Songs You Can Dance Around Your Apartment To, Volume 54

Who even needs an excuse to dance around your apartment when it's the middle of the summer and the memories of that awful, awful winter are this far in the rearview mirror? And this week, we're doing it to Le Tigre, Kings of Leon, Paper Lions, Geyser, Sleigh Bells, Jay Reatard and more.



TRACKLIST

1. "Supersoaker" by Kings of Leon
2. "Infinity Guitars" by Sleigh Bells
3. "Deceptacon" by Le Tigre
4. "Silver Lining" by Guards
5. "Too Bad So Sad" by Michael Rault
6. "Do You Wanna" by Paper Lions
7. "Wreckin' Bar" by The Vaccines
8. "Junkie" by Geyser
9. "Switches & Ash" by Sphinxs
10. "Blood Visions" by Jay Reatard
11. "Boom! Boom!" by Myles Deck & The Fuzz

 
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Compiled by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.







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Toronto's Secret Viking Heritage

The Vikings probably aren't the first people who leap to mind when you think of Toronto's heritage. After all, we're a city founded by the British in territory previously claimed by the French on the ancestral lands of the First Nations. And while many people from Scandinavia have called Toronto home, immigration from the northern reaches of Europe has generally been dwarfed by immigration from other parts of the world.

Today, for instance, in a metropolitan census area of 5.5 million people, only 70 of them say that Norwegian is the language they speak most often at home. That's compared to more than 300,000 who use Chinese languages. In fact, no Scandinavian language comes anywhere close to breaking into the top 50. More Torontonians speak Tigrigna or Marathi or Ilocano.

But if you know where to look, the linguistic traces of a distant Viking past are all around you. You can find them in the names of our streets, our neighbourhoods, our libraries, our schools... In words we use every day. And for the most part, that's thanks to events that happened more than a thousand years ago many thousands of kilometers away. When the Vikings invaded the British Isles.

It all started in the late 700s with bloody raids along the coast. Unprotected British monasteries were a tempting target. And all the Vikings had to do was to sail across the North Sea — only about the same distance as between Toronto and Montreal. By the end of the 800s, they'd launched a full-scale invasion and conquered a huge chunk of the island. Their new territory stretched all the way across the north-east of what's now England. Historians call it the Danelaw. The Norse ruled the land for about 200 years. And that meant waves of new Viking immigration.

While they were there, of course, they named things. Lots of things. Cities and towns and rivers and fields and farms.... Even a thousand years later, when you look at a map of England, you can see their linguistic legacy. It's all over the former Danelaw. In the north and the east of England, the names of places are still full of Old Norse.

And when the British came to Canada, they brought some of those names with them. The British renamed places they found in Toronto — just like the Vikings had done in Britain. So today's modern city — more than 2,000 kilometers away from the closest evidence of Viking settlement — is still full of traces of the days when the Vikings ruled much of England.

So take, for instance, Burnhamthorpe Road, which runs through parts of Etobicoke and Mississauga. It got its name from the settler John Ableton all the way back in the 1860s. He suggested it because Burnham Thorpe was the name of his hometown back in England. It had been part of the Danelaw. And the name originally came from those ancient Viking days — it's one of dozens upon dozens of places in the former Danelaw that still end in -thorpe, which was the Old Norse word for "village" or "farmstead".

The same goes for places that end in -holme. Like Glenholme Avenue near St. Clair West (which, while we're at it, isn't far from tiny Grimthorpe Road — the Viking name "Grim" with the Viking suffix "thorpe".). "Holme" was an Old Norse word for "island". So it's not a coincidence that there are places in Sweden with names like Stockholm, Hässleholm and Ängelholm — or Horsholm in Denmark.

In some cases, the "holme" suffix has evolved over the centuries, turning into the ending "ham". That's what happened to one ancient town near Manchester: Aldehulme eventually became Oldham. And Oldham, in turn, eventually turned up as the name of a road in Etobicoke.

