• Canadian Music Week 2013 – Wednesday March 20 Recap

    Canadian Music Week 2013

    March 21 2013 – The second night of Canadian Music Week turned things up a notch. Most venues were offering a full lineup and Toronto was buzzing. We continued our rock pilgrimage to discover new sweet riffs, and thunderous drum fills that only an event like CMW can deliver in spades.

    T-Mak World strives to be THE main resource for rock at CMW 2013 and all our articles are centralized on this page. We offer a recommendation guide of over 100 worthy rock bands here as well as 15 bands that we feature in our “Must See Gigs” guide here. Our nightly recap articles started on Tuesday (article here). Last but not least we have profiled the following artists playing CMW 2013 as part of our Emerging Artist Spotlight:
    A Northern Drawl - Toronto, Canada – (Alternative, Psychedelic, Rock)
    Bend Sinister - Vancouver, Canada – (Progressive, Rock, Pop)
    The Bloody Five - Toronto, Canada – (Rock)
    The Breaks - Toronto, Canada –  (Blues,Classic Rock,Country,Rock)
    Dance Laury Dance - Quebec City, Canada –  (Hard Rock)
    Go For The Eyes - Calgary,Canada –  (Alternative, Psychedelic, Rock)
    Manic Sheep - Taipei, Taiwan – (Indie, Pop, Psychedelic, Rock)
    My Excuse - Thessaloniki, Greece – (Alternative, Indie, Rock)
    Riding Shotgun - Toronto, Canada – (Alternative, Rock)
    Son of 1000 - Johannesburg, South Africa – (Adult Contemporary, Alternative, Blues, Funk, Indie, Rock, Soul)
    Static In The Stars - Vancouver, Canada – (Pop, Rock)

    On our quest to find some kick ass music we sent out multiple crews and ended up seeing a collective total of 20 bands tonight. We also have a video highlight clip that can be found at the bottom of the article.

    Ticketfly at Canadian Music Week 2013

    Ticketfly and Collective Concerts at The Horseshoe 8 PM

    Not exactly a musical event but the good folks at Collective Concerts and Ticketfly (please kick Ticketmaster and Live Nation’s ass for us!) invited us to a mixer to kick off the night. Excellent food and cold drinks were offered and we only mention that here in order to thank them both for having us out!

    The Lost Chord at Canadian Music Week 2013

    The Lost Chord at Velvet Underground 8 PM

    The Lost Chord, a Toronto based band opened the night by rocking the Velvet Underground.   They sound should appeal to mainstream and serious rock fans alike as they play a set that mixes classic rock influences (think David Bowie, Pink Floyd) with the sounds of some of modern rocks best such as Red Hot Chili Peppers or Pearl Jam.  Numerous solos from both guitarists Louis Marc Vautour and Peter Johnson were intertwined with the very versatile vocals from Alexander Berry .  Berry seemed at home with both the more melodic soulful vocals and the harder rocking vocals that you get with their set.  His looks will also appeal to the female hard rock fans as part way through the show lead singer Berry removed his jacket to the cackling of girls yelling for him to take off his shirt as well.  
    Scott McCord and The Bonafide Truth at Canadian Music Week 2013
    Scott McCord and The Bonafide Truth at Velvet Underground 9 PM 

    8 guys with a kick ass horn section playing some very danceable funky grooves! Clearly inspired by the southern sounds of Missisippi and Louisiana, the very enjoyable set had the early patrons of the Velvet Undeground dancing to the beat (us included!)

    Savanah

    Savanah at Bovine 9 PM

    Excellent hard rock band with slight touches of the early 90′s grunge sound. The lead singer was exceptional and he told the audience it was his first gig with the band! Wow – it sounds like Savanah has a perfect lead singer (even though we dont know his name yet he really did have the range and power to really rock)

    MiMi Cry at Canadian Music Week

    MiMi Cry at The Hideout 9 PM

    A young bad with a raw and rough sounding clearly influenced by punk. The high energy set was tight and polished. They themselves claim they sound like: Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana and Jack Kerouac.

    My Excuse at Canadian Music Week 2013

    My Excuse at The Hideout 10 PM

    Finally a band from our “Must See Gigs of CMW 2013” article! We also profiled this band as part of our Emerging Artist Spotlight. This band is from Greece and do they ever rock. Their smooth set showed the highest level of professionalism we have seen at CMW up to this point. An excellent sound their songs belong on the radio and if they set their focus on North America they will surely be heard on that medium.

