Arguably one of my favourite weeks of the year is Canadian Music Week– at no other time (save, perhaps, NXNE) can you walk down Queen St and casually run into all of your music industry friends that you haven’t seen in ages, yelling your plans for the evening at one another from across the street in hopes you’re both catching the same band later (even though we all know we’ll inevitably end up at The Horseshoe anyway). I was lucky enough to catch some truly amazing bands, some I was familiar with, some I was becoming acquainted with for the first time. Here are a few highlights:
After hearing these guys being blasted in my friend’s apartment for ages, I finally got to see Secret Broadcast live. They put on a ridiculous show, which makes sense since they channel every 90s grunge spirit guide you can think of, with just a dash of “this song should be played during the ending credits of an early 2000’s teen romantic comedy”. In a good way. Add in a special appearance by Care Failure (of Die Mannequin fame) during a blistering cover of Nirvana’s “Breed” and you’ve got the perfect CMW show – killer tunes, special appearances and taking it all in surrounded by your music loving friends.
Immediately download: ‘More Than Friends’
The Dead South
The first time you saw The Dead South live, I’m sure the same thoughts ran through your head as they did mine: what are my eye and ear balls about to bear witness to. I can honestly say these guys have to be the coolest thing to ever come out of Saskatchewan. Their insanely authentic yet modern blue grass/folk blend will convert even the most convicted “I hate anything but indie rock” music fans.
Immediately download: “Good Company”
The legendary Monster Truck played at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern and it was an amalgamation of pure awesomeness from all angles, so much so that I could barely contain myself. I forced myself to stay upright during their 1am performance on day 6, which as we all know is a feat in and of itself at that point in the festival. Lucky for me, these guys never disappoint. Their ability to make rock music cool again packed The Horseshoe to capacity during their incredible, sweaty performance, and my inner rock goddess swooned.
Immediately download: “Love Attack”
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger
What do you get when you combine the son of rock legend John Lennon, and a devastatingly gorgeous supermodel? The answer is of course the incredibly epic boho-rock band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, whose whimsical yet powerful sound will make you feel like you’re in a Disney movie, if it was directed by David Lynch. Intrigued? You should be.
Immediately download: “Animals”
*photos by Nadia Elkharadly of Secret Broadcast, The Dead South and Monster Truck. For photos of GOASTT head on over to to A Music Blog, Yea and take a look!