Anglo-Saxon helmet at the British Museum
It's a bit confusing, though, because sometimes "ham" doesn't come from Old Norse at all — sometimes it comes from the Old English word for "homestead". And a lot of the examples are more complicated like that. The Old English of the Anglo-Saxons (who ruled much of England at the same time the Vikings did) shared the same linguistic roots with Old Norse — some of the words are so similar that it's not entirely clear which one is responsible for the modern version. In some cases, it's probably both. For instance, they both used a word like "dale" to refer to valleys. And a thousand years later, we do too. Neighbourhoods like Riverdale, Rosedale, Willowdale and Bendale all echo the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons.

Sometimes, their words got mashed together, too. So, for instance, to name one city in the Danelaw, they took the Old English word for hill — "dun" — and then added the Old Norse ending "holme". Over the years, "Dun Holme" gradually morphed into "Durham". Today, that's what the city and the county are both called. And when Upper Canada's first Lieutenant Governor, John Graves Simcoe, was looking for names for the new counties he was creating in Canada, he chose to name them after counties back home in England. Including Durham. So a thousand years after the Vikings first named their city "Dun Holme", we still call the land to the east of Toronto "Durham Region".

Durham Region, in turn, is home to Whitby — which has another Old Norse suffix: "by", which was the Viking word for "settlement".

And some examples are even more clear-cut.

Sometime back around the year 1000, the Vikings are thought to have established a new trading post on the coast of Wales. They named it after their King — Sweyn Forkbeard — who may even have founded the city himself. They added on an Old Norse suffix — "ey" for "island" or "inlet" — so the name of the city was essentially the Viking word for "Sven's Island". Over the next few centuries, it became "Sweynesse", "Sweyneshe", "Sweyse" and, eventually, "Swansea". And more than 800 years after the death of King Forkbeard, a man from Swansea moved to Toronto. He purchased the local bolt works company and renamed the business after his hometown. Eventually, the name was used to describe the whole area. Today, we still call the neighbourhood to the west of High Park "Swansea" in honour of a Viking King most of us have never even heard of.

But the most striking example might be this one:

According to one of the ancient Icelandic Sagas, there was once a Viking raider and poet by the name of Thorgils Skarthi The Hare-Lipped. Around the year 966, he decided to move across the North Sea for good and establish a new settlement on a harbour near the towering limestone cliffs of the north-east coast of England. He named the new town after himself, calling it Skarthi's stronghold: Skarðaborg. He was eventually driven out by the Anglo-Saxons and the new town was burned down. But when it was rebuilt years later, the name stuck.

Centuries after that, when Governor Simcoe came to Toronto to build his own stronghold on the harbour he found here, his wife came with him. Elizabeth Simcoe was struck by the beauty of this place — including the towering white bluffs to the east of the new town. They reminded her of the same limestone cliffs where Thorgils Skarthi The Hare-Lipped had once built his stronghold. So she christened the bluffs here with the modern version of the same word he used in England. That was the same word we still use to describe the vast expanse of land above those bluffs — the whole eastern half of our city.

Scarborough. Skarðaborg. Skarthi's Viking stronghold.

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A version of this post originally appeared on The Toronto Dreams Project Historical Ephemera Blog.


Posted by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.
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Stella Ella Ola's Big Day

It started, actually, the day before, with a big announcement. The Toronto indie poppers in Stella Ella Ola have released the release date for their debut full-length. It's gonna be called I Think We Should Hang Out All The Time and it'll be out on August 5 on Royal Mountain Records. (The same label as Hollerado — who share a couple of members with Stella Ella Ola — and PUP.) The cover is designed by the band's own Anne Douris. And the tracklist is exciting, too including a few tunes that have already been released in EP or single form (like "Summerette", "Hypersleep" and "Donna").

Then, on the Wednesday of NXNE, came the debut of their new music video. "Peter Sellers" is going to be the final track on the new album and the video is a ridiculous, cardboard-themed, time-travel beach party romp complete with monsters and a couple of familiar faces from the band's Royal Mountain label mates.

That very same night, they hit the stage at the Silver Dollar. The room was impressively full for a Wednesday night NXNE showcase. And as the band basted through their usual hook-happy pop rock, the crowd got a chance to know some of the newer songs from I Think We Should Hang Out All The Time. "Try Try Die" is super-catchy power-pop, while "Proud Mother Stomp"— a staple of their live shows — finds drummer Vince Rice on vocals, and earns its place in the proud tradition of off-beat, post-Ringo, percussionist-takes-the-mic tunes.

