CMW 2015: For Esmé @ The Mod Club

FRIDAY – Taking their name from the title of a J.D. Salinger short story, Toronto's For Esmé have a big, cool, shiny sign of their band name, and a heck of a lot of energy. Bouncing around and dancing all over the stage, lead singer Martha Meredith sang through the set list in an Emily Haines-esque monotone, while bashing away intermittently on the drum machine in front of her. The band played their catchy blend of electro-pop to a modest, early-night crowd at The Mod Club. But while the audience seemed like they wanted to get into the set as much as the band was, they never quite got there. For Esmé’s songs had that same kind of feeling — it felt like they were on to something great, with an awesome stage presence fueled by the band's energetic excitement, but there was also just a little something missing.

We'll be very interested to catch them again sometime — to see whether on another night at another venue, it all gels into something truly special.





Read all our coverage of CMW 2015 here.

 Word by Laurie McGregor, a Toronto-based dilettante. She likes books, music, soft things, baking, unicorns, robots and has an unnatural love of vending machines. You can find all her posts here and email her at

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


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