    Bleachers at Canadian Music Week 2013

    Bleachers at Bovine 10 PM

    Their bio tells us accurately: “The bands  debut BLEACHERS EP rips through 20 minutes of amp buzzing rock and roll that combines elements of the 1960’s, shoegaze and guitar driven garage rock. With tracks ranging from the punchy rhythms of “All That’s Fine,” The upbeat “SHARKS,” through the loungy feel of “Rooks,” the BLEACHERS EP delivers with a guitar driven sound of equal parts of charming fuzz and driving rhythms. 

    The Stogies at Canadian Music Week 2013

    The Stogies at El Mocambo (Downstairs) 10 PM

    Total kick ass set from the guys from Halifax. Totally our style our music and totally an energetic and hard rocking set that left the ElMo wanting more. We intend on spending more time with this band in the future but their description on the CMW page says it best: Every now and then a band comes along, unwilling to accept the notion that Rock N’ Roll is dead. It may be dormant or slowly evolving but The Stogies are here to wake that beast up and shake it by its burly beard. Long hours spent in a hazy, rural Nova Scotian shed listening to Zeppelin, the Stones, the Black Crowes and even the White Stripes have fuelled their penchant for creating genuine rock n‘ roll, chock-full of loud guitars, thunderous drums and wailing vocals.

    Rain Over St. Ambrose

    Rain Over St. Ambrose at Cherry Cola’s 10 PM

    The band’s bio tells us accurately: Out of the foggy banks of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Rain Over St. Ambrose returns with Truth For News, a record full of rock n’ roll guitars, sing-along choruses and dagger-sharp wit.

    Ginger and The Ghost at Canadian Music Week 2013
    Ginger and The Ghost at El Mocambo 10:30 PM

    They told the crowd they came all the way from Sydney, Australia just for one gig. Wow – they definately win the award for the band that travelled the furthest. A very eclectic artsy set featured a projector with fireworks, pre-recorded music, a dude on the guitar wailing away, and a trippy vixen with a crown on and flowing feathery coat. Her vocals can only be described as holy shit! By far the most acid inspired set we have seen at CMW – good work Ginger!

    Soho Ghetto at Canadian Music Week 2013
    SoHo Ghetto at El Mocambo 11 PM

    Our movie critic described this one as follows: “Just like the name said, this driven 7 pieces jive-down will take you to hauntingly heavy places you definitely want to go. Lead singer Marc-Anotine Robertson  hits you hard and hits you deep with kick groove beats that elevate your senses”

    Definitely a highlight of the night, one of our editors has selected this set as his “Gig Of The Night” (more info at bottom of the article).

    The Damn Truth at Canadian Music Week
    The Damn Truth at Supermarket 11 PM

    The Damn Truth is a Montreal based blues rock band that features incredible vocals from Lee-La Baum and smoking guitar from Tom Shemer with David Massé on bass and Dave Traina on drums. Looking forward to catching them again tomorrow at the Horseshoe at 2:30. And honorable mention for gig of the night.

    Crazy Strings at Canadian Music Week 2013
    Crazy Strings at Silver Dollar 11 PM

    Walking into this one felt like the soundtrack to a hillbilly convention (or I guess more politically correct a bluegrass convention). Good stomping music the crowd was dancing along to this one at the Silver Dollar.

    Technical Kidman at Canadian Music Week 2013

    Technical Kidman at Rancho Relaxo 11 PM

    With a dub friendly mash up of ethereal vibes this 3 piece ensembles melodic sensibilities led by Matthew Arsenault  bitter sweet stylings plays fast and loose with many Bryan Ferry influences.

    Definitely a highlight of the night, one of our editors has selected this set as his “Gig Of The Night” (more info at bottom of the article)

    Nuela Charles at El Mocambo

    Nuela Charles at El Mocambo 11:30 PM

    Her bio accurately tells us: “Nuela Charles is a Canadian, Swiss and Kenyan born singer-songwriter whose music crosses boundaries and unites musical genres. Be it hip-hop, pop, jazz, R&B or soul, Nuela captures the spirit and confidence of them all. This alt-soul artist is currently based in Edmonton, Alberta but much like her music has lived an extremely diverse lifestyle – calling three continents and four different countries home.”

    One Bad Son at Canadian Music Week 2013

    One Bad Son at Underground Garage 12 AM 

    The mother of all CMW shows. If there was a musical taste marriage made in heaven it would be a steamy union of T-Mak World and One Bad Son (and if it could have been a threesome we would throw TimeGiant in). How often can one say they saw the band that has Canada’s #5 song on the rock charts in a small bar and the best part is the song doesn’t suck like most songs on the rock charts do. The four Saskatoon rockers are easily the most polished band we have seen tonight, and the ones that Vegas bookies would have as odds on favorites to be playing in arenas in the future. I hate declaring that a band is the next big thing, but ladies and gents One Bad Son are the next big thing in rock. For fuck’s sake they played a Zeppelin mash up tonight – how can you not love them!

