The Silver Dollar will be closing at the end of this month, making this weeks round of CMW shows one of the last gasps of the storied Toronto venue. It’s a sad moment for Toronto’s music scene and fittingly, Zoobombs singer Don Matsuo was getting a bit emotional over the impending closure.
Addressing the crowd a few songs into their set, he praised the venue and it’s booker Dan Burke and explained how sad he was that the Silver Dollar is closing, Describing the venue as kind of like home, he added that the band hoped to find a new home in Toronto in the future. Rather than mourning the loss of the venue too much though, Zoobombs were there to make sure we enjoy it while it lasts.
Sure, the loss of the Dollar is sad, but with a high energy show that had a certain manic element to it at times, Zoobombs were determined to make the night a celebration.
Yi is the collaborative effort of Jordan Allen of Rolemodel and Jesse Crowe of Beliefs.
The pair started writing together in winter of 2015 and the end results were a pair of EPs, fittingly titled EP1 and EP2. According to band’s bio, EP1 embodies “the quiet of winter pushing forward into the waking of the spring,” which seems a fairly accurate description of the Dinosaur Jr-esque “Not So Dead.” Meanwhile, EP2 will deal with “the frantic energy autumn presents.” EP1 will be released April 14th via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Yi will be playing the Silver Dollar on April 20th alongside Teagan Johnston ,Luna Li, The Seams, Japanese Breakfast, and Heaven For Real.
I managed to catch Montreal’s Caveboy for the first time during last year’s Canadian Music Week where they managed to impress with an energetic live show and their atmospheric yet danceable electro/dreampop sound. Since then, they’ve played a whole bunch more shows, including appearances at Pop Montreal, CMJ, SXSW. Hillside, Pride Toronto, Osheaga, and Rifflandia.
The band have returned for another CMW and will be playing The Silver Dollar as part of the NeXT POP MTL @ CMW showcase on April 19 (I’m still processing the fact that the Dollar is almost gone) as well as a show with Ria Mae at Adelaide Hall on April 21.
Canadian Music Week will soon be upon us once again, with a whole bunch of Canadian and international artists and industry folk descending on Toronto for a week of shows. Of the Canadian acts, one of the notable names is 54-40, the Vancouver band who helped to define the CanRock sound of the ’80s and ’90s with songs such as “I Go Blind,” “She-La,” “Nice To Luv You,” “Baby Ran,” and “Assoholic.”
As the photo above indicates, they’ve now reached the point in their career where they wear suits and glare at the camera somewhat menacingly in their publicity shots. After 30 years as a band, they’ve also reached the point where they’ve started to look back over their career, releasing the compilation album La Difference, an all-acoustic rerecording of some of their greatest hits last year.
54-40 will be playing the Indie Awards on Wednesday, April 19 alongside The Nursery, Repartee, Dan Mangan, The Wooden Sky, and Hollerado and will also be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame this year. Check out an acoustic performance of “One Gun” below: