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Canadian Music Week Kicks Off in Toronto

Toronto throws opens its doors to showcase Canada's best music

February dragged on like a houseguest who didn't know when it was time to leave. Want to kick off March with some righteous music that'll heat your way through to spring?

Canada's biggest New Music Festival kicks off in Toronto today, with more than 500 bands strutting Canadian Music WeekCanadian Music Weektheir stuff over 4 nights and 44 live music venues. By tonight, the city's nightclubs and concert halls will be rocking out with aspiring new bands as well as Canada's top recording artists.

David Usher and Alanis Morissette are just 2 of the big names you'll find in TO. But don't limit yourself to the tried and true artists - you already know they're good. The festival is a great time to see and enjoy upcoming artists - before it costs a week's salary to get tickets.

Want to know what's on where? Visit CMW.com for venue details, ticketing information and conference schedule.

A few highlights you won't want to miss:

Canadian Radio Star: Aspiring writers compete through local radio stations to win career-making prizes - studio time, related music services and $10,000 in cash. Sponsored by Astral Radio.

Song Writer's Festival: A round-table discussion by some of the best talent Canada has to offer. Pull up a chair and listen to the greats tell their stories and the music that came from them.

Bodog Battle: Unsigned bands compete to win the hottest Canadian band award. Prizes include international distribution of their CDs, tours, video and radio promotion, marketing services and music gear.

Do you have plans to visit Toronto this week? Which artists are on your must-see list?

Rock on Canada!

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