HEY EVERYONE THIS IS OUR LAST ARTIST SPOTLIGHT BECAUSE THE FESTIVAL IS NOW! See you out there this week ~~ Common Holly – Montreal, QC What was your favourite show you’ve ever played? I remember walking on stage nervous as hell, standing alone before Julien Baker’s 900-person audience at the Opera House in Toronto last fall, and feeling like a total impostor. And then I remember admitting my nervousness to the crowd and receiving the most beautiful response of support, giving me the courage I needed to kick it with confidence. And then the entire room sang along with me in an odd time signature because I asked them to– that was the most empowering moment of my life. What is your favourite thing about your home city? When it comes to music, Montreal is stacked. So many bands of all styles come out of this city, both in english and in french. Some of them are made up of people that have never played music before in their lives but want to be in a band, others are full of jazz masters’ students– and then they share bills together in underground venues. While it’s competitive in some ways, more than anything I think Montreal allows the freedom for a recreational music culture– the rent is cheap, the community is strong, and people from all over North America come here ready to be inspired. What city/venue/festival would you most like to play? All of them! In Canada I’d really like to play in Vancouver, and I’d love to get over to San Francisco or Portland in the US. Wouldn’t mind hitting up the Great Escape fest in England too and also playing every small town ever because everyone knows those are the sweetest gigs. Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day? Definitely invisible. I’ve always wanted to be invisible! Not for snooping though, just because I think it would be so lovely to do a bunch of normal things while being naked and dancing and doing whatever I like. What are you listening to right now? The hum of the train air conditioning (why do they air condition in the winter?). But music-wise, I’ve been really into Yowler these days– her record is the perfect blend of lo-fi punk production, heart-wrenching songwriting, and poetry. Dizparity – Taipei, Taiwan Who are your biggest influences? Rudimental, Daft Punk, Caribou, Flume. Who are some of your favourite artists at the moment? Sampha, Seinabo Sey, Laura Mvula, Rudimental. What is your favourite thing about your city? People & food. What are you most excited for at CMW this year? All the showcase artists from all around the world. What are your top 3 favourite snacks? Pringo, snickers, m&m. Jaunt – Toronto, ON What has been your favourite show you’ve played so far? Pat- For me it was the release show for our new EP ‘Cue’, which was a little less than a month ago. Very positive vibes all throughout the evening, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves! We also organized the night, which to a certain extent was stressful, but also ensured we had everything set up the way we like it. It was also the last show we played, so maybe I’m still feeling the euphoria or something. Daniel- I’d agree with Pat, the ‘Cue’ release was an amazing time. Putting that much work into an event and having a room full of people show up to support you is an amazing and validating feeling. Last summer’s sets at Field trip and Hillside stick out in my head as well. Being able to watch lots of amazing music in the after glow of our sets was great. I remember watching Charlotte sing an Amy Winehouse song backed by BBNG at Field Trip and feeling so grateful to be part of such an amazing music community. What is the best and worst thing about being a band in Toronto? Pat- I have no real qualms with being a band in Toronto at the moment, apart from maybe the rising costs of living. There’s a ton of inspiring music and art around the city, so it feels like a natural place to call home. Some of the more recent venue closures have been a bummer, but it really does seem like the community is trying to band together and figure out new and interesting alternative spaces for shows and events. I can’t see us relocating any time soon 🙂 Daniel- Toronto is truly an amazing city and I often have to remind myself how lucky we are to live here while so many other Canadian bands travel long distances back and forth endlessly for gigs. My cynical side can sometime can sometimes find me a bit dismayed by the social hierarchies that exist in any big city creative communities, however I am often reminded that there are so many people amazing people with a deep love for good art here. There seems to have been a recent shift towards to audiences appreciating music with a strong focus on musicianship and songwriting, which is a really good sign. Who are some of your favourite local artists? Pat- So many to choose from! Really into Bernice, MorMor, Casey MQ, Ciel, MoneyPhone, Charlotte Day Wilson, Adrian Underhill, Dan Only and the boy Young Clancy! That list could be much longer. Daniel- As Pat said there are so many, and he named many of my picks. We’re all huge fans of Blunt Chunks, who sang on and was an integral part of ‘Cue’. Hannah Bussiere’s project Luna Li is amazing and she is off the charts talented. I’ve been liking Matty Tavares’ solo stuff, Dan Edmonds is a truly amazing and inspiring musician and songwriter. I also had the chance to hear some early mixes of the new BART stuff and am very excited for the city to hear what they’ve been cooking up. Name a song you wish you’d written. Pat- ‘Just as Long as We’re Together’ by Prince. This song always puts me in a good mood, and writing a love song that includes the lyric “I’ll bring the music, baby, you bring the wine” is a pretty hilarious sentiment coming from Prince. Daniel- This answer would probably change on a monthly basis for me, last month it would have been ‘Essa Mulher’ by Joyce Moreno but this month probably ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ by the boy Paul Simon. If you could be any marine animal, what would you be? Pat- The World’s largest squid Daniel- Hydrothermal worm maybe, very sturdy little things you know? Look Vibrant – Montreal, QC What was the first album you bonded over as a band? I feel like it actually took us 5 years to do this… We all fell in love with SZA’s CTRL in January and blasted it in the tour van endlessly. Also, Palm’s ‘Rock Island’ we were all equally obsessed with and Lily and Horn Horse’s unbelievable album, ‘Next To Me’ is a band hit. What is your favourite thing about your city? I think we’re all pretty grateful for the affordable housing in Montreal compared to most other North American metropolitan cities. Considering that Montreal has so much to offer and such an incredible arts and culture scene, it doesn’t really make sense how affordable it is to live in. What song can’t you skip if it comes on? ‘Iris Kyle’ by Erica Eso. What mythical creature do you most identify with? The hippocampus (fish-tailed goat) is interesting. I feel like I navigate life similarly to a hippocampus. Slowly slithering up a mountain, gnawing on tin cans. What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year? Excited to see the doctor because I still have Ontario health care even though I’ve lived in Montreal for 5 years. The Rathburns – Toronto, ON What was the first album you bonded over as a band? That’s a hard one. It would probably be the Alabama shakes first record “boys and girls”. I remember we were at a party and someone put it on. We all came from different parts of the apartment to get closer to the speakers. What city/venue/festival would you most like to play at? Elora’s River Fest. It’s close to home, each year some of our friends are on the bill, next to national acts that we love. What are your 3 most recent emojis? All three are eggplants. You always use three in a row. What song can’t you skip if it comes on? Nirvana’s “milk it”, everything about that songs is amazing. What are you most excited for at CMW this year? The kick off party at the Phoenix. Our friends Goodnight, Sunrise and Monowhales are starting to do really well and we need to party with them. ^Thats tonight!!!!