OMG we are one week away from CMW! Bel0w you can read all about 5 more great showcasing artists while you reflect on the beautiful photo of a squidworm above. Have a great week!

HMLT – Mississauga, ON

Who are your biggest inspirations?

Frank Ocean, Anderson Paak, Feist, James Blake, Hiatus Kaiyote, Taku, SBTRKT, Daniel Caesar, The Mars Volta, At The Drive In, Outkast, Tom Misch, Tyler the Creator, Smino, The Raah Project, Nicolas Jaar, too many…
What was your favourite show that you’ve played?
We’re hoping it’s going to be CMW. Gonna have a lot of musicians on stage with us so should be a blast!!
What music are you listening to lately?
Toronto’s Jazz Station 91.1FM – always some nice surprises on there.
Where is your favourite place to order takeout from?
We’re from Mississauga so we gotta give a shout out to Bubble Republic (aka BR).
Otherwise if we’re coming home from a late night downtown, we’ll travel north of the city to go to Hot Pot Jerk Chicken on Eglinton.
What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year?
Playing alongside artists that we’ve collaborated with. We’ll also be joining Tika on her set for a song or two as well!

Marlon Chaplin – Toronto, ON

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Josh Homme, Julian Casablancas, Beck, Noel Gallagher, Kanye West, Bob Dylan.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

Playing. I’ve spent the last six months making a record, so live shows have been sporadic. Now, I’m itching.

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

Best thing is the diversity of the audience, worst thing is the diversity of the audience.

Who are some of your favourite local artists?

Jerry Leger, The Beaches, Freeman Dre, Ada Dahli.

Where is your go-to takeout spot?

Pho Phoenix. The mango shake is cripplingly good.


The Fame – Toronto, ON

What was first album you bonded over as a band?

Oasis – Definitely Maybe.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?
We are most looking forward to meeting, and playing with other great Canadian artists, musicians, and giraffes.
Where is your favourite Toronto venue?

Horseshoe Tavern.

Who are some of your favourite local acts?

Neil Young, Death From Above, Metz, and The Beaches. 

If you could transform into any marine animal what would you choose?
A Squidworm.

 Towers and Trees – Victoria, BC

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

Besides singing ’til our voices break, playing ’til our fingers bleed, staying up too late, getting up too early, drinking too much, eating too little, visiting old friends, making friends with strangers, making music with strangers, getting lost, stalking industry folks, and simultaneously loving/hating everything about being an indie artist in Canada? … Mmm, let’s go with enjoying some quality Toronto coffee 🙂  
What was the first album you bonded over as a band?
It’s interesting because we come from quite a variety of musical backgrounds – singer-songwriter, blues/country, punk/alternative – but every once in awhile we stumble on an artist that seems to intersect all our tastes, and lately that’s been us all fanboying really hard over HAIM’s latest record “Something To Tell You.”
What is your favourite thing about your city?
Oh Victoria, what can you say? Like proper Victorians we love our city so it’s tough to narrow it to one, but the go-to has to be the sense of community in the music scene here. Maybe because it’s a small city, maybe because we’re on an island, musicians and music lovers alike in Victoria really do support one another. It’s a great city to start out in and a great city to come home to. Not unlike like that one aunt who gives you the biggest warmest hug and kiss on the cheek at the start and end of every family get-together.
If you could go anywhere on vacation right now, where would you go?
Ugh, somewhere hot and sunny. When you’re talking to friends who went to Mexico/Hawaii/Disneyland/LA Cruise in the last winter months and you chose to spend yours rolling through the late Alberta winter in a van, it really does make you question your loyalty to music. I mean, first-world-problems for sure, but I wouldn’t say no to sun and surf right now.
Anything exciting coming up in 2018?

Well YES! We already recorded one batch of new songs with the phenomenal Ryan Worsley at Echoplant Sound (of Dear Rouge fame among others), and even released the first single “Head Down / Heart Up.” The rest of 2018 is about pushing to get a team behind this project so we can prepare to release further singles and finish the rest of our album with Ryan. That’s the big reason that brings us to CMW this year. We also have some great summer festival gigs coming up and will continue shooting content, demoing and rehearsing new material, and all the other fun things that go with being an indie band :).


Sophia Danai – Vancouver, BC

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are Otis Redding, Lauryn Hill, Feist, Fiona Apple, and of course my mama.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

I am most looking forward to the energy of Toronto and meeting other musicians. And of course, rocking the stage at the Drake.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

My favorite thing about Vancouver is the Ocean.

What has been your favourite show you’ve played so far?

I had the pleasure of performing at Riffliandia festival in Victoria last year and the energy of the crowd was off the hook. I had an amazing time.

Describe a perfect ice cream sundae.

My perfect ice cream sundae would be classic with a twist, just like my music: vanilla ice cream, chocolate fudge, and a few brownie bites.