This Week in Music: Drake, National Drone Day, CMW + NXNE, Music Run, Beyonce + Jay Z, Field Trip Food
This Week in Music rounds up the latest news, releases and concerts coming to Toronto.
This Week in Drake
Drake is so excited about the Raptors that he released a song that's actually fun to listen to. Listen to Lil Wayne's Believe Me (Feat. Drake) below.
Should NXNE and CMW get married?
As Canadian Music Week kicks off, the Toronto Star is playing match-maker: in the wake of CMW moving closer to NXNE and getting tagged by the June fest's radius clause, the two rivals should admit all animosity was sexual tension, mate, and forever be entwined. Imagining NXNE's try-hard demeanor could be compatible with CMW's dorky shmooze seems plausible when you think about the couples currently trying to make it work out there, but this one will likely never even reach the "brandy at midnight" stage - guess which fest does brandy at midnight: it's harder than you might think.
Field Trip announces: Food
We're all festival talk this week, by the way - what will you be eating at this year's Field Trip? As much as you can afford, from the looks of it. On the PTA snack team this year are Fidel Gastro, Buster Seacove, Hotbunzz, Gourmet Gringos, and many more. Arts & Crafts are bringing the two day festival back June 7-8 this year. You can see Field Trip's line up day by day on their website.
Toronto Music Run
As Toronto tries to be Music City, here's a chance to run around said city. The inaugural Toronto Music Run is a 5K that will take place August 14 this summer. Funds will go to The Remix Project, a Toronto charity that helps youth achieve their creative dreams. Learn more about the run / sign up here.
NXNE fluffs out line up
NXNE have yet to address the Sonic Bids issue (the issue being using Sonic Bids, a terrible blight upon music). Still, additions of Pusha T, Jacques Greene, Future Islands, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Autre Ne Veut, Xiu Xiu, Evian Christ, HSY, Army Girls and more are a nice touch. NXNE also announced a new special viewing space at Y&DS for wristband / badge holders for Sleigh Bells, St. Vincent, Spoon, Juicy J, and more.
New in Toronto music ephemera
Drake Symphony Medley
That Drake Raptors track you've been waiting for, via the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Canadian Music Week
It's do or die May 6-10. CMW, Canada's largest music festival, brings established and hopeful musicians from around Canada and the world to Toronto. If you see someone dragging gear and looking lost this week, help them out. Read our full preview of what to see at CMW here including Owen Pallett, Neko Case, Tegan & Sara, Television, and more, and check out our guide to where to hang out during the fest if you're lazy here.
National Drone Day
Born of a Twitter joke, Drone Day is this Saturday. Is there anything Weird Canada can't (won't) do? Toronto's premiere event features Black Walls, Colin Fisher, Man Made Hill, Hoover Party, Moonwood and more (Rob Ford's post-rehab ambient proj?) at the Tranzac. Plus Egyptrixx is throwing a huge Toronto Drone Day event and Array Space is putting on an afternoon event. Get prepped with our very controversial list of Toronto's best drone artists.
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- The top 5 spring music festivals in Toronto for 2014
- Just Shows
Recently announced concerts
- James Murphy / May 30 / The Hoxton
- Beyoncé + Jay Z / July 9 / Rogers Centre (aww)
What we got up to this week
- Breakout Toronto Bands: Resolved Dissonance
- Angel Haze brings fans a piece of Heaven in Toronto
- The top concerts in Toronto May 2014
- The top 5 venues to hit up during CMW 2014
- NXNE trailer rebrands iconic Toronto landmarks
- The top 25 shows at Canadian Music Week 2014
- HMV to open concert venue at Toronto flagship store
- The top 10 songs from Toronto bands April 2014