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CMW 2017: Chicklet at Silver Dollar

CMW wouldn’t be complete without a ’90s Canadian rock act reuniting.

This year, we got Toronto’s Chicklet, who released albums in 1998 and 2003, with California label Satellite Records (check out their straight-outta-the-90s Web site).

They admitted to being stage-rusty, and that the only stories they had to tell were about their kids (one was told), but you wouldn’t know all that time had passed—they could pick up right where they left off (and it looked like they might, for a while, after a 2012 single).

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2017: Sportsfan at Silver Dollar

The Silver Dollar’s days are numbered, thus necessitating one last CMW visit to the oddly-arranged venue that’s known for taking chances on new bands.

Though Sportsfan (not to be confused with Sports Fan) have only been around since 2015, they hardly need anyone handing them opportunities. They were—by a noticeable margin—the night’s most cohesive outfit, and achieved a clarity in sound that few bands have managed in that room (more the fault of the room than of the sound guy).

We anxiously await a full album from the Toronto quartet; in the mean time, acquaint yourselves with five of their tunes *here,* including the above ode to Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman.

One of the better bands we caught, this CMW.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2017: Hockey Dad at The Great Hall

These two inspire a ravenous following—a few devotees were essentially in costume for Hockey Dad’s CMW set: jerseys, knee-high socks. Certainly more effort than we’re used to seeing in this town, for a visiting rock band.

A miniature mosh pit formed in short order and its residents lost their minds over nearly every tune in Dad’s repertoire (a few samples can be found above). They were whipped into such a frenzy that they wantonly wasted beer after beer, shaking, spraying and dumping them on each other’s heads. Fun, sure, but a loss of perfectly drinkable booze.

They have a measurable effect on a room, they’re named after a Simpsons gag and their arrival coincided with the playoffs; we’re on board.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2017: Surf Dads at The Great Hall

Their Twitter admission that “we are so bad at this” proved prescient for this trip; a short while into their CMW set, Surf Dads confessed that they’d left their merch in Regina. They also later confided that none of them had ever surfed.

A pity the goods weren’t on hand—there likely would have been a few purchases after their performance. It was the sort of reliable, peppy outing that might conjure notions of a rowdier—and somehow more maudlin—version of Two Hours Traffic.

The vid above—them playing a handful of tunes at a café in the Czech Republic—is a representative sampling.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2017 Preview: Forty Seven Teeth – “All The Feels”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on April 18. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Ah, life as a teen in the early ’90s. The Easy Bake Oven doesn’t fit, but the rest is familiar: Goosebumps, Penthouse, Super NES, making out with Leo DiCaprio posters.

Kingston, Ontario’s Forty Seven Teeth play their CMW set on April 21 at Smiling Buddha at 11:00.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2017 Preview: We, the Oceanographers – “This Is Why”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on April 18. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

The Unisphere: a stainless steel Earth that was built for the New York World’s Fair, in 1964. Amusing tidbit: Every year, at least three people end up in hospital because they tried to climb it (and failed).

Yes, there does appear to be a line in the chorus that goes: “Puppies, quesadillas, Christian Slater.” Nothing wrong with that.

Ireland’s We, the Oceanographers play two CMW sets: April 21 at Stop, Drop & Roll at midnight, and April 22 at Smiling Buddha at 6:30.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2017 Preview: P.C.B. – “Psyberpunker”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on April 18. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

There isn’t a lot to see in this video, but you could do worse than an infinite repeat of an angry robot deity tank destroying the name of the song with its laser eyes.

Taiwan’s P.C.B. (perhaps for printed circuit board?) samples classic NES sounds for their tunes. You can catch them twice at CMW: April 20 at the Rivoli at 8:00, and April 21 at the Painted Lady at 2 AM.

-Scott Bryson

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