It snuck up on me. Out of nowhere it was here. Canadian Music Week or #CMW, y’all. One of the biggest Canadian music and media festivals, it has been touted as one of Canada’s most influential conferences. Started in 1981 this year CMW is 32 years old. Now offering music, media, comedy, film and award shows, there’s something for everyone. There are shows for everyone, including free and all ages shows at all kinds of venues from Massey Hall to The Cameron House. The 2014 festival runs May 6 to May 10th. Visit the CMW website for all of the schedules.
Opening night found me at Tattoo Rock Parlour. The headliner, The Reason was what brought me but there were three other bands on the bill. First up, The C’mons. I really liked them. The violin infused rock sound was a treat and front person, Steph Bosch was mesmerizing. The sound is rounded out by bassist Jamie McDowell. violinist Roslyn Green, guitarist Scott Hanenberg and drummer Cory Snider. They were engaging and they were my favourite surprise of the evening.
Not that I didn’t like the next two bands. I did! Stuck On Planet Earth were fun and energetic. This band out of Vaughn (yeah, that’s right, Vaughn) were tight, gritty and they rocked it. Adam Bianchi (vocals/guitar), Al Capo (vocals/bass) and Andrew Testa (drums) have been playing together since 2007 and it feels like they’re on the verge of a big break. Listen for these guys.
Next up, The Dirty Nil. Loud, fast, intense. THERE WERE PEOPLE MOSHING! Yeah. It was awesome. They’re playing again Friday night at the Bovine. Go check them out.
Last up was The Reason. Adam White, James “Cubby” Nelan and Ronson Armstrong were joined by Michael Caputo on guitar and Serge Sargento on drums. They were a little late hitting the stage but they were worth the wait. I love this band and they were full of intensity last night. There was talk about the upcoming release of the documentary and not knowing when they’d be playing again. Adam was in a very talkative mood and told us about their first experience at CMW and how this festival is a chance for all of us to go out there and see a ton of music and maybe witness the beginning of something amazing. Great performance. I hope we see them soon.