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CMW 2017: The Indies

One of our favourite things during Canadian Music Week is The Indies. Sponsored by Jim Beam and Indie88 it’s a fun night of music and recognition.

There were some amazing performances and we’ve got the full list of nominees and winners at the end of this post.

First up, The Jim Beam Make History Talent Search Winners, The Nursery. It’s fun energetic freak pop and we liked it!

CMW2017 - The Indies - The NurseryCMW2017 - The Indies - The NurseryThe next performance comes from one of our favourite Montreal bands, REPARTEE. If you haven’t heard Dukes, you’ve been living under a rock. We were not surprised when they took home the POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR award
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CMW2017 - The Indies - ReparteeCMW2017 - The Indies - ReparteeThe two-time Juno Award winner Dan Mangan was up next. He was presented with the Jim Beam’s Make History Award and then treated us to an awesome performance.
CMW2017 - The Indies - Dan ManganCMW2017 - The Indies - Dan ManganCMW2017 - The Indies - Dan ManganPerforming next, The Wooden Sky. They’ve got a brand new album out, Swimming in Strange Waters and we were happy to be able to hear some new material.
Adding to their list of amazing feats, 54-40 have been added to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. So much fun seeing this band, there’s no question why they’re still around.

They’ve got a new album out, La Difference – A History Unplugged, and it’s everything a 54-40 album should be.
CMW2017 - The Indies - 54-40CMW2017 - The Indies - 54-40CMW2017 - The Indies - 54-40CMW2017 - The Indies - 54-40CMW2017 - The Indies - 54-40Finishing up the performances, our headliner, Hollerado. They’ve also got brand new music (Born Yesterday) and it’s awesome! Love their energy and we can’t get enough of these guys. CMW2017 - The Indies - HolleradoCMW2017 - The Indies - HolleradoCMW2017 - The Indies - HolleradoCMW2017 - The Indies - Hollerado
Here’s a list of all the nominees and winners. Congratulations!

2017 INDIE AWARDS WINNERS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A TRIBE CALLED RED – WE ARE THE HALLUCI NATION (PIRATES BLEND)
ANDY SHAUF – THE PARTY (ARTS & CRAFTS)
BASIA BULAT – GOOD ADVICE (SECRET CITY)
KAYTRANADA – 99.9% (HW&W/ULTRA)
PUP – THE DREAM IS OVER (ROYAL MOUNTAIN)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
BOB MOSES – TEARING ME UP (DOMINO)
GRIMES – FLESH WITHOUT BLOOD (CRYSTAL MATH)
JULY TALK – PUSH AND PULL (SLEEPLESS)
THE STRUMBELLAS – WE DON’T KNOW (SIX SHOOTER)
THE ZOLAS – SWOONER (LIGHT ORGAN)

GROUP OF THE YEAR
A TRIBE CALLED RED (PIRATES BLEND)
JAPANDROIDS (ARTS & CRAFTS)
JULY TALK (SLEEPLESS)
TOKYO POLICE CLUB (DINE ALONE)
WINTERSLEEP (DINE ALONE)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BASIA BULAT (SECRET CITY)
HANNAH GEORGAS (DINE ALONE)
KAYTRANADA (HW&W/ULTRA)
RIVER TIBER (INDEPENDENT)
TANYA TAGAQ (SIX SHOOTER)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
ANDY SHAUF – QUITE LIKE YOU; THE MAGICIAN (ARTS & CRAFTS)
BOB MOSES – TEARING ME UP (DOMINO)
DAN MANGAN – RACE TO THE BOTTOM (ARTS & CRAFTS)
KAI – NEVER BE LIKE YOU (FEAT. FLUME) (FUTURE CLASSIC)
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS; WE DON’T KNOW (SIX SHOOTER)

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
AUSTRA (PINK FIZZ)
CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON (INDEPENDENT)
OPERATORS (LAST GANG)
PLANTS AND ANIMALS (SECRET CITY)
WEAVES (BUZZ)

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
HOLY FUCK (LAST GANG)
JESSY LANZA (GEEJ)
JUNIOR BOYS  (GEEJ)
TIM HECKER (PAPER BAG)
ZEDS DEAD (DEADBEATS)

