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Sydney alt-country duo Peasant Moon took their late-night folk and acoustic Americana sound to Toronto for Canadian Music (CMW) week last week. They kept some notes for us about their tour, discovering new artists and being on the road with a baby – here’s part one.
I (Josie) arrive about a week before CMW to get over jet lag, well, to be honest it’s mostly for my 7 month old son to get over his jet lag! I’m staying in Chicago with my sister and it’s rainy and cold – isn’t is supposed to be spring? My mandolin was searched by the TSA, assumption must be musos are dodgy.
Harvey arrives in Chicago the day before our gig here – it’s a house concert in a huge basement with local Americana band, White Oak. It was great fun and a brilliant hit-out before our CMW shows next week. Harvey manages an architecture tour and to see Robbie Fulks and his band Western Swing at the iconic Hideout Inn.
CMW Day 1.
After spending way too long in customs we make it to our house in Parkdale and quickly find a solid spot in Queen Street for tacos. After registering for the conference we head to the Cameron House where we are playing tomorrow night. We catch Stonetrotter – a cool indie folk rock band with brilliant harmonies, think a cross between Head and the Heart and the Doors. Starting to get excited for our first show tomorrow night!
CMW Day 2.
Tourist day! Headed into town on the trolley to CN Tower. We had lunch up the top in the revolving restaurant- it takes 72 minutes to get a bird’s eye view of all of Toronto. Perfect for a glass of wine and a leisurely lunch. Josie puts the baby on the glass floor and he is happy as he doesn’t have any depth perception- not as easy for the rest of us at 342 meters.
Show up at Cameron House to load our gear, there’s a solid covers band playing the front room and we grab a beer and do a bit of last minute planning for our set. First up is Shawn William Clarke, a folk singer from Toronto. He’s playing as a three piece with two guys with greats beards – seems to be a thing here in Canada. We’re happy with our set, playing to a reasonably full room. There are a few photographers in the crowd which is a bit disconcerting but we get some great feedback and even sell a few EPs. People are confused by Josie’s accent given we are an Australian band!
The pick of the bands following us is The Proud Sons, one of Harvey’s favorite acts of the festival. They are channeling Wild Feathers, super tight, the type of band we’d like to play in.
CMW Day 3.
We start the day with coffee and a walk (Josie) and run (Harvey). Music journalist Ryan Akukawa invites us out for ‘poutine’, the Canadian dish consisting of french fries, cheese curd and gravy – yes, a perfect hangover cure! We attend the ‘Meet the Australians’ event put on by Sounds Australia and chat with industry types and a few of our Aussie compadres.
The Dakota Tavern is our showcase venue tonight and it’s an awesome room, fitted in old-time paraphernalia – a local ