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 indie-folk band Will Driving West are driving west to their first Toronto show as part of Canadian Music Week. The band currently have their the third album “Fly” available for sale and continue to appear on television as well as have their music featured on film soundtracks. On May 2, Will Driving West will play their CMW showcase in the back room of the Cameron House on Queen St. West.
Will Driving West’s David Ratté scheduled an online interview with byteclay.com ahead of the band’s CMW show.
Ryan Ayukawa: Have you played Toronto before?
Will Driving West: First time. Long overdue. For a band named Will Driving West, it was time to start living up to our name.
RA: Have you set any plans to check out any of the other CMW artists or conference events?
WDW: Yes! Our show is on Monday and we took an AirBnb till Thursday. Gonna explore the city and go see as many other shows / conferences as we can.
RA: Will the band members be checking out things separately or do you plan to take on Toronto as a group?
WDW: Actually the drummer, the guitarist and the cellist have stuff to do on Tuesday so they’ll be heading back, I’ll be visiting with my wife (the pianist / bassist / singer).
RA: Switching topics for a second, some musicians draw their songwriting inspirations from people/places. Others say they write from fairly random things (Bob Snider’s How to Build a Picket Fence). Where do you fall in that?
WDW: It’s all personal stuff, really. Dealing with things… When I write about other people, it’s always about people I care about, so I can feel an emotional link to it. I don’t think I could write a song about something random and feel that the song matters. Not that I have this judgement about the songs that other people write about random things, I just don’t feel I could do or want to.
RA: Do you then have audience members come up to you after shows and discuss how they felt a song related to people in their own lives?
WDW: Yes, a lot, actually! Or they write it to us the next day. We’ve heard stories man… It’s the best thing that can happen to you when you write music, when people let you know that they were touched or helped. You wrote something just to get it off your chest and it help someone deal with something, that’s a pretty cool combo.
RA: For anyone who has not heard your music, what would you say is the main reason people should drop by your CMW show and listen for the first time?
WDW: Hmm well here in Quebec we play in front of 300, 400 seats venues despite the fact that we’re totally independent and it all grew from word-of-mouth, so I guess people get moved enough by the music to tell the people they know to come and see our shows. And since it’ll be our first time in Toronto, it’ll be a really small show in a tiny venue so it’ll be pretty intimate and unique, it’ll be pretty cool I think.
RA: For anyone who makes it out to hear you, what drinks should they buy the band?
WDW: (laughing) Stouts will get you huge smiles that’s for sure.
RA: And after CMW, what’s next for the band?
WDW: We come back here in MTL, we have shows here and there till the end of the year but mostly working on our 4th album which will have a wider release than the previous ones so hopefully we’ll be back in Toronto real soon and continue heading west.
Will Driving West website.
Will Driving West fan page.
Will Driving West are: David Ratté, Andréa Bélanger, Camille Paquette-Roy, Benoit Caron, Nicolas Ouellette
Canadian Music Week showcase
May 2 at 8PM
Cameron House (408 Queen St. West)
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