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
ALACLAIR ENSEMBLE (7IÈME CIEL)
DEAD OBIES (BONSOUND)
FRED FORTIN (GROSSE BOÎTE)
KLÔ PELGAG (COYOTE)
KORIASS (7IÈME CIEL)

INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
AMANDA RHEAUME (INDEPENDENT)
CRYSTAL SHAWANDA (NEW SUN)
JACE MARTIN (INDEPENDENT)
SILLA + RISE (BALANCED RECORDS)
TWIN FLAMES (INDEPENDENT)

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
CHARLOTTE CARDIN (CULT NATION)
COLEMAN HELL (604)
MARIANAS TRENCH (604)
REPARTEE (SLEEPLESS)
VIRGINIA TO VEGAS (WAX)

RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
CLAIRMONT THE SECOND (BLACK BOX)
JAZZ CARTIER (INDEPENDENT)
RIVER TIBER (INDEPENDENT)
TANIKA CHARLES (INDEPENDENT)
TASHA THE AMAZON (THE TRUTH MUSIC GROUP / HOT STREAM ENTERTAINMENT)

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
BLACK MOUNTAIN (DINE ALONE)
MONSTER TRUCK (DINE ALONE)
PUP (ROYAL MOUNTAIN)
THE PACK A.D. (CADENCE MUSIC)
WHITE LUNG (DOMINO)

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
DANIEL ROMANO (NEW WEST)
DONOVAN WOODS (MEANT WELL)
JOHN K SAMSON (ANTI-)
LISA LEBLANC (BONSOUND)
TERRA LIGHTFOOT (SONIC UNYON)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
ANDERSON .PAAK (STEEL WOOL/OBE)
ANGEL OLSEN (JAGJAGUWAR)
CAR SEAT HEADREST (MATADOR RECORDS)
CHANCE THE RAPPER (INDEPENDENT)
FRANK OCEAN (BOYS DON’T CRY)

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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
Canada/Rock
Bleecker Julian Taylor Showcase CMW 2016

High Valley – She’s With Me
Canada/Country

Silver Love Club – Rachel
Australia/Rock
Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

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

The Dead Love – Summer
Australia/Rock
The Dead Love CMW 2016 Horseshoe

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

The New Electric – T-Shirt
Canada/Pop

Alee – Moonshine
Canada/Country

The Beaches – Give It Up
Canada/Rock

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

The Honest Heart Collective – Liar’s Club
Canada/Rock

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

Texas King – Come Find Me
Canada/Rock
Texas King Adelaide Hall 2016

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

Courage My Love – Stereo
Canada/Rock

Dani Strong – Wild One
Canada/Country
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
Canada/Country

Repartee – Dukes
Canada/Pop
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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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New World Alphabet: USS Album Review

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of USS aka Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker. The band is made up of the unique combination of vocalist, guitarist, and erhu player Ashley Buchholz (aka Ash Boo-Schultz) and turntablist/hype man Jason “Human Kebab” Parsons. The boys started their careers in the west end of Toronto, in one of my favourite neighbourhoods, Parkdale.

In August 2016 we were treated to a teaser track from the new album. During it’s first week of release, Work Shoes was the #1 added track in modern rock, alternative and all rock in Canada. This amazing reception of the lead track, set up the band’s next announcement: #SixInThe6ix. A Tour put together in partnership with Toronto’s 102.1 The Edge and Live Nation, it was a series of six  shows in six of Toronto’s best live music venues.

Like many Toronto-based bands, USS has had a little help from the folks at The Cameron House getting started. It seemed fitting that the first of the scheduled six performances would be at The Cameron House starting on November 14th. Followed by shows on November 15th at The Mod Club, on the 16th at The Opera House (this was the secret location in the lead up), on the 17th at The Rivoli, on the 18th at  Adelaide Hall and the boys finished out the tour on November 19th at The Danforth Music Hall.

USSFlash forward to January 13th, new release day and their full length album, New World Alphabet is out! The album is a great mix of songs with that distinct USS sound. I feel like these songs have a more mature feel. You can’t stop them from working their way into your brain in that classic USS way. Catchy choruses, thoughtful, provoking verses. I’m a fan.

