Today we are serving Second Last Artist Spotlight Of 2018 realness. The festival is almost here! More artists below!! Bodhi Jar – London, ON What has been your favourite show you’ve played so far? Crown Lands was kind enough to have us out to the (sold out) Mustache Club for their EP release. The energy in the room was electric and it felt like every bit of passion we put out was reflected right back from the crowd. There is no better feeling in this world then when a whole bunch of people can get on the same wavelength and truly connect. Who are your biggest influences? This is a hard one as each member has some very different influences that we bring to the writing process. Some of the bands that we draw influence from collectively are The Mars Volta, Circa Survive, Incubus, At The Drive In, Rage Against The Machine, Dave Matthews Band, Death Grips, DFA 1979, Thrice, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and a myriad of others. The list is almost endless but those are some favourites. Who are some of your favourite local artists? Crown Lands, Romancer, PUP, Output, Cleopatrick, Heart Attack Kids, Species of Trees, The Dirty Nil, Texas King, Wine Lips, Olivia and The Creepy Crawlies, Lost Arts, Brighter Green and the list is almost endless. There is so much talent in Southern Ontario, get out to a show and find out what you’re missing! What is your favourite carb? We are a breaded Chicken and Waffle band! Has there ever been a better combination? No… the answer is no. What are you most excited for at CMW this year? Aside from the tons of local artists we get to see the show highlight has got to be Slow, Dirty Nil and Single Mothers! We are beyond stoked to see that lineup. Hearing Steve Lillywhite speak is also a pretty crazy thought. Honestly we’re really just looking forward to taking in as many shows and panels as possible and really getting the most out of our CMW experience. Grace Lachance – Ottawa, ON What was the first concert you attended? The first concert that I attended was Carrie Underwood. I remember it clearly because I was so excited and eager to go! I got the tickets as a birthday present and I honestly had the time of my life. What is your favourite thing about your city? My favourite thing about Ottawa is the atmosphere, the energy, and the people. It’s really refreshing, the live music scene is great, and I love the shopping! What are you most excited for at CMW this year? I am really excited to perform on stage, to meet new people and to listen to unique artists! Which animal would you like to be reincarnated as? Definitely a Wolf. Wolves are really fascinating and strong animals. What is the best career advice you’ve received? I remember my great-grandmother telling me that the most important key to success is to consider every opportunity and experience as a “big deal.” She said that as soon as someone deems an opportunity as trivial or, “not a big deal,” they’re setting themselves up for failure. Everything has to be a “big deal” in order to succeed. This advice has always guided me throughout my career. MIMICO – Toronto, ON What is your favourite thing about Toronto? Favourite thing about the city would have to be the current availability of exceptional legal drugs 🔥. Where are some of your favourite take-out spots? Favourite take-out then would be visiting the fine folks at Sprout Greenery in Parkdale, to get said drugs 🔥 (preferably before MIMICO’s CMW showcase). What song can’t you skip if it comes on? No one will be skipping through the “New Haze” when we drop our 🔥 EP next month. What are you most excited for at CMW this year? We’re excited to share an intimate set with old friend (reliable) SCOTT HARDWARE at the Monarch May 12! Who are some of your favourite local artists? Say hi stay high all night 🔥🔥🔥 . NUSSY – Melbourne, Australia What has been your favourite show you’ve played to date? My favourite show was probably playing the closing party of Music Matters last year – it was such a great vibe because everyone was super keen for a big party! I also loved touring with Asta and Georgi Kay a few years ago – so awesome to have a full female line-up! What are you listening to right now? I am loving Tove Styrke at the moment! Also Hayden James’ new one , ‘Just Friends’ – such a funky vibe! What are you most looking forward to at CMW? I’ve never been to Canada, let alone played shows there so it’s super exciting to come and show everyone how we do it Down Under! I’m also looking forward to connecting with new artists and checking out the scene in Toronto. What is your favourite thing about your city? We have an awesome music culture here – there are so many creatives doing different things and so many awesome venues fostering the projects that are coming out. What is your favourite junk food? McDonald’s – I’ve actually invented my own burger 😉 It’s called the McNuss – a cheeseburger with a hash brown inside. It’s perfect because everyone loves to put fries in their burger, but with a hash brown, it’s just like a patty of fries and then none of them fall out! I’ve put A LOT of thought into this (haha!) and everyone who has had it LOVES it – I’m just waiting for Macca’s to pick it up! WHOOP-Szo – London, ON What was the first album you bonded over as a band? WHOOP-Szo are a band of varying age groups, tastes and overall opinions on the matter. That said, it’s important to shout out to those that have come before us….. and when we finally got a stereo in our tour vehicle to connect on those long and lonesome drives across the country. Probably the first and most seminal record in our scope was A Taste of Complete Perspective by Elevator. It’s a totally liquid record and more than anything the tonal qualities are what speak to us. We love it so much that we covered one of their songs on our last record Citizen’s Ban(ne)d Radio. Elevator aren’t playing anymore and so the band Construction & Destruction fill that void and you can input any one of their many bodies of work as an all-time favourite for our collective. Now, for those long drives we gotta be hip and cool so we toss on Damaged Bugs – Cold Hot Plums as our go-to driving music. Double drums, falsetto vocals and catchy riffs are what it’s all about. What was the best show you’ve played so far? It’s probably easier to identify our worst show, but we won’t go into much detail beyond saying it was also the longest and most treacherous drive we’ve ever had as well, and was finished off with a dead vehicle on the side of the road just far enough from home for it to leave one of our members stranded for nearly a week. Our best show however is more difficult to state. It was a true honour to be asked to open for the Constantines on a couple reunion shows and our first time stripping down our set we played with Jennifer Castle. Generally speaking our band works in the trenches with little accolades beyond remaining committed to a life on tour. Our most recent tour was great because we brought our families with us and spent a lot of time connecting with friends along the way while playing new music in an acoustic manner. Who are some of your favourite local artists? We have many places we call home from Fredericton to Guelph to London. We live in London these days so we gotta shout-out the Never Betters as our hands down favourite, along with the wonderful Yess Woah. Tell a joke. You know what they say about 12 string guitarists don’t you? They spend half the set tuning and the other half playing out of tune. Sorry Andrew! What are you most looking forward to in 2018? We’re very excited to introduce our young children to our life of music. It’s been a magical journey so far and we plan to keep living this artists life and they will be a big part of our inspiration!