Bringing a little bit of home to Toronto.
Poor poor Toronto. I walked all over you. I ate all of your food. I even carried a small Winnipeg snow cloud into you. I hitched it to the back of the van and it survived the 25 hour drive. Just add moisture. Toronto, you have a lot of that. The picture above is the view from my great pals Shaun and Whitney's place. Whitney had a birthday so Shaun took her to NY and they gave us the keys to their palace with one condition - I was not to talk to any heads from a certain Toronto label.
Lucky for everyone, my networking skills have improved greatly over the past few years. I used to be terrified at industry events because I was self-conscious and usually fuelled by all types of boozes. My interactions with people were awkward at best and in the case of my meeting with this Toronto label, it was disastrous. In fact, the story is infamous. Nowadays I feel way less intimidated by people who I perceive to have more power then I. I actually enjoy it! I spent a lot of my time this week meeting new people. Talking to promoters, bands, label heads, etc. was all so interesting because everyone has a unique experience within the industry. I also saw a ton of great bands.
Oldfolks Home played an amazing showcase. We didn't win the Cow Puncher award, but we did win over some ears. It's a wonderful thing when someone is so touched by your music that they take the time to walk over to you, and maybe extending themselves past their comfort zone, and tell you how much they enjoyed what you do. The CMW show was probably our best. I'm looking forward to coming back to all these cities.
Here is a list of all the bands my ears had a taste of:
Shy Kids - Global Village Backpackers (GVB)
The Breezes - Horseshoe
Like A Motorcycle - Bovine Sex Club
Oldfolks Home (audience!) - GBV
Cadence Weapon - Kool Haus
Rococode - Velvet Underground
Pkew Pkew Pkew (gunshots) - GBV
We Are Wolves - Sneaky Dee's
Grounders - Sneaky Dee's
Mac Demarco - Sneaky Dee's
Apparat Organ Quartet - Hoxton
Revelstoke - Hoxton
Sóley - Hoxton
The Beards - Bovine Sex Club
Abramson Singers - Cameron House
Pull My Strings - GVB
Papermaps - Rancho Relaxo
BOLD = favs. I could have seen more on Saturday, but I probably walked a combined total of 10 hours this weekend, and my feet didn't want to anymore, so I ditched the fest early in favour of sleep and some Oz. Plus I woke up this morning and made some granola. Yup! More pictures!
Now off to Hamilton! We get to play with Boats! Yeah Boats!