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Favourites from Canadian Music Week 2014



I always find it incredibly difficult to whittle down my list of favourite bands from five days jammed tight with music.  Fundamentally, you’re comparing apples with every conceivable fruit in the orchid.  In so doing, I usually ask myself a series of questions: 

Did the live performance live up to the recordings, or perhaps even surpass them?  Am I conjuring the melodies in my head?  Did I purchase a digital copy of their album?  Am I actually listening to what I’ve purchased?  All of these questions help me arrive at a rough selection.

I have now managed to pick out thirteen bands that I thought were extraordinary and I’ve put them in a single list for easy reference.  I’ve also included a concert picture or two so that you can get a sense of their live presence. I should note that I’ve only included bands that I actually caught live this year.  Many other terrific bands played in CMW whose music I love but wasn’t able to fit into my schedule. The low number of Toronto bands is a sheer accident of scheduling and familiarity. I gave priority to out of town bands and also gave priority to bands I had never heard before. 

In no particular order, here are my favourties from CMW 2014:


1)    Windigo (Calgary) 





Windigo - 3dsc_0624

Windigo @ Johnny Jackson - May 6, 2014






2)    AroarA (Montreal) 



AroarA - 3

AroarA @ The Cameron House - May 8, 2014






3)    Waiting Game (Montreal) 



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Waiting Game @ The Cameron House - May 6, 2014






4)    Little Simz (London, U.K.) 



Little Simz - 5

Little Simz - 15

Little Simz @ Baltic Avenue - May 8, 2014






5)    Tully on Tully (Melbourne) 



Tully on Tully - 15

Tully on Tully - 17

Tully on Tully @ Handlebar - May 9, 2014






6)    Yellerkin (Brooklyn) 



Yellerkin - 8

Yellerkin @ Baltic Avenue - May 9, 2014






7)    Groenland (Montreal) 



Groenland - 3

Groenland @ Adelaide Hall - May 10, 2014






8)    HIGHS (Toronto) 



Highs - 2

HIGHS @ Loft Party - May 9, 2014






9)    Blue Sky Miners (Toronto) 



Blue Sky Miners - 1

Blue Sky Miners @ The Silver Dollar - May 6, 2014



Blue Sky Miners - 4

Blue Sky Miners - 10

Blue Sky Miners @ Loft Party - May 9, 2014






10)    Flint Eastwood (Detroit) 



Flint Eastwood - 4

Flint Eastwood @ Bovine - May 7, 2014






11)    Rathburns (Toronto) 



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Rathburns @ Bovine - May 6, 2014






12)    What Model Citizens (Brooklyn) 



What Model Citizens - 3

What Model Citizens @ Painted Lady - May 7, 2014






13)    Zoo Owl (Toronto) 



Zoo Owl - 10_1

Zoo Owl - 2

Zoo Owl @ Silver Dollar - May 9, 2014