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.
Lizzy Burt and Claire Bones are the shoegaze/dream pop duo Basic Nature. The two women from Winnipeg cite their passion for songwriting as one of the reasons they formed the band. They are currently touring east from their hometown and their Toronto show is on May 5 at the Smiling Buddha on College St. as part of Canadian Music Week.
Lizzy and Claire spoke with byteclay.com about their upcoming CMW show.
Ryan Ayukawa: Jumping right in – last year you were in Toronto for July shows. Are you looking forward to coming in for CMW? What was your reaction when they told you you’d been accepted?
Basic Nature: We’re very excited for our CMW show. We were really surprised and excited when we got an official invitation to showcase… It was surreal and inspiring to see that that was even possible. It happened at a time when we could really use some motivation, it got us really excited.
RA: Have you found a receptiveness difference playing in Winnipeg and playing in Toronto?
BN: Well it’s interesting, being on tour is different than playing a local show. We’ve gotten really good reception in Winnipeg for sure, and on tour we definitely have gotten good reception. We had someone come up to us after our Toronto show at the Central explaining his friend was in the film industry and our music would fit in perfectly in their films. It seems like it could be very similar reception as we’ve overheard an attendee at our show at “The Central” in Toronto, “This is the best track of their album” (Intro Song) – So people are listening to what we’re doing and that’s phenomenal. It felt like we were playing at home, because we’ve had similar reactions afar and our home audience.
RA: While you’re here will you have a chance to check out any of the other CMW events?
BN: (laughing) yes!! We’re excited to see a band we love, but it’s a surprise. So we won’t say who just in case. If it can work out we’d like to see Diarrhea Planet and Les Deuxluxes!
RA: Any Toronto places you’ll be visiting?
BN: We love Kensington Market so we will definitely be around there for a bit. We’ve got some friends we’re planning to hang out with around the area but we’re mostly going to be spending time at the festival.
RA: Are there creative endeavours you pursue outside of music?
BN: I love hosting house concerts to make sure everyone who wants to, has a chance to play and perform their artistic mediums for an audience. That will definitely be a part of my endeavours for a long time to come. (Lizzy)
But really, we are full boyle (boil) with Basic Nature. (Claire)
RA: For anyone who hasn’t heard your music, what would you say is the best reason to come out to CMW and listen?
BN: There are so many great bands that will be presenting their art at CMW. For our show we couldn’t say it better than Kassie “… it felt like the walls of the room were expanding and that there was more room to breathe and these feelings of normalcy and comfort returned. That’s what I like so much about your music: that you have the ability to palpably change the mood of a room.”
Basic Nature website.
Basic Nature fan page
Canadian Music Week showcase
Smiling Buddha (961 College St.)
May 5 at 8PM
Canadian Music Week ticket info here.
Canadian Music Week full artist info here.
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