Hey, y’all! We’re back with our fourth ever Artist Spotlight! Get ready for your first date with these five CMW artists and start counting the days until you get to catch them live in May.


ABRAHAM – Vancouver, BC

What was the first album you purchased?

The first album I ever purchased was in the 9th grade, The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. I had always been a folk, singer/songwriter, classic rock lover, so in them I discovered a different kind of music that felt extremely cathartic at the time.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

I am most looking forward to playing and sharing music with the CMW audience. I’m also very excited to see other acts. Overall, I would say connecting with other people and feeling inspired by those connections. Also, exploring Toronto is always a treat.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

My favourite thing about Vancouver is its beauty and diversity. I live in the West End and compared to the rest of the city, it feels like this other little world; disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the city’s core, which is also something I enjoy when the time is right. Being able to find that balance feels really nice.

What are you listening to right now?

I actually just discovered another Vancouver based artist, Megan Bonnell, and I’m really loving her music so thats what I’v been listening to for most of the morning. Also, Alice Phoebe Lou.

If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?

You know those Chocolate Oranges that are suddenly everywhere around Christmas time? Yeah, happily set for life.


Aphrose – Toronto, ON

What is your favourite thing about Toronto?

My favourite thing about Toronto is how diverse it is. We are truly spoiled and we’re unlike many cities. Every time I travel outside of Toronto, I am reminded of how special and unique we are as a city and I love that about us.

Which city/venue/festival would you most like to play?

I would love the opportunity to play SXSW and/or Montreal Jazz Fest. If we’re dreaming big, Coachella and/or Osheaga!

What are you listening to right now?

I’m listening to the Black Panther soundtrack. It is amazing. I’ve also been listening to Chris Stapleton, Sza, Aretha, Daniel Caesar, Francois Klark & Miguel

Where is your favourite takeout spot?

Ooh, this is a tough question! There’s so much amazing food in Toronto and because it’s such a foodie city, my ‘favourite’ place changes quite frequently! But right now, I’m feeling LaoThai at Queen/Gladstone.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

With this new project/EP underway, I’m really looking forward to being more visible in 2018. I spent many years lending my voice to other projects and in essence, “hiding”. Coming into my own as an artist in the last year has been one of the most rewarding experiences. Moving forward, I can’t wait to play more festivals and tour!


Crystal Cities – Sydney, Australia

What is your favourite thing about your city?

Sydney is great for eating eat, going to bars and has some amazing beaches, I think we also have one of the best harbours in the world with the Iconic harbour bridge and opera house, Its a great city to explore and has plenty of hidden suburbs that offer some authentic multicultural delights. Damn, I should work for Sydney Tourism!

If you could play in any city/venue/festival, where would it be?

Glastonbury, England would be an amazing festival to play it always delivers on quality acts and the energy of the place would be amazing, I think our sound also would suit that outdoor festival English vibe.

What was your first show like?

Our first show was like juggling and not knowing if you are going to be able to catch the next ball, we were experimenting with our sound and still hadn’t quite found our feet, don’t get me wrong it wasn’t like an awkward first date, but we have definitely evolved since then.

What are you listening to right now?

I’m listening to a lot of The National, love their new album, The War on Drugs – we recently caught them live in Sydney and they were amazing live, great soundscapes. I have also recently discovered Johann Johannsson the Icelandic composer who tragically passed away a few weeks ago in Berlin. His scores and his recent solo album are brilliant works of art. Another band I’m digging right now is a band from the UK called Swedish Death Candy; a great, energetic band that sounds like a cross between Led Zeppelin and Tame Impala!

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

Being a Vegetarian I would have to make it a Tofu with black bean and rice, but if I had the choice I would make it a burrito with a nice IPA Boom.


Luge – Toronto, ON

What was your first show as a band like?

Our first show with the current line-up was at Casa del Popolo in Montreal with Catbug and Doffing. We played everything extra fast because of the anticipation of playing with new members and debuting some new songs. But the crowd was amazing and it has been a highlight of the past couple of years.

What is your favourite Toronto venue?

We want to say Soybomb (RIP). We were booked to play there, but it closed down before our show. We ended up playing at the Baby G, which is the current, living favourite.

What are some of your favourite local acts?

Some Toronto bands we’ve been very into lately are Bernice, Omhouse, WLMRT, and Slurry.

If you were stranded on a desert island what are 3 items you would want?

Food, house, water.

What are you most excited for at CMW this year?

We’re looking forward to M for music. Also Lydia Lunch would be cool to see.


The Holy Gasp – Toronto, ON

What was your first show like as a group?

Benjamin: Ah, man, you had to be there.

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

Benjamin: If we say CMW, you think they’ll give us a good showcase slot?

Sebastian: It’s worth a try. We’ll say CMW.

Benjamin: CMW.

Sebastian: Final answer.

What are you listening to right now?

Benjamin: Our publicist.

What is the closest thing to real magic?

Benjamin: You mean closest in proximity, or the closest as in most similar?

Sebastian: They probably mean proximity.

Benjamin: So I guess the magician himself.

Sebastian: Or herself.

Benjamin: Right. The magician.

Sebastian: Final answer.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

Benjamin: Backline.

Sebastian: And sharing our new single ‘What I Gotta Know’ with all of our Bubbes and Zaides. You can listen to it here: https://theholygasp.bandcamp.com/track/what-i-gotta-know