Today we have plenty of Toronto representation for you! There are some great CMW artist/venue recommendations below, and a shoutout to caesars (two particularly luxurious ones are this post’s featured image)! We hope you’re discovering some awesome international and domestic acts as we approach the festival – it must be getting hard to choose – and we’re adding to that pressure today with five more great showcasing acts.

Charlie The Kid – Toronto, ON

What is your favourite Toronto venue?

Favourite venue? Tough pick, really depends on the night! Queens St W has some of my favourite hang outs in Toronto, but The Painted Lady on Ossington is really where I got my feet wet and made my first friends in Toronto. Their Monday night open mic is a 10.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

I love, love, love running around the city and seeing great live bands every night for a week. Can’t wait to check out all the great acts!

What is the best and worst thing about being a performer in Toronto?

Best thing about being a performer in Toronto is the ridiculous amount of everything. Venues, musicians, gigs, connections. My hometown has one bar and it closed… so Toronto rocks. Worst thing is that it’s so massive and saturated it’s tough to stand out. Gotta keep workin’ hard!

Who are some of your favourite local acts?

Favourite local acts? Oh you’re gonna make me pick and choose, eh? I like Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies (I play guitar for them). But also En Riet, Texas King, Alan Carter and The Pleasure Cruize, Nick Teehan, PUP, Lost Cousins, Kyle Ivan, Law of Averages, Cardboard Crowns, The Elwins, Wine Lips, The Beaches, Scott Helman, The Tragically Hip (they’re local right?).

If you could switch places with any fictional character for a day, who would it be?

The journalist form the movie “Almost Famous”, William. No question.


Excuses, Excuses – Toronto, ON

How did your band meet?

Excuses Excuses, as it currently is, met while attending post-secondary school in Kingston, Ontario. Although Kyle (Vocals/Guitar) and Trevor (Bass) had played in a previous band together since early high school and known each other since they were three years old, they met Jason (drums) while choking back cigarettes outside of a residence party at St. Lawrence College. After only a few practices and a few shows throughout Ontario, the band decided to quit post-secondary to chase their dreams, taking no excuses with them.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

At CMW we are very excited to meet so many people who continue to help push the Canadian music industry forward, including the inspirational artists, music executives, and the fans; those who help make it possible for young punks like us to have careers. We are also blown away by the caliber of talent that will be around at the festival this year. So many of our friends, such as REBELLE, Texas King, Crown Lands, and cleopatrick, and many bands that have heavily inspired us, including, The Dirty Nil, Single Mothers, Monster Truck, and Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, will be showcased throughout the festivities.

Who are some of your favourite local acts?

Some of our favourite Ontario/Quebec acts are the ones that we frequently share the stage with or interact with. Bands like Crown Lands, REBELLE, Texas King, Ivory Hours, and cleopatrick have been instrumental in helping build the music community around us and help us grow as a band. There are also a ton of amazing and inspirational artists playing the festival, many of which are local to Ontario. We would highly suggest making time to see all or any of the following: Bike Thiefs, Basic White, Academy Killer, Billy Moon, Bodhi Jar, Downturns, Fake Sark, FXRRVST, Goodbye Honolulu, Huttch, James Blonde, JoJo Worthington, Modern Space, Monowhales, Monster Truck, Moscow Apartment, Nathan McNevin, New Fries, New Swears, Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs, Sarah Fazackerley, Single Mothers, Sun K, The Beaches, The Dirty Nil, The Honest Heart Collective… All amazing, all totally worth every second.

What city/festival/venue would you most like to play at?

To be entirely honest, we are excited to get on the road and start to tour much more frequently throughout the province and the country. We love seeing new places, playing all types of new venues, meeting new people, and seeing what kind of trouble we can get ourselves into. Some festivals that we would love to eventually be a part of are Riverfest, Hillside, Supercrawl, Pouzza Fest, Sound of Music Fest, and many similar festivals throughout the country.

Where in Canada would you most like to travel?

