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!

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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.

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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: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0cAed9YivTN7Yq2BnjRNyt

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: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1pWigxBjUwEk9xH0Ks1r8L

3. MOZA – These guys are running HOT right now, great songwriters and producers to boot! https://open.spotify.com/artist/1YUKNG5hEk2HXP8k1a1wWE

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.” https://open.spotify.com/artist/4dTEyXWVvm7BV5FA7KWwsU

5. Anabelle Kay – Incredible voice and another fantastic songwriter. https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ug9vNhVwertbSzTEd3Zeu

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Marcelo Garibotto – photo credit: Ash King


CMW 2017: Aussie Night Out ft. Silver Love Club, Bad Pony and Friends

If anything can help you forget about a rainy April night, it’s a party. And if there’s anyone that knows how to eff up a party, it’s the Aussies.

So on a rainy Thursday night in Toronto, we hit the newly opened, and very sharp looking, The Hideout on College St., we hit the Aussie Night Showcase and watched the night turn into a super fun time with music and dancing and drinks and more.

There were 10 acts on the bill for the Canadian Music Week event… but because CMW is what it is, we saw 6 acts of the night and wanna tell you all about them.

1) Aeora

With her keys, Mac, and mic, Aeora hit the stage for her first show in Canada – and first show outside of Australia. As she sang and moved through her set, we could hear the power in her voice, available whenever she reached for it. And it was easy to recognize the smoothness and ease that she works with.

Tracks in the set like Medicine, Up To You, and Bossy (her new single) had a lot of vibe we could get into. Beats that were a lot of fun. And while Aeora told us that she was feeling some nerves, she worked through them and performed wonderfully. Here’s hoping we see her back at CMW again in 2018.
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2) Alice Ivy

Constant sound and motion – that’s what we got from Alice Ivy. This set was another Canadian debut, and from the very first note, Alice was putting in work!

Heavy on the beats and the fun, this is Aussie music that you can’t help but want to move and dance and shake your ass to. In fact, if you were looking for music to dance to at about 1am, we would be happy to recommend Alice Ivy to you. Trust, it’s a good time. And, when you need a break to catch your breath, just watch how great it is when she bounces all over the stage, works her guitar, and makes the music happen. It’s pretty great.
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3) Quivers

Another North American debut, Quivers plugged in and were the first full band performance of the night. The sound was bigger, filled the room, and got us ready for what was coming up later in the show.

The quartet was fun to listen to, providing catchy/ poppy/ harmonized vocals that came from a fantastic mix of the 2 male and female voices up on the stage. As they played on we got to hear their single, Pigeons, and when the set ended, we wanted more. More to hear and groove on and enjoy throughout the night.
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4) Eliza & The Delusionals

Fourth act of the night, fourth Canadian debut, Eliza & the Delusionals took the stage as a 3-piece (though they usually aren’t) and gave it all they had.

We instantly heard the loudest guitar of the show to that point, and were impressed at how tight and loud and fun and into it they were. All the way from Brisbane to Toronto, songs like Outside and Salt (the band’s newest single) made us want more. Made us want to see them take a bigger stage with the whole band, and sharing the energy and sound that they’ve shown us they have to give.

We’re in – we’d recommend that you get in too.
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5) Bad Pony

These 5 dudes took the stage, filled it with bodies, instruments, and sound… and we loved it. Bad Pony are a lot of fun. They play hard. They had harmonies that were both surprising and impressive. And more than anything, they rocked and rolled and entertained the hell out of the crowd at The Hideout.

Their set looks like organized chaos. There are so many things going on at the same time. Always someone bouncing, rocking, and putting on the kind of show that you can’t help but love if you love live music.

Bad Pony have been touring the US on the strength of their single, Deficiency, which we heard them blast through the speakers – and if this short set was any indication of what they can do with more time, we hope they’re back in Toronto soon to show us what they’ve got up their sleeves.
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6) Silver Love Club

This was our second chance of the week to catch Silver Love Club on stage… and it was worth the repeat.

From start to finish our boys put on a show that was all kinds of good. They put out a heap of volume, and energy to match it. Mikey, as a lead singer, does everything that a frontman should, with all kinds of live rock and roll sound in his voice he moved from song to song without missing a step. And supported by some killer guitar work from Romeo, sweet sweet bass lines from Alvin, and enthusiastic drum work from Neel, Silver Love Club made the crowd happy.

Their new single Ghost Town highlighted the set. Showing off a political edge pointed at Australian government, it pulls no punches and, as we’ve been told, is just the start of the kind of message and music these boys are ready to push out and share with their folks back home, and their fans here in Canada as well.

We already knew we were into Silver Love Club, we’re doubling down now. Get on and enjoy the ride.
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CMW 2017: Trish’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, Aussie Night Out, UTA Showcase ft Julian Taylor Band

It’s almost here! Canadian Music Week is so close I can taste it.

There are so many choices and to help you with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that I think you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017.

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Le Trouble / The Danger Bees / Silver Love Club / Bad River

This show is also on Joshua’s list and that’s because we both know a great thing when we see one. It’s an amazing opening night lineup. Some of these bands are brand new to me but some of them are favourites and I’m happy we’ve got this show to get the week started.

Aussie Night Out – The Hideout

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aeora / Alice Ivy / Quivers / Eliza & The Delusionals / Bad Pony / Silver Love Club / Letters to Lions / Heart Beach / The Dead Love / Pretty City

I’ve written in detail about this showcase and you can read everything you need to know about all of the bands here but let me remind you that while all of the acts are Aussie based there’s a little bit of everything genre-wise for everyone. Stop by, say hello and check out some amazing talent from Australia.

UTA Showcase – The Horseshoe Tavern 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Dead Projectionists / The Treble / One Bad Son / Adam Baldwin / Julian Taylor Band / Birds of Bellwoods / Towers / Radio Caroline

Saturday is going to be a late one but with this lineup, we’re pretty sure you’ll be sticking around until the end. Indie rock, alternative rock, hard rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll, with some funk and soul thrown in for good measure. It’s going to be a high energy show and I’m thrilled to see some of my favourite Toronto bands and I’m always excited to see acts that are new to me. new music… is there anything better?

And now I’m going to cheat and add a couple more bands to my list. I’ve said it before if you haven’t seen Crown Lands live yet, put them on your “must see” list. They’ll be playing both Friday the 21st at Hard Luck Bar and Saturday 22nd at The Bovine.  Second on the cheat list is Andrew Hyatt. He’s been around a little while but Andrew just keeps getting better and better. If you haven’t seen him yet, now is the time to get on board. His latest release She Ain’t You reaches into your heart and says what we’re all thinking. Andrew’s playing the KX Country’s Hot Shots Showcase on Tuesday, April 18th.

Kevin Comeau – Crown Lands

Cody Bowles – Crown Lands

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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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