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.
Montreal folk-pop-cabaret band Summersett are looking forward to their official Canadian Music Week showcase on May 6 at C’est What. And almost equally so, packing themselves into a David Bowie themed AirBnB during their Toronto stay. Nick and Patricia Summersett are at the core of the band. Their theatrical profession brought them together nine years ago – creatively and romantically. Since then, they’ve formed the 6-piece (for CMW maybe 7-piece) band and gone on to receive CBC radio play, and a spot in Pop Montreal.
Patricia Summersett scheduled an online interview with byteclay.com ahead of Summersett’s CMW showcase.
Ryan Ayukawa: Is this Summersett’s first opportunity to play in Toronto?
Patricia Summersett: It is! Nick and I (the co-founders) have been there performing theatre on several occasions, but never music. It’s great.
RA: Will you be making as special preparations for this show? Best of set list? Extra promo?
PS: Because it’s a 40 minute showcase, we will definitely be doing a bit of a “best of”. Two days after the show we are back in Montreal to record a new single.
RA: Have you been to C’est What before?
PS: No. First time.
RA: They don’t speak actually French. It is one of the best sounding rooms in the city though.
PS: (laughing) Sad and fantastic all at once. Great to know about the sound. For our live performances, with 6-7 people onstage, sound mixing is key.
RA: With the rest of the band, were there any challenges in having them available for CMW? And the traveling?
PS: yes. It’s been tricky. Both our drummer and bassist (JP and Pierre) are busy with other bands too. Add two string players and back vocals, its a pretty tricky thing to organize. We’ve found a great place to stay though, in a David Bowie themed Toronto room.
RA: Bowie’s passing was a huge thing worldwide. We had several tribute shows here in TO. Was there anything in his music that deeply affected you?
PS: Absolutely, not only his music, but his overall vision as an artist. Our band did a tribute concert for him in Montreal as part of Centaur’s WildSide Festival. Obviously everyone had a reason to love him. Some of our reasons were his theatre background, his acting and Eastern (Kabuki) influence.
RA: C’est What is not exactly near the rest of the CMW shows. Will you have a chance to check out any of the other artists while you’re in town?
PS: We are content to partake in a showcase. Built into that is the opportunity to meet three other bands and they seem great! Because of our large group we might only be in town for 24 hours. So after our sound check we might bum around and walk into some Friday events.
RA: C’est What has one of the best selections of beers on tap. Band trivia: can you name what each band member likes to drink? For anyone who wants to buy them drinks at CMW + C’est What.
PS: absolutely. Very important question. Pierre and JP will likely drink beer. Nick will either do beer or a gin tonic. String players- gonna say red wine. Eric, vocals: beer. Me- scotch. Or red wine, or beer. Possible all three at the same time.
RA: And last question: CMW is a good festival for local TO audiences to check out out of town performers. What would you say is the best reason (best thing about Summersett) for people to come hear you play?
PS: Our music is nuance over volume. It works to draw you in and leave you feeling filled. It’s been referred to as “pop music for the thinking man” We play with Classical and Jazz musicians who are really excellent. And I think we exude a hell of a lot of joy onstage. If you like any part of that description I think you’ll love our show. Come discover us!
Summersett Facebook fan page.
Members: Patricia Summersett – Vocals
Nick Carpenter – Piano
Sheila Hannigan – Cello
Geneviève Liboiron – Violin
Pierre Gaudreault – Bass
Jean Philippe Godbout – Drums
Canadian Music Week festival showcase:
C’est What (67 Front St. E.) at 10PM
Canadian Music Week ticket info.
Canadian Music Week full artist info.