As a group, we are looking forward to traveling through the Canadian East Coast for the first time. We will be passing through on our tour in August, hitting as many cities as we can set up. We are excited to experience all of the culture, history, and beauty of each province and learn more about what is going on in other parts of Canada.


Little Red – Bristol, UK

What was the first concert you ever attended?

The first proper concert I attended was Busted, who were my first introduction to guitar music when I was younger. My obsession with them definitely led to my obsession with playing guitar and writing songs. I had a wonderful time rocking out with my fellow pre-teens.

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

Honestly, as lame as it sounds, I’m just excited for the whole thing. I’ve never been to Canada before and I’ve always wanted to, so that’s something to cross off my bucket list. I’m also really excited to see some great live music and meet some new people, learn some things and just generally get to submerge myself in music.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

I consider myself to have two cities. I’m from Cardiff in Wales originally, but I’m in Bristol in England at the moment. My favourite thing about both is the love of music that exists in both. Cardiff has a very warm, loving music scene. It’s a community in a lot of ways. It’s always nice to play shows in Cardiff. Bristol’s music scene is a bit more expansive and I love that the city really contains so many different genres and styles. There’s always something happening in both cities so there’s never an excuse to not support the artists.

If you could curate a festival lineup, who would headline?

I’d force Kate Bush to come out of hiding and get to headline! I’d probably get Bon Iver and Laura Marling involved too.

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first?

If I won the lottery, I’d probably just go and spend it on recording an album. I have a lot of music in my head that I want to get out and the only thing standing in my way is money.


LOA – Regina, SK

What was the first album you remember purchasing?

Eminem’s “Encore” Album. I basically have every word on that record memorized.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

I’m very excited to showcase our progression since last year’s CMW. Also super stoked to catch Lolo Zouaï at the Drake.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

The main thing that keeps me in Regina is the support system I have there. My artist collective, Trifecta, and our province’s main music organization, SaskMusic as well as Creative Saskatchewan have been totally instrumental in my musical development. I feel like bigger cities are attractive because they have bigger scenes, but they don’t have the same support that we do.

What are you listening to right now?

Cardi B, Sabrina Claudio, 6lack, Milk & Bone, A.CHAL, Fleetwood Mac, CRVDE, SZA

What is one thing you wish you could get in Canada that we don’t have?

I think we have it pretty good in Canada. Instead I’ll say if I could share something with non- Canadians… it would be caesars.


Moscow Apartment – Toronto, ON

What was the first album you bonded over?

We both really bonded over  “pleasure” by Feist. The record came out a few months into our musical partnership and what she writes is beautiful and haunting. It gets better and better with every listen. Fun fact, Brighid got to play onstage with Feist once and hung at with her at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We then saw her perform at Field Trip and again at The Winnipeg Folk Festival (where we also played). We recently bonded again watching the video for Century which is so so good!  Before that, Joni Mitchell’s Blue was our shared record.

What is your favourite thing about Toronto?

Pascale : the music scene. there is so much amazing music in different genres.

Brighid: Yeah. Music, especially lots of great younger musicians who are on the rise. There is lots going on, which is about to explode we think, and there’s always something interesting to do or see.

What song can’t you skip if it comes on?

Songs we both love to play in the car are Our Song by Radiator Hospital, DVP by PUP, and pretty much any Beyonce song.

Favourite chocolate/candy bars?

We both really love flake bars and cookies and cream chocolate. It’s not a candy bar but we both have an unhealthy obsession with sweet chili heat Doritos even if we know MSG lashes your taste buds.

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

We’re looking forward to meeting other awesome musicians and bands. The lineup keeps getting better and better. The conference looks fun and we are excited to check out the Hackathon. We are pretty stoked to get to play at The Rivoli (we have never played there before) and also excited to be a part of the Toronto premiere of the amazing documentary about Women in Music called Play Your Gender. Brighid appears in it and will be a part of the panel and we are also playing after the screening.