Canadian Music Week 2017 was a 6-night festival where new music seems in endless supply. Between the 1000+ artists and the over 60 venues, you were not at a lost for what to do. If you did get out and want to remember or you weren’t lucky enough to attend (which you should remedy for next year), check out the photos so you get a glimpse of what went down on the weekend.
After the iHeartRadio fest, Darren still wanted to taste more of what CMW had to offer. The next stop was The Painted Lady where he was planning to catch the intriguing pop sounds of Wild Planes, but he got there early and caught most of Marcus Alan Ward‘s set as well. That was truly a pleasant surprise. Next up was Bovine Sex Club for the always fearless performance of Sumo Cyco. The band accepts nothing put full participation from the audience and tonight was no different. With the tank running close to empty one last stop at The Horseshoe Tavern to take in The Do Good Badlies, who kept a still strong crowd on their toes.
For the last night of the festival, Darren made an early trip to The Hideout to see The Foreign Resort. This Danish dark new-wave band is simply fantastic, and you must go see them if you get a chance! Meanwhile further down College street, Romes and Allie X packed the Mod Club and had the crowd on their toes. Allie X introduced new music from her latest album. Another club hop over to The Horseshoe Tavern to see The Julian Taylor Band was well worth the trip. Julian Taylor was playing in front of the home crowd, and it was clear there was mutual adoration. He worked his crowd like he knew he could and they loved it! He did manage to catch a bit of Midnight Shine before Julian Taylor as well. One final stop of the festival was at Cherry Cola. The expected band Wyland was not on the bill, but Goodnight Sunrise gave a spirited performance and did not leave us wanting.
With a venue recommendation from friends, Dina started the evening at the Paquin Showcase at The Dakota Tavern. An intimate, down-in-the-basement whiskey bar was a match for the solo performances by Steph Cameron and William Crighton. Steph Cameron, whose 2014 inaugural album was long listed for the Polaris Prize, easily won the adoration of the room, and William Crighton followed suit, guitar and ukelele in hand.
A venue shift mid-evening gave time to check out the Tiki Lounge at The Rivoli, presented by Music Nova Scotia and hosted by Mike Campbell. The Danger Bees were on stage upon arrival, drawing a crowd and getting them moving, while Port Cities followed, who amped up the energy of eager fans.
Words and Photos by: Darren Boucher & Dina MacLeod
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