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CMW 2017: Aussie Night Out Showcase

You may have noticed that there was no Aussie BBQ listed among the CMW Showcases this year. Well as of Thursday we’re thrilled to announce that there will be an Aussie Showcase after all. The Aussie Night Out Showcase will take place on Thursday, April 20th with doors at 6:00 pm at the newly relocated The Hideout!

We’ll be onsite interviewing bands and taking in the live music all night and we’d love to see you there.

First on the bill is  Aeora, electronic pop with an Aussie twist. Melbourne’s Lisa Spencer has been stirring things up in Australia and she’s bringing her unique sound to the Aussie Night Out.

You can also catch Aeora at the Painted Lady later Thursday night.

Alice Ivy the 23-year-old is a singer, guitarist and beat maker and she’s quickly developed a cult following in Australia. Come by and see what they’re excited about.

She’s doing a couple of sets during CMW and then heading to the US for a short tour.

Just after 9:00 pm  Quivers take the stage. This is their first visit to Canada and singer-songwriter, Sam J. Nicholson and his band bring a pop sound full of guitar and optimism.

This is the band’s first visit to Canada and we hope they feel like they’ve found a second home here and come back very soon.

Eliza & The Delusionals bring us Aussie indie-rock with a pop hint that gets stuck in your head. They’ll be on stage at 9:50 pm.

Founded in 2015 the band is interesting to watch but it’s the music that keeps our interest long term. Check them out online and then check them out live.

Next on the bill is Bad Pony. Brand new to me, I’m excited to see what the indie pop/rock band bring to their live performance.

The five-piece call Sydney home and they’ve been together since 2012. Their new album “Deficiency” is another step forward for the Aussie band.

Just after 11:00 Silver Love Club take the stage. The band, formerly known as Mabel are bringing a new name, a new band member and new music. I’m expecting all the energy and enthusiasm I’ve seen in the past and more. They’re one of my favourite bands period and I can hardly wait!

They’re playing four sets during the week so check the schedule and make sure you include this band on your “Must See” list.

Letters to Lions bio reads “Described as a concoction of swooning aggression and dance pop sensibility with comparisons to Kings of Leon, WU LYF, last Dinosaurs and Foals; the boys may just become your new favorite indie band.” We’re definitely in!

A 4-piece indie band from the Southern beaches of Sydney, the band consists of Curt- drums, Joel- Guitar/vox,
Jackson- bass and Adam- guitar/vox.

Heading past the midnight hour Heart Beach bring their #indiepop #oceanpop #skuzzpop #janglepop #postpunk #newwave #coolwave sound to Aussie Night Out. A fun, interesting, simple sound that draws you in. Heart Beach are from Hobart Australia and they are Claire McCarthy (vocals/bass), Jonathon McCarthy (guitar/vocals), Christopher Wessing (lead guitar/drums).

It’s going to be a late one and I’m thrilled that The Dead Love are going to be staying up late with me.  We met up with these guys last year at the Aussie BBQ and I fell hard for their music. Aussie rock at it’s best. They put on a show and always leave me wanting more. This year they’re playing four shows during CMW so you have no excuse for not seeing this band!

Rounding out the night is Pretty City. We just did a CMW 5 Quick Questions with the band and we’re looking forward to meeting and seeing them in person.

Their CMW bio describes their sound as psych indie rock and all we can say is, show up and see ’em!

We’ll keep you posted on any scheduling updates.

 

 

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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

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Silver Love Club

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The Beaches

The Dead Love

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High Valley

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Madeline Merlo

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River Town Saints

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from thereviewsarein.com and Friends!

This year, to celebrate the holiday season, we asked some of our musician friends to send us pics and videos sharing their best wishes to you!

We would like to thank everyone that helped us out with this project, the artists and their teams, and we would like to thank all of you for enjoying the messages when you’ve seen them on social media.

Now, in case you missed any of them, here are a heap of wishes that we would love to pass on to you!

And from our team at thereviewsarein.com, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a safe and awesome New Year!

