The countdown continues to be on! Read below for CHERSEA’s amazing description of CMW (best advertisement for the festival ever) and some generally great advice from all 5 of these showcasing artists. As a gentle reminder before the festival, you can find showcase times on our website and more importantly: DRINK WATER! CHERSEA – Vancouver, BC What was your favourite show you’ve played so far? 1. Every Sofar Sounds Show I’ve ever played – especially Montreal. Self-described as “Gigs in intimate spaces around the world; Sofar Sounds is a global movement which brings the magic back to live music”, Sofar is legitimately the perfect live experience for any performer and listener. With an attentive audience that waitlists every month to try to get into nondescript venues featuring some of the most unique spaces in the world’s coolest metropolitan cities, they hand select artists to create a one-of-a-kind bill. My favourite Sofar performance had to have been in Montreal on October 18th, 2016. It was pure magic. 2. June 15th, 2017 “Giving Voice”, sponsored by The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art and Christchurch Cathedral. Christchurch Cathedral was hands-down the most beautiful venue I’ve ever performed in. 3. June 18, 2015 Beyonce Tribute Night @ The Biltmore: This show was WILD. What musician wouldn’t love to re-create the sorcery of the Queen herself?! What are you most looking forward to at CMW? CMW is easily one of my favourite festivals to play. The energy of the city reaches an all-time high as the night-life fuels concert-goers and musicians alike to catch all sorts of shows. I love CMW for it’s ability to concentrate so many shows in such a small area: you can catch 5 different bands at 5 different venues over the course of 5 hours. It’s the kind of insanity that keeps you up until 4 at the morning, with an 8 am wake-up call so that you’re able to make it to the endless panels and one-on-one mentorship clinics. I’ve been lucky enough to experience a lot of opportunity derived from said showcases/panels/mentorship, so I have nothing but good things to say. However, let me offer you some words of advice: drink lots of water (like more water than you usually consume), try to eat at least two square meals (try Hogtown Vegan for some amazing replica eats or one of Momofuku’s eateries), take the time to experience everything Toronto has to offer (like Kensington Market, Queen West, and Trinity-Bellwoods Park to name a few) and get at least three hours of sleep… cause that’s totally normal…right?! What is your favourite thing about your city? Vancouver is endlessly beautiful. It’s almost redundant to talk about the oceans meeting the mountains, and how the sun wakes up the entire city. However – and perhaps a Vancouverite anomaly – I love the rain. I love how the city smells in the spring during downpour. I look forward to purchasing my yearly over-priced umbrellas, only to lose them almost immediately. I love sitting in my room and listening to the rain come down on my windows. I love walking all the way up from Main Street and Hastings in the rain to go to 49th Parallel and Lucky’s Donuts to get a coffee and a donut and a brief reprieve from the weather. I just friggen love my city when it rains. And although I might be one of the few who do, my relationship with my city when it rains makes me feel like I’m in some sort of exclusive club… like a club that I’m the only member of. Until you find that other weirdo who loves the rain and you realize that you can make a friend while sitting in a weather pattern caused by the ocean kissing the mountains… at which point you realize that the beauty people wait for in the summer is what creates your love for the city all year round. That’s some magic shit right there. Who are some artists you think we should be paying more attention to? My friend Alexandria Maillot always blows me away with her voice and artistry. Her songwriting is gorgeous, yet intense a chalk-full of storytelling you need to hear. I’m excited to share the stage with her May 10th at The Hideout for the Music Heals party/showcase! This year will be Lovecoast’s first year at CMW, which absolutely shocks me. They have a massive following out here on the West Coast and for good reason. Their feel-good tunes and beachy vibes make for one awesome party. My other friend Luca Fogale is an act not to miss. His on-stage intimacy and voice draws you in and makes you feel like you’re in front of a fireplace with your favourite throw blanket. He’s also an incredibly important member of the West Coast music scene, as he produces and writes with many up-and-coming acts. He’s an artistic shapeshifter. All of these acts are unstoppable and I’m lucky to call them all my friends. You can see them all perform this year at CMW! What were the best and worst purchases you’ve made recently? At this rate, if my money isn’t going into my music I feel like everything is a bad purchase. So in saying this, I think my best purchase lately would have to be my Corkcicle stainless-steel