But the highlight of the night was still to come. From the Dollar, Stella Ella Ola headed to the tiny backroom of The Ossington for the Humblemania party to celebrate the Great Heart Music Festival (which kicked off in Trinity Bellwoods the next day). The room was sweaty, packed and intimate. And the set was even better than the one across town, with a couple of extra tunes thrown in, including an encore cover of The English Beat's "Mirror In The Bathroom."

A great way to end a great day.



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Photos by Carmen Cheung, the Arts Editor for The Little Red Umbrella.

Words by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.


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Songs You Can Dance Around Your Apartment To, NXNE Preview Edition

It's a particularly controversial year for North By Northeast (we shared our thoughts over here). But there are still plenty of amazing bands playing in Toronto over the course of the next few days, so we've put together a podcast of our favourites, including Army Girls, The Wet Secrets, Stella Ella Ola and more.




TRACKLIST

1. "Letterman" by Gay Nineties
Thursday, 8pm at Handlebar
Thursday, 12am at The Rivoli
 
2. "Summerette" by Stella Ella Ola
Wednesday, 11 pm at The Silver Dollar

3. "Sunshine" by The Wet Secrets
Thursday, 11pm at The Rivoli
 
4. "I Wanna Love You" by Michael Rault
Thursday, 12am at Handlebar
Saturday, 4pm at the St. James Gazebo (FREE)
Saturday, 9pm at Smiling Buddha

5. "Frantic" by The Lovely Feathers
Thursday, 12am at The Dakota Tavern
Saturday, 4:30pm at Trinity Bellwoods (FREE - part of the Great Heart Festival) 

6. "The Power" by Army Girls
Wednesday, 12:30am at MiO Squirtcar
Friday, 9pm at Lee's Palace
Sunday, 4pm at Sonic Boom in-store (FREE)

7. "Movie Star" by Swearin'
Friday, 12am at The Horseshoe Tavern
Saturday, 10pm at Smiling Buddha 

8. "Motorcycle" by Weaves
Thursday, 8pm at Massey Hall
Saturday, 2:10pm at The Great Hall 
Sunday, 2pm at Sonic Boom in-store (FREE)

9. "Try Not To Laugh" by Unfinished Business
Saturday, 6pm at Smiling Buddha
Sunday, 8pm at Edward Day Gallery 

10. "Suss It Out" by The Yips
Thursday, 2am at Smiling Buddha
  
11. "Toot Your Own Horn" by The Lytics
Saturday, 11pm at Adelaide Hall
Sunday, 4:30pm at Ryerson

12. "Sanity 7" by Juan Wauters
Thursday, 8pm at The Garrison
Thursday, 11pm at Smiling Buddha

Friday, 11pm at Smiling Buddha
Saturday 11pm at Smiling Buddha
 
13. "Oh Linda!" by Gramercy Riffs
Friday, 9pm at The Hideout
Saturday, 4pm at Trinity Bellwoods (FREE - part of the Great Heart Festival)

14. "Tentacles" by Rah Rah
Friday, 2:30pm at The Horseshoe Tavern

15. "Construction Worker" by The Golden Dogs
Saturday 11pm at The Rivoli
 
16. "Boy Detective" by Patti Cake
Friday, 2am at The Silver Dollar

17. "Hunting Season" by Hands & Teeth
Wednesday, 10pm at The Mod Club Theatre
Friday, 1am at The Bovine Sex Club
Saturday, 3:30pm at Trinity Bellwoods (FREE - part of the Great Heart Festival)

18. "Pick Me Up" by Kalle Mattson 
Thursday, 10pm at Handlebar
Friday, 5pm at Berczy Park (FREE)
Saturday, 3pm at Trinity Bellwoods (FREE - part of the Great Heart Festival)
Saturday, 6pm at the St. James Gazebo (FREE)

19. "Otters" by The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
Wednesday, 1am at The Dakota Tavern

20. "Passion Is Dead (Long Live Fashion)" by Fevers
Wednesday, 11pm at The Boat
Thursday, 8pm at The Rivoli

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Compiled by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.

