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!
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.
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)
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.
May 07 @ Lee’s Palace – 08:15pm (w/ King Tuff & Twin Peaks)
May 08 @ The Silver Dollar – 01:00am (Pop Montreal Showcase)
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?
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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!
May 09 @ Handle Bar – 11:00pm