This first date has left us with some questions. How did Haley Blais’ haircut turn out? Will Le Couleur’s dream come true? What was it really like to be an Ancient Roman tympanum player? We may never know the answer to the last question, but for the others, you can find out at CMW NEXT MONTH!

At Dawn’s Edge – Toronto, ON

What was first your first show like?

Alex – I had tunnel vision from the excitement at our first show, finally being able to play our tunes live. Get up, play the song, headbang, success. A simple and effective recipe I had running through my head. Matt’s excitement I think was substituted by something else though…

Matt – Yeah… I was the band’s drummer at the time. As if that wasn’t unfortunate enough, I was also stricken with the most wretched case of the flu. I popped multiple ibuprofen, played my parts, then rushed home to continue puking in peace and quiet!

Tamara – My first show was in university before I joined ADE. I was a nervous wreck. I spent the whole hour leading up to our set going back and forth to pee! Probably went about 20 times…and I didn’t move much on stage either.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

We were stoked to find out we’re going to be sharing the stage with our good friends in The Parallax and Maybe May this year, as well as Polarity whom have put on some killer local shows. Of course CMW is not just an opportunity to perform, but also network, so I’m quite excited for the conferences as well.

If you could play with any band/artist, who would it be?

Alex – If time wasn’t a consideration, it would be an experience to play with the musicians of ancient Rome, Greece, or Egypt, and see how the cultural musical elements evolved and sounded. Also, were there “rock stars”? Did the Tympanum player get all the groupies?

Matt – Chris Hadfield, because why play campfire songs in a forest when you can look down on all the forests from the international space station?

Tamara – I really can’t decide!

What are you listening to right now?

Alex- Depending on my mood I’ve been switching between Fleshgod Apocalypse, Karnivool, Katatonia, Banda Magda, and Bajofondo. Balance is key 😉

Matt – Hozier,Vildhjarta, Tesseract, Gojira, Alice in Chains, The Weeknd, Anderson Paak, Shantal & Bukovina Orchestra

Tamara – Chelsea Wolfe, Myrkur, The Weeknd, Migos, Agalloch, Darkher, Opeth, Draconian.

What do you get on pizza?

Alex- If the place can make a shawarma pizza, then bring on the lamb, chicken, onions, tomatoes, spinach, black olives and their signature garlic sauce.

Matt – What don’t I get on pizza?

Tamara- Canadian if I’m feeling meaty. Otherwise mushroom, cheese, olives.


DRAE – Ottawa, ON

What was the first show you ever attended?
It was actually two shows in 24 hours: Green Day the first night (on their American Idiot tour) and then Sum 41 the next.  Two crazy high energy performances, got me hooked on live music to say the least.
Who are some of your favourite local artists?
That’s tough to narrow down, Ottawa has some incredible talent right now. I’d say my short list is: Morris Ogbowu, City Fidelia, Aron the Alien, FTRSL, Vi, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine.
What is your favourite fruit?
Favourite fruit is definitely tomatoes – they’re a fruit right? I mean you’ve got tomato sauce for pasta and pizza, tomato soup… definitely tomatoes. And if that’s not allowed, I’d go with bananas.
What was your favourite show you’ve played?
Favourite show by far was last summer at Bluesfest here in Ottawa. It meant a lot to us as a group, having done this for nearly a decade together. It validated all of our hard work and dedication, and it was great to be able to share the experience with each other and our closest friends.
What are you most excited for at CMW this year?
I’m looking forward to just immersing myself in the experience, networking and absorbing as much information as possible. This is our first time attending CMW, so we’re bringing new music to showcase as well. It’s a great opportunity to further our careers and connect with industry reps and other artists. Very excited to soak it all in!

What was the first album you purchased?

I’m almost positive it was Dream’s album “It Was All a Dream” and I’m not ashamed. They were a short lived all girl pop band and I’m so happy you made me remember this.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

Isn’t Vancouver the most expensive city in Canada, or something? Even so, it’s worth it. If I had to pick just one thing… Tera V Burger.

What have you been listening to lately?

I’m obsessed with Brockhampton right now. They’re so great. And Sunflower Bean’s new album.

What were the best and worst purchases you’ve made recently?

I’m going the hair salon today, and I’m asking for a stylish mullet, so this could answer both questions depending on the outcome.

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

It’s my first festival showcase, so I’m just excited to be involved at all. If I brush shoulders with anyone from Hinds, I wouldn’t complain. I was also born in Kitchener, so it’ll be nice to be back on my home turf!
What was first album you bonded over as a band?
We actually bonded over each other’s music. About ten years ago, each of us used to perform live improvised noise/drone/experimental radio shows on Trent Radio in Peterborough. Cormac’s show was primarily vocal-based, Henry’s was electroacoustic. We liked each other’s bands and solo projects, so we found a kinship and kept going to each other’s shows. In our private lives our musical tastes do overlap, but for the most part we live in different musical worlds. Cormac often leans toward folk, sean nos singing, soul, r&b and different kinds of sacred music. Henry listens to toward more experimental and outsider music. It is unlikely that we would listen to the same musicians during any given week.
What are you most looking forward to at CMW?
There is a lot to look forward to! We’re excited about Isla Craig, Brigitte Bardon’t, Iskwé, WHOOP-Szo, nêhiyawak, WLMRT, Lydia Lunch, and Zones to name a few. 
What are your favourite things about Toronto?
Best things: It has all of the weird and specific communities and opportunities lacking in small towns. It is easier to find your chosen kin here. If you find yourself outside of the mainstream, you don’t have to be alone.
Worst things: It is not a small town. We are both from smaller towns and we get homesick for smaller places. We’re further from the kin we grew up with. In Toronto there are fewer spontaneous opportunities for calmness and peace. The hustle is real.
Who are some of your favourite local artists?
H: ELMS is an exceptional songwriter and composer living in Warsaw, Ontario. A perfectionist and a greater poet than you or I, he writes electronic pop that hits deep.
C: I’m still reeling from Fiver’s “Audible Songs from Rockwood”, to be honest. If by some chance you haven’t listened to Fiver, please stop reading this and go buy her music now.
Le Couleur – Montreal, QC
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