This is the fifth studio album from USS and it was produced by award-winning Tawgs Salter. Travis has worked with Josh Groban, Lights, Lenka, Chantal Kreviazuk, Fefe Dobson, Midway State and USS and it looks like the pairing of Tawgs with USS is a great one!

Let me finish up by saying, if you haven’t seen USS live, you’re missing out. They put on an amazing live show!!! The guys headed out on tour January 12th across Canada with support from REPARTEE, Said the Whale and Youngblood. They’ll be heading to a theatre near you. Check their tour dates here!

USS New World Alphabet Track Listing

 

USS New World Alphabet coverNew World Alphabet is here!

Listen to #USSNWA:

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Google – smarturl.it/NWAgoogle

Amazon – smarturl.it/NWAamazon

Spotify – smarturl.it/NWAstream

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CMW 2016 Preview – Joshua’s Top 5 Must-Sees

CMW is coming… and I am excited!

For an entire week Toronto is set to come alive and overflow with music, musicians, and fans. There are 58 official CMW venues, with more than 800 bands, in 7 nights – and while it is impossible to see everyone, and sometimes even everyone you want to see – I want to help.

Trish shared her Top 5 list earlier in the week… and now it’s my turn.

I need to apologize a little, because I really did pick 5 acts that I truly think you should see, but it isn’t that easy, because the scheduling is HARD to manage.

So, have a look, watch the videos, and if you’re looking to slot someone in to a slow night in your schedule between May 2 and May 7, give these acts a shot!

Demi Louise at The Central on Wednesday, May 4th – 7:00 PM & Friday, May 6 at Supermarket – 10:45pm

I caught Demi Louise at CMW 2015 when she took the stage in the backroom at The Cameron House, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She’s got a sweet singer-songwriter vibe that shines when she stands at a microphone with her acoustic guitar.

Demi is also completely adorable when she interacts with the crowd between songs, and having 2 chances to see her at CMW 2016 is a nice bonus with a crazy schedule to navigate!

Jonathan Roy at The Great Hall on Saturday, May 7 – 8:15pm

Another singer-songwriter, the Qubébécois native brings his accent, guitar, and new music to the stage at CMW 2016, and I’m looking forward to it. And if you’re worried about the accent, don’t be, you won’t notice it in-song unless you’re really looking for it.

Fast Fact: Jonathan Roy hung up his skates to pick up his guitar. And if his last name sounds familiar, it’s because his dad is Saint Patrick Roy, 4 time Stanley Cup champion.

Listen to Daniella Denmark to get yourself ready.

SATE at Lee’s Palace on Wednesady, May 4 – 8pm

We saw SATE take the Mod Club stage a few weeks ago, and it was awesome. She melted my damn face off with her energy and volume and stage presence… she truly is a show-stopper. And if you’re in the building when she gets up there and grabs her mic, you’ll know it.

CMW slots SATE in as Blues, Rock, Soul… and says, “SATE is raw to the core and was built on the shoulders of giants like Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix and Bessie Smith.”

If you want a big energy show that makes you feel kinda like you got punched in the face in the best way possible, get to Lee’s on Wednesday.

Texas King at UG3 on Friday, May 6 – 10:40pm & Saturday, May 7 at Nightowl – 9pm

On the small stage at Adelaide Hall, Texas King could barely be contained. Their rock show was fantastic, they sounded tight, they were a lot of fun whether they were going crazy, or slowing it down – and I’m happy to see that they’re coming back from London, ON to play 2 CMW shows in 2016.

If you’re in need of a show with enough energy on stage to give you a second wind, these are your guys. Get that boost and you’ll either need a nap, or you’ll be ready to go all night!

REPARTEE at The Drake Underground on Friday, May 6 – 9pm & Saturday, May 7 at Supermarket – 11pm

These indie pop lovers are coming in to CMW fresh off the release of their new album, All Lit Up, including a release party back home in St. John’s that I really wish I could have checked out!

But, since I wasn’t in Newfoundland, I’m going to check out REPARTEE here in Toronto instead. Having already seen them as part of the Toronto Women in Music show at Adelaide Hall a little while ago, I know what I’m getting into… and I can tell you that you owe it to yourself to come and see the show.

