May Pick of the Month- CMW Curated Mixtape!

Sunshine, clear skies and warm weather are all upon us, marking the start of Festival season in Toronto! With Canadian Music Week, one of Toronto’s biggest citywide festivals kicking off on May 1st, we’ve decided to put together some fun and upbeat tracks to better soundtrack your adventures through the sunny streets of Toronto. All of the artists featured this month will be performing during CMW, so be sure to catch them live if you like what you hear!

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Ivory Hours – I Won’t

Hailing from London, Ontario, Ivory Hours craft quirky and infectious pop jams, the perfect music to get the summertime vibes flowing. You may want to make the switch to an iced coffee to better suit the heat outside, but either way Ivory Hours “I Won’t” will be there to keep things lively. Crack out the sandals and groove along.

SHOWCASE
May 06 @ The Gladstone Hotel – 11:00pm (The City of London Showcase)
May 08 @ The Burdock – 11:00pm
May 09 @ The Bovine Rooftop – 02:15pm (AB + Planetary Group Day Party)
May 09 @ The Dakota Tavern – 11:00pm
May 09 @ Sneaky Dee’s – 03:00am (w/ The Death Set)

LINKS
https://twitter.com/ivoryhours
https://www.facebook.com/IvoryHours
https://instagram.com/ivoryhours/

Brews Willis – Party’s Over

Sometimes, the best way to throw yourself into the groove of summer is to get your blood pumping. Unlike some of the calmer songs we’ve provided in the past, Brews Willis are here to make noise, and a lot of it. “Party’s Over” is a driving, distorted garage rock jam that is sure to get you off your feet and moving.

SHOWCASE
May 07 @ Lee’s Palace – 08:15pm (w/ King Tuff & Twin Peaks)
May 08 @ The Silver Dollar – 01:00am (Pop Montreal Showcase)

LINKS
https://twitter.com/brewswillisband
https://www.facebook.com/brewswillisband
https://instagram.com/brewswillis/
https://soundcloud.com/brews-willis/

Midday Swim – We Got The Feeling

Midday Swim’s playful pop tunes have already been featured on CSP, but they suit the spring and summer months so well that we’ve decided to share another. “We Got The Feeling” is another succinct, atmospheric pop jam that is the epitomes of the summer adventure soundtrack.. Throw this jam on, and get out there and enjoy this weather whichever way you like best – dare we suggest a swim?

SHOWCASE
May 08 @ The Mod Club – 08:00pm (w/ Brave Shores)
May 09 @ Bovine Rooftop – 03:15pm (AB + Planetary Group Day Party)
May 09 @ The Dakota Tavern – 01:00pm

LINKS
https://twitter.com/MiddaySwim
https://www.facebook.com/middayswim
https://instagram.com/middayswim/

Savvie – Break You In

For some, warm weather is the perfect chance to simply enjoy the outdoors. Patio’s are open, parks are welcoming, and music only helps to provide that atmosphere. Vancouver’s SAVVIE happens to craft stripped down pop jams that perfectly suit patio season, and “Break You In” will certainly help ease you into this great time of year. Sit back, grab a drink and get washed away with the sultry jams of SAVVIE.

SHOWCASE
May 07 @ Cameron House (Back Room) – 12:00am
May 08 @ Sneaky Dee’s – 03:00am (w/ Fast Romantics)
May 09 @ The Bovine Rooftop – 05:15pm (AB + Planetary Group Day Party)

LINKS
https://twitter.com/SAVVIEmusic
https://www.facebook.com/SAVVIEmusic
https://instagram.com/SAVVIEmusic/
https://soundcloud.com/SAVVIEmusic

Tom West – Easy, Love

Often times, calm music suits calm skies. Australia’s Tom West makes music that is certainly calm, but also incredibly endearing. “Easy, Love” is a gentle love ballad driven by gently finger-picked melodies and driving drum rhythms – one that is perfect to keep you calm along with this warm weather. Great for rural adventures or urban explorations, Tom West lives for these sunny months.

SHOWCASE

May 07 @ The Painted Lady – 10:30pm (Official Footstomp Showcase)
May 08 @ The Garrison – 09:00pm (w/ Ben Lee)
May 09 @ The Horseshoe Tavern – 2:40pm (Sound Gallery Showcase)
May 09 @ Cameron House (Back Room)- 09:00pm

LINKS
https://twitter.com/tomwestmusic
https://www.facebook.com/tomwestmusic
https://instagram.com/tomwestmusic
https://soundcloud.com/tomwest

Sarah Burton – Love to Love You

After such long winters, it’s important to remember that the warm months are meant to be cherished. No worries, Sarah Burton is here to help you with that. “Love To Love You” is the jam to keep your energy up during some of the most welcoming times of the year. Crank up those speakers and get yourself in summer-mode already!