Thumbnail: Carmen Elle of Army Girls by Melanie Baresic

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Thoughts On NXNE & The Local Toronto Music Scene

We're not entirely sure how much we're going to be writing about North By Northeast this week. Because, frankly, they don't want us to. This year, the festival seems to have made the decision to turn its back on many local music blogs, denying media passes to outlets who've covered NXNE in the past — places like Mechanical Forest Sound, Sticky Magazine and us here at The Little Red Umbrella

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"We need to keep the value of entry high," the festival's new director, Christopher Roberts, claimed during a Twitter dust-up with Weird Canada's Aaron Levin. (Roberts has since deleted those tweets, but they're screencapped here via blogTO). It's a strange explanation for the new decision to shut out blogs who have already had a positive relationship with the festival for years. (We, for instance, have covered NXNE with media passes every year for almost a decade now, stretching all the way back to our SoundProof Magazine days.)

You can add the newly restrictive media accreditation to a long list of controversies surrounding this year's festival, including doubling the price of a wristband and a bigger-than-ever-before "radius clause." Now, if you play NXNE, you're not allowed to play another gig in Toronto for 45 days before the festival. And that, of course, hurts local bands more than bands from out of town (who were unlikely to be playing here anyway). In return, they get paid little or no money — most bands are given the choice of $100 for the entire group OR wristbands to attend the festival. And while bands would normally be able to add music writers and photographers to their guestlists, for NXNE shows most bands don't get a guestlist at all. The bizarre result is that local blogs are actually being actively discouraged from covering local bands at NXNE as opposed to their other gigs. And that's far from the worst of it. The Toronto folk group Birds of Bellwoods played a charity show in support of the homeless more than a month ago — in response, NXNE has kicked them out of the festival.

Weird Canada has now launched an online petition against the 45 day radius clause. And it's all enough to leave Chartattack wondering "Is NXNE losing touch with the Toronto music scene?" As Aaron Levin tweets: "hope @nxne doesn't state support for local arts in grants".

And that strikes us as the real issue here. It's easy to dismiss the crackdown on accreditation as a bunch of self-important music bloggers getting all worked up in their mothers' basements over their own sense of entitlement. But the end result is going to be fewer local blogs writing about great local bands. And that's just one of several new policies that seem designed to make the festival less accessible, less friendly to artists, and less supportive of the local Toronto music scene.

And that, to us, seems like the exact opposite of what North By Northeast should be about.


Update: Chartattack reports that NXNE has announced they'll be dropping the blanket radius clause for next year.
 

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You'll still find our NXNE preview edition of our "Songs You Can Dance Around Your Apartment To" podcast here.

Posted by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.

Photo: Army Girls, one of the local bands playing this year's festival — and thus banned from playing any other show in Toronto for 45 days (by Adam Bunch)


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The Toronto Historical Jukebox: "Soul Bird" by Jackie Mittoo

Jackie Mittoo was one of the greatest Jamaican musicians ever — which is really saying something. He was discovered as a teenager in the 1960s by Coxsone Dodd, the legendary record producer who founded Studio One and also discovered Bob Marley. Mittoo played keyboards for some of the best bands in Jamaican history: The Skatalites, The Soul Vendors and Sound Dimension; Pitchfork calls them "three of the greatest house bands of the 60s... anywhere not just in Jamaica". But by the end of the decade, he was ready for a fresh start. And so Mittoo joined a growing wave of immigration heading north from the Caribbean to the booming Canadian metropolis of Toronto.

Here, he started playing local clubs — like the expat West Indian after-hours joint, Club Tropics (on Queen just east of Yonge). While he always kept close ties to home — returning frequently to record in Jamaica — he also became a leading figure in Toronto's suddenly incredible reggae scene. It was in 1971 that he recorded an album called Wishbone, which was recently listed by NOW Magazine as one of the greatest albums in the history of our city. It included this track, "Soul Bird", one of many joyous, horn-drenched tunes on a record Mittoo himself once called "a blast of sunshine from the islands":



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You can buy Jackie Mittoo's Wishbone as part of Light In The Attic's amazing "Jamaica To Toronto" series of reissues here.

