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 band The Vasts combine folk-rock and a country vibe with a strong trumpet presence. On May 2 they Toronto for the first time as part of the Canadian Music Week Festival. Their showcases is one of the opening festival performances at 7pm at the Central in the Annex.
Looking forward to playing Toronto, The Vasts scheduled an online interview with byteclay.com.
Ryan Ayukawa: Have you had the chance to play a Toronto showcase before?
The Vasts: This is our first time in Toronto, so we are really exited about this showcase. Our first time outside Quebec.
RA: How have you been preparing? Will you be planning a special set list?
The Vasts: Since it’s the first time playing in Toronto we will do a concise set with songs from our last album. We do play these songs often so it should be a good set.
RA: I was interviewing another Montreal band and they said a few would be taking in some Toronto sights – the CN Tower glass floor. The rest had to head back after their show. Any Toronto sight-seeing for the band? Any extra time to see Ontario?
The Vasts: We are definitely planning on enjoying the Toronto nightlife after the show. But unfortunately we need to drive to Mtl next morning.
RA: Scheduling for rehearsals is one thing. Did any of the band have to make extra arrangements schedule wise for the festival date?
The Vasts: It’s expensive to play music, we need to go back to work. We have to take holidays to come to CMW, but it’s very important for us to be there!
RA: For anyone in Toronto who hasn’t heard you music before, what would you say is the main quality that new listeners enjoy?
The Vasts: People say the addition of the trumpet brings a different sound. This instrument has an important place in our songs. We also try to mix different music styles, to bring an unique blend.
RA: For your album Tearing Us Apart, how have audiences responded to the songs? Are there any clear favourites?
The Vasts: 2 or three songs come out more often, but it’s always surprising to hear people’s favourite. Not at all what I expected at first. People usually see the album as an whole. The album was not designed to have 2 singles and then some fillers. It was composed to be consistent and coherent.
RA: Yes, I had been reading another interview where the musician said, he clearly wanted every song to stand on their own. For each track, do you feel they have their own unique listening quality?
The Vasts: I think they do and I thinks it’s why every song on the album is someone’s favourite.
RA: For anyone at the CMW show who wants to buy drinks for the band, what does each band member drink?
The Vasts: We always accept beer. In fact if you buy us one, you get a free album. It’s a band policy.
Or vodka pickle (shot ) for the drummer
RA: After you’ve returned to Quebec, what’s next for the band?
The Vasts: We have a few shows this summer in Quebec and we are working on a new album. It will be a busy summer.
The Vasts website.
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Canadian Music Week showcase
The Central (603 Markham Ave.)
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