SHOWCASE
May 09 @ Handle Bar – 11:00pm

LINKS
https://twitter.com/saraheburton
https://www.facebook.com/toomanysarahs?fref=ts
https://instagram.com/burtonius/

April Pick of the Month- Midday Swim

April picks make spring come quick! We’re bringing in warmer weather with warmer vibes thanks to Toronto’s very own, Midday Swim. This month you’ll be swaying away with the Pick of the Month’s easy flowing summer ballad, “Summer Eyes”!

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This tribute to the dogs days of summer, combines all the elements of atmospheric indie rock to create a truly blissful story of a man reminiscing about carefree mild days. The dreamy guitar effects and mellow toned vocals merged with dramatic drum fills come together to construct this beautifully flowing tune.

Grab a cup of joe and sit in the warmth of the sun, because “Summer Eyes” will keep you sitting outside staring at the sunset till its gone.

http://www.middayswim.com/
https://twitter.com/MiddaySwim
https://www.facebook.com/middayswim

MARCH PICK OF THE MONTH: HILOTRONS

The end of sub-zero temperatures is finally on its way and The Coffee Shop Project wants to help kick off Spring in your dancing shoes! This March, we’re bringing you the incredibly contagious melodies of HILOTRONS’ “Tackle The Strand” as our Pick of the Month.

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Hailing from our nation’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario, HILOTRONS have hit 2015 running with “Tackle the Strand” from their brand new record Trip With Terpsichore, released on February 24th. HILOTRONS’ electro-funk-infused pop can be felt throughout “Tackle the Strand” and the rolling bass lines and synths mixed with a great vocal performance are sure to get you moving.

Don’t miss out on this dance-packed single from HILOTRONS by downloading it now!

Extended Pick of the Month- San Fermin

Greetings, friends!

A new month is here, and we have some great news!
We’ll be extending January’s Pick of the Month, San Fermin, through February to give you more time with “Jackrabbit” the title track off their new record (out April 21st)!  You have until March 1st to get it, so head to your nearest CSP shop, pick up your download card, and listen at your leisure!

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The track’s kinetic beat kicks hard, trumpets and harmonies chasing restless rising action. Full of ups and downs, “Jackrabbit” is the perfect track for looking ahead to the future based on what you’ve learned from the past.  Make sure to pick up the track while you can, and keep on the lookout for San Fermin’s record this spring!

Stay Warm,

-The CSP team

 

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Extended Pick of the Month – Chet Faker

Hey there Coffee Shop Project-ers, because we love you so much, we wanted to give you the gift of extended play time with marvellous “Gold” by Chet Faker. “Gold” will be available for download until January 20th… You’re Welcome.

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The track features a raspy falsetto, and perfectly showcases Faker’s sultry, low-tempo style.
After finding viral success for his cover of No Diggity, Chet Faker has built his success and sound through Australia and North America. The blended sound of Electro-pop, Motown and a grooving rhythmic section paired with smooth vocal performance on his debut record, Built on Glass, will have you spinning the album on repeat.

But mark your calendars, because on January 20th, San Fermin will be taking over as the Pick Of The Month to delight your ear drums!

Stay Warm,

-The CSP Crew

JANUARY PICK OF THE MONTH – San Fermin

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Happy New Year, Coffee Shop Project friends! Our resolution is to bring even more amazing music to independent coffee shops across Toronto. We’re starting the year off right with baroque pop act San Fermin‘s single “Jackrabbbit”! Grab your favourite brew and join our resolution by picking up our January Pick of the Month.

“Jackrabbit” is the title track from San Fermin‘s upcoming album set to release this spring. Its kinetic beat kicks hard, trumpets and harmonies chasing restless rising action. Full of ups and downs, “Jackrabbit” is the perfect track for looking ahead to the future based on what you’ve learned from the past.

San Fermin‘s Jackrabbit will be released April 21, 2015, but you lucky listeners will get the first taste, this month, at your favourite Toronto coffee shop!

