Welcome to this Monday’s edition of the Artist Spotlight. Today we’re introducing five great showcasing acts. Check out where they’re playing and catch them during CMW! Riley from Basic White – London, ON What are you most excited for at CMW this year? I’m most excited to see all the different talent, really looking forward to finding some great new bands and see what CMW has to offer. As this is our first year at CMW we’re mostly just looking forward to being apart of it. What was your first show together like? A few couple shows together were actually acoustic, but once we felt comfortable enough, we lost the acoustics and opted to pick up some electric guitars. Who are some of your biggest influences? My biggest influences in music would be my dad and my cousin Brad. In terms of writing, I was always a big fan of The Band, as well as guys like Matt Mays. What is your favourite board game? Snakes And Ladders. Who are some of your favourite local acts right now? London ON, where we’re based out of, has a wealth of talent so its hard to say just one in particular. Bike Thiefs – Toronto, ON What are the best and worst things about starting your career in Toronto? Best: There’s a wealth of bands to play with and venues to play at, especially when cutting your teeth. There’s also a lot of good bands consistently getting better, and that tends to keep you on your feet creatively. Worst: Parking What are you listening to right now? Casper Skulls, Patois Counselors, Black Beach, PJ Harvey, Scott Walker, Ween, Vince Staples and Angel Olsen. What was your first show together like? It was a small coffee shop in Oshawa, the door person and I (Marko) bonded over me and his best friend who taught him how to cook meth sharing the same first name. Small world! What TV shows/films should we watch? We loved Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri, rewatching Party Down and Nathan For You, and that Metallica documentary about Lars selling his art. What are you most excited for at CMW this year? The panels, it’s always good to hear from the pros. Edan Archer – Gainesville, FL What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year? From what I’ve seen, Canadian music fans are very supportive and respond to authenticity, so I’m excited to be in the mix, hear Canadian artists, and connect with the community. What is your favourite thing about your hometown? I’m from Gainesville, FL. Everyone knows each other and is always rooting for you! People see my mom around town and tell her they’re fans and proud of me, and that makes her really happy. So I love a small town! Do you have any secret talents? I can walk on my hands, which I don’t have much use for- but I also sew and paint appliqués for up cycled vintage clothing. That’s my not-so-secret other passion. What was the first concert you ever attended? My parents took me to see the Rolling Stones when I was around 9. We had nosebleed seats in the stadium and my ears were still ringing days later. Anything exciting coming up in 2018? I have a new record coming out this summer and I’m so happy to share it. So We’ll be doing videos for the songs, and touring to support the album. I’m happiest when I’m working and focusing on a project, so I’m super excited to throw myself behind this record and see what it can do. Marsicans – Leeds, UK What was the first album you bonded over as a band? The Maccabees – Wall Of Arms. What are you most looking forward to at CMW? It’s the first time any of us have been to Canada, let alone CMW so we are just looking forward to hanging out in Toronto and seeing some of the city. That and watching cool bands. What is your favourite thing about your city? There are lots of things we love about Leeds, but the fact there are about 20 different music scenes is probably the coolest. Whether you’re in a metal band or a group of techno DJs there is somewhere to hone your craft. What are you listening to right now? The new Gengahr album. It’s such an interesting record, so much ear candy and guitar weirdness, won’t be getting bored any time soon. Tell us a funny joke. What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef. (This is actually the most recent in a series of terrible jokes told by our drummer, Cale in his #woefuljokewednesday series. Find more awful, awful jokes on our socials) Skye Wallace – Toronto, ON Who are your biggest influences? Old school: Patti Smith, Neil Young, Kim Gordon. New school: Mitski, Angel Olsen, Florence and The Machine. What are you most looking forward to at CMW? The friends to be made and new folks to be met. I also really want to go see Lydia Lunch at Hard Luck!!! What is your favourite thing about Toronto? There is so much to do here. Since moving here 4 years ago, I’ve gone to more shows and met more likeminded individuals than ever. There’s also this sweet sense of collaboration and camaraderie within the music scene – the support that I’ve felt in this city amidst this difficult industry has been so incredible. Who are some of your favourite local artists? Alvvays, Witch Prophet, Little Coyote, Lydia Persaud, Rachael Cardiello, Omhouse, Iskwé (Hamilton), Terra Lightfoot (Hamilton) What fictional character would you like to be for a day? Oooooooooh good question, buds. Stitch from Lilo & Stitch, most likely. His personality isn’t much different than mine, so I really relate to him.