Happy Thursday my dudes! Mixing it up with a Thursday edition of our artist spotlight ’cause its almost Friday and you deserve it! Nothing will be different about this post other than the 5 rad showcasing acts to get to read about.

Dana Jean Phoenix – Toronto, ON

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

The best thing about being a performer in Toronto is the different types of venues to play. From small vinyl shops, to theatres and ballrooms to Lee’s Palace and Nathan Phillips square, I’ve played some really amazing spots in Toronto. The worst (slash, also best thing) is the inevitable trek to T-Bones, a greasy spoon in Scarborough, for some late night eats after a gig.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

I’m looking forward to connecting with other artists in control of their careers. Hopefully, there will be even more female promoters and managers for artists to hook up and speak with. Also stoked to check out live performances by Amber Mark, Begonia, and Keys N Krates.

What was your favourite show you’ve played?

Stockholm, Sweden for VHS Visions alongside Parallels (fellow Torontonians) and Timecop1983. The club was decked with VCRs, vintage TVs blasting classic 80s/90s films, and Nintendo and Sega Genesis stations for people to play. It was a retro party of epic proportions.

Who are some of your favourite local artists?

Mecha Maiko (check out our collab ‘Cold’ on her latest album ‘Mad But Soft’), Parallels, Radio Wolf, Mellow Fields, Michael Oakley, Glass Apple Bonzai and Honeybeard are all doing rad things.

Describe your ideal birthday cake.

Hands down an entire Billy Miner pie from the haunted Keg Mansion on Jarvis St.


Five Roses – Montreal, QC

What was first album you bonded over as a band?

The first album we ever bonded over was ”Florida Georgia Line – Here’s To The Good Times”. We jammed several songs from the album when we first got together.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

We are looking forward to meeting as many people as possible from the industry and discover new up and coming bands. We also may have a shot of whiskey (or two).

What is your favourite thing about your city?

The summer festivals and amazing events where we get to meet new people and discover great talent. It is a vibrant city that is full of life!

Who are some of your favourite local artists? 

Definitely Leonard Cohen. At the moment, we are listening to a lot of Charlotte Cardin’s stuff as well!

What is you favourite childhood book?

Anything from Disney! We both had the whole collection! We remember our parents reading us these books before going to bed.


Lionsault – Marimichi, NB

What was your first show like?

Chase and Kortni have been playing in projects together since they were 12 and 14. Lionsault was our first project where we focused on writing our own material for a full length album, and playing those songs live for the first time felt really good. Cody just joined us in March of this year and our first show with him was actually his first show in 4 years. Even though he’s a brand new addition, the set went super smooth and we’re excited to start a new chapter of Lionsault with him!

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

Everything! The conferences, the shows, meeting people, plus this is Cody’s first time in Toronto!

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

Kortni – Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue
Cody – Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Chase – Jeremy by Pearl Jam
What city/festival/venue would you most like to play at?

Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado, and Montebello Rockfest!If you had to make a taco with only 3 ingredients, what would you choose?

Cody – Shell, cheese, beef. But that would be a lame ass taco, lol.
Kortni – If i swap out taco shell for lettuce is it even a taco anymore?? 
Chase – Tofu, tomato and cheese
The Moody Tulips – Toronto, ON

Where is your favourite place to get takeout?

We like Jerk King, Island Foods and Hakka Wow. Our tastes are international.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

Playing, of course.  But we’re also excited to see Slow, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.  Our tastes are international.

What is your favourite Toronto venue?

We really like classic venues like The Horseshoe and Lee’s Palace, but also newer ones like the Baby G.

What are you listening to right now? 

At the moment we’re listening to Vundabar, Canshaker Pi and No Age.

Tell us a funny joke!!!

I bought the world’s worst thesaurus yesterday.  Not only is it terrible, it’s also terrible.


NAHGA – Yellowknife, NWT

Who are your greatest musical influences?

Holy Fuck and Ratatat I’d say have had the biggest influence on me in terms of music that I wanted to make. Also notable influences throughout the years have been groups like Run The Jewels, Death Grips, Mastodon, At The Drive-In, Chemical Brothers, and all the powerful women in the music industry like Alicia Keys, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lorde, Beyonce, and Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who has been my biggest influence for a stage presence).

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

I’ve visited Toronto twice before for an artist talk in 2014 and for ImagiNative 2015; I love Toronto, and I feel great when I’m there. I’m looking forward to finally playing my music and showcasing my visuals in Toronto, in addition to meeting all the like-minded artists and musicians. Hopefully there will be opportunities to interact with solid industry professionals in order to create a better platform for the future of my music and art.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

My favourite thing about Yellowknife is how easy it is to access the wilderness and how closely connected our music community is. If you drive 1-3 minutes out of town it can feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, and to me there is something very comforting about that. A lot of people here play an instrument or are somewhat musical, so it really helps to have that energy in the community during our long, cold, bitter winter months when we need to stay creative. I find the winter months assist in focusing on music because often it’s too cold to want to go outside haha.

What are your goals as an artist?

My goal is to continue to do what I love to do, no matter how much work it takes and no matter what obstacles are presented. I have an intense work ethic and drive, so it helps to have that energy flowing and to have numerous creative outlets at all times. I enjoy making music in various forms: live performance, soundtrack / film scores, video-game music and sound effects, and soundtracks for my fine-art installations, so I will continue to develop my skills in all these areas until hopefully I can make a solid living from it in addition to visual arts opportunities. For immediate goals I, will be releasing an EP / LP online before Canadian Music Week 2018, which will be my second release overall, and my first electronic release as NAHGA. I have 2-3 music videos on deck for release sometime in 2018, and I would also like to tour Europe and Asia in the near future.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I’ve had dreams of flying since I was a kid, I think we all have, so that would be amazing to be able to fly effortlessly around the world (and in space). However, as a second choice, I would have to choose regenerative abilities (being able to regenerate from a single drop of blood) like Marvel’s “Wolverine”; plus he’s Canadian and badass… so that’s also a reason ;).