Canadian Music Fest 2010 prep ABC’s

March 5, 2010 at 8:38 am (Musings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Canadian Music Fest

Canadian Music Fest 2010 & the Indie Awards

700 artists/groups, 45 clubs, 5 days, 1 wristband giving entry to all…starts Wed. March 10th, 2010.

1. Make an action plan – which artists/groups do I want to see exactly & formulate the order/chronology of hopping from club to club, covering as much as I can/have energy to do.

2a) Figure out how long to stay at each show, know when to get in & get out. Use audio/voice recorder for audio notes as I go…Check mobile internet for latest updates (Be prepared to change plans on the dime, ie. cancellations, delays, travel/traffic, random violence, etc.)

2b) E-mail, tweet, contact indie record labels to try to secure more interviews (I missed the cutoff deadline with the music fest to get “official press accreditation” to interview…my bad) I’m always doing plan B instead of A.

2c) Always have a plan C.

3. Issue a Craigslist advertisement/job to find a photographer/videographer (tripod – I provide) to take live exclusive “performance footage”. More footage taken = more hits/views…from fans in Europe, China, Australia, etc. who like Canadian Indie, yet cannot afford the busfare to get here. In return said photo/videographer get’s their name on everything I use, on all my sites, & I WILL USE A LOT OF IT!

4. Finish 2010 Indie Award – nominees series for The Examiner (I think I’m 80% done).

5. Get all the local indie music papers pronto, since this is the week before (want no surprises…if possible).

6a) Keep ear to the ground when at the events, to spot other artists/groups milling around before & after their performances to get possible impromptu/spontaneous “mini-interviews”.

b) Stay away from the drunks, out of control dancers & be kind and courteous to all bouncers/waitstaff/bartenders. Not a good time to get hurt, so remove myself from situations that increase the possibility of getting hurt.

7. Know when the “key shows” the can’t misses, & don’t miss them.

8. If I sense someone is in the music industry, or if I recognize a famous person, make sure I find a way to say “hello” & give them my business card.

9. Make sure cell phone, voice recorder & any other tech shizz is fully charged, I brought the charger. Bring paper pad & pens (just in case techie stuff breaks).

10. Don’t forget to eat, drink, sleep, excrete…lol

*Remember: 5 days to create many lead stories & contacts. No fear, be in the zone… just do it on automatic…like a guerilla Chinese Strombo.

See ya at the fest,
~Jason aka. Chodidee

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Beth Moore Performances & the Peter James Project

August 24, 2009 at 9:20 pm (Music Reviews, Unsigned Artists) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Beth Moore Band

The Beth Moore Band (photographer: Brad Moore)

The Toronto Independent Music Awards (T.I.M.A.’s) occurred in late June, and Beth Moore was one of the acts playing that night, and an article was supposed to be written at the time. In typical independent writing/blogging fashion, it didn’t quite get done, however, it lead me to her next show on August 11th, 2009 at Mitzi’s Sister in Toronto.

First of all, who is Beth Moore? We surely aren’t talking about the pop/punk mega-star “Pink” whom we all know Beth Moore is her non stage name. Well, Canadian local, Beth Moore is an indie/folk singer/songwriter who mixes many styles most notably indie rock, folk, Americana, Blues, etc.  About two years ago, was when I first heard Beth’s music and I could tell right then, she had a unique sound and a strong voice.  Over the past couple years we’ve kept in touch on Facebook and from time to time I’ve heard her new songs posted online, and am impressed by her developing musical style.

Remembering that night at the T.I.M.A.’s was special as Beth Moore played live with a full backing band, which was unusual to see (she plays solo acoustic most nights). So, I grabbed my note pad (not taking my laptop into a bar/club) and scribbled a bunch of notes throughout the night.

I came a little early to ensure I wouldn’t miss her performance and happened to see a great rock band Japhy that was getting the energy of the intimate crowd quite high. At about 10:50pm Beth Moore took to the stage, and I was excited to hear her perform live.

Beth Moore

Beth Moore (photographer: Brad Moore)

They were introduced as, “The Beth Moore Band.” They brought a mix of sounds and styles, but one thing was unmistakable, Beth’s fiery power vocals. Again, after hearing her mostly singing soft acoustic lullaby guitar numbers, it was quite jarring and impressive to hear her let loose on a song. The band was solid and definitely filled out the sound.  She has a unique vocal style and voice that would be comparable to: Sarah McLachlan, Sinead O’Connor, and a healthy dose of Ben Harper. The keyboards in this group really add another element to their sound. The real emphasis is on Beth’s vocal talents mixed with the interesting songwriting and lyrics of their music. Anyway, in their half hour set they showed a lot versatility with their band and the music.

To show support, Beth Moore was having another show on August 11th, 2009 at Mitzi’s Sister in Toronto, which i went to. Also, on the bill was the Peter James project. Beth played first, and again she played solo acoustic, but what missing from the bigger band experience was the funny performer side of Beth Moore. Her jokes and stories made great interludes between songs and kept it memorable and interesting. It’s doubtful anyone one there will forget her “Mandarin 10 hr gig” story. She debuted some her new songs live and they were all well crafted songs, but sometimes wondered what the song would sound like with the backing band. Anyhow check out the video links below to see Beth Moore play live at Mitzi’s Sister.

The Peter James Project is an Irish/New Zealand/Toronto mix band that plays a pop/rock/ska sound with influences like: Crowded House, The Smiths, and the Dave Matthews Band.  As luck would have it, though traffic caused me to be late by half an hour, I missed none of the shows. The HD camera was brought for some filming, but it was uncharged, however, some footage was still captured of Beth Moore and the Peter James Project. The Peter James project was technically crisp and band had their chops down. Peter James vocals were crystal clear and the lyrics were easy to follow. Take a look and listen.

By: Jason Chu

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