The first weekend of CMW included a great Southern Ontario showcase at the Hard Luck Bar on Friday, May 2. The lineup included We Were Sharks, First Ghost and Bitter Kids.
Straight out of the nation's capital, We Were Sharks brought their pop-punk sound to their opening set. The band played an array of original music, along with a cover of "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit. The crowd was sparse for this first act of the night, but the band brought energy and charisma to their set; those who showed up late definitely missed out on a good show! We Were Sharks even used every inch of the stage by moving around as much as possible even on such a tiny surface.
Following We Were Sharks were pop-rockers First Ghost. These London, Ontario natives took the stage around 9 and played a half-hour set. Not only was the music good, but the jokes were flowing from the band too; also First Ghost jokingly compared themselves to Flight of the Conchords - half musicians, half comedians. They even dedicated the last song of the night to "moms," and it was called "Shaking."
St. Catherine's Bitter Kids were anything but bitter; and were all-smiles when they took the stage. This was their first show with David Vukovich, former bassist, on vocals and with new bassist Keegan Beach (after JD Meeboer's departure from Bitter Kids). Having a familiar face on vocals gave fans a sense of comfort to know that Bitter Kids hasn't changed, and whatever changes will be made will be to move forward. They played material from their Monster House EP, as well as new material that hasn't been released yet. So, Bitter Kids's set was one not to be missed and definitely a fun addition to CMW2015.