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CMW In a 1,000 Words- Cupcake/Chippy Nonstop, Lydia Lunch, Aloe Blacc, Beams, Sunshine & The Blue Moon, Vaquero Negro, Maria Robot, Troker, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Julian Taylor, Sc Mira, Harry Manx

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute & Sammy Jay Copeland
Photo at right: Lydia Lunch

CMW round our way was a fairly sedate affair, with the notable exceptions of the Cupcakke/Chippy Nonstop and Lydia Lunch shows. The former was a feast of raw, sex funky rap witticisms that had its share of squirm-making moments at the Mod Club. Billed as  Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, the show at Hard Luck Bar was a full-on career retrospective from 1977 to the present. Thing is, LL's output has veered from shrill No Wave to sludge rock to Goth psychedelia and beyond. All that was delivered in the mostly sludge rock style, robbing the material of its original intent. All of which didn't seem to matter to the newbies in the crowd. As she remarked to an overzealous fan near the end of a fairly shambolic show, "If this set makes sense to you, then you’re about as fucked up as I am.”

Doing the Shag at CMW

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

K, now calm down. It's not a euphemism for the horizontal bop, as in the UK, but a new/old dance craze that's sweeping the American South. Although the idea of a mass shag-in did cross my mind. Let's think of it as a cross between swing and jitterbug, a prog-rock kind of mutation. Individual dancers bring their own thang to the floor, with the result shag is by now hybridized as all get out and very entertaining. Consequently, when the shaggers from North Myrtle Beach hit the floor at the Rivoli, it was like somebody dropped a cherry bomb. Sliding and gliding, there were rubberized ankles, way limber legs, intricate, close order jive moves, a dab of dirty dancing here and there, grace and kinetic beauty everywhere.

The term "Carolina Shag" is thought to have originated along the Atlantic Ocean strands between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, during the 1940s. According to Bo Bryan, a Carolina Shag historian and resident of Beaufort County, the term was coined at Carolina Beach, North Carolina. The Carolina Shag is a descendant of Carolina Jitterbug, and its predecessor, Little Apple which was the white version of the Big Apple (dance) (whose origins can be traced to Columbia, South Carolina in 1937) after whites sat (after "jumping the Jim Crow rope") in the balconies in the black clubs to watch the dancing.   

Canadian Music Week From the Artist’s Point of View

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Submitted by Terry O’Brien of Tribe Royal
Photo Credit Terry O’Brien

I got into Toronto around noon on the Thursday for Canadian Music Week. I met up with Sandy, Don, Lenny and Gary from the Cashbox Canada team and right away we were in the thick of it. The conference was incredibly productive for us and we made a lot of headway.

Around 7 pm I left the Sheraton and made my way to the Dakota Tavern to catch Charlie The Kid's set. The ambient lighting and intimate setting made for the perfect atmosphere. Right off the top, the crowd was engaged and he had everyone singing along. He took it to the next level by handing out kazoos and inviting the crowd to help him out. Can't say I've ever seen that before.

After that, I made my way over to the Painted Lady where the Lionyls were about to take the stage. The place was packed from wall to wall and the moment the band took the stage the party started. They jumped right into 'Midnight Hour' and kept the pressure on the crowd with a killer mix of ripping guitar solos, smooth vocals, funky bass lines and heavy percussion.

When the Lionyls' set was over I decided to head to the Drake Hotel. I passed by the Dakota again and was excited to see a group forming around Charlie The Kid. After a matter of minutes, a full-on street jam was underway and even the security was involved. It's those kinds of special moments that make Canadian Music Week 110% worth the trip. Good times all around.

Don Graham: Getting Back To His Roots

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Toronto-based, Montreal-born and raised singer/songwriter Don Graham is getting back to his roots. Graham heads back down the 401 Highway on May 25th to perform at the Mariposa Café. “ I’m really looking forward to this gig, I get to go back where it all started for me and play with the guy that I started with all those years ago, Bill Hill,” Graham said from his home in the Beach in Toronto. The one night only show will mark the first time Graham has performed in Montreal in close to 25 years and the first Graham and Hill have shared a stage in the same amount of time. Graham said “Starting out in the 1970’s I was fortunate to have Bill as my guitar player and a strong bond of friendship was formed that has lasted all these years. Billy was one of the premier guitarists of that time and I learned a ton from him. Hill said from his home in Montreal “ I really enjoy playing with Don. I love his writing and we’ve written some gems together. This is going to a fun night. I might even have to tune for this gig, he said with a laugh.”

BTW- Good Lovelies, Margaret Glaspy, JP Maurice, Dálava/Lenka Lichtenberg, Natalie Prass, Rufus John

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 Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Juno Award-winning and definitely on a Spring roll, Good Lovelies' are on a tour which began with a buzzworthy show at Massey Hall on Friday, May 11th as special guests of headliner Royal Wood and carries on into June. The set showcases current album, Shapeshifters.

