a trip to play China or simply jumping around on stage, their enthusiasm shows through, winning them quite a few fans. See the energy for yourself at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the Opera House (735 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON)

In-flight Safety: This is a piano-driven rock band that has been compared to Coldplay before, but these guys are SO much better. And they were around before Coldplay. When I first heard the tracks off their last album, We Are An Empire, My Dear, I have chills down my spine. It’s just that good. They play Thursday, March 10 at the Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON).

Sweet Thing: I try to see this band whenever they’re in town. Pop-rock with electro-pop tendencies, not a lot of pretention and a very capable frontman; they’ve never put on a band show yet! They’re on at approximately 9 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at Massey Hall (178 Victoria St., Toronto, ON).

The Balconies: Super fun band with boy/girl vocals and unbelievably catchy tunes. They’re on at 10 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street W., Toronto, ON).

Make Your Exit: A band that does Can-rock so well, it’s amazing. It’s pop-rock but it’s got some jazzy, piano-led and post-rock influences. They play 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON) and again at 2 a.m. the night of Friday, March 11 at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College St., Toronto, ON).

You can purchase tickets for each show individually at the door or in advance, or you can also purchase day or multi-day wristbands that give you access to multiple shows.

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