Fiona’s CMF 2012 picks: Thursday March 22, 2012

The Vans Warped Tour Documentary: No Room For Rockstars at Toronto Underground Cinema. 18+. 7PM.

The Postelles at Lee’s Palace. 19+. 9PM.

San Sebastian at Lee’s Palace. 19+. 10PM.

I got a chance to check out The Postelles when they opened for The Kooks back in November. The show was sold out and the line up was down the street and around the block. By the time I got into the venue, the place was packed and I only got to watch The Postelles perform the last two songs of their set. Thus, I must see them perform again since I missed the entire experience of it last time they were here. If you have yet to listen to their self-titled debut album, I highly recommend it to anyone that likes indie rock with a 60s throwback sound.

The Postelles – 123 Stop

San Sebastian is one of the several indie bands that appeared on MuchMusic’s disBAND back in 2008/2009. The band released their debut LP, Relations, October 4, 2011. The excerpts from their album have really got me intrigued with what this Hamilton-based indie rock band has to offer.
San Sebastian – Baby by Last Gang Entertainment

Benjamin Francis Leftwich at Cameron House-Backroom. 19+. 11PM.

Donovan Woods at Cameron House-Backroom. 19+. 12AM.

I’ve had Benjamin Francis Leftwich‘s album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, on rotation for quite some time now. I was so excited when I came across his name as I was browsing the CMF schedule and knew I had to catch his set. Hailing from London, UK, Leftwich’s hypnotic and breathy voice exposes his soul through his lyrics. If you can’t make his set at the Cameron House on Thursday night, he is also playing The Agency Group Showcase on Friday March 23 at 9:10PM at Supermarket.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Box of Stones

Donovan Woods is a Toronto-based indie folk singer-songwriter. His sound is similar to that of Damien Rice, Wilco and Iron & Wine. To be honest, I haven’t heard much about Donovan Woods, but when I clicked on his profile and gave his music a listen, I was immediately entranced.
Donovan Woods – Let Go Lightly

Monster Truck at Horseshoe Tavern. 19+. 12:50AM.

Monster Truck = Rock music and beards. That’s all you need to know.

Monster Truck – Seven Seas Blues

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Fiona’s CMF 2012 picks: Wednesday March 21, 2012

It’s that time of year again – Canadian Music Week 2012 – the concert series held in Toronto to hold music lovers over until NXNE. At this year’s Canadian Music Fest there are about 1,013 acts and 300 individual shows. So without further ado, here are my picks for this year’s festivities…starting off with WEDNESDAY MARCH 21st.

2K12 Korea Night: K-Pop Wave at Kool Haus. Doors at 7PM.

This year is going to be HUGE for K-Pop! 2012 has just started and K-Pop is making a huge splash over here in North America. Big Bang were recently recognized by TIME magazine on two separate occasions as a band to watch out for. (Article 1: South Korea’s Greatest Export: How K-Pop’s Rocking the World; Article 2: Watch Your Back, Bieber: The Boy Band Is Making a Comeback) In addition, Big Bang’s Alive EP, released Feb 28, 2012, debuted at #150 on the United States Billboard 200 with no North American promotion whatsoever. Girls’ Generation, a nine-member South Korean pop girl group, made their American debut performing the English version of their lead single, The Boys, on “Live! with Kelly” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Last, but not least, I recently developed a life-encompassing crush on Washington-state born Korean pop idol, Jay Park. His first Korean studio album, New Breed, released on Feb 7, 2012, topped the charts both in Korea and Internationally claiming the #1 spot on the iTunes chart in USA, Australia and Canada. The album also took the number 4 spot on Billboard’s World Albums chart — this achievement was made despite no promotions being done in the States for the release. Earlier this month, Jay Park was also featured on Spin Magazine’s Pop Blog as their #1 crush. Although these artists aren’t going be at this K-Pop showcase, I would highly recommend people to check out this event just to get a sense of what’s to come. I will be there for G.NA and Brian Joo’s sets.

G.NA – I’ll Back Off So You Can Live Better (Feat. Young Joon Hyung from B2ST)
Brian Joo – Can’t Stop (feat. Jay Park and Dumbfoundead)

Casino at Neutral Lounge. 19+. Doors at 7:30PM.

I pretty excited to see this band perform. When it was announced on twitter this Montreal-based indie pop rockers, Casino, were participating in CMF, it was the first I ever heard of the band. I took look at some of their performance videos on Youtube and was immediately impressed by their stage presence and musicality. You can grab a free download of their album Sainte Rose from the band’s website.

Casino – Apple Shaped Heart

Young Empires at The Great Hall. Doors at 8PM.

This CMF showcase is by Union Events and Pirates Blend (Bedouin Soundclash‘s own record label). I’ve been waiting patiently to see Young Empires perform ever since I heard about their sold out record release show at the Horseshoe back in February. Their debut EP, Wake All My Youth, caught the attention of spiritual guru, Deepak Chopra and the band performed at The Chopra Foundation’s Sages and Scientists Symposium earlier this month.

Young Empires – White Doves

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Balam Acab- Just Stay

Just as I almost forgot about Balam Acab he came back and reminded me just how much I enjoy listening to his music.

Balam Acab- Just Stay

Evian Christ- MYD

Hip hop has taken on a new form by in large because of the new comers that have exploded onto the production scene. Far more often now producers are being celebrated, rather than their fast talking counterparts. Evian Christ is an early child hood education student out of England. The comparisons to Clams Casino are plenty and its apparent that Evian is just as talented.

Evian Christ- MYD

The Shoes- Time To Dance

A friend of mine showed me this video and I instantly became a fan of this band. Not only is this one of the best music videos, if not the best, I have ever seen but the song is fresh and is exactly what the music industry needs.

The Shoes- Time To Dance

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