Hey everyone! We at CMW hope you had a splendid weekend. We’re back with another 5 artists for y’all to get to know that are playing this great we have planned. Read below for some insights on dessert, good tunes, and pizza (what else did you expect?).

Aliocha – Montreal, QC

What was the first album you ever purchased?

Jack Johnson’s In Between Dreams is the first album I ever purchased but the very first record I got was a gift from my older brother: Shania Twain’s “Come On Over”. Yep…

What was your favourite show you’ve played so far?

Last July in Paris I played on the “Parvis de L’hôtel-de-Ville” for the Fnac Live Festival. It was really something to play in such an historic place. I was alone with my guitar in front of 15 000 people. Felt great.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

I’m thinking about particular places. My favourite bookstore “le Port de tête”. Favourite bar “la Buvette chez Simone”. Favourite café “le Dépanneur café”. Favourite movie theatre “Cinéma du Parc”.  I like to go to the same places over and over again until it feels like home.

If you had to eat only one dessert for the rest of your life what would it be?

Tarte tatin à la mode please.

What are you listing to right now?

Favourite songs on my playlist these days:

BADBADNOTGOOD’s Time moves slow (feat. Sam Herring)

Alessi Brother’s Seabird

King Krule’s Biscuit Town

Foxygen’s Shuggy


BBQ Pope – Toronto, ON

What was the first album you bonded over as a band?

Badillac by: Together PANGEA

What was the first show you ever attended?

Reid: American Idol Finalists Tour 2006 at the ACC

Sean: Smashing Pumpkins at Massey Hall 2008

Duncan: Muse at ACC 2013

What are you listening to right now?

Snail Mail, Casper Skulls, Andy Shaul, Alvvays, Tuns, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

What is your favourite thing to BBQ?

Burgers… Classic!

What are your favourite places to eat in Toronto?

Dirty Food, Pho House & Messini’s Authentic Gyros


Sarah Fazackerly – Whitby, ON

What was the first album you purchased?

I don’t think I can remember back to the first CD I ever bought haha. I remember growing up listening to a broad spectrum of music, mainly from the Motown and Rock eras (Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, etc.) I do remember the first vinyl records I ever purchased though! It was a tie between “Turkey”, an album by Glen Cornick of Jethro Tull, and “Little Broken Hearts” by Norah Jones.

What is your favourite thing about your hometown?

My favourite thing about Whitby would have to be the little stretch of shoreline we have by the port. It’s not very big, but it’s where most of my bonfire memories of first learning how to play guitar happened, so the sentiment is there for me.

What music have you been listening to lately?

I’m always listening to a generous amount of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Raconteurs (among any and all other projects Jack White is involved with), Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Norah Jones, but lately I’ve really been getting into Royal Canoe, Wintersleep, Dan Mangan, and Elliott Brood, all of which are amazing Canadian artists, as well as Bon Iver, Frightened Rabbit, Julien Baker, and of course some local artists I’ve gotten the pleasure of playing with or stumbling upon like Skye Wallace, Future History, Crown Lands, The Road Heavy, Featurette, MONOWHALES, and so so many more. It’s a really hard question to answer because we’re lucky enough to have access to so much music, and I feel like I find a new artist to start listening to every day.

Describe your idea of a perfect meal:

I honestly wish that I could go into great detail about my expectations of a perfect meal, but I don’t have a very advanced palette and I don’t have very high expectations as far as table manners go. So I guess my perfect meal would be at a time when I’m hungry enough to want to eat but still have the patience to taste my food, and it would be something tried and true like a burger and a milkshake from an awesome local place, or a hearty home cooked meal, which tends to be a rarity in my life these days.

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

I’m most excited to be playing CMW this year, and to meet fellow artists so I can get to know some more great music! I’ve attended CMW as a listener for many years now, but this will be the first year I’m participating in it, and I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with some familiar faces and some new ones!


Victoria + Jean – Sweden and Belgium

What is your favourite thing about the city you live in?

First of all it’s a small town, which would have more the name of a village in my opinion .. The thing we particularly like is the direct neighbourhood with the forest and the surrounding lakes. We like the proximity to the “wilder”, “more grand”.

The landscapes are formed alternately of forests and farmland, with many plains surrounding large lakes.

And at each and every season is a real treat.

Sweden is not so different from Canada.

What advice do you have for Canadian bands wishing to travel to Europe?

Well, all the steps are much more easier for a Canadian band to come to Europe than for us. For us coming to Canada, we need a visa.

And for a Canadian band they don’t need any paper work they can just take the flight and go! That is already a good point.
I think that all the advice we would have to offer are basic rules that we impose on ourselves: Scratch The Surface!!

What are some of your biggest influences?

Well, the music has to catch the eye. The images, their movements and their interactions between them, there is an extraordinary musicality! ! It is a daily score of incomparable wealth. This allows us an always-great mix between realism and fantasy.
Especially since we live in an era where we must attract the eye to be listened to. Just as music influences the look of the image. Which is rather auspicious for both of us.

The fusion between image and music has become so powerful that it could transform the principle of musical paternity, this visual identity so much sought is ultimately no longer a consequence of music, but a necessary echo.

What is your ideal pizza?

Hahaha .. Very interesting question, sincerely.

I would say we like our everyday Pizza, our private sphere Pizza

We must not forget that pizza is fabulous with its multiplicity of meanings and in its variety of use. In the same way that the structure of the tales is found from one country to another, the form varies according to the places and the storytellers. Pizza takes the national clothes necessary for its popularity while integrating the basic ingredients. Here in Sweden the Queen of Pizzas is Pizza Kebab!! For an Italian that I am, it’s mad :))

Our answer is “pizza salame piccante” or “Margherita doppio formaggio”.

In short, pizza is an exciting example of its flexibility of adaptation, popularity, and walls, its complexity.

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

Returning to Canada is always a real pleasure. This is already the first point of our excitement. To play our new songs, as well as to pair them with the old album. To Find the public, and especially hope to reach a maximum of people!!

We love you very much, and have always received a wonderful support from you!


The Walker – Guadalajara, Mexico

What is your favourite thing about the city you live in?

My favorite thing is the people they are so kind and worry about the environment. Also is in the state where mariachi was born and tequila grows so it is awesome. Also bands like Mana grew up in my neighborhood and soccer player Chicharito as well and Lorena Ochoa, golf player, so it is kind of a cool city to visit!

Who are your biggest musical influences?

Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Mana, Marvin Gaye, Seal, and all independent music made with heart and soul.

What festival or city would you most like to play in?

Coachella, Lollapalooza and of course Canadian Music Week in Toronto, this would be an incredible experience for me and the guys, we cant wait to play and have fun on the stage in Toronto. It will be our first time in the city, but actually I went to a boarding school long time ago in Brockville, Canada named Fulford Academy, so I really feel something special for the country. I lived one of the best days in my life in Ontario.

If you could have a super power, what would you like to have?

The power of healing the anger and give peace to the people and the world!!! We are so in need of love and peace, I really want to share peace, love and connection to our souls in my music!

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

To share my music with Canada and the world, to meet people and have fun, I really want to share what I have in my heart with every attendee at the festival; I’m going to give all my heart on the stage and in Toronto.