You made it through the week! In today’s edition of our First Date With… series we’re introducing ANML, Avery Florence, City Mouse, ColinResponse, and Sonars! Two artists are offering pizza insights today read below to find out who is on the “yes please!” side of the ongoing pineapple debate.

ANML – Los Angeles, CA


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

Opening up for MOBY at the Circle V festival in November of 2017 was one of the most awesome shows to date. The lineup was amazing (MOBY, Dreamcar, Raury, ANML) it was sold out, the audience was extremely reception, and all the funds for the festival went to help rescue animals! Oh yeah, and the food backstage was all vegan and amazzzzzzinnnggg.

What was the first show you ever attended?

The first show I can remember attending voluntarily (not as a child) was Ani Difranco. Oh man, I was a big fan back then.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

Well, having just moved to LA, I’m definitely still discovering it every day. Besides the weather upgrade, I love that there is always something amazing and creative going on. There are so many talented people here to work hard and it definitely shows. It’s very inspiring to be around.

What is your favourite Rihanna look?

Shine bright like a diamond? (Sorry, not a big Rihanna person).

Which artist should we be paying more attention to?

ANML. Sorry, couldn’t not.


Avery Florence – Toronto, ON

What are your goals as an artist?

To inspire & connect with as many people possible, through my music. Also wouldn’t mind playing Red Rocks one day 😛

What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year?

I’m most looking forward to meeting other band, local & from across the country. Toronto has so many different music scenes so it will be cool to have everybody all in one place.

What are you listening to right now?

The Arcs, Neil Young & Raphael Sadiq. Also The Shouting Matches because they sound le a Spring Roadtrip, which I’m craving.

If you had unlimited ingredients, what would you put on a pizza?

Mmm I like a simple pizza, but a lot of it. Lots of tomato sauce, lots of cheese, lots of grease. Pizza Hut Style. Maybe some pineapple, why not.

Do you have anything exciting coming up in 2018?

Yes!! When I toured my album in January I met such amazing musicians in Montreal & NYC, and I’m planning on recording with all of them in the near future. Also, I’m playing my first festival right after CMW, Santa Teresa, and Feist is playing too!! Excited to see her play, and be lucky enough to be part of the lineup. Lots to look forward to (:


City Mouse – Lansing, MI

What is your favourite thing about your hometown?

Well I’ve called many towns home but currently reside in Lansing, MI, US. I think my favorite thing about this place is the sense of community among my fellow local artists.

If you created a festival, who would headline?

If I got to pick the headliner for a festival, it would probably be headlined by Green Day or Hole. They are the most popular bands I can think of out of the many bands I love.

What are you listening to right now?

I’m listening to a lot of Meat Wave from Chicago and Murderburgers from the U.K.

Build a pizza.

Pineapple and jalepeños is our official band pizza every time!

Anything exciting coming up in 2018?

Yes! We are going to tour Europe for the 1st time in the fall and this Canada trip will only be our 2nd time. We are very excited!


ColinResponse – Toronto, ON

What is your favourite venue in Toronto?

Most people will hate me for this but, the AAC is actually where I saw my first real concert in Toronto (Barenaked Ladies) when I was 16 – I will forever remember that night because I told myself I would one day be on that stage.  So unless they tear it down like every other venue in Toronto *laughs* it’s going to be up top on my list.

What was the first album you ever bought?

The first album I ever personally bought was from a band named the KnockOuts – they were a Ska Band out of Streetsville, Missisauga.  They don’t exist anymore, but interestingly enough one of the old members is now a good friend of mine and plays in the Arkells.  I was probably 14-15 at the time – still a kid, but it’s crazy how much of an influence that band and my friend had on me and my music today.

What are you currently listening to?

I’m currently listening to Freudian (Daniel Caesar), which is kind of messed up ’cause it’s literally been like half a year now… it’s only 10 Songs!  That means I’ve literally been basically listening to the same 35 minutes for 6 months straight and consistently enjoying it??? What?

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve made recently?

Musically or just in general? *laughs*. To be honest I think my best most–recent buy was my phone case – it’s from a company named “Mega Tiny Corp.” (which is extremely ironic…) but the point is: the case sticks to any flat surface.  So now I be all tech-savvy when I take my Moms out for dinner.  And instead of asking a stranger to take a photo of us six times before eventually giving up and pretending that the photo is usable, I just stick my phone to the wall of the Pickle Barrel, start that photo timer myself, and watch all the old people get confused. 👌🏾😎

Worst purchase: I accidentally chose Uber pool when I was trying to get somewhere in a rush.  I was already halfway there when I realized… at that point it was too late. *laughs*

What are you most excited for at CMW?

This new release has been a long time coming so I’m most excited to see my fans sing the lyrics from my new album.


Sonars – Bergamo, Italy

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

Although it may not have been the very first, Radiohead’s “The King Of Limbs” was definitely one of the most inspiring albums that we bonded over, although the same goes for almost anything by Radiohead or Thom Yorke for that matter.

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

We performed at a really nice German festival called Maifeld Derby last June and the crowd was absolutely amazing. As if that wasn’t enough we were also playing alongside some of our favourite bands like Slowdive, Thurston Moore, King Gizzard and Primal Scream just to name a few, so it was really great meeting them backstage and watching them perform from behind the scenes.

What is the best thing about the city you live in? 

We live in a small city in the north of Italy called Bergamo and I’d say the best thing about living here is that it’s in quite a strategic position geographically speaking. It doesn’t take long to get to Austria, Switzerland, France and Germany, which has made touring around mainland Europe a lot easier than if we were living in the UK, for example, and had to catch a ferry each time we had gig in mainland Europe.

In your opinion, what are the best and worst trends right now? 

I love the way that Synth-Wave and the generic 80s nostalgia revival has crept back into almost everything since Stranger Things exploded. Also, tapes are back, which is great, seeing as our car’s from the late 90s and has only got a cassette player in it.

Anything exciting coming up in 2018? 

2018 is lining up to be quite a busy year for us. We’re going to be showcasing at SXSW in Austin, Texas in about a week’s time, then we’ll be heading off to play a festival in Spain, after which we’ll be flying out to Toronto to perform at Canadian Music Week and then we’ll be touring throughout mainland Europe, England and Scotland. In the meantime we’re also going to be releasing some new material as well as some live performance videos!