CMW 2018 Preview: Sunshine & the Blue Moon – “Welcome to the Future”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

If this is the future, I don’t want to be there.

Human-sized animals are creepy to begin with (right?), but dancing human-sized animals? There’s a reason adults turn away when this stuff shows up on a kids show.

“Welcome to the Future” comes from the album of the same name. Sunshine & the Blue Moon play a CMW set on Thursday, May 10 at the Horseshoe Tavern.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Barry Paquin Roberge – “Pawnshop Bargain”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Are they parodying the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s in this one? Maybe just the Bee Gees.

It’s as if every cringe-worthy video from Much Music’s early days was rickrolled into one, but it’s somehow sexy while trying its hardest not to be. Guitars in space always turn the tide.

Barry Paquin Roberge—three-fifths of now defunct Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors—play a CMW set on Wednesday, May 9 at the Monarch Tavern. It’s probably worth seeing the self-proclaimed “APOCRYPHE SOUND FRAME OF ZARDOZ’S EROTIC SIMULATION.”

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Wine Lips – “Opera Ghost”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Being a loser in a hot dog eating contest must be one of life’s least desirable positions—you just spent several minutes stuffing a food down your throat that, let’s face it, isn’t all that tasty, and now all you have to show for it is ketchup and mustard stains and a stomach ache.

Then a dog comes by to eat what you couldn’t.

“Opera Ghost” comes from Wine Lips’ self-titled album. They play a CMW set on Wednesday, May 9 at Adelaide Hall.

-Scott Bryson

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Hollerado – “Eloise”

If you’re in the market for a Punkzz show, Halderado is the hot ticket. Or is that Halorodo? They’re hard to pin down. Best seen in intimate venues, with a sloppy bartender and pizza breaks.

The “Eloise” in question is Menno Versteeg’s cousin—the A&R rep. That singer stands out, too—big emotions coming from the stage.

Hollerado’s latest is last year’s Born Yesterday.

-Scott Bryson

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Nightseeker – “Shotgun Beer”

No one tells the Deaner he drinks too much.

He may be a fictional character but his band is real enough, and he’s the one to go to if you want to learn how to drink beer like it’s 1975 (or you need help smashing random objects).

Looks like he’s shotgunning Pilsner. Not our first choice, but it’s better than Coors Light. Nightseeker release their debut album, 3069: A Space Sex Odyssey, on 4/20.

-Scott Bryson

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Nap Eyes – “I’m Bad”

Where to begin? This is directed by Dog Day’s Seth Smith, which probably explains the otherworldliness.

It’s not far off from an episode of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: the line between normal and wacko is little more than a door frame. On the kooky side here, our temperamental artist has arranged an extravagant scene; let’s hope the finished painting is worth the effort.

“I’m Bad” comes from the latest Nap Eyes record, I’m Bad Now.

-Scott Bryson

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Mauno – “Other Bad”

Sure, we’ve all seen some strange things while on a bike ride, but this? Halifax is a weird place.

And what are we to make of this video ending at its start? The daily grind is meaningless? We’re all going ’round in circles? At least we get bright orange jumpers.

“Other Bad” comes from Mauno’s 2017 album, Tuning.

-Scott Bryson

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