straws. SINGER HACK: many vocalists know that the best way to warm up your voice is to hum through straws. And as cities around the world start to ban the use of plastic straws, I felt it was my due diligence to reduce my waste. Also you get two in a 7$ package, so I have one in my gear bag and one for at home. Game changer! You can buy them here: https://corkcicle.com/products/tumbler-straws My worst purchase(s) would have to be the 5 different highlighters (make-up) I bought AND returned because my skin is essentially the equivalent of parchment paper. I’m sorry Sephora. Claire Hunter – Toronto, ON What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year? This is my first year at CMW and I’m really looking forward to playing Cameron House! I’m also pretty stoked to see Steve Gunn at Great Hall. What are the best and worst things about living in Toronto? I love the music scene in Toronto. I’ve been going to this great open mic every Monday at Dora Keough for the past year hosted by Tyler Ellis and Julian Taylor. The musicians are top notch. I guess the worst thing would have to be our never ending Winters. Although it makes me appreciate Spring, Summer, and Fall so much more. Gotta look on the bright side! Who are some of your favourite local artists? Some of my favourite local artists include Danielle Knibbe, Lindsay Foote, and Joey Landreth. Also, Isaak Bonk and Alex Shaw when it comes to the traditional folk scene. You can catch them busking on the Danforth most weekends. What is the best career advice you’ve received? Some great advice I’ve received is always include pyrotechnics in your show. I also really love Shia LaBeouf’s “Just Do It” video. It gets me fired up! Holy Smokes – Burlington, ON What was first album you bonded over as a band? Pup – The Dream Is Over. What are you most looking forward to at CMW? Looking forward to all the panels and meeting new artists and creating positive connections Who are some of your favourite local bands? Favourite locals are PUP, the Penske file, and The Dirty Nil What was your first show like? Some say it was Jake’s 19th Birthday which great party! Watch here:https://youtu.be/DGalfMZcmD0 As the name and the line up that exist now, it was when we opened for Say Yes at Joe Dogs as part of the Burly Calling 10th anniversary festival and it was amazing. The Scene in Burlington has been amazing, welcoming, supportive and inclusive. This was captured at the show https://youtu.be/A5VeeBrhi5E You decide : If you have unlimited ingredients for a pizza, what do you put on it? Just a whole lotta bacon hahahaha. Nathan McNevin – Windsor, ON How have you evolved as an artist since you started? When I first started playing music I was what you would define as a “Guitar Shredder.” I was very opposed to singing – mostly listening to Instrumental Metal, Jazz, and Classical Music.Ironically I am now the complete opposite. I find that the voice is the most emotionally expressive instrument. My top 3 favourite singers are Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell, Brandi Carlile. They just know how to manipulate there voices too express the wide range of sonic emotion that exists, not to mention the poetry they let out is heart wrenching. What are you most looking forward to at CMW? I am looking forward to get on stage and doing what I do best. I am also extremely excited to network and just met like minded musicians and writers. What was the best career advice you’ve received? “Move to Toronto, Move to Toronto, Move to Toronto, Move to Toronto, Move to Toronto.” What are you listening to right now? I am listening to Chris Cornell’s Live album “Songbook” – its a magical record. His voice is ethereal and vulnerable yet sonorous and commanding. I also am really into Post Malone’s “Stoney.” Its my guilty Pleasure.And I always have The Dirty Nil’s discography spinning in my headphones too. If you had to order only one drink forever, what would it be? I feel like the cool answer is “Whiskey” or “Coffee” or something in that vain, but after drinking all day and night you are gonna be very dehydrated. So my answer is water. Patrik – Toronto, ON What is your favourite thing about Toronto? My favourite thing would be the shops on Queen St. The way it flows from vintage to modern. The restaurants & the multiple personalities found around the city. Which artists should we be paying more attention to? In all humble honesty, I’d say myself. I have a lot I’d like to share w/ the world. What is the best career advice you’ve received? “Are you doing this for the right reasons?” – POPS If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose? One of the apostles, I’d like to know what it was like to walk w/ Jesus side by side in flesh. Anything exciting coming up in 2018? I have some films [videos] in works, a few singles that will be coming out, CMW May 10th @ The Remix Lounge, Lost Craft Untapped May 31, @ Nightowl Toronto as well as an EP called Spadina that I am currently working on. Keep your eyes pealed & hearts opened. There’s a lot to be part of.