Happy Wednesday, music lovers! We’ve got a great mix of artists today. Whether you’re looking for things to do in Toronto or planning a trip to Mexico or Hamilton, these artists can help to point you in the right direction.

Andrea Nixon – Edmonton, AB

What was the first show you ever attended?

The first show I ever attended was a Fado concert when I was 2 years old. My father is Portuguese and Fado is traditional music form in Portugal that is extremely melancholy and centred on feeling and story. My parents couldn’t believe that I sat through a 3 hour concert transfixed.

What is your favourite thing about your city?

My favourite thing about Edmonton is the blue collar roots and friendly disposition of Edmontonians. It feels like a small town grown up and though a city, it has a laid back attitude.

What artists are you listening to lately?

My most recent albums have been from Jason Isbell, Margo Price and Chris Stapleton. I love Jason Isbell’s lyrical genius and beautiful melodies, Margo’s signature vocal sound and throwback production and Chris Stapleton’s feeling rich approach to roots country music.

Do you want/have any pets?

I’ve got three kids who would love a pet but for the time being we are pet free. If I lived in the country, I’d want a horse. Learning to horseback ride is a dream of mine.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year?

I am most looking forward to discovering new Canadian music at CMW and finding industry partners who can help guide me through the next few steps on my journey.

 

Beat Market – Montreal, QC

What was your favourite show you’ve played so far?

 
 
 

What is your favourite thing about your city? 

Mexico City has an amazing cultural offer and demand such as concerts, exhibitions, events, museums, art galleries, etc. It is a city in constant change and movement; very cosmo but still tight to its own culture and roots.

What are some of your goals as a band? 

Share our music with more people, share our ideas and concerns, show different perspectives of who we are as artists and individuals. We want to spread our music to several parts of the world not only by internet but also performing in lots of festivals.

Who are some of your favourite bands? 

We love bands such as NIN, Massive Attack, Portishead, Depeche Mode, Eraas, Chelsea Wolfe, Pixies, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Lorn, Björk, Radiohead, Caifanes, Santa Sabina, Soda Stereo and so many more.

Where are some of your favourite places to eat? 

We are passionate foodies, we specially enjoy oaxaqueñan food and tacos, but wherever there is tasty food, old or new spot, we are there.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year? 

Showing our music in a different context and before an audience eager for new proposals, we want to spend quality time with new friends and exciting people. Being able to make strong connections in order to build a bridge between countries and keep up with the cultural exchange. Oh, and visit or rediscover Toronto! (First time for Jorche and Chino).

 

Osypa – Toronto, ON

What are your favourite Toronto venues?

Any venue that doesn’t only men playing. I loved playing at The Root Down Studio. I had a really good experience with the sound people there. Everyone was so friendly and inclusive. I love the Baby G, although I haven’t played there yet, but there’s always great artists playing there. La Rev in the Junction is fun, has awesome food, and has the best margaritas. 

What are some of your favourite things to do in the city?

I love walking in High Park and looking at the birds. The Beach in the east end is a great place to escape the noise of the city and clear my head. I love food, so any food-based activity is good for me, especially perogies at Café Polonez. I also went on a ghost tour recently which was amazing and spooky. Toronto is very haunted.

Who are some of your favourite local artists?

Alysha Brilla’s album “Rooted” was amazing, I haven’t had a chance to see her live, but her music is beautiful. I love STACEY’s music, and she’s such a kind and encouraging person. Bobbypin is amazing too; her lyrics are so vulnerable, and she is such a strong performer. 

3 favourite kinds of candy?

I love almost all candy, but my top three are: sweet tarts, lollipops (the kind with gum inside), and Halls cough drops.

What are you most looking forward to at CMW this year?

I can’t wait to meet the other artists. The best part about being in the music scene is all the great minds that I get to encounter. This is my first time playing at CMW, so I really can’t wait to play and share my music, especially some new songs that I’ve been working on.

 

The Redhill Valleys – Hamilton, ON

What was first album you bonded over as a band?

After the Gold Rush by Neil Young

What are you most looking forward to at CMW?

We had a great time at our first CMW last year, and we’re looking forward to playing for some new audience again. 

What is your favourite thing about your city?

Our hometown, Hamilton, has a great music scene, and some really great burgers. 

What are your goals as a band?

To open for one of our idols. 

If you could make a pizza with unlimited ingredients, what would you choose? 

Pepperoni, extra cheese, sausage, banana peepers and onion.