DECEMBER PICK OF THE MONTH – Chet Faker

The holiday season is here, and 2014 is winding down. It has been year of highs for the Coffee Shop Project, and we’re so happy that our great roster of artists/coffee enthusiasts have allowed us to expand into more amazing independent coffee shops in Toronto. We’re happy to end it on another high note! The Coffee Shop Project is proud to present our December Pick of the Month, Chet Faker. Head to your favourite CSP shop this month and pick up your free download card for “Gold” by Chet Faker. The track features a raspy falsetto, and perfectly showcases Faker’s sultry, low-tempo style.

After finding viral success for his cover of No Diggity, Chet Faker has built his success and sound through Australia and North America. The blended sound of Electro-pop, Motown and a grooving rhythmic section paired with smooth vocal performance on his debut record, Built on Glass, will have you spinning the album on repeat. Pick up your download of Chet Faker‘s Gold for you at our favourite Toronto coffee shops.

Stay in touch with Chet Faker via the links below, and keep your ears to the ground for his next stop in Toronto! Happy holidays, and we’ll see you in 2015

LINKS:
www.chetfaker.com
www.facebook.com/Chetfaker
www.twitter.com/Chet_Faker

NOVEMBER PICK OF THE MONTH – Cold War Kids

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November is upon us, and it’s about that time to reach for your winter coat! Never fear though, The Coffee Shop Project can recommend over 30 warm and comfortable coffee shops to get cozy in with your favourite brew. Thus providing the perfect atmosphere to treat your ears to CSP’s November Pick Of The Month, Cold War Kids!

With a decade of performing and four albums under their belt, we are thrilled to be bringing you their single, “All This Could Be Yours”, from their new album Hold My Home which was released October 21. With thundering drums, smooth piano, and a piercing vocal melody, “All This Could Be Yours” grabs your attention and pulls you towards a seriously catchy, hard-hitting chorus. If this single is anything to go by, expect a blistering live set when they roll into town. Despite the energy, the band maintains that the album has a more subdued message. “It’s about battening down the hatches when trouble comes and seeking control in a chaotic world,” says vocalist Nathan Willett. “To ‘hold my home/where the seasons never change.’

Make the most of the beautiful changing of seasons with a great cup of coffee and your download of Cold War Kids’ “All This Could Be Yours”.

LINKS:
www.coldwarkids.com
https://facebook.com/ColdWarKids
www.twitter.com/ColdWarKids

OCTOBER PICK OF THE MONTH: Jess Reimer

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The cold is creeping in around the edges and while we may not have snow quite yet, The Coffee Shop Project team is hunkering down in the corners of our favourite coffee shops with a sweet treat, warm brew and October’s Pick of The Month, Jess Reimer. Her song Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang) will give you that extra “Umph!” to get out the door and embrace the weather, providing the perfect soundtrack for the fall season.

There is no denying that an artist is a reflection of their environment, and the harsh beauty of rural Manitoba is the heart of Jess Reimer’s work. Her voice combines the grittiness of Lucinda Williams with the power of Neko Case, and can epitomize a wide range of emotions. Her soon to be released album The Nightjar and The Garden was produced with Blue Rodeo’s founding keyboardist and fellow Manitoba native, Bob Wiseman. He brought with him and ear for vintage twang and gospel infused classics. The complete picture of The Nightjar and The Garden displays an artist with many facets, unwaveringly connected to the soul of North American music, much like the album’s special guest, Ron Sexsmith, who contributes harmony vocals on several tracks.

The warmth of your favourite brew is calling, so be sure to grab your download card at any of the participating shops, and get cozy with Jess Reimer and Maggie The Retriever (Bang Bang).

LINKS
www.pipeandhat.com/jess
www.facebook.com/jess.reimer
www.twitter.com/jessreimermusic

 

SEPTEMBER PICK OF THE MONTH – In Flight Safety

The leaves are beginning to turn and the familiar smells of fall are drifting through the streets. While the cooling weather or thought of heading back-to-school can be stressful, your friends at the Coffee Shop Project and MapleMusic are here to help you embrace the changing of seasons.  We are stoked on September’s Pick of the Month In-Flight Safety‘s “Animals” from their album Conversationalist, which will be released this month!

From the first guitar lick, urging you to look right and the subtle switch pulling your attention to the left, ”Animals” immediately gets you moving. It harnesses playful melodies with thought-provoking lyrics, and is as high octane as the java in your cup.   So call an old friend, grab a good blend from your favourite CSP shop and pick up a download card for “Animals” by In-Flight Safety.

LINKS
www.inflightsafety.ca
www.facebook.com/inflightsafety
www.twitter.com/inflight_safety