Hello everyone and merry Friday! March is over and we’re getting closer to the festival! We’re going to continue to introduce you to all of the awesome showcasing acts we have time for until the festival, so we hope you’re loving these and have discovered some cool new music you didn’t know about before!

Davenport – Victoria, BC

*Live from Tim Hortons*

What was first album you bonded over as a band?

Our first band album we all really bonded over was weirdly Ryan Adams version of 1989. We all have vast tastes in music and rarely overlap each other as fellow bandmates with exceptions of course. I think this really helps create our diverse live sound. But that album was the perfect bond of pop and indie rock music that satisfied all of our tastes.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

The biggest thing we are looking forward to at CMW is a different and more diverse music scene. You tend to get stuck where you live as far music diversity goes. And we are all really excited to see what is going on in other parts of Canada, especially Toronto. Also, we look forward to seeing ways we can improve ourselves as a band and the best way to do that is looking at other bands that have been successful. Toronto would be the place to find those bands.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

The favorite thing about our city is the craft beer scene. Three of our band members have worked at a local beer company and are passionate about craft beer. The natural beauty our here is also exceptional.

What are you listening to right now?

Albums that we are listening to right now are bands like Terra Lightfoot and her album New Mistakes, Anderson Paak and his album Malibu, Lucius and their album Good Grief, Japanese Breakfast and the album Soft Sounds From Another Planet. As well as a plethora of other bands right now. It really depends on the moment, but as we sat together those were some bands that popped up.

If you had to make a taco with only 3 ingredients, what would you choose?

This last question was a tricky one because we all debated on if salsa counted as one ingredient considering it was made up of multiple things. But for argument sake, we decided it was one ingredient. Not to mention some of us may be vegetarian. So once that argument was over we went with these three, Jack Fruit, Pineapple Salsa, and Queso Fresco. We have never had one of those but it sounds fantastic and we are looking forward to making one very soon.

 

Del – Toronto, ON

What is your favourite venue in Toronto?

My favourite venue in Toronto? Echo Beach, hands down. After seeing Anderson. Paak, Daniel Caesar, Kaytranada and Majid Jordan out there, all I’ve got of the place is great memories. It’s a dream of mine to sell it out one day and give the people the same feeling I was given. Gotta put in some work, haha.

What three songs do you wish you’d written?

Mmm… I wish I had written “Remember the time” by M.J. Forever a bop.
I also wish I’d done “Street Sweeper” by JMSN, as well as “Stop this Train” by John Mayer.
All three bump in the whip.

Who are some of your favourite Canadian artists right now?

Daniel Caesar gets a shout. Jahkoy gets a shout. Wondagurl gets a shout (I know she a producer, but let me live). River Tiber gets a shout and a loud one at that. There’s also Jazz Cartier who’s never missed in my opinion. Tory Lanez just dropped off a dope album as well, so big ups to him. And Charlotte Day Wilson is great.

Where is your favourite place to go for food?

Home. My mum will outcook anyone. Anybody can get it bruh. Outside of that though, I’m a BIG shawarma fan. So, anywhere that’s got some fire Shawarma quickly becomes my go to.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

As of right now? Graduating from Western University and fully committing to the start of my music career. No idea whats in the cards, but I’m excited to give it my all and fall in love with the process. (Shoutout Joel Embiid.)
Also hoping the Raptors can make it to the finals this year. Been a great season but now we gotta take it to the next level. Prayers up.

 

Isadore – Toronto/Melbourne

What was the first show you ever attended?

My first concert was when I was 10 years old. I come from a smallish town in Australia (North Queensland region) so not a whole lot came all the way up to us. However Savage Garden did and boy was my 10 year old fangirling self and my friends ready! We made signs, I wore velvet flaresd pants, platforms and had a million plates in my hair. Partying like it was 1999 (pretty sure it actually was 1999 lol)

What is your favourite thing about your city?

Well I’ve been living in Toronto only a month now and its winter so I haven’t been spending a lot of time outdoors but I have fallen in love with the people here. So friendly and welcoming – I feel very lucky to have found a little community here already.

