Music BC will be returning to CMW 2016 for another must-see showcase at the Rivoli presented by The Georgia Straight! Now in its 33rd year, CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music.
Friday, May 6th 8pm until late
The Rivoli (334 Queen St W, Toronto)
9pm – Little India
10pm – Youngblood
11pm – Fine times
12pm – Van Damsel
1pm – Peregrine Falls
2am – The Sumner Brothers
Click here for full list of all BC Artist Showcases Below!
Little India is a band consisting of three friends whose success unfolded unexpectedly after coming together to play music just two years ago. Their worldly influence is heard through unique hooks and samples, and can be credited to the combination of their South African and Canadian heritages with a strong British influence. In their short yet explosive career, their sound has been described as nostalgic rock with 80’s pop influences. Jon Siddall (CBC Music) explains it as “The Cure meets Talking Heads.” With the perfect harmony of funk rock and electronic sampling, their ever-changing sound keeps listeners on their toes and allows for experimentation in the character of each song, all the while keeping you dancing.
Youngblood is the creative, dream-pop brainchild of Alexis Young. Inspired by the likes of French electronic duo Air, the fiery Grace Jones, and a little bit of sultry Nancy Sinatra, Youngblood manages to mix dreamy, marshmallow sounds laced with dark, pulsating grooves, crafting a unique blend of artistic pop.
“I unabashedly love pop music,” explains Fine Times singer Matthew Moldowan. “I couldn’t consider doing anything else.” This, in a nutshell, explains the Vancouver duo’s reason for being. Longtime friends Moldowan and bassist Jeffrey Josiah Powell have been striving to achieve pop perfection throughout a decade of collaborations, working together in past projects before eventually founding Fine Times in 2010.
It’s part of human nature – consistently striving to reach new plateaus and pinnacles in virtually any personal pursuit. And in addition to being a central lyrical theme in the debut LP from BC-based electro-pop outfit Van Damsel, it’s also critical to their creative union and, by extension, their eclectic sonic concoction.
Gordon Grdina and Kenton Loewen tease out the heavy handed improv with sticks and guitar strings. Lacerating riffs curl out like black smoke, drums tumbling erratic like a head-on locomotive collision. Witness inspired expertise in form of mathy sludge.
THE SUMNER BROTHERS
Rex Manning Day - "it’s easy to see why The Sumner Brothers have been compared to the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and even the almighty Man in Black (AKA Johnny Cash)"
Sound Vat - "gritty and filled to the brim with blues"
Vancouver Music Review - "a classic Canadian album "
Ron's Alt-Country - "very beautiful"
Good Noise Radio. Blogspot - "definitely a must"
Blues Underground Network - "an immense amount of talent, Lyrically, Vocally, and Musically" "five stars"
Beateroute BC - "lamenting sincerity", "striking appeal", "lovely and reassuring"
FULL LIST OF BC ARTIST SHOWCASES:
Friday, May 06 • Painted Lady • 10pm
Wednesday, May 04 • Comfort Zone • 10pm
Friday, May 06 • Painted Lady • 2am
Tuesday, May 03 • The Cave • 8pm
Thursday, May 05 • The Central • 10pm
Friday, May 06 • The Cave • 8pm
Friday, May 06 • MUSIC BC SHOWCASEE • 11pm
Thursday, May 05 • The Central • 11pm
Wednesday, May 04 • The Mod Club • 8pm
Friday, May 05 • Horseshoe Tavern • 10pm
Saturday, May 07 • The Mod Club • 12pm
Wednesday, May 04 • Underground Garage • 10pm
Friday, May 06 • Adelaide Hall • 11pm
Wednesday, May 04 • The Cave • 7pm
Thursday, May 06 • Adeline Hall
Wednesday, May 04 • C’est What • 9pm
Friday, May 06 • MUSIC BC SHOWCASE • 9pm
Saturday, May 07 • The 300 Club • 10pm
Thursday, May 05 • The Hideout • 11pm
Thursday, May 05 • The Paddock • 12am
Saturday, May 07• The Burdock • 1am
Friday, May 06 • The Garrison • 11pm
One More Girl
Saturday, May 07 • Boots & Bourbon Saloon • 9pm
Thursday, May 05 • C’est what • 9pm
Friday, May 06 • MUSIC BC SHOWCASE • 1am
Saturday, May 07 • Drake Underground • 9pm
Saturday, May 07 • Burdock • 11pm
Saturday, May 07 • The Hideout • 12am
Friday, May 06 • Grand Ballroom, Sheraton • 6:30pm
Friday, May 06 • Smiling Buddha • 9pm
Thursday, May 05 • The Central • 12am
Tegan & Sara
Friday, May 06 • Grand Ballroom, Sheraton • 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 04 • The Cave • 10pm
Tuesday, May 03 • The Central • 11pm
Thursday, May 05 • Handlebar • 12am
The Sumner Brothers
Wednesday, May 04 • The Dakota Tavern • 12am
Friday, May 06 • MUSIC BC SHOWCASE • 2am
The Tourist Company
Thursday, May 05 • Studio Bar • 9pm
Saturday, May 07 • The Garrison • 1am
Friday, May 06 • Cherry Cola’s • 12am
Wednesday, May 04 • Pheonix Concert Theatre • 7pm
This Side of Town
Wednesday, May 04 • The Central • 12am
Tuesday, May 03 • The Dakota Tavern • 8pm
Thursday, May 05 • The Cave • 9pm
Friday, May 06 • MUSIC BC SHOWCASE • 12am
Saturday, May 07 • Bovine Sex Club • 10pm
Friday, May 06 • Velvet Underground • 1am
Saturday, May 07 • Drake Underground • 10pm
Friday, May 06 • MUSIC BC SHOWCASE • 10pm