You can listen to more songs from the Toronto Historical Jukebox here.

Posted by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project and the Toronto Historical Jukebox. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.




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Shit You Should See At Doors Open Toronto 2014

This weekend is Doors Open weekend in Toronto. More than 150 sites across the city will be welcoming visitors into the some of the most interesting, beautiful and historic buildings that Toronto has to offer. And since there's no way one person can manage to catch all of the cool stuff, I thought I'd share five of my own picks for the some of the most amazing places you might want to check out.

If you'd like more information, you can visit the Doors Open website here. Jamie Bradburn also has a great list of some locations that are new to the event up on Torontoist here. And Derek Flack has his own picks for blogTO here.

I also expect to be out and about at some point this weekend, armed with some of my Toronto Dreams Project dreams, leaving them in historic spots around the city — including some that are part of Doors Open. You can follow me on Twitter and on Instagram (@TODreamsProject) to find out when and where I do.


THE GIBRALTAR POINT LIGHTHOUSE

It's the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes, originally built all the way back in 1808, when Toronto was just a few years old. So it has been standing out there on the island for more than 200 years. And the history of the building is particularly interesting, including the mysterious disappearance of the first lightkeeper, John Paul Radelmüller, who served as a porter to Prince Edward (the father of Queen Victoria and the guy PEI is named after) before he settled in York. They say he still haunts the lighthouse today, which fits with this year's Doors Open theme: Secrets and Spirits. Getting the chance to go inside is a rare privilege, so, while you'll have to make the trek out to the island and may have to line up when you get there, it should be well worth the trip. 

Oh, and I'm hoping to pop by with a copy or two of my dream for the lightkeeper's daughter, so that's a reason to visit, too.


THE STEREOSCOPIC PHOTO EXHIBIT

Seriously, how fucking cool is it that there are super-old 3D photos of Toronto? Thanks to the stereoscopic technique, all you need to do is cross your eyes and these archival pics of our city spring to life. And as part of the Contact Photography Festival, there's already an exhibition of them on display at Campbell House — that historic old building at Queen & University — which will also be welcoming visitors as part of Doors Open. It's bound to be one of the highlights of the weekend. And to give you a taste of just how neat it is, you can click on the photos to the left to make them bigger and give them a try. Just cross your eyes like you're looking at a Magic Eye. (Though it might be a bit easier if you then zoom out a little.)



ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL

As far as I'm concerned, St. James Cathedral should be a WAY bigger deal than it is. Not only is it one of the most spectacular buildings in Toronto, it's also one of the most important buildings in the entire history of Canada. The story of St. James stretches all the way back to a small wooden church built at what's now the corner of Church & King in the very early 1800s — and over the course of that century, it played a central role in the battle for democracy in Canada. This was the main church for most our city's leaders, including the preacher John Strachan, who was our city's first Anglican bishop, nemesis of William Lyon Mackenzie and a figurehead of the infamously anti-democratic Family Compact. Strachan is still there today, buried under the chancel. (I wrote the full story for Torontoist a while back; you can check it out here.) And while this probably won't be your last chance to visit the building — the cathedral has long been a Doors Open staple — it's always a good idea to seize the opportunity to venture inside one of the most underrated historic sites in Toronto.


THE NECROPOLIS

The Necropolis Cemetery in Cabbagetown is open (and free of charge, of course) all year round. But it's not easy finding all the coolest graves among the endless rows of headstones. So you might want to visit during this year's Doors Open, when they'll be offering free tours of the cemetery. This is where our rebel mayor William Lyon Mackenzie is buried. It's also home to the bones of Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount, martyrs of Mackenzie's rebellion. Then there's Thornton Blackburn, the escaped slave from Kentucky who established Toronto's first horse-drawn cab company and helped to bring more former slaves to Toronto on the Underground Railroad. He's resting near George Brown, founder of the Globe newspaper and Father of Confederation. And there's also Willam Petyon Hubbard, our city's first Black alderman, who once saved Brown from drowning in the Don River. The Necropolis is easily one of the most fascinating (and beautiful) cemeteries in our city. And since I've got dreams to leave at pretty much all of those graves, I'll probably be stopping by at some point this weekend to leave some postcards there. (Again, you can follow me on Twitter and on Instagram at @TODreamsProject to find out when and where I do.)


