Canadian Music Fest 2013 – Katie’s Picks

CMF 2013 Lineup

Find the full list of artists here.

If you’re like me, and have anything whatsoever to do with the Toronto media, music, and arts scene, you’ve probably been pelted with press releases for Canadian Music Fest for the last few months. Finally, it’s March and I can peel the electronic whitesheets from my virtual windshield and attend some fine concerts.

What are my picks? Great question. Because there’s nothing that gives a pretentious twenty-something more sickeningly satisfying pleasure than telling other people what to like. These are great bands and you should definitely check them out. Or, wait until you hear them at Urban Outfitters and pretend you knew about them all along while you’re shopping for shredded Sesame Street t-shirts and pink-bleached jeans with three types of non-functional zipper. It’s really your choice.

These bands have been vetted for quality. They’re “sure things.” All that’s left is for you to go out and enjoy them.

WEDNESDAY
Yukon Blonde (Kelowna, BC)
Wed March 20 @ 8pm, The Danforth Music Hall
RIYL: The Sheepdogs, Zeus

CHVRCHES (Glasgow, Scotland)
Wed March 20 @ 10pm, Mod Club
RIYL: Purity Ring, The Knife, The Good Natured

THURSDAY
Chloe Charles (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Tattoo Rock Parlour
Sat March 23 @ 10pm, El Mocambo (Upstairs)
RIYL:  Regina Spektor, Coffee shop pleasantries

Turtle Giant (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Thurs March 21 @ 8pm, Rancho Relaxo
RIYL: Vacationer

The Breezes (Montreal, QC)
Thurs March 21 @ 8:30pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Luscious beach rock

First Rate People (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 9pm, Annex Live
RIYL: Teenage dreams

Efterklang (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Thurs March 21, 10pm, Virgin Mobile Mod Club
RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Tunng

Raleigh Moncrief (Sacramento, California)
Thurs March 21, 11:30pm, Parts & Labour
RIYL: The sound of a thousand exploding suns

Wildlife (Toronto, ON)
Thurs March 21 @ 12am, The Great Hall
RIYL: Collegiate life

Javelin (Providence, NY)
Thurs March 21, 1:00am, Parts & Labour
RIYL: Bibio, TV Girl, Toro Y Moi
***KATIE’S TOP PICK FOR MAXIMUM CONCERT ENJOYMENT***

FRIDAY
Cold Specks (London, UK)
Fri March 22 @ 9:20pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: Macy Gray without the smoker’s throat

Diamond Rings (Toronto, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:00pm, Kool Haus
RIYL: The eyeshadow counter at Sephora and drum machines

Young Rival (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 10:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Smith Westerns, Black Lips, Dirty Fences

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Fri March 22 @ 11pm, Bovine Sex Club
RIYL: Cracking beer bottles over your friends’ heads

SATURDAY
Cookie Duster (Toronto, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 11:10pm, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Broken Social Scene, the “original” Toronto music scene

The Dirty Nil (Hamilton, ON)
Sat March 23 @ 2:30am, Horseshoe Tavern
RIYL: Public urination, leftover pizza

Sharon Van Etten (Brooklyn, NY)
Sat March 23 @ 8pm, Massey Hall
RIYL: First Aid Kit

MusicBetweenFriends Presents: Summer In Winter

It’s so cold here in Southern Ontario! Don’t let the Southern part fool you; we can get chilled with the best of them. Music Between Friends proudly presents Summer In Winter, a playlist heavy with surf-rock, spiritual awakening, and grunge.

First up is Wasting Our Time by James Leroy, a funk-punk track with a motowny guitar line and a hyperactive tambourine. After that comes Starfield, by PS I Love You, an anthem for grungy astronauts. Then, Slime by Sleeping Bag headbangy and handclappy. The Calendar by The Dø will completely win you over by oozing its French-Finnish charm. Then, One Day by Sharon Van Etten reminds us of a female version of Girls. We follow it up accordingly with Substance by Girls. After that, Smith Westerns make grungy garage music even cooler with My Heart. Can you handle strong, strange voices? Because here come Kiss Me Like You Mean It by The Magnetic Fields and Graceland by The Tallest Man On Earth. Kurt Vile riffs on some great ideas in I Know I Got Religion. A splash of Deerhunter in Revival ties everything back to the heavy surf-rock theme of this playlist. Little Scream sweetens the pot with Heron and the Fox and Basia Bulat caps it off with Sparrow. Sharon Van Etten pops back in with Love More. Anonymous psychadelic-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra strike us dead with drug-addled Thought Ballune. Fans of The National will take pleasure in the sweet, meandering piano line combined with drowsy vocals take us home in Lord Knows by Dirty Beaches.

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TRACK LISTING
1. Wasting Our Time – James Leroy
2. Starfield – PS I Love You
3. Slime – Sleeping Bag
4. The Calendar – The Dø
5. One Day – Sharon Van Etten
6. Substance – Girls
7. My Heart – Smith Westerns
8. Kiss Me Like You Mean It – The Magnetic Fields
9. Graceland (Paul Simon Cover) – The Tallest Man On Earth
10. I Know I Got Religion – Kurt Vile
11. Revival – Deerhunter
12. Heron and the Fox – Little Scream
13. Sparrow – Basia Bulat
14. Love More – Sharon Van Etten
15. Thought Ballune – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
16. Lord Knows Best – Dirty Beaches