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.
Northern Ontario folk-rockers Carden Cove are excited to head to Toronto to play CMW on May 4 as part of collaboration between Music and Film in Motion, and APCM for their (bilingual) showcase. The event takes place at the Night Owl and features Carden Cove, The Almighty Rhombus, Mehdi Cayenne, LGS (SWING), YAO Musique, and Jennifer Holub. Admission is $10 or with a CMW wristband or one-day pass.
Carden Cove’s latest LP “Grown Slow” combines punk-rock, alt-rock and roots. Ahead of their CMW showcase, Spencer Jose of the band scheduled an online interview with byteclay.com.
Ryan Ayukawa: Let’s start with coming in from Sudbury to TO. Is this a first time playing here?
Spencer Jose: With Carden Cove, it is my first.
RA: Have you found a general difference between playing there and in Toronto? Audience attentiveness? Additional promotion you set out to do?
SJ: I’ve been playing in various bands in Sudbury, for quite some time now. Having a fan base makes it much easier for sure. I remember the first time people started singing along at the shows… It is a very different feeling. On the other hand, playing to a group of people who have never heard you before, is very refreshing. It’s like a first date. It can be awkward at times, but if it goes well, there is a good night kiss. I feel like our music is pretty accessible and people seem to have an easy time relating to the songs, which I imagine will transfer well too a variety of audiences. As far as promotion, this particular event is being promoted well by the people in charge. If it were my own show, I’d definitely have a lot more work to do. I do have quite a few friends in Toronto that I would lean on for a helping hand.
RA: Talking with other musicians, especially folk, their exposure to music began in their household – with their parent mostly. Do you remember your early exposure to folk songs?
SJ: In my earliest of years it was all about Elvis. I remember the Beach Boys, Little Richard and some Queen being in there… It wasn’t until I was in my early teens that I picked a Bob Dylan album from my parents collection. It was a greatest hits. It blew my mind right open.
RA: When you’re here for CMW are you planning to catch any other artists?
SJ: For sure! I booked a few days off so that I can do just that. There are always a solid amount of Headlining acts worth seeing, and I’d like to catch some of the smaller shows as well. I’ve been told there are some acts I have to catch. Some of the smaller shows can often have quite a lot of magic. *hint hint*. Apparently Yngwie Malmsteen is going to be there!? What more can I ask for.
SJ: I’m actually in the middle of a detox of sorts… This will be the most sober party ever. Also, I’m a Gin and Tonic kind of guy.
RA: For anyone who has not heard your music before, what would you say is the main reason to come out and listen at CMW?
SJ: I think our set is like a hug from a stranger. At first, you are unsure of where your hands are supposed to be. You don’t quite know if you should make any eye contact. There is some foot movement and it all seems to be moving too fast. But soon, it starts to feel really good and there is a natural sort of rhythm. Soon you don’t want to let go. Everyone can use a hug.
RA: Finally – what do you have happening after CMW?
SJ: After CMW, I will be returning to my lair and continue to work on my next release. I am really stepping out of my comfort zone on this one and it’s a slow process. I couldn’t be more excited for what is to come! I’m also making a lot of hip-hop beats in my spare time. Something to fall back on.
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Canadian Music Week showcase
The NightOwl (647 College St.)
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