"We are so excited to announce our upcoming Canadian tour," shares the band. "This spring we will bring our new album, Shapeshifters, from Ontario to British Columbia. This tour is the culmination of years of writing and recording our latest album, and we hope you will join us as we, and our friends Mark Mariash (drums) and Steve Zsirai (Bass), bring these new songs to life."

Nicky Jam Releases X (Spanish Version) with J Balvin

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Nicky Jam, a pioneer of the Urban Latin movement and a globally recognized music icon, is today releasing a special Spanglish version of his hit, featuring Colombian singer, J Balvin.

The original of X already sits as one of 2018’s most lauded and universally adored anthems - boasting over 600m YouTube views, sitting at #1 in 10 countries on Apple Music, at #1 on the Top 100 Global Shazam charts and even reaching #9 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart.

It’s also responsible for an international viral campaign named the X Challenge, with millions of people (including celebrities such as Will Smith) getting involved in the trend to reenact the choreographed dance featured in the music video.

Also featured is Colombian musician, J Balvin, who recently collaborated with Liam Payne for Familiar, and joined Beyoncé on stage at Coachella to perform their track, Mi Gente.

BTW The Beat Escape, Nightseeker, Frigs, The Long War, Lev Snowe, Felix Cartal, Harry Manx

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Long before they were a band, Montreal duo, The Beat Escape, took a small first step towards a long journey at a university video class. "We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream," said Beat escapists, Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin, of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: released through Last Gang/Bella Union on April 27 th, the sublimely immersive Life Is Short the Answer's Long plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forwarding motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener, Sign of Age, into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as Moon in Aquarius unfurls like a night-time road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies. Limestone Alps lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating; Where Water Ends and More Dreams, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary-lines between krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

BTW Jonas Bonnetta, The Stanfields, Okkervil River, Jeremy Dutcher, Hugh's Room Live One Year In Celebration, KNASH, Len Mizzoni, Brent Haynes, Brenda Lewis

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Jonas Bonetta Photo Credit Colin Medley

Over the past few years, Jonas Bonnetta has used the time in between touring and performing as Evening Hymns to record his first full-length ambient album, All This Here. The record began as the score to the documentary film Strange And Familiar: Architecture On Fogo Island which follows the story and construction of the Fogo Island Inn and a series of artist studios on the island designed by architect Todd Saunders. "I was given a bunch of footage from the production company to put music to and was really drawn to that desolate landscape and Saunders' architecture," says Bonnetta, "It still feels like a dream project to me. Getting these images from the filmmakers and being totally free as far as music goes. I'd put the landscape footage on loop and just play with sounds in my studio, trying to match the pace of that place. I wanted the music to float. There was so much water footage in the film and I really wanted to have some connection to that."

The Honest Heart Collective Releases Separate Ways

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

On April 20, 2018, The Honest Heart Collective released their second single, Separate Ways, from their forthcoming sophomore album, Grief Rights. Have a listen to Separate Ways on Apple Music, Spotify and pre-order Grief Rights here.

" These songs capture that everyday fight you have with who you are and who you want to be, " says lead singer, Ryan MacDonald. " A year and a half ago, I was an anxious mess. I started to see a therapist who really made me dig deeper into myself. After a few sessions, he told me that the root of my anxiety was that I wasn't giving my grief rights. It's a period of time when it was okay to not be okay. It was a strange concept to me and not knowing what to do, I dove into books about my idols and revisited some of my favourite Springsteen records. The phrase 'Grief Rights' has stuck with me since that session, and honestly, it changed my life ."

BTW Dave Allen, Hearing Trees, Sc Mira, The Damned, Allen Stone, Derek "Spinal Tap' Smalls, Brenda Lewis

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

On the heels of his song "Plainview" being featured in the CBC television drama Burden Of Proof, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Dave Allen will be heading west with dates throughout May in northern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. "Plainview" is the opening track on Allen's debut solo album, When The Demons Come, now available to purchase at Zunior.com.

When The Demons Come has drawn critical acclaim for Allen's approach that blends a wide range of country, folk, blues and gospel influences. Recorded at various locations around Ontario over a year, the album gathers a decade's worth of material not used with his previous band Stonetrotter. A common thread of sin and redemption connects all of the songs, and through the assistance of several of his Stonetrotter band mates and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein, it adds up to a haunting and rewarding listening experience.

Lead single "Oak," "Plainview" and "Saint John" sparkle with the instrumental interplay of The Band, blended with the brooding soul of Bill Withers and the pop inventiveness of Harry Nilsson.

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