Dean Brody

Jessica Mitchell

Chad Brownlee

Madeline Merlo

Panicland

Mabel

Leah Daniels

Kansas Stone

The Lovelocks

River Town Saints

The Dead Love

The Hunter Brothers

Leaving Thomas

The Dead South

Andrew Hyatt

The Katherines

Mike Robins of Autumn Hill

Andrew Allen

Shae Dupuy

Alee

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Trish’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2016

When Joshua posted his 10 most listened to albums of 2016 post, I wondered out loud if it was too soon to be writing such a post. Joshua and I chatted briefly about it and his conclusion was that there wasn’t an album that could be released now that could top his list of 10 based on how much he’d already listened to said albums.

I thought, hmm let me start putting together my list and see if this is true for me. Turns out, yep it is. While I’m always open to new music and I’m hoping amazing albums come out between now and the end of the year, my list is pretty much set too.

So here, in the order that they came into my head, is my list of the 10 Most Listened to albums of 2016

aussie-flag Mabel: Rachel (2015)

Most played track: My Way

We first caught up with the boys from Mabel during Canadian Music Week. They were so much fun to chat with and their set was energetic and fresh. I love their sound which reminds me of late 50’s rock with catchy lyrics and when Mikey roars, oh, be still my heart.

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aussie-flag Paul Cowderoy: Wet Hessian Bag (2015)

Most played track: Gimme That

If fate had a different plan I would have met Paul Cowderoy this summer. There was  a plan for the Australian country singer to do a club tour here in Canada and Toronto was on his list. There were other things in the cards for Paul. A car accident put this guy on pause for a time. But he’s back putting out new music and I’m hoping he’ll be coming to Canada soon. This album was in my car for the first six months of the year and I made everyone who got into the car listen to it.

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american-flag-emoji Chris Lane : Girl Problems (2016)

Most played track: Maybe

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Chris Lane this summer and one of the things we do going into interviews is our research. I was happy to listen to Chris Lane’s Girl Problems over and over. There are hints of R&B, dance beats, with hints of pop, amazing rock guitar, energetic banjo, and Chris’ mean falsetto, it all comes together perfectly, if you haven’t listened yet, you should.

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canadian-flag-emojiArkells: Morning Report (2016)

Most played track: A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)

This is the only album that appears on both of our lists. I love this album. It makes me want to sing and dance, it makes me feel happy. That’s a winner in my book, every day. I had the pleasure of seeing Arkells perform at both WayHome and at an awesome The Edge Sugar Beach Session.  These guys really know how to entertain a crowd.arkells-morning-report-album-cover
canadian-flag-emoji Shawn Mendes – Illuminate (2016)
Most played track: Mercy

This might surprise you but I love Shawn Mendes. True story. I first saw Shawn Mendes when he opened for Taylor Swift on the 1989 Tour. This young Canadian singer/songwriter has blown up and I’m not surprised. I’m pretty sure I’ve played this album every day since it came out. 
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canadian-flag-emojiJuly Talk – Touch (2016)

Most played track: Picturing Love

I come to the July Talk party a little late. I didn’t know! I caught the band at one of The Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions and was blown away. This is an album that I put on and play front to back, no skips. It’s moody, it’s fun, it’s playful and it feels kinda dangerous. I love this album.
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american-flag-emoji Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered (2016)

Most played song: untitled 08 | 09.06.2014

I wasn’t expecting this and was thrilled when it came out. After seeing Kendrick Lamar at WayHome in 2015 I started listening to everything Kendrick. The music, the lyrics, it sucks me in and it’s perfect.kendrick-lamar-untitled-unmastered-cover-art

canadian-flag-emoji Jessica Mitchell: Hold Onto The Light

Most played song: Grown Up Things

I’ve been to quite a few of Jessica Mitchell‘s shows and she never disappoints. This is another album that I listen to every day. The timbre of Jessica’s voice is exquisite, I feel everything she sings, I believe her and I feel like we’re kindred spirits. 
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aussie-flag The Lazys: The Lazys (2015)

Most played song: Shake It Like You Mean It

The Lazys, in three words energetic, enthusiastic, and enchanting. This amazing band from Australia has put together the perfect storm of rock and roll and luckily for us they love Canada. The boys tour and record here regularly and I’d be lying if we said we weren’t hoping for a move to Canada.

