Canadian Music Week – Day 1 and 2

Canadian Music Week is always a great time to reflect on your music business skills, refresh your ambition, and be inspired by new thoughts and ideas.  This year does not disappoint!  Another cool thing about this week is the festival portion, where numerous bands showcase their talents.  So, all around downtown in 43 venues is live music in all genres – pretty cool, right? The streets are filled with people and music all night…

Among a few venues along the way, most memorably I went to The Painted Lady to catch Fox Glove from Victoria.  I managed to sneak in, just starting their set.  I was absolutely blown away by the beautiful harmonies, lovingly and carefully selected for each song… I caught myself closing my eyes to draw it all in.  Their last song drew the crowd in with complete silence and respect.  On my way back to the hotel, I stopped in at Dakota Tavern where the CMW showcases had already wrapped up… and the local residency band was about to take stage.  Peter Elkas and Band slayed the crowd with their original, catchy, crafted songs… I was brought to tears as they reminded me of Tom Petty incarnate.  I have to remember that this is Music City for Canada… lots of great musicians here – trying to make it in the big scene, to be heard and noticed.  I certainly noticed.

Again, off to hear some more inspiring music tonight…