My favourite thing about Melbourne are all the small music venues that exist. We are so lucky in Melbourne to have so many options to play in as emerging artists. Small bars and venues that are locally owned and run are the best and Melbourne runs rings around a lot of big cities in that department.

What artists are you currently listening to?

So many –
There is an Aussie artist JOY. who is sublime. She is a song-writer producer and nails everything. She has just released an EP and I’m in love with her music. I’ve also been listening to heaps of Cigarettes After Sex for some reason – they have become my theme music as I walk the streets of Toronto the last couple of weeks.  A friend got me onto Motion Graphics recently who is an incredible producer mixing soundscape and beats effortlessly. And lastly one of my favourite artists of all all time is another Aussie female artist nailing it indie pop electronics is Wafia. I’m obsessed with her, I can listen to her in any mood.  Much more but that is what comes to me straight away.

What do you like in a salad?

Walnuts! Apple! Pumpkin seeds! Roasted sweet potato!

What are you most excited for at CMW this year? 

I’m really excited to perform a bunch of new material at CMW that I wrote and produced earlier this year at a residency I attended in Banff. I’ve also made some friends since being here in Canada who are also playing CMW so I’m super pumped to check them out. And I’m excited to go to lots of shows and discover new acts.  I did a little listen to the Spotify playlist of artists and there are already some artists I connected with I’m keen to see live –  Abraham, Anna-Mae, Colin Response, Dana Jean Phoenix, DATU, Dhruv Visvanath, Family Of Things, Francine Thirteen, Hinds, Keys n Krates, Le Couleur, Moscow Apartment, Sea Moya. Its going to be a fun week!

 

The Mightabins – Toronto, ON

What was first album you bonded over as a band?

This is a tough one.  We bring some pretty eclectic musical tastes to the band.  We’ve bonded by going to see live shows together more than listening to the same albums.  Two or more of us have gone together to see the Hives, the Copyrights, Hinds, Dilly Dally – those have all been good  for “band bonding”.
 
What are you most looking forward to at CMW?
 
Stumbling on to a band that ends up being a new favourite – happens every year.
 
What is your favourite Toronto venue?
 
To avoid offending any venue that wants to book us, we’ll just say our favourite place to play was the Silver Dollar Room.  Hopefully it comes back someday as something vaguely resembling what it was, and not a million dollar reno that keeps the name and changes everything else.
 
What are you listening to lately?
 
Our drummer runs a radio show called Radio Hootenanny, so his answer would change every day.  I think we’re all listening to lots of good local stuff – Talk Show Host, Pony, Hysterics, to name a few.  And one bandmate who shall remain nameless (it’s the bass player) has a soft spot for Billboard Top 40.
 
Where do you like to order takeout from?
 
I need a memorable jingle to earn my take out loyalty. Four-Three-Nine-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh….
 
 
 
 

Who are your biggest influences?

In terms of songwriting, Bob Dylan, hands down. In terms of badassery, Kesha, no contest. 

What is your favourite thing about your city?

I feel like I’m split between two cities; Halifax and Toronto. My favourite thing about Halifax is the combination of being really close to my parents, and all the nature walks we can go on. My favourite thing about Toronto is the people and the amount of amazing, creative, innovative stuff that’s happening here in the music industry. 

What is your songwriting process like?

It’s changing these days. But mainly, I’ll get struck with a line of lyrics and a melody. I’ll obsess about it for a while and sing it over and over until the rest of the song begins to form, then I’ll put it to the guitar. That being said, I’m really enjoying writing with producers these days and creating lyrics to a track. 

Describe your ideal ice cream sundae?

Does the cotton candy ice cream cone from Sweet Jesus count as a sundae….?

What have you been listening to lately?

Kesha’s new record, Sigrid, Ralph, Chudi Harris, Carly Rae’s last record (still, I know), Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Weezer, Cherry Glazerr Halsey, Kali Uchis, Maylee Todd, Mitski, Tame Impala.