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Hot Date: Canadian Music Week Brings in the Bands

The Cat Empire performs as part of Slacker Canadian Music Week

MARCH 21 TO 25 It’s the most tuneful time of the year. Celebrating its 30th edition, Slacker Canadian Music Week brings the biggest movers and shakers in the business to Toronto for a symposium, trade show, film screenings, comedy series, and, mostly importantly, a music festival with more than 900 artists at 60 venues. Some of Canada’s top indie bands—The Trews, for example—are scheduled to perform, along with international heat seekers like Australia’s The Cat Empire and L.A.-based comedian-turned-rapper Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover). Adding extra flavour to this year’s mix are spotlight shows featuring musicians from Latin America, Portugal and Spain, as well as a new jazz series. Festival wristbands $75 to $150; call 905-858-4747 or click here for more information.

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