Home Festivals SPILL FESTIVAL REVIEW: CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2019

SPILL FESTIVAL REVIEW: CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK 2019

by SPILL EVENTS

Canadian Music Week 2019

Toronto, Ontario

Black Mountain @ Yonge And Dundas Square
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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The King Khan & BBQ Show @ Yonge And Dundas Square
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Film School @ Yonge And Dundas Square
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Dirty Nil & Tokyo Police Club @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
(Article by Cory Barter)

The Dirty Nil put on a loud, maniacal show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. They hit the stage around 9 pm and played some of their most well-known songs such as “Always High” and “Wrestle Yü To Hüsker Dü”. Ross Miller the bassist, sporadically jumped all over the stage and the audience matched his energy. The fans crowd surfed and moshed for the entirety of the show. It was a sweaty time.

Canadian indie legends Tokyo Police Club took the stage around 10 pm on the backs of Hamilton’s The Dirt Nil. “Did you guys have fun with the dirty. . . dirty. . . Dirty Nil?”, lead singer David Monk asked the audience to enthusiastic cheering. It’s obvious how much love the quartet has for the city of Toronto and they exclaimed that it had been too long since they had been home. They played songs off their latest album such as “Outtatime” and “Simple Dude”. Monk cracked open a beer within range of the microphone before performing the song “Breakneck Speed”

“Cause I’m still amazed you made it out alive/
After what you did/
Born on your feet/
Running, forest fires underneath your bed/
But it’s good to be back/
Good to be back/ Good to be back, Toronto!!”

He sang. It was a refreshing show. Perfect way to end the night.


Dirty Nil @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
(Photos by Cory Barter)

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Tokyo Police Club @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
(Photos by Cory Barter)

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Nick Waterhouse @ The Horseshoe Tavern
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Fade Awaays @ The Horseshoe Tavern
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Random Recipe @ Baby G
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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The Dandy Warhols @ The Danforth Music Hall
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Tommy Stinson @ Lee’s Palace
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Chris Strei @ Painted Lady
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Klaus Johann Grobe @ Baby G
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Nite @ Baby G
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Aida @ Drake Underground
(Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

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Azealia Banks @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
(Article By Cory Barter | Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick & Cory Barter)

Azealia Banks blew up in 2011 after her raw and sexually charged hit single “212” went viral. Having recently performed in Toronto last summer, it was clear her fans were still hungry for more. Banks took the stage following many cheers and calls for her name and around 40 minutes after her original set time. The audience knew her songs word for word and chanted the lyrics proudly. The New York City native’s set included vibrant moments of trap, soul and house music.

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The Lemonheads @ Lee’s Palace
(Article By Cory Barter | Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

The Lemonheads were a driving force in ‘90s alternative rock, often times mixing punk, country and pop together at the same time. The group has maintained a cult following and had Lee’s Palace so packed that it was hard to get around. Comfortably dressed in a flannel shirt and corduroy pants, Evan Dando played songs such as “It’s a Shame About Ray”, “Rudderless” and “The Great Big No”. The Lemonheads recently released a full length album of cover songs titled Varshons 2.

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Tasha The Amazon @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre

(Article By Cory Barter | Photos by Jason Fitzpatrick)

Hip Hop artist Tasha the Amazon opened up for Azealia Banks, putting on an energetic show. Her music mixes head banging trap production with wordplay clever enough to paint pictures; “A child of a child I’ve been piss broke/ Done waited tables on rich folk”. She performed songs such as “My Level”, “Picasso Leaning” and “Die Everyday”. These tracks show lots of versatility as they are both catchy and sharp at the same time. The Toronto rapper ended her set with two great unreleased songs. All the reason to keep an eye out for her.

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Television & Kandle @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
(Article & Photos by Cory Barter)

Kandle opened up for Television and started the night off with a folk-blues set. The singer-songwriters music manages to be very catchy while also capturing darkness from the perspective of an outcast. “Ain’t got no home/ Out on the road/ Where will I go/ When I grow old/ And does my soul/ Have what it takes/ To be alone/ When my body breaks” she sang melancholically on the song “When My Body Breaks”. Her father Neil Osborne of the band 54-40 supported her onstage by playing the tambourine.

Television is one of the most influential punk bands of all time. Their debut album Marquee Moon still sounds modern and unique over 40 years since its initial release. The group took the stage around 9 pm and wasted no time diving into classics such as “Venus” and “Elevation”. The post-punk band played for almost two hours, satisfying the long-time fans that filled up the audience. They ended their set with the song “Marquee Moon” and then came back to perform “friction”, finishing it with a slow but noisy guitar solo.

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