Now Playing Radio’s official guide to Canadian Music Week 2012 – Part Two: Thursday the 22nd

Here it is! Part two (we hope you liked part one!) of our recommended-shows guide for Canadian Music Week 2012, all Now Playing Radio-approved. (We’ve had to cut back on the descriptions as we’re just so tight on time! But we’ve still provided the all-too-necessary YouTube links.)

Best bets for Thursday, March 22nd:

Daytime sessions

Some positively terrific ones happening today:

1pm: JF Robitaille at Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst, at Bloor). Acoustic singer-songwriter hymns from la belle province. Listen to “Modern Love Song Pt. 1.”

2pm: The Balconies at Sonic Boom (782 Bathurst, at Bloor). Family-fronted indie power-pop/rock. Listen to “Kill Count”.

2:30pm: Kalle Mattson at the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music (821 Queen Street West). Young-but-wise indie rock, sometimes softer and Wilco-influenced, other times swelling with horns. Listen to “Thick as Thieves.”

3pm: Samantha Savage Smith at the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music (821 Queen Street West). Electric guitar and arresting vocals from a solo singer-songwriter from Calgary. Listen to “You Always Come to Mind.”

4:30pm: Teenage Kicks at the Toronto Institute for the Enjoyment of Music (821 Queen Street West). Toronto-based honest, youthful rock that’ll make you want to know all the lyrics. Listen to “Middle of the Night.”

Route 1: The Bloor/Bathurst corner

GREAT BLOOMERS, 7pm, Sonic Boom in-store (782 Bathurst, at Bloor). Toronto-based, Gordon Lightfoot-approved folk-tinged indie-rock. Listen to “Young Ones Slept.”

CHAINS OF LOVE, 8pm, Sonic Boom in-store (782 Bathurst, at Bloor). West coast retro-sounding garage-soul, perfect for fans of Best Coast. Listen to “In Between.”

ZACHARY LUCKY, 9pm, The Central (603 Markham, near Bloor/Bathurst). Earnest acoustic stylings from Saskatoon. Listen to “Our New Home.”

THE FABULOUS YAWN, 10pm, The Central (603 Markham, near Bloor/Bathurst). Honest narratives woven into indie-rock songs that bounce off a variety of influences, backed by a sweet band. (Spencer MacEachern joined us on the show earlier this year.) Listen to “Pushing Mountain Blues.”

WILDLIFE, 12am, Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor West, just east of Bathurst). Modest Mouse-esque indie pop-rock jams from Ontario. Listen to “Stand in the Water.”

Route 2: Sweet sounds ’round College and Queen

JF ROBITAILLE, 8pm, Sneaky Dee’s (431 College, at Bathurst). As mentioned earlier: Acoustic singer-songwriter from la belle province who we’ve seen perform at the Black Sheep Inn before — and we were blown away. Listen to “Modern Love Song Pt. 1.”

JOSEPH ARTHUR, 9:30pm, Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen West, at Spadina). Not Canadian, but hey — remember “Honey and the Moon” from season one of The O.C.? Of course you do. Yeah, that’s this guy. Listen to “This is Still My World.”

THE BALCONIES, 11pm, Cabin 5 (225 Richmond St. West, near Queen and John). If you haven’t seen these guys live before, you’re missing out. The aforementioned family-fronted indie power-pop-rockers know how to whip up a crowd. Listen to “Kill Count”.

THE DEARS, 1am, El Mocambo (464 Spadina, at College). These legendary Montreal rockers are guaranteed to be a treat. Listen to “Thrones.”

More highly recommended shows:

REVERSING FALLS, 8pm, Silver Dollar (486 Spadina, at College)

THE STRAIN, 9pm, The Piston (937 Bloor West, near Ossington)

ADALINE, 10pm, The Piston (937 Bloor West, near Ossington)

GREY KINGDOM, 11pm, Sneaky Dee’s (431 College, at Bathurst)

HONHEEHONHEE, 12am, Rancho Relaxo (300 College, near Spadina)

THE LOVE MACHINE, 1am, Sneaky Dee’s (431 College, at Bathurst)

Check back tomorrow morning for our part 3 of recommended CMW shows for Friday night (and day)!

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