CMW Roundup - Don Graham, Pigeon Park,The Walkervilles, Apolline, Port Juvee, Zoobombs, Fat White Family, Daddy Issues


Submitted by Lenny Stoute
Photo: Don Graham

Come CMW time, the show's the thing. No matter how well your album's doing, you gots to make the songs come alive. CMW audiences are polite and they'll hear you out but they won't be back and they'll tell their friends.

Canadian Music Week: A Whirlwind Week


Submitted by Lee Fraser

The worn and tattered paper guide has hit the recycle bin, the wristband has been saved for posterity and new CDs await road trips and cottage time.   CMW has come and gone in a week of questioning the day of the week and losing track of hunger and thirst.  It was a week full of variety and chaos and somehow the folks at CMW kept it running smoothly.
It was a week of contrasts.  Some of the bigger shows benefitted from the incredible acoustics of iconic venues, while smaller acts suffered through noisy beer halls.  Legends like Ron Sexsmith were humble and self-deprecating (“I hope I lived up to this room” referring to Massey Hall), while some young up-and-comers strutted like peacocks, believing that they have what it takes to be the next big thing.  Grammy-award winning, world-renowned producer Daniel Lanois kibitzed with the audience and took requests, while artists at their first ever music festival stuck to their set list and awkwardly walked through the crowd after their shows.

BTW-Canadian Music Week Edition2 Dirty Frigs,Terra Lightfoot, Elliot Maginot, Ivory Hours, Monster Truck, Elephant Stone, The Brood, Kira Isabella, Brave Shores

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

So just like last year, CMW 2015 is full of assertions from all kinds of industry folk that rock is dead and it's all about electro pop, shouting to make themselves heard over the storming guitar band onstage. A band like Dirty Frigs f'rinstance. This Toronto-based outfit play dirty, swampy music that reminds us why rock n' roll was once called the "devil's music." Their self-titled EP, showcases the band's roughest and noisiest work yet, like lead track "Orisis," where guitarist Duncan Hay Jennings sounds like he's conjuring demons with his guitar, like they say Jimmy Page used to. Founding members Jennings and lead vocalist Bria Salmela started playing together in high school, forming Dirty Frigs after meeting bassist Lucas Savatti and drummer Edan Scime Stokell while living in Montreal. The crew then relocated to Toronto, settling into gigs in the city's rock, punk, and experimental scenes.

Dirty Frigs draw heavily from the dark, loud tones of 1950s biker and hoodlum rock, cranking their tiny vintage National and Fender amps past the breaking point and making music that really smacks you in the face. Like their raucous cover of Link Wray's classic instrumental "The Rumble," a song so heavy that radio stations across America banned it in the 1950s fearing it would cause gang violence.

TORA Plays May 9 CMW Showcase


Submitted by Glenda Fordham

Aussie chill-wave band, Tora, comes from Byron Bay in NSW. Their debut EP “Intro” was well received at home and in Canada and the band has now released it in Europe. Band member Jo Loewenthal spoke with us prior to CMW.

Cashbox Canada: What inspired your interest in chillwave music?
JL: I don’t think there was any single thing that inspired us - one day, Toby and I made a song on the computer instead of on guitar, and it just sounded different to any previous stuff we’d made. Haring the song back as we created it gave us a new perspective and made us realize how much easier the music was to receive when we chilled it out a bit.

Cashbox Canada: Who are your musical idols or inspirations, and what mark would you like to leave on music history yourselves?
JL: James Blake, Taylor McFerrin, Bon Iver, Flume, Hiatus Kayorte. These artists all have one thing in common: they brought a new sound to the music scene, so in answer to the second question, we want people to remember us as a band who brought a new sound to the world.

Savvie West Coast Indie Rock


Submitted by Don Graham

There’s something special about a debut album by an artist who has some experience in the industry on the other side of the microphone.

Sarah Burton CMW Bound

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Submitted by Don Graham

Sarah Burton's  has released three diverse albums, and  has made her journey   through acoustic folk beginnings, ventured  into country swing and steel guitars, and then on to driving blues/rock. Her new album Make Your Own Bed, sees Sarah  return to her first inspiration; the piano.

