CMW 2017

Aussie Night Out: Marcelo Garibotto Q&A

For an Aussie, Marcelo Garibotto has a very Canadian nickname. The man they call Moose works hard in the music industry, as a manager, advocate, entrepreneur and more.

And during Canadian Music Week 2017, Garibotto acted as a show booker, putting together the Aussie Night Out at The Hideout when the traditional CMW Aussie BBQ wasn’t booked for the festival. We hung out with Moose that night, talking shop, talking music, and listening to some great talent from the other side of the world. And we realized that he had some insight to share that we weren’t going to find here at home.

So, with thanks to Marcelo, here’s a Q&A we put together that sheds some light on the Australian music scene, why bands keep coming to Toronto, who we should be listening to next, and more…

Here we go!

Q) Set the scene for us, what’s the music industry situation like in Australia right now? We’ve heard it’s rough for bands trying to play and make a go of it, is that true? (get political if you want. talk about venues closing, attitudes, etc., whatever you want)

MG) Well it’s kind of a tricky question to answer, YES it’s hard at the moment but I think it’s hard everywhere, the game has changed a lot over the past 10 years, labels have been on a downward spiral, economies collapsing and the whole music landscape changing. In saying that, I think it’s a good time to be in the game, we’ve had an increase for the first time in a decade, 6% up. It’s still down several billion dollars from what it was but up is always good right? In Australia and especially Sydney there have been venues being shut down left and right, but at the same time others have opened up! I think the biggest issue we have in Australia is that we are supersaturated with a lot of music all around the world and no real protection system to nurture Australian talent, not like in Canada… Anyway that’s my 5c worth, I could be wrong everyone has their own theory about it all.

Q) What do you think makes Toronto and Canadian Music Week so inviting or tempting to Australian bands?

MG) The fact that everyone here (Toronto) is very accommodating, it feels like people want to go out and watch music and there is a lot of camaraderie here for Aussies, I mean we are a pretty likeable bunch all over the world but it feels like what our home should be like when we visit here… Not sure what the rest of Canada is like, looking forward to exploring it as well… There is lots of love here and we certainly feel it!

Silver Love Club - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Silver Love Club @ Adelaide Hall, CMW 2017

Q) We’ve seen bands like Silver Love Club, The Dead Love and The Lazys make the long trip to play their music – to the best of your knowledge, has it been worth it?

MG) I can only really comment on what Silver Love Club got out of it the 2nd time round (Formally MABEL), it was definitely worth it, the networking and fan base increased considerably, it always tests a band when they have to perform to a new crowd, scary and exciting at the same time. I know the boys from The Dead Love a bit and I think that they are doing very well, I know that those boys don’t muck around, they wouldn’t come back to Canada if it wasn’t working for them… As for the Lazy’s well the proof is in the pudding as they say, it looks like they are killing it, deservingly so!

Q) With no afternoon Aussie BBQ organized for CMW this year you stepped up and put together the Aussie Night Out at The Hideout, why was it important to you that the show came together and went on in 2017?

MG) Well I think it was super important to have an Aussie Showcase of some sort, to travel 20+ hours literally to the other side of the planet and not have a showcase for Australian acts would of been a real shame… When I was notified that it wasn’t going to happen (The Aussie BBQ) I was gutted, it was a pretty low point. But me being me, I thought to myself “Nah stuff that” (stuff being replaced with a word starting with F) I can do it, I can put something together and I know I can pull in all the Aussies I know to get it done, so I did! I might of been the instigator but there were a lot of people in the background that supported the event, Geoff Trio form Code One and Larry Heath from The AU Review supported the event as well… It was so important that we had to have 2 showcase in the same night!!! The Aussie Night Out @ The Hideout and The Aussie Breakfast @Rivoli, so the 20th of April 2017 was the day that the Aussies took over Toronto!!

Q) Success can be measured in many forms, in your own words and your own way, do you think the Aussie Night Out was a success?

MG) Absolutely, first of all to see the quality of the bands that played and how good the crowd was for the show, for a last minute put together showcase that very little advertising and marketing I think it was a great night! Most of the bands that could of played did and some of them had 2 shows on the same night so if you missed out on one you knew you could see them at the other venue.

Aussie Night Out - Bad PonyBad Pony @ the Aussie Night Out,  CMW 2017

Q) And if there isn’t a BBQ in 2018 (or maybe even if there is) do you think you’ll put together a follow-up to this year’s show?

MG) I think that if there is an Aussie BBQ next year I will leave it to Sounds Australia to do it, they are the best at it. Sounds does an amazing job ALL around the world putting on Australian showcases at these kinds of events (Midem, SXSW, CMW, CMJ etc..). It’s not my core business, if I put on a showcase next year, its will probably have more of an international feel, I like to connect artists, industry, general fans from all over the world, it’s what I do. So if I was to do something I wouldn’t want to compete, I would like to compliment and add value.