Here’s a thing I wrote… “they’re the kind of band, playing the kind of music, that you’d be 100% hearing sometime between 12am and whenever you were too tired to stop dancing.” – and they might be on a little earlier than that at CMW, but you’ll still want to dance!


BONUS: JJ Shiplett at The Dakota Tavern on Tuesday, May 3 – Midnight

You didn’t think I’d get through this entire post without recommending an artist with a country touch, did you?

JJ Shiplett is a country/roots/rocker ready to make a big splash. He toured with Johny Reid, he’s gaining fans everywhere he goes, and he’s earned them.

JJ is also playing at one of my favourite CMW venues, so that’s a bonus too… honestly, if you’ve never caught a show at The Dakota, this is a great way to enjoy an early week set on a cool stage in a great place. It’ll be the perfect match of music and setting.

Trust me.

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Toronto Women in Music Showcase: For Esmé, Etiquette, REPARTEE & Hush Pup!

On a wintery spring night in April, a crowd of music fans came together at Adelaide Hall in Toronto to celebrate great music, dance, and generally just enjoy the hell out of a Thursday night.

The Toronto Women in Music showcase brought Hush Pup, REPARTEE, For Esmé, and Etiquette to the stage to show us all what they’ve got – and one at a time, they did exactly that… with pleasure.

Over and over we heard from the women leading the 4 bands talk about how awesome Toronto Women in Music (TWIM) has been for them. And looking through Facebook posts from those same artists, it’s clear to see that they love having a group of talented, supportive, badass women to collaborate with, and call friends. It’s a really cool thing to see and know is happening in a great city like ours. We really hope that women in other cities are getting the same opportunity.

Hush Pup at Adelaide Hall - TORONTO WOMEN IN MUSICFirst up on the Adelaide Hall stage Thursday night was Hush Pup, a synthy/groove/pop act that did an excellent job of warming up the crowd as they came through the doors and took their coats off. The combination of Ida’s soft, sweet vocals + keys, guitar, and bass gave us a sound that we’d gladly come in to listen to again. High fives to Ida, Fizzy, and Torrie for a job well done!

2nd on stage, and ready to dance, was REPARTEE – a 4 piece outfit fronted by Meg Warren – originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland.

REPARTEE at Adelaide Hall - TORONTO WOMEN IN MUSICThese 4 really did come to have a good time, kicking things off by telling the assembled music lovers that they were “gonna play some dance tunes” for us. And did they ever. With a super fun energy, REPARTEE gave us everything we could have hoped for… they’re the kind of band, playing the kind of music, that you’d be 100% hearing sometime between 12am and whenever you were too tired to stop dancing. In fact, you should probably look at their massive list of 2016 All Lit Up Tour dates so you can see for yourself… and check out the All Lit Up album on April 29th.

Etiquette at Adelaide Hall - TORONTO WOMEN IN MUSICThursday night’s headliner was Etiquette, another full sound, 4 piece (with bonus vocals from Hannah Georgas) bringing their brand of Dreamy Synth to the stage and entertaining the Toronto crowd. Lead singer Julie Fader owned the microphone, and her keyboard, as the band moved through their music. They’ll be back at Adelaide Hall on April 22 with Casper Skulls and Suuns… you might want to think about checking that out!

Then there’s the reason we hit the show… the 3rd act on stage, and one of our Canadian pop favourites, For Esmé!

For Esme-0942Led by the talented and lovely Martha Merideth, and freshly back from 3 shows at SXSW (where we hear they were a big hit, and Nathan told us they had an awesome time hanging with a heap of Canadians + the teams from Facebook and Spotify… plus other shenanigans) For Esmé did what they do, and owned the stage.

Just like REPARTEE before them, Martha invited the crowd to dance with her as she sang and moved. The crowd loved it… showing their appreciation with cheers and bouncing heads and shuffling feet. And when the trio played Make A Sound (which has a wicked video, click to check it out) we were all – all of us – in on the action with the band.

For Esmé will be back on stage in Toronto again as the city celebrates Canadian Music Week… check out The Silver Dollar on Saturday, May 7 at 11pm to check them out in person!

Much love to Toronto Women in Music for putting on a great show with 4 talented and engaging acts…we can’t wait for the next show.

Check out more pics from the night… and stay tuned for more awesome music coming soon.

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