The Canadian Music Week festival returns to Toronto for its 34th year. From May 2-8, more than 1,000 artists from 40+ countries will perform in 60 venues. Single night event tickets are available as well as wristbands. Participating artists will include both headlining and emerging acts. Many artists will have the chance to network with others and industry professionals to help build their future careers. Not limited to concerts, CMW has seminars, celebrity interviews, and mentoring sessions. There are also music-themed film screenings and comedic performances.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Gosti (Larissa Agosti) is originally from Melbourne, Australia, though has split time playing in Canada. Her music combines pop melodies and folk music and her “smokey, intimate voice.” She’ll be performing two shows as part of Canadian Music Week. On May 5 she plays the Cameron House on Queen St. West. And on May 6 she plays the Supermarket in Kensington Market as part of a Sounds Australia showcase.
Ahead of her two CMW shows, Gosti scheduled an online interview with byteclay.com.
Ryan Ayukawa: How have you been getting ready for CMW? Set list? Any reaching out to a TO audience?
Gosti: We’ve been getting ready with lots of rehearsals and organizing our set list, and reaching out to other bands from Australia. We’ve been trying to reach out to TO audiences through various blogs
RA: Is there then a community among Australian artists, regardless of genre, and what city-country they’re in?
Gosti: It feels like there is definitely a community banding together among the Aussie artists, and there has been quite a lot of networking already happening. It’s great to see so many different genres represented from Australia
RA: I was speaking with one Canadian musician who had played 2 Australian tours. She said she sensed having an indie artist career seemed more possible there than Canada. What have you felt playing in both countries?
Gosti: There are definitely a lot of indie artists in Australia. It is a very supported community. I feel like it’s the same in Canada, and I’ve felt very supported here too.
RA: CMW is a great opportunity for local people to hear non-TO artists. What would you say is the main quality your music has that appeals to new audiences?
Gosti: I think the story telling and melody writing would appeal to new audiences. I think my music is a mix of genres and the vocals are the unifying theme.
RA: Looking at the various range of instruments you play, I was thinking of a story one songwriter told me. She mentioned playing guitar all her life, sometimes piano. She enrolled in a kid’s drumming class and it inspired new songwriting. Do any of the instrument you play, create a different creative sense for you?
Gosti: Yes, most definitely. I’ve recently started playing the cello, and it has made me think about melody and harmony in a whole new light. I think being able to play different instruments gives you a wider creative scope.
RA: You have a new EP available, I believe. Will you be promoting it during CMW?
Gosti: Yeah we will be. We are going to be releasing the first single in the next few weeks. There will also be a new film clip on the way.
RA: Aside from the single, what else do you have coming up?
Gosti: I’m currently working on a film score. It’s a lot of work but really rewarding
Gosti fan page.
Canadian Music Week showcases
Cameron House (408 Queen St. West)
Supermarket (208 Augusta Ave. / part of Sound Gallery / Sounds Australia)
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