In just over a week, Canadian Music Week will descend on Toronto, and we’ve written a few different preview articles depending on genre. Now, all genres are thrown out and this list is of bands and artists near and dear to the writers of The Indie Blender that have showcases during CMW.
The OBGMs – Toronto, Ontario
The OBGMs (the oOohh Baby Gimme Mores) are a great bunch of guys, who also happen to be one of the best punk bands to come out of Toronto in a long time. they tear up any and every stage they perform on and because of that, and their stellar tracks, they are up for best punk/hardcore act at this years Indie Awards.
Check out their high-energy sets at Sneaky Dees on May 7th and The Velvet Underground on May 8th.
Blue Sky Miners
For a dose of folk in your CMW, check out Blue Sky Miners, close friends with Marc-Adam, our founder. B.C.- natives Jena Gogo and Jay Mitchell front this quintet of amazing musicians, with guitarist Eric Duquette, bassist Mark Lavoie and drummer Stefan Hegerat. They perform usually with friends, so the band is larger in live performances. They were also one of the main bands at the Indie Blender’s one year anniversary last fall at the Dakota Tavern.
Come jam with Blue Sky Miners and feel like part of the family on May 7th at the Velvet Underground.
Crow Town – Toronto/Guelph, Ontario
A fuzz-rock duo made up of Bradley Trauzzi on lead vocals and guitar and Davian Hart on drums, Crow Town have blown away audiences at many different venues across Toronto, most notable the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern multiple times. They definitely draw from their influences, such as Them Crooked Vultures, to deliver rough guitar riffs and heavy drums.
Check them out on May 9th at Sneaky Dee’s, and stop by their merch stand, where Bradley has crafted different leather goods himself, such as key-chains, belt buckles and wallets.
Jessica Chase – Toronto, Ontario
A high school friend of mine, Jessica Chase is an extremely talented experimental pop singer that has awed listeners over the past two years with live shows and select recordings. Her voice has equal lightness and a hidden darkness to it that is reminiscent of Imogen Heap and haunts expert instrumentation.
Come check her out at The Dakota Tavern on May 5th.
Aukland – Mississauga, Ontario
Friends of Marc-Adam’s, Aukland are four guys who are making great catchy music for the sake of making great catchy music. Their hooks and cohesive rock sound keeps the listener entranced and dancing through Aukland’s whole set. Jeff Campana [guitar, vocals], Dave Setton [drums, vocals], Sean Sroka [vocals, guitar], and Andrew Thomas [bass, vocals] also get up to some shenanigans, as seen in their video for “Doing It Right”
Rock out with Aukalnd at the Mod Club on May 9th.
the Johnny Red Eyes – Toronto, Ontario
A rowdy noise punk band from Toronto, The Johnny Red Eyes have been making music and playing outrageous live shows since 2010. They expertly blend stoner rock, noise punk and progressive rock to make a sound their own. They get up to crazy antics on and off stage, making them a must-see this CMW.
Have an unforgettable time with The Johnny Red Eyes at Bovine Sex club on May 5th.
Of Gentlemen and Cowards – Hamilton, Ontario
Hailing from Hamilton, this four-piece rock band has made it big, already performing on David Letterman and winning the Red Bull Soundstage Audience Choice competition. Their harmonizing vocals, strong guitar and bass (both electric and upright) lines and drum melodies have audiences rocking out and chilling to Of Gentlemen and Cowards.
Check out Of Gentleman and Cowards at the Cameron House Back Room on May 8th.
Sun-K – Toronto, Ontario
A great group of guys from Toronto and the east coast, Sun-K have been featured on here before for their debut album and amazing live shows at the Dakota tavern. Their execution of soulful folk-rock is second to none and the lyrics are storytelling to say the least.
Rock out with Sun-K at the Bier Markt on the Esplanade on May 7th
The Cool Hands – Toronto, Ontario
This garage/punk trio have absolutely blown up over the past year, and rightfully so. There is a rough grit to their sound, from Luke James and TY Hudecki’s shared vocals and Luke’s rocking guitar riffs, to Sally Cinnamon’s awesome drums. They are definitely a band to keep your eye on and to rock out to.
Check them out after FIDLAR on May 2nd at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.