    Definitely a highlight of the night, one of our editors has selected this set as his “Gig Of The Night” (more info at bottom of the article). One Bad Son is also our first band to ever get 2 Gig Of The Night mentions at CMW as they also go it at last year’s festival (article here). Here is a video from last night’s gig.

    The Stanfields at Canadian Music Week 2013

    The Stanfields at El Mocambo (Downstairs) 12 AM 

    The Stanfields are on T-Mak World recommended list for CMW for day 2.  The crowd at the El Mocambo must have taken our recommendation to heart as they showed up on masses to form a mosh pit unlike any other show so far at CMW.  We first covered The Stanfields’ live show at Indie Week 2012 and in both cases they did not disappoint.  Their adrenalin driven east coast Celtic inspired drinkin’ rock is the sure fire pick me up for those long winters in Halifax and the rest of Canada. Words cannot do justice to the atmosphere of The Stanfields show.

    Stone River at Canadian Music Week 2013

    Stone River at Cadillac Lounge 12 AM 

    A T-Mak World favourite with three guitars playing hypnotizing soulful Southern blues rock in the style of The Allman Brothers. These guys put so much feeling into their playing they must be seen live. We’re eager to hear their upcoming new album.
    Anna Rose at Canadian Music Week 2013

    Anna Rose at Underground Garage 1 AM 

    Anna Rose and her band from New York continued the good hard rock vibe that One Bad Son set up. Clearly influenced by the classic rock greats like Zeppelin, Hendrix and Fleetwood Mac – Rose belted out vocals that would put most other female vocalists to shame at CMW. She has power and vocal range that is a perfect fit tot he smoldering riffs that her band provided. Excellent set that included a Hendrix cover, this one really stood out at CMW.

    The Standstills at Canadian Music Week 2013

    The StandStills at El Mocambo (Downstairs) 1 AM 

    Comparisons to The White Stripes are likely inevitable due to the combination of Jonny Fox on Guitar and Vocals and Renee Couture on Drums.  The StandStills play a hard edged rock show with psychedelic lighting that will leave you wondering where did they hide the rest of the band as you would swear that 2 people cannot make the music they do.
    While many hard rock bands at CMW have a plethora of hunks for the female rock fans including Jonny Fox, Renee definitely has the looks and the skills to make the guys take notice as she is the best female drummer at CMW and probably in all of Canada.  That makes Renee the Neil Peart of Canadian female drumming.  They are definitely on the right path and if you cannot catch them at CMW, they have 2 songs in the zombie film Dead Before Dawn 3D.    
    The Mercy Now at Canadian Music Week 2012

    The Mercy Now at Bovine 1 AM 

    Great local garage/punk rockers who often play the Bovine and deliver high energy music that made the patrons hop. Excellent tight set left us wanting more.
    And thats a wrap….. Check out the video recap of some of the night’s highlights

    Verdict: Tuesday started off like a sheep but Wednesday roared like a lion with a full slate of rock and roll in Toronto’s streets. Like we always do we get all our editors out on the night to pick their GIG OF THE NIGHT (CMW WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH) so here is what everyone picked as their best of T-Mak World (remember we are a rock focused blog and put preference to the rock bands – just personal taste).
    Terry Makedon aka T-Mak (Editor in Chief): 3 words and enough said. ONE BAD SON!!!!!!
    Steve Mallinson (Photographer and Senior Editor): For me it was a split decision between Stone River and The Damn Truth. Both feature incredible blues based rock.

    John Dash (Movie Critic): Tie – SoHo GhettoJust like the name said, this driven 7 pieces jive-down will take you to hauntingly heavy places you definitely want to go. Lead singer Marc-Anotine Robertson hits you hard and hits you deep with kick groove beats that elevate your senses” and Technical KidmanWith a dub friendly mash up of ethereal vibes this 3 piece ensembles melodic sensibilities led by Matthew Arsenault  bitter sweet stylings plays fast and loose with many Brian Ferry influences. “

    Micheal Litt (Videographer and Music Contributor):  The Stanfields deliver a unique high energy sound that is not trying to be the next Soundgarden or Pearl Jam, yet is garnering a loyal and ever growing following.  The energy and crowd participation makes this my Gig of the night along with My Excuse who have hits that are radio friendly and full of hard rock energy, and on stage charisma needed of real rock stars.

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