THE HIGH LEVEL WATER PUMPING STATION

Here's a new addition to the Doors Open roster. You'll find the High Level Pumping Station just a bit north-east of Davenport and Spadina. It's not far from some of the other Doors Open sites like the Toronto Archives and Spadina House. And like the much more famous R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant out in the east end, it takes Toronto's water infrastructure and transforms it into something beautiful. The old building also played a role in one of the most delightful episodes in the history of our city. Back in the 1960s, the residents of the surrounding neighbourhood declared independence from the rest of Canada. As the story goes, they wrote a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, elected a Queen, issued their own passports and sent an "air farce" of children holding a thousand helium balloons to surround the Pumping Station until their demands were met. To this day, the neighbourhood is known as the Republic of Rathnelly. They've even got their own custom street signs featuring their national crest.

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Posted by Adam Bunch, the Editor-in-Chief of the Little Red Umbrella and the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project and Toronto Historical Jukebox. You can read his posts here, follow him on Twitter here, or email him at adam@littleredumbrella.com.


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CMW 2014: Neko Case @ Massey Hall

FRIDAY — God. I love Neko Case so much. I wish that she and I could be friends and hang out on her farm in Vermont, and ride horses and pet animals together. Maybe this sounds a little weird, but it almost feels like it could be possible. When Neko Case plays shows, she makes you feel like you’re part of the show itself, turning massive venues like Massey Hall into the most intimate settings. Her quirky silliness, goofy chatter with vocalist Kelly Hogan and gentle teasing comments to the rest of the band have you feeling like you’re all buddies, and that you’re down there on the stage with them, rather than being up in the balcony feeling all of your emotions at once. With their bass player ill, the band made several adjustments to the night, which only added to these feelings of camaraderie – they brought up each member of opening band, the Dodos, to take turns on the bass; and during the encore, their guitarist / backup singer performed a beautiful original song of his own.

Gushing about how much they love Canada, and Toronto, Neko and her band played all of my favourite things (which is easy to do, when all of her things are my favourite), spanning from older work with the Sadies from "The Tigers Have Spoken", to her newest emotionally gut wrenching songs from her latest album. As she closed the night with an ode to Toronto, "Ragtime", it felt like she was bringing the evening full-circle, letting us know she feels as welcome in our city as she makes us feel with her.


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Read all our coverage of CMW 2014 here.

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Words by Laurie McGregor, a Toronto-based dilettante. She watches way too much reality television and wishes that everyone could all just get along. She likes books, soft things, baking, unicorns, robots and has an unnatural love of vending machines. You can find her posts here and email her at laurie@littleredumbrella.com.


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CMW 2014: MIA @ Tattoo Rock Bar

Guys, I had MIA's butt almost in my face. It was perfect -- both the moment and her butt. I was super excited to see her perform a free show at Yonge and Dundas, then just bitterly disappointed that I didn't get one of the wristbands when it was announced that the show had been moved to Tattoo, then elated when I decided to try anyway and managed to finagle my way in. It was a real emotional roller coaster. While initially bummed that it was going to be at Tattoo (when did they start booking good music? And does Edwin still work there??) but getting to see an artist like MIA, whose sound is huge and celebrity even bigger, in such a small venue was really fun. She played all her hits, encouraging the audience to sing along. At one point she got down into the crowd and made her way through, climbing on the bar and the rail at the back -- hence how her butt got so close to my face. I always knew that an MIA show would be loads of fun but she really went above and beyond.
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Alex Snider sells books and writes and gets into low-stakes hijinks in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter where she'll be super active for a week then be quiet for months – she's a social media cicada.



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CMW 2014: The Best Of Our Photos

We saw dozens of bands during this year's Canadian Music Week — and during those brief periods when we were sober enough to hold a camera still, we took hundreds of photographs of them. Now that the dust has settled and our hangovers have receded back into the stress headaches of every day life, we've narrowed those photos down to our favourites. They've all been uploaded onto our Facebook page and you can check them all out — whether or not you have your own account — right over here.

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Find all of our coverage of Canadian Music Week 2014 here.



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