Hey dudes! Two weeks until the festival!! Here are five more showcasing artists for you to discover if your schedule isn’t already totally full! Or maybe, you’re already seeing some of these great artists and now you know them a little better! Lots of excitement!!!! Anthems in Ashes – Mississauga, ON What was first album you bonded over as a band? There wasn’t really one album that we ever bonded over. We all have such different tastes in music, but the first band we all agreed is awesome was Deftones. What are you most looking forward to at CMW? We came to watch CMW last year so now we’re really excited to be in it. As far as performers go, I’m so pumped for Matt and Kim. They are not anything like the other, heavier bands we listen to but no one can deny their live performance. They put on such a fun, energetic show. What are your goals as a band? Our goals as a band are to continue to write music we love and connect with, to put on engaging live shows, go on tour and then take over the world! What have you been listening to lately? Once again, our tastes are pretty different but I’ve been listening to a lot of In This Moment, Mastodon and Cleopatrick. I know Mike’s usually rockin’ out to Feed The Rhino or Tesseract. Max, James and Rob like Rage Against The Machine, Dillinger Escape Plan and Royal Blood. If you had to make a taco with only 3 ingredients, what would you choose? I’m a vegetarian so I would have to say beans, cheese and salsa. (And absolutely NO cilantro!!) I’m sure the guys would say 3 different types of meat just to annoy me. Bad Animal – Calgary, AB What was first album you bonded over as a band? PUP – The Dream is Over What are you most looking forward to at CMW? What a wild question… there is so many things, first on the list is being able to play at the Bovine Sex Club. Last year, all I remember is going there after our showcase and being in awe of how gross and badass that venue was, definitely a check on the bucket list. Also, we cannot wait to see hotel Mira, Kandle, and DJ Windows98. What is your favourite thing about your city? Favourite thing about Calgary is being able to watch our small scene grow. Nothing but love for the people and the place we call home. Who are some of your favourite local artists? Port Juvee, Double Fuzz, Preoccupations, Sunglaciers Which band should do a reunion tour? Uhhhhhhh not really sure, White stripes would be amazing to see in their old state. Coco Melies – Montreal, QC What was first album you bonded over as a band? O, Damien Rice What are you most looking forward to at CMW? Getting to know the other artists at CMW. Playing at our first venue in Toronto. What is your favourite thing about your city? It’s home. How have you evolved as a band? We got more personal. If you could have any magical power, what would it be? Time bending – being able to explore time. LOLAA – Toronto, ON What was first album you bonded over as a band? There were two… The Strokes Is This It – didn’t everyone want to start a band after that? And, Amalia Mendoza La Tariácuri – what a voice. What are the best and worst things about working in Toronto? Walking to work in the snow in the winter – our bodies are not made for this weather lol. As artists/performers, we wish there was more representation for the Latin arts community in the “indie music” space in Toronto. We love Salsa and Reggaeton (so much), but Latinos are more than just Salsa, Reggaeton, and the traditional genres we are associated with. Finding each other in the scene we’ve always played in, is like finding Unicorns. We want to meet every one of you. Best thing about Toronto…All the colours, energy and amazing food in Kensington Market, and Trinity Bellwoods park beer hangs in the summer. What is the best bit of career advice you’ve received? Theres been a couple of bits that have always stuck with us. I find that some of the best advice, to me at least, has always come with a little tough love… Don’t take advice from someone who isn’t better versed than you on the subject you need advice about. You can only grow if you’re learning. Sounds harsh, but its the truth. *The context behind this being – that sometimes people come into your life claiming to be experts in something, and end up disappointing you. Try to teach yourself first before giving the gig to someone else. There is power in saying NO when it comes to making creative and business decisions around your work. Trust what feels right, and respectfully decline what doesn’t contribute to your greater vision. At the end of the day, you have to deal with yourself and your decisions. What are you listening to right now? It’s a playlist mix – Rey Pila, 80’s Caifanes, 90’s La Oreja De Van Gogh, Machito & His Orchestra, also really liking a band called Lo Siento from the East Coast. What is your go-to food to eat together? Sushi, to be honest. The amount of Salmon Sashimi we can kill in one sitting is insane. Sopes – but only if our mom makes them, because hers are the best. Melanie Frade – Toronto, ON What was the first concert you attended? The first concert I attended was a festival on Niagara on the Lake, watching City and Colour. It was raining all day but when Metric came out and played an acoustic version of “Gimme Sympathy,” the sun came out and a rainbow was above them. It left me in complete awe. It was so perfectly timed and made for a great first concert experience. What are you most looking forward to at CMW? I’m super excited to watch all the independent acts participating in this year’s festival. CMW has become a great supporter of its Canadian indie musicians. There are some tremendous bands playing this year so I’m pumped. What are the best and worst things about being a performer in Toronto? The best thing about being a performer in Toronto is that there is a real sense of connection between musicians in the city. I made a lot of friends through playing in Toronto and created great relationships with my fellow songwriters. The worst thing about being a musician in Toronto is that there are so many amazing musical projects happening and perhaps not enough spaces to showcase them in the way they deserve. What are you listening to right now? Right now, I’m listening to a lot of H.E.R. and Beirut. I also have been intimately listening to the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Where are your go-to takeout spots? I pretty much will eat just about anything when it comes to take-out food. My go-tos are any sushi restaurant I can find and Portuguese chicken from St. Matthew’s.