CMW Showcase

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CMW Showcase

Thu, May 8, 2014

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

C'est What?

Toronto, ON

This event is 19 and over

Finding Chuck - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Finding Chuck
Finding Chuck is all about two things, music, and people. What do you do when you put those two things together? Make a band.

Over the course of the past year, the guys in Finding Chuck have gone from recording demos at home in the basement, to hitting the stage with their new material, and prepping for their forthcoming EP. From festivals, to showcases to bars, the past year has kept the boys busy playing all over southern Ontario. With an upcoming tour from Toronto through to Montreal planned to promote the release of their EP, summer is coming early for the guys.

Finding Chuck is best described as alternative rock band in the vein of The Bends era Radiohead, blended with new indie rocks artists like Young the Giant or Our Lady Peace. But aside from their music, the band has one purpose, to share their love of music with everyone who'll listen.
Twin Lakes - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Twin Lakes
Good music grasps your attention. But incredible, timeless music pulls you inside it. The songs of Twin Lakes are an absorbing volume of emotional depth. Each melody is a pool in which to drift and drown. Echoed, haunting guitar intros and dynamic drumming arrive at the ears as if passed through the surface of water, arousing the synapses, and inviting you into an immersive sonic landscape. Shimmering, atmospheric and taut melodies lead you to the edge before some small inflection – a single note or harmonic moment – forces you to dive in. The aching, nuanced voice of Eddie Garven is the current that draws you beneath.

Born in the suburbs of Newcastle, during downtime for Garven’s other group, Seabellies, Twin Lakes existed in the ether as home recordings of coalesced ideas. But when an offer arrived for Twin Lakes to play a live performance, the singer and guitarist decided that it was time for his project to take the next step.

“The band was put together after being offered an opening spot at a friend’s show at the Cambridge,” Garven says. “I was a bit hesitant at first as the show was only three weeks away and I had no band organised – and only half a set of finished material. But I thought if I don’t do this now it’ll never happen.”

Garven brought together a group of accomplished musicians. Twin Lakes sees Garven work with his brother, guitarist and backing vocalist Huw. On bass is Dan Pavez, who plays in a project with Huw called Ornaments. On keys, bass, vocal and engineering/production duties is Jake Graham, who has a Bachelor of Music from Newcastle Conservatorium. On drums is Sean Kelleher, a fellow Seabellies member who is completing a masters in music at the Australian Institute of Music. Twin Lakes is a formidable group of talented artists.

In their year together Twin Lakes have played throughout Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, permeating the music scene with their layers of folk and rock. Their music has the captivating, pastoral resonance of bands like The Dears, Doves, Silversun Pickups, Bon Iver, Band of Horses and Midlake.
The Feather - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
The Feather
Newcomer on the Belgian scene, The Feather is the side project of Thomas Medard, singer/guitarist of Dan San.

With his debut album, Invisible, Thomas delivers 12 tracks as the result of a long process of songwriting and recording. His cinematic universe is at a crossroads already explored by the dreamlike pop music of Department of Eagles, Syd Matters, or Tim Burton's instrumental and visual soundtracks. The resulting music, dreamy and melancholy, offers a diversified first album where the listener is invited to a sweet and emotional journey.

For this record, Thomas carried to the extreme the concept of "solo project" and realized it from A to Z. He plays all the instruments (guitars of all kinds, piano, synths, bass, clarinet, glock, percussion,…) and has entirely produced, recorded and mixed it by transforming the attic of his house into a home studio. This attic has become a true sound laboratory in which time has stopped for this hyper-productive young musician. It is finally at Studio 5 (MLCD, Roscoe, Dan San,…) that the last layer of varnish was added, with the help of Raphaël Wynands. Fascinated by music as much as graphic arts, he also wanted to create himself the visual universe surrounding the album.
Keiffer & The Curiosity Club - (Set time: 12:00 AM)
Keiffer & The Curiosity Club
Despite his relatively young age, Keiffer Mclean has made a prodigious progression as a solo folk artist. Hailing from Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan, Keiffer began writing songs in his mid-teens and has since developed into a songwriting virtuoso who has made appearances at several high-profile festivals in 2013, including the Cathedral Village Arts Festival, the Regina Folk Festival, Gateway Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival and JUNOfest. And his debut release, a seven-song self-titled EP, garnered him a nomination in the 'Young Performer of the Year' category at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Keiffer has also shared the stage with numerous Canadian artists in the last year such as Jeremy Fisher, Boreal Sons, Close Talker, Belle Plaine, The Lazy MKs, Don Brownrigg, Trent Severn, Rah Rah, George Leach, Northcote, Grounders, Wooden Sky, and Peter Katz.

Now, at the age of 20, Keiffer is poised to make 2014 his breakout year with the release of his first full-length album, Drama in the Attic. Expanding his folk influences to include an increasingly wider array of eclectic musicianship, Keiffer has peeled back his deceptively simple-yet-sophisticated acoustic melodies and lamenting vocal lines to reveal several layers of quietly breezy contemporary instrumental textures and flourishes – expect to hear a clarinet, trumpets and a tuba filling in the spaces along with Keiffer’s guitar lines.

Coming from a musical family, Keiffer is adept at a variety of instruments, having played the accordion and slide whistle to several songs on Drama in the Attic. But in addition to his own contributions, Keiffer is joined by several accomplished musicians, including his uncle Al Muirhead, a Calgary-based jazz musician who has played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Paul Anka and Tommy Banks.

“He is amazing,” says Keiffer about his uncle. “He’s in his late 70s and he played the trumpet on the album. And the brass section was made up from several jazz musicians that are his close friends as well.”

Recorded at Touchwood Studios in Regina, several other backing musicians, including Chris Prpich of The Lonesome Weekends and The Lazy MKs, Robert Mclean, Danny Jones, and Jakob Geifenhagen, also make an appearance on Drama in the Attic.

The album has already garnered strong responses thanks to the advance release of the single “Headful of Diamonds”. Describing the wordplay as “playing with perception and philosophy,” Keiffer’s lyrics often fall somewhere between whimsical and astute – the song paints a refined picture that leaves enough openings for listeners to add their own interpretation.

“I was attempting to write songs in a different manner, trying to find new methods,” says Keiffer. “For example, the song ‘Jive Turkey’ was originally about a friend of mine. I was busking at the time. I had a bunch of songs but they were really too long for people who were passing by to catch anything memorable. I needed a song to catch their attention so I started singing the poem.”

Having written many of the songs over the span of the past couple of years, Drama in the Attic is a strikingly lush and original listen that sees Keiffer confidently striding into a realm where his sound has matured gracefully into alternative contemporary along with his folk-leanings.

“I started writing songs when I was 16 and now that I am 20 I am already looking at music with a whole other viewpoint,” he says.

“It’s your old self but it’s your new self.”
Ivy Coast - (Set time: 1:00 AM)
Ivy Coast
Ivy Coast is a 6 piece alternative rock band combining powerful harmonies with catchy and thought provoking melodies.
Venue Information:
C'est What?
67 Front Street E.
Toronto, ON, M5E 1B5
http://www.cestwhat.ca