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CMW 2016 – Electronic Artists Spotlight

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CMW 2016 – Electronic Artists Spotlight



Canadian Music Week began in 1981, and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences, and one of the longest music festivals in Canada.  The event has expanded to offer some of the most unique artists around the world and showcases some of Toronto’s best venues.
Electronic music editor Tony Millar chose five must see electronic artists for this year (see below).

Check out our Editor’s Top 16




“If a line exists between classical and electronic, between ancient and new, synthetic and organic, Kytami has sliced them all using only a violin bow… but what more does she need?”


Anyone can claim to create a genre, anyone can make an experimental genre, but to clash two otherwise opposite sounds and make it impressive? That takes a lifetime of musical experience; and Kytami has just that. After she started taking violin lessons at the age of three, the Vancouver based musician trained classically at the Vancouver Academy of Music from ages 3 to 17. The hard work paid off when you listen to the extremely intricate technical procedures of her music, almost outdone by the pure passion you feel listening to her perform. With everything from dubstep sounding beats to beautiful mozart hook back to an original masterpiece, Kytami will give you shivers and have you foot tapping uncontrollably, seeming to end too soon every time. A must see for Canadian Music Week.

May 7 @ 9.00am – The Cave (529 Bloor St. W)



“A “modular concert” will be the precise way to describe Shtuby’s (Yuval Tai) Avant-garde project.”

You thought you knew about sampling, producing, layering, and dropping? Sit down and take a lesson. SHTUBY brings one of the most soul filled funky performances to hit Toronto this Canadian Music Week.

The red morph suit wearing musician has beats that go from confusing to catchy real quick; and if you don’t pay attention you’ll miss it. Featuring a clarinet, beat pads, real time sampling, the Isreali native brings an energetic and experiential vibe, with a sound one just truly cannot compare to anything. Starting with a simple bass loop and quickly jumping into 8 bit madness, the man redefines what live entertainment is, and truly puts play pushing DJ’s to shame.  Make sure you check out solo video on Youtube. []

May 4 @ 12:00am – Nocturne (550 Queen St. W)



“Daithi has been known as an Irish fiddle player using electronics to boost traditional Irish music into something unique and different.”

Daithi brings one of the most unique set ups to Toronto for Canadian Music Week, featuring a violin, mixer, multiple Maschine products, and enough hardware he puts a symphony to shame. The Irish fiddle player has been catching attention internationally with mesmerising live performances and impressive albums, most notably In Flight released in 2013. The technical skill was no strike of luck, however. Even before releasing a record Daithi was supporting major artists such as DJ Shadow, Macklemore, The XX and many more. With the unique traditional Irish feel, it’s safe to say Daithi brings a truly original sound to The 6 this year for Canadian Music Week.

May 5 @ 12:00am – Drake Underground (1150 Queen St. W)
May 5 @ 1:30am – Rivoli (334 Queen St. W)




“The members of Meltybrains? might be classically trained musicians, but their music is indefinable, their fans look like cult members and their live shows are bewildering.” The Irish Times

Pull apart the accepted norm and brave a new idea, a new way of living, a new pair of shoes, and you might just stumble across something that will change the way you look at things. We are your new pair of shoes. You are Meltybrains?

May 3 @ 10:00pm – Hanedlebar (159 Augusta Ave)
May 4 @ 11:00pm – The Piston (937 Bloor St. W)
May 5 @ 11:00pm – Nightowl Toronto (647 College St.)


Pyramid Tropic *HOT TICKET*

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Take a dive into the tropic, the Pyramid Tropic, with a smooth psychedelic feelings and uplifting vocals. The duo, one half Juno award winning Will Whitwham, and one half producer Matthew Fudge, takes you on a journey into well thought out melodies and amazingly paired vocals. The almost familiar sounding pair keep an original feeling with tranquil transitions and perfectly mastered vocals leaving listeners with a refreshing feeling of quality. A quality that you never knew you needed until you heard it.

May 6 @ 9:00pm – Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St.)


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