6 Canadian Bands to Follow After Spending a Week at CMW
After a busy week of late night drinks, crowded dance floors, and incredible live music, CMW has come to an end. Although it was exhausting, especially because of the 4 AM last call, the quality of music was simply astounding. Here are six Canadian bands from CMW that you should keep an eye on:
One of the most rockin’ live sets of CMW, Orillia natives Bleeker are quickly becoming one of the hottest acts in the Southern Ontario music scene. Lead singer Taylor Perkins is everything you want out of a front man, keeping their live sets fresh, exciting, and spontaneous. Their infectious guitar rhythms – courtesy of Taylor’s younger brother Cole – are perfect for dancing or head-banging. Currently, the band is embarking on a US tour before playing a string of festival dates in Canada this summer.
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A well-known name for many fans of Canadian pop music, Ria Mae continues to dazzle fans with her melodic music and stellar songwriting. Currently based out of Montreal, Mae’s latest album Ria Mae merges electro-pop vibes with her brilliant storytelling to create an album that can best be described as electro-folk. From her kind, positive demeanor to her reflective lyrics, Ria Mae is so uniquely Canadian, and that essence comes across in her live shows. The Halifax native continues to tour throughout Canada in support of her latest record.
Ottawa rockers The Balconies continue to tour in support of their 2016 record Rhonda. Combining lead singer Jacquie Neville’s powerful vocals with guitarist Liam Jaeger’s thrashy blues licks, the band represents a modern take on classic, heavy rock. The band’s second album – a concept album largely revolving around the life of the fictional artist Rhonda – is a much more mature take on the highs and lows of the modern music business and lifestyle. The introspective album is perfect for a live setting, with Neville’s passionate vocals and stage antics leading the way. The Balconies are now based in Toronto and continue to tour throughout Canada.
Fresh off their recording sessions with Emily Haines and the rest of the Metric crew, the band is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s best kept secrets in the music scene. Their lively set at the Horseshoe was a testament to how much they’ve achieved in just a few short years, filling the house and keeping everyone dancing through the night. With radio time on 102.1 The Edge and Indie 88, the band is sure to explode in Toronto sooner than later.
One of the most exciting bands to come out of the Toronto rock scene in recent years, Modern Space continues to build their fanbase as their music evolves. From pop-rock hits like “Pen to Paper” to fun-loving songs like their Wayhome-inspired “Festival Express,” the band is deeply rooted in the local music scene. Their live sets are a mix of rowdy dance-rock, sing-a-longs (such as Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up”), and storytelling, making any sized venue feel like an intimate setting.
Winners of 102.1 The Edge’s “Next Big Thing” contest in 2015, Ivory Hours have been a steady presence in the Toronto rock scene for the last few years. Playing to a packed (and slightly inebriated) crowd at Adelaide Hall, the London band electrified the crowd with their upbeat dance music. In recent months, their live set has taken form, becoming a polished, balanced set that is sure to pack small and large venues alike. If you’re looking for a fun, sweaty night on the town, Ivory Hours are sure to deliver.