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Polaris Approved Acts Are All Over Canadian Music Week 2012

· by Aaron Brophy

Now entering its 30th year, Canadian Music Week has long been a showcase for the best and brightest of Canuck talent.

Taking place March 21-25 in Toronto, hundreds of bands both domestic and international will be plying their trade in dozens of venues across the city during the fest. Unsurprisingly, a number of vetted Polaris Short and Long List artists will be performing shows.

Some of these include Joel Plaskett’s (not really) secret set at the CN Tower, and performances from Krief, Eight And A Half and John K. Samson & The Provincial Band, all offshoots of past nominated acts, The Dears, Broken Social Scene and The Weakerthans, respectively.

Here in Polarisland we understand that sometimes it’s difficult to stay on top of everything that’s going on. That’s why we’ve compiled the handy list below of all the former Polaris nominees who are playing CMW this year. Think of every one of these acts as having achieved a special Polaris jury pool quality control AAA rating when you’re deciding what to go see.

Wednesday, March 21
10 p.m. Louise Burns @ The Drake Hotel
10:30 p.m. Krief @ Great Hall

Thursday, March 22
8 p.m. Adam & The Amethysts @ El Mocambo
8 p.m. Shad (host) @ The Garrison
9 p.m. Shotgun Jimmie @ Great Hall
9 p.m. Jenn Grant @ Virgin Mobile Mod Club
11 p.m. Galaxie @ El Mocambo
11 p.m. D-Sisive @ Opera House
11 p.m. John K. Samson & The Provincial Band @ Great Hall
12 a.m. Martha Wainwright @ El Mocambo
1 a.m. The Dears @ El Mocambo

Friday, March 23
8 p.m. Junior Boys (host) @ The Garrison
10 p.m. Cadence Weapon @ Great Hall
10 p.m. PS I Love You @ Lee's Palace
11 p.m. Eight And A Half @ Horseshoe Tavern
1 a.m. Zeus @ Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, March 24
8 p.m. Brendan Canning (host) @ The Garrison
9 p.m. Snailhouse @ Lee's Palace
9:05 p.m. Dan Mangan @ Royal York
10 p.m. Wintersleep @ The Rivoli
11 p.m. Adam & The Amethysts @ The Drake Hotel
11:20 p.m. Two Hours Traffic @ Horseshoe Tavern
12:40 a.m. Wintersleep @ Horseshoe Tavern
1:30 a.m. Misteur Valaire @ El Mocambo

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