Q) Help everyone find some new music to listen to… give us a list of 5 Australian artists we should all give a listen to.

MG) Oh ok, this is putting me on the spot… I will give you 5 other bands that were not at CMW.

1. Tenderfoot – Blues / Rock band John Mayer meets Ryan Adams with a Tom Petty / Bob Dylan sound to it:

2. L-Fresh The Lion – He is one of my favourites right now, he’s a Hip Hop artist and if anyone knows me that is sooooo NOT my genre, I think that’s why it makes it special. Produced by ARIA nominated producer Michael McGlynn:

3. MOZA – These guys are running HOT right now, great songwriters and producers to boot!

4. The Khanz – The Khanz are a nostalgic dose of the naughties with a contemporary edge… think Glass Animals meets The Pixies… Picasso on an acid trip.”

5. Anabelle Kay – Incredible voice and another fantastic songwriter.

Aussie Night Out QuiversQuivers @ the Aussie Night Out,  CMW 2017

Marcelo Garibotto – photo credit: Ash King


CMW Preview: 19 Songs You Need to Hear at Canadian Music Week 2017!

The schedule is crazy. There are bands all over the city from all over the world. So here we are to try and give you some guidance.

Even if you can’t make it to every concert and showcase, you can start finding new music, and singing along to the tracks you know, with these 19 songs. Click any of the song titles to watch a video… or press play on the playlist at the bottom of the post and get your groove on!

Enjoy – and leave a comment telling us which songs you already loved, and which ones you’re happy you found…

Bleeker – Highway
Bleecker Julian Taylor Showcase CMW 2016

High Valley – She’s With Me

Silver Love Club – Rachel
Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

Jess Moskaluke – Drive Me Away
Jess Moskaluke Bright Lights Big City Toronto The Phoenix

The Dead Love – Summer
The Dead Love CMW 2016 Horseshoe

Madeline Merlo – Whatcha Wanna Do About It
Madeline Merlo BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

The New Electric – T-Shirt

Alee – Moonshine

The Beaches – Give It Up

Drake White – Livin’ The Dream
United States/Country
CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire

The Honest Heart Collective – Liar’s Club

James Barker Band – Chills
James Barker Band SiriusXM Fan Stage BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

Texas King – Come Find Me
Texas King Adelaide Hall 2016

Andrew Hyatt – MGR (Me And A Girl And A Radio)
CMT Music Fest - Andrew Hyatt

Courage My Love – Stereo

Dani Strong – Wild One
Dani Strong Boots and Hearts KX Hot Shots Showcase CMW 2016

Melissa Etheridge – I’m The Only One
United States/Rock

The Rifle & The Writer – Gig & Colour

Repartee – Dukes

CMW Preview & Contest: The New Electric [Q&A]

Canadian Music Week 2017 is so close we can taste it… and we’ve got exciting things to share.

1) Kyle, from Calgary’s The New Electric has joined us for a Q&A to talk about the band, the music, coming to CMW, and more…

2) We’re giving away 2 Canadian Music Week wristbands that are good for the entire festival… including The New Electric at The Velvet Underground with Courage My Love on Thursday, April 20!!!

That’s right folks, use the widget at the bottom of this post to earn up to _ entries – and be ready to check your email on Monday, April 17 to see if you’re the winner!

And now, check out our Q&A with Kyle… with our thanks to him for playing along and giving us great answers to share with all of you.

Q: Toronto is a long way from Calgary, how excited are you guys to be coming to Canadian Music Week and playing at The Velvet Underground?

A: Very stoked! Toronto is such an electric, beautiful place. We enjoy every trip and look forward to playing The Velvet Underground. We’ve hung out there but have never played it so it should be super fun. Not to mention, CMW is always a blast!! We get to see lots of industry friends and get up to no good, like I said… A BLAST!

Q: You’ve had the chance to work with some great talent in the music industry (producers, other bands) early in your career, how has it felt to have that kind of success in your corner as you grow?

A: We’re so lucky and we appreciate everyone who has believed in us at every step along the way. There are some amazing talents and we’re so lucky to call some of these Titans, friends and colleagues.

Q: “Life’s What You Make It” was a hit in 2016, how cool is to look back at that as your first “big” year?

A: It’s crazy how much of a blur it is at first. We were so busy playing, practicing, building a show etc. etc. that when you stop and reflect, it all starts to sync in and it’s like… wow! That happened. Seriously though. So fortunate.

Q: The new single “T-Shirt” is out now – and the lyric video is making the rounds online. How excited are you to have new music out to share – and to see the response so far?