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aussie-flag The Dead Love: So Whatever (2016)

Most played song: Wastelands

I first met The Dead Love during Canadian Music Week‘s  Aussie BBQ. They have a great energy, it’s rock and roll, it’s alternative and punky, it’s grungy, and they can slow things down and keep your attention. They bring together technically great musicianship and compelling vocals. They sing about love but not the sweet kind, summer and living in a wasteland. Check it out!
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With the amount of music I listen to, ten is a tough number. I’m going to cheat a little, I’ve added an additional five here as honourable mentions. Four out of five are Canadian.

canadian-flag-emojiThe Dead South: Good Company
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Birds of Bellwoods: The Fifth
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canadian-flag-emojiCrown Lands: Mantra
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england-flagPink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
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canadian-flag-emojiThe Tragically Hip: Fully Completely

The Tragically Hip Fully Completely

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CMW 2016 Spotlight: Mabel

Canadian Music Week does an amazing job of showcasing emerging and established talent from coast to coast – but that’s not all. International artists also make a big splash every year, and 2016 was no different.

Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016On Saturday afternoon we started CMW day 6 at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and the Aussie BBQ. While we were there we had a Queen Street West patio sit-down with 4 piece rock band Mabel, in town from Sydney for a week of shows, networking, and parties. Then, as the clock hit 1am early Sunday morning we watched the boys jump up on stage at Nightowl on College St. to close the night with their last set of the week.

Mabel hit that stage with more enthusiasm than you might expect from a band playing their 4th show in the same city in the same week. And with a crowd that was 100% ready to party (seriously, there were dudes high fiving member of the band and lip syncing with empty mic stands) they pumped out a set that made us forget what time it was, and made us wish we could keep going.

When we were sitting with the boys Saturday they told us that the Toronto crowds had been great all week, but at Nightowl, lead singer Mikey Votano made a point of telling the crowd that they were the best… and we believe it.

We also asked Mikey, Daniel, Alvin, and Jeff for the 3 things that they loved about Toronto on their first trip. Their list…

1) Food
2) The love of live music & the number of live music venues at CMW
3) Us (really, that’s what they said)

Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016 bw-6503After some laughing and hugs, Mikey made a more serious point about Toronto and Canada, applauding our LGBT equality rights and laws that Australia is still fighting for. In fact, the band is so into the cause that they used a between songs pause during their late night set to bring it up. It was a cool moment that reminded us that rock and rollers can me more than just party boys, and gave the Toronto audience a moment of unified pride at the same time.

After that brief serious note, it was back to rocking with Daniel and Alvin trading solos on the guitar and bass – and Jeff making sure to show off his skills on the drums as well as Mabel fired through Spaceman, I Wanna Love You, and My Way from their 2015 EP, Rachel.

As we sat and laughed and etc. on Saturday afternoon we asked the boys about being grouped as similar to acts like The Strokes and The Black Keys, and they really didn’t want to get into it, but we saw The Strokes similarities on stage within the first 2 songs of the set.

Note: We also ended up making jokes about The Beatles early in the afternoon and then laughed to ourselves when Mabel played I Want To Hold Your Hand as their quick soundcheck about 7 minutes before the set.

Maybe our favourite song of the night was Rachel (Easy To Love was probably a close 2nd) so we grabbed a video of the performance that you can watch now…

The boys have also started the process of following Rachel, and hit the studio in April to record the first track. They tell us they’re happy with it, and if it’s as good as what we heard at CMW 2016, we’re sure we’ll be happy with it too.

Mikey took a second to offer a toast to the Nightowl crowd as they started their set… “Happy Fucking Saturday!” – Happy indeed.

More photos & video of Mabel at CMW 2016!

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Mabel Live at Nightowl via Facebook

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