CMW 2018: Graeme's Top 507 May 2018 / by Graeme Thomson (author)
I've hosted community and campus radio since 2015, and have always had a focus on new Canadian music. I love discovering new sounds, but I've always had an affinity for Rock 'N Roll. I've gotten the chance to interview some great Canadian musicians including Hillsburn and the drummer from Said The Whale and I can't wait to keep that up during Canadian Music Week. You can follow my take on CMW on twitter @gramonthomson.
With Canadian Music Week about to commence, here is my lookahead at some of the bands I'm looking forward to seeing. There's a nice blend of new, emerging bands and older groups that influenced me.
CMW is kicking off in style tonight and one of those opening shows will be headlined by Matt And Kim. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino first broke out in 2009 with their debut album Grand and it's first single,"Daylight." The song slaps you in the face in the perfect way with the poignant, energetic keyboards. The duo have grown and evolved over the years, and that can be seen in, "Like I Used To Be" from their newest album, ALMOST EVERYDAY. The band has a much more produced and polished sound than their debut album, but their energy still pops out. Matt And Kim will definitely kick off Canadian Music Week with passion and energy tonight!. Monday, May 7 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Named after the neighbourhood they grew up in, The Beaches are fresh, talented, and Toronto's own. Their breakout debut album Late Show which was produced by Metric's Emily Haines and James Shaw. The band went on to win the 2018 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year. "T-Shirt" is one of the singles off the new album. The video enhances the band's charm: a female quartet rocking out like it's the 70's. Without a doubt The Beaches are one of Canada's rising stars. It might be one of your last opportunities to see them not at a stadium. Friday, May 11 at the Opera House.
Playing at the same show as The Beaches are Goodbye Honolulu. The Toronto-based band recently released a five-song EP, No Honey. One of the best songs off the EP is "Typical". A typical response to listening to this song is bobbing your head and belting out the chorus. With influences like Weezer, The Who and The Rolling Stones, you can bet Goodbye Honolulu will be rocking out during CMW. Friday, May 11 at the Opera House and Sunday May 13 Horseshoe Tavern.
The Rural Alberta Advantage (and friends)
Easily one of the most exciting shows of all of CMW will be Saturday night at Phoenix. The night features The Rural Alberta Advantage, Said The Whale, Alfie and Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs! The night is absolutely going be hot, sweaty and full of energy. Each band has their own style, but all of them know how to put on a powerful show. This one could easily go down as the best show of the entire week! Saturday, May 12 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Sloan is kind of like the dad of the Canadian rock scene. The band has been going strong since 1991 and that's with each of the four founding members! Sloan seems to just get better with age. "The Day Will Be Mine" from their newest album, 12, is an example of this. Sloan's powerful melodies and perfect harmonies shine through, but the difference is their songwriting has only gotten better! Luckily for everyone, Sloan is playing a free show so no one has to pay to witness one of Canada's best. Saturday May 12 at Yonge-Dundas Square.
There are more bands than you could possibly think of performing this week, so you have endless choices. Remember, no choice is a bad choice during Canadian Music Week.