A: I love “T-shirt”. It’s such a fun song that we really put our hearts and hard work into. We’re very proud of it and it’s so so so fun to see it charting and doing well and our fans loving it!

Q: What is your favourite part of getting out on stage in front of a live crowd?

A: The presence of the experience. The moments and connection you make with the crowd and fans. I love the excitement and energy of the risk that they may like you…they may not… you may do well… you may not…. all these variables kind of wrap up the human experience into a 45 min set and that’s fun!

Q: Tell us something that about the band… or each of you… that we won’t find in a google search. (favourite food, hobby, quirk, hidden talent, etc.)

A: Adam (drummer) is an elementary school music teacher. Indy (bass) is hugely into motorcycles… he rides a Triumph. Chris (guitar) is a pro sound engineer and works big shows in Alberta with his dad. Kyle (me) I’m a dad! My son’s name is Sabin and he’s the coolest!!

Q: In about 50 words, what can fans expect when they see you with Courage My Love at CMW 2017?

A: They can expect to have fun and be part of our show. Some laughs, some high energy and chill vibes. We try and create a unique experience that leaves you with hooks in your head and moments that you might remember. They can expect to hang with the band and watch CML’s set with us!

Catch up with The New Electric online and stay up to date with what’s coming next!

Facebook: @thenewelectric
Twitter: @thenewelectric
Instagram: @thenewelectric
YouTube: @thenewelectric

9 months ago

5 Quick Questions with Pretty City

It’s no secret that I have a special place in my heart for Aussie bands. So it should come as no surprise that my next “5 Quick Questions” is with Aussie band Pretty City. The boys call Melbourne home and their CMW bio describes their music like this… “combine Smashing Pumpkins-esque fuzzed out guitars with washy, reverb drenched vocals to produce a dreamy yet powerful rock sound”.

During CMW you can check out the band at the Mope Grooves Showcase on April 20th at Smiling Buddha at 11:00pm as well as the Aussie Night Out at The Hideout also on the 20th but at 1:50 am.

If you can’t wait for CMW, you can catch them this week in Montreal on  April 14 at M Bar, in Quebec City on April 15 at Trash Night/LE SOUS-SOL DU CERCLE and on  April 16 at The Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa.

Thanks to Drew Schapper, Pretty City’s drummer for taking the time to answer our questions. Let’s go!

Q1: What artist/band would you most love to have on a bill with you?

DS: I think our dream lineup would be a four band bill with us, Cream, Brian Jonestown Massacre and You am I. That would be raucous!

Q2: What’s your favourite thing about CMW?

DS: This is our first sojourn to Canada. But we’re incredibly excited to perform and hang out at CMW. We’re mostly excited to see Canadian bands strut their stuff but also to show Canadian audiences what we’re about, and meet some great new people.

What’s the first concert you remember going to?

DS: My sister took me to a U2 concert when I was all of about 8 years old. I don’t really remember the music that well, but it was a full stadium show with so many pyrotechnics and visuals. It was quite the spectacle and definitely showed me early on what a stadium show could look like if you’re Bono and have more cash than the World Bank in your back pocket.

Q4: What’s up next for you in 2017?

DS: 2017 is massive for us. We’ve got our second album coming out, as well as tours booked in Australia and a whopping tour of Europe in November. Very excited for the year ahead.

Q5: What Artist do you think we should be paying more attention to?

DS: There’s a band from Melbourne, and they are pretty much our world at the moment. They’re called Destrends, and I’d get on board before they take over the world.

CMW Preview & Contest: Boots & Hearts Hot Shots ft. Drake White, Alee, Andrew Hyatt and more

Boots & Hearts doesn’t take over Burl’s Creek Event Park until August 10… but that doesn’t mean there isn’t B&H country music for us to celebrate before then!

We’ve already been out to see JJ Shiplett and Kelly Prescott on The Road To Boots, and now we’re prepping to hit The Phoenix Concert Theatre during Canadian Music Week as Boots & Hearts + KX Country present the Hot Shots Concert Series.

In 2016, on the exact same stage, we got to see Blackjack Billy, with Meghan Patrick, James Barker Band, Dani Strong, Kansas Stone, and Eric Ethridge – and it was a helluva good time. Heck, click here to check out the pics, they still make us smile!

And now, in 2017, we’re going to get Drake White and The Big Fire, with Alee, Andrew Hyatt, Kendra Kay, and Kris Barclay. It’s a solid lineup, one that promises to bring energy, volume, and the chance to dance while you singalong.

CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire

Drake White, CMT Music Fest 2016

Note: There’s a playlist at the bottom of this post that will give you a taste of the music that’s going to be featured at this showcase… hit play and enjoy!