The fourth release Make Your Own Bed is a glimpse into the mind ofSarah Burton with witty lyrics and descriptive, detailed stories. I Sarah Burton started in music with piano lessons  before strapping on a guitar  when performing. Not long ago Sarah sat down at the keys of  of a Steinway in Almonte, Ontario, with engineer/producer Ken Friesen who has worked with Tragically Hip, Hawksley Workman and  Blue Rodeo and producer Derek Downham whose credits includeThe Beauties and  Samantha Martin.Sitting at that pianoevoked  memories and brought the emotion needed  to create an honest and beautiful record from Sarah Burton.

Singer of The Kingsmen Jack Ely Passes On

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Submitted Courtesy of BBC

Jack Ely, lead singer of The Kingsmen, who were best known for 1960s hit Louie Louie, has died at the age of 71. His son, Sean Ely, said the musician died at home in Redmond, Oregon, after a long battle with an illness. "Because of his religious beliefs, we're not even sure what (the illness) was," he said.

Ely's incoherent singing on Louie Louie led the FBI to investigate the famous track on the grounds that it might be obscene. The law enforcement agents concluded, in a lengthy investigative report, that the song was "unintelligible at any speed".

Ely had a falling out with the band shortly after the song was recorded and later trained horses in Orgen. Louie Louie was originally recorded in 1957 by Richard Berry who had written it two years earlier. The song was written from the perspective of a many who wants to sail to Jamaica to return to a girl he loves,  but it was Mr. Ely’s rendition that popularized the song.

His son said, “Right out of his mouth, my father would say, ‘we were initially just going to record the song as an instrumental and at the last minute I decided I’d sing it. It’s all of this in a 10x10 room with one microphone. I was standing on my tippy toes yelling into the microphone Louie Louie ! We gotta go!’

LyricFind announces Robert Singerman as VP International Publishing in New York

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

LyricFind, the world’s leader in B2B Lyric Licensing, announces Robert Singerman will be joining the company as VP International Publishing and opening LyricFind’s New York office. With existing major partners like Deezer, Amazon, Shazam, HTC and Microsoft, LyricFind is expanding rapidly worldwide, and Singerman’s appointment will further accelerate the company’s international publishing licensing expansion.

Jen and John from Saskatoon Return to Charm Torontonians in May

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Submitted by Lee Fraser
Photo Credit Borja

Everyone likes a good routine. Here’s one to add to your roster: every May and November, head to the Cameron House to spend an evening with Jen & John. It’s a routine that more and more Torontonians are discovering. Twice a year, every year for a few years now, Saskatoon’s Jen Lane and John Antoniuk take up residency at the Cameron. This time around, they’re playing 8 to 10 pm on Tuesdays in May.

Jen and John were both born and raised in Saskatoon, and met many years ago on-stage during a songwriters showcase. Each of them was fully committed to their own careers. After getting married on that very stage where they met, they continued to record, promote and even write separately. But all of that changed a few years ago, when the couple started to collaborate during song-writing and to perform as a duo rather than one backing the other up. Throw in adorable couple banter and the resulting show is heart-warming and delightful.

Amanda Martinez – Pan Am Games Ambassador and SOS Children Villages, “Mom for a Week!”

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Submitted by Bill King

Bill King: Your relationship with the Pan Am games – what is your role?
Amanda Martinez: I was invited to be the co-chair for the Ignite program – which is the community outreach program for Pan Am 2015. I’ve been getting people excited about being involved. The Pan Am games are all about the ‘people’s’ games – it will be the biggest games Toronto has ever seen. There will be more than 10,000 athletes here from all over the world.
There have been a lot of initiatives people have started already. It’s not just about the games themselves but about leaving a legacy and promotes what we have as a city – especially on the arts and culture side. In my role, I’ll be highlighting these events not only to visitors to our city but Torontonians themselves. Sometimes we stick to our own neighborhoods and don’t realize the gems we have in others. I’ll be working with CBC to promote that.

There will be a lot of places in Toronto where you will see stages popping up. I also want to let people know about the visual arts. There is going to be a huge Pan Am pathway going through the city – there will be murals designed by artists – a number of commissioned projects – some dance and theatre.

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