CMW 2014: Motel Raphaël @ The Silver Dollar

SATURDAY — Motel Raphaël caught our attention with their catchy single, "Ghosts", which I've had stuck in my head for weeks now. The female-fronted, seven-piece band out of Montreal jammed themselves — vibraphone, trumpet and all — onto the tiny stage at the Silver Dollar and proceeded to steal our hearts with their sweet mix of indie, country and pop. Drawing some comparison from my fellow show-goers to The Dixie Chicks (but in good way!), their songs about love and heartbreak feature memorable lyrics about love and whisky and regret — filled with wisdom beyond their years. The band is still relatively new: their first album will be released this June; we'll be excited to nab a copy of it and listen throughout the summer. We suspect it will be the perfect companion to long road-trips, or on those days when you want to curl up with songs that will cheer you up when you're feeling down.

Also: a vibraphone!





Read all our coverage of CMW 2014 here.

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

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


Anonymous said...

Motel Raphaël is a young indie-folk-pop band from Montreal, Since their inception in 2012, this six piece outfit has risen through the ranks of Montreal’s burgeoning indie scene at an astronomical pace. Headlining performances at POP Montreal, Osheaga, CMW, Fringe Fest, M for Montreal alongside ranking in CBC Music’s national Searchlight competition have garnered them comparisons to Tegan and Sara, Feist, Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons as well as unabashedly glowing praise from the press community. Lots of talent in the Motel Raphael group .
Dane Stewart a Mcgill university school of music graduate is playing the keyboard and the - Vibraphone .
Afolabi Fapojuwo an amazing and extremely talented drum player is also a McGill university school of music graduate .Since 2012 he is /was absolutely pivotal to the success of the Motel Raphael .Keep on watching Afolabi’s awe-inspiring performance troughout the 2014 Motel Raphael Fall tour !
Robin Warner a McGill Schulich School of Music graduate in Jazz performance and composition is an incredibly gifted musician. He plays the bass as if it were a lead instrument .He is known to put more than 100 percent in the organization and is/ was since 2012 intimately involved with the musical choreography of the band .

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