If you’re a country fan and listen to the radio we’re sure that you already know who Drake White is. But if you don’t know the supporting cast on this bill, be ready to hear some music that you can truly get behind as these artists grow their careers.

We got to see Drake White and The Big Fire last summer – which was a whole lot of fun. From note 1 the band brings the energy that you crave at a live show, and they continue to entertain, involve, and connect with the crowd until they’ve left the stage. We’re quite looking forward to Drake and his hat coming out to sing for us at The Phoenix.

And we’re just as excited for the opening acts as we are for the headliner!

We’ve been on the Alee and Andrew Hyatt bandwagons for a while now, because they’ve have released some killer music that we can’t listen to enough and probably singalong too loud to. And adding new to us acts in Kendra Kay and Kris Barclay brings that element of discovery that Canadian Music Week always delivers, and that we love.

All said and done, this is going to be the most ridiculous Tuesday night we’ve had in a long time. We’re confident in that fact.

We hope to see you there. Click here to learn more about the Boots & Hearts + KX Country Hot Shots Concert Series…

CMT Music Fest - Andrew Hyatt

Andrew Hyatt, CMT Music Fest 2016

Alee, 2016 CCMA Awards Green Carpet

CMT Music Fest - Drake White & The Big Fire

Drake White, CMT Music Fest 2016


We’re excited to have a Boots & Hearts Music Festival giveaway for you. We’ve got two prizes to give away!
Prize 1 – 4 passes to the Drake White show on April 18
Prize 2 – 2 Passes to the Drake White show PLUS 2 passes to Boots and Hearts.

Contest closes Tuesday at noon.

CMW 2017: Joshua’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, The Beaches, High Valley

Canadian Music Week 2017 is coming faster than you might be ready for… and that’s freaking exciting. It means there’s a week of music coming that will mix what you know, what you don’t know, what you already love and what you’re going to fall in love with.

And to get you started with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017!

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Bad River – all on stage to put on a show… and if the Facebook event is to be believed, The Danger Bees and our Aussie boys, Silver Love Club (formerly Mabel) will be there too!

If there ever was a time to go out and see live music on a Tuesday night, it’s during CMW… and if you’re looking for the show you want to be at – this is the one.

Last year Trish hooked up with The Honest Heart Collective for a CMW preview which was awesome, and we’ve seen Texas King on the Adelaide Hall stage before – add together all of the previous experience and I’m sure that this is a Tuesday night concert that you do not want to miss out on.

Get ready to have some fun and kick off your week.

The Beaches – The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Beaches / The Brains / shy kids / The Dead Love

1) Who doesn’t want to hang at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on a Friday night?
2) You should want to see The Beaches be the bad ass women they are on stage during CMW!
3) Aussie rockers, The Dead Love are on the bill – and we certainly don’t want to miss that!

For real, this is going to be a Friday night concert that goes loud and hard and punches you right in the face – in the best way.

We’ve seen and hung out a little bit with The Dead Love, and we can’t wait to do that again. AND we saw The Beaches in all of their GRL BAND glory at the WayHome Xmas party in 2016… and we liked it a lot. Add in some new to us music from The Brains and shy kids and this is going to be a Friday night worth talking about on Saturday morning.

SiriusXM House w/ High Valley – The Great Hall

Saturday, April 22, 2017

High Valley / Madeline Merlo/ Jess Moskaluke

As far as country music shows go, this is going to be a good one! With three Canadian acts lined up to take over The Great Hall stage, we know what we’re going to get. Or at least we think we do.

UPDATE: 3-Time CCMA Female Artist of the Year and 2017 Juno winner for Country Album of the Year, Jess Moskaluke has been added to this show!

We’ve seen all of these performers more than once, and have had the chance to talk to each of them as well. They’re all doing what they love. They’re all good at what they do. And they’re all good to their fans.

There may be a few surprises on this Saturday night full of music… and that’s fine with us. We’ll be ready!

Now… check out some pics of the acts we’ve seen before, and get ready for more this April during Canadian Music Week 2017!

Texas King

Texas King Adelaide Hall 2016Texas King Adelaide Hall 2016

Silver Love Club

Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

The Beaches

The Dead Love

The Dead Love CMW 2016 HorseshoeThe Dead Love CMW 2016 HorseshoeThe Dead Love CMW 2016 HorseshoeThe Dead Love CMW 2016 Horseshoe

High Valley

High Valley Boots and Hearts 2015High Valley CNE 2016 Bandshell

Madeline Merlo

Madeline Merlo BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016Madeline Merlo BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

River Town Saints

River Town Saints BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016-River Town Saints BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016-River Town Saints CMW 2016 Boots and BourbonRiver Town Saints CMW 2016 Boots and Bourbon


Scroll to top