Angel Olsen | 9pm, Mod Club Theatre, June 20th Slow burning songs are hard to perfect. Angel Olsen is one of the few who have mastered making music that is drawn-out and eerie. Her ominous folk compositions make for the ideal creepshow. Her show is guaranteed to be a treat to the ears while the instrumentation with shake you to your core.
Banks (Saturday) Keeping it fairly under the radar, pop superstar Banks shows off her talent through her voice. The blazing set of pipes are her crowning glory. Banks’ style is often described as underground R&B with her voice being compared to Aaliyah. By being covered by high profile media outlets like MTV and BBC Radio 1, Banks has slowly been climbing the social ladder to stardom.
“Ooh the world is crowded”. Ruban Nielson makes this seemingly-obvious statement in the centrefolds of Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third album. While the world may seem busy and full of different people with different personalities, getting along with others isn’t always a pretty affair. While UMO’s sophomore album II focused on solitary disillusion, such as suicidal thoughts while eating popcorn, Multi-Love turns the tables on the problems with others.
CMW has brought some amazing international talent to Toronto, but I still feel the festival’s main strength is its support of local, unsigned, and underground talent. Day three for Antidote Magazine was all about exploration. I went to every show knowing nothing about the artists playing and I’m happy to say I was blown away by all the talent.
When I heard We Were Shark were playing CMW I couldn’t help but feel a little excited. The last time I saw these guys I was only eighteen and just getting into the local music scene. This Ottawa based five-piece are one of the only bands still playing a style of pop punk that I grew up on.
Last night marked the beginning of Canadian Music Week and seeing as catching every artist can be a bit of a daunting task I decided to take the first day slow and only check out one show, granted it was the insanely energetic and chaotic FIDLAR, but I’m getting ahead of myself.