Honey Beard

5 Quick Questions with Honey Beard

As we get close to Canadian Music Week 2017 we’ve got some 5 Quick Questions entries for you. First up is Honey Beard. When I wrote my second round announcement post I gave this band a listen and loved them. The Irish-Canadian Dark Synth-Pop duo calls Toronto home and they can be seen at the Lisbon Lux & Ride The Tempo Showcase on Thursday, April 20th at Longboat Hall.

Let’s get right to it,  5 Quick Questions with Honey Beard.

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

G&T: A big inspiration for what we do is Depeche Mode, to support them would be a dream come true. Locally, fellow synth-pop band For Esmé would be a band that we’d love to play a show with, very talented and wonderful live.

We love, that they chose For Esmé because we love them too!

Q2: What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

G&T: We’ve been going to CMW for a few years now and for us, the venue hopping aspect of the festival has always been our favourite thing. It’s all about discovering the lesser known band, that’s where the excitement is for us. There is very little that can match the discovery and surprise you get when a band you know little about blows your mind. CMW are experts at providing that to the music lover.

Q3: What is the first concert you remember going to?

Gaz: My first large concert was Metallica, Dublin in 1992. It was amazing!

Tom: My dad took me to see James Taylor for my first concert when I was about 9 years old. The first concert I went to “on my own” was a Warped Tour in Montreal. It was sweaty and muddy and dirty and amazing.

Q4: What Artist do you think we should be paying more attention to?

G&T: Impossible to pick one! There are 3 shows we would love to get to at CMW: Meet The Blue are playing at The Painted Lady at same night as us (unfortunately),an Irish Band called We, The Oceanographers are playing Stop Drop and Roll on Friday night at midnight –  but there is also a stacked bill playing at Longboat Hall on Friday night that is a ‘Women in Music‘ show with Kylo and Hey DW! We’ve seen these ladies live before and they are awesome!

Q5: What’s up next for you in 2017?

G&T: We Just released our Debut album ‘Dreamless Sleep‘ and it’s been getting a great reception so far. We are pretty hyper-critical of ourselves but we’re both very excited about what we created and right now we’re in the process of pushing the album out there to the opinion makers (which is not easy). We have a second launch show in Montreal (M-Bar) on April 29th, and then more Canadian shows over the summer before we go to Ireland to play a mini tour of festivals.

Thanks to Gaz and Tom for taking the time to answer our questions and if you’re looking for a show to fill up your Thursday night, we recommend checking out Honey Beard.

Honey Beard

Canadian Music Week 2017 – Round 2 Artist Announcement

On January 19th we gave you the first wave of artists announced for Canadian Music Week 2017 and today we’ve got the next wave. Get ready, the list jumps from 120 to 367 bands from 24 countries.

Big names added to the list include Wolf Parade, Earl Sweatshirt, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Allie X, Danko Jones, The Beaches, Repartee and so many more! Here’s the updated list!CMW Announce February 17
It’s “Canadian” Music Week so you can expect lots of Canadian bands but we’re also given the opportunity to see bands from all over the world. This year CMW’s international spotlight is on France. With a population of 66.7 million France is ranked the 5th largest music market. This spotlight is an amazing opportunity for all of the bands to promote their music to music buyers from France.

When you have some time to kill, head on over to the artists listing page, it’s amazing and a little bit overwhelming. My first perusal of the page had me adding Josh Halverson to my list. Josh has a cool, clear voice that pulled me in instantly and made me want to see what he brings to the table live. I hope when the schedule is released that I’m able to get to see him perform. Also on my list, Honey Beard, the Irish-Canadian Dark Synth-Pop duo from Toronto. The music is interesting and I want to know more about “Toronto’s best kept secret in electronic pop”.

There are lots of familiar bands on this list and the challenge will be to find a balance between making sure I see some of my favourites and checking out new and possibly once in a lifetime performances.

This is one of my favourite times of the year to live in Toronto. The city explodes with music, music industry people and musicians. I can hardly wait for April!

CMW wristbands are one sale now and are priced at $75 for the Explorer pass and $150 for the Explorer +Pass which includes priority access to all club series venues and Access Concert Series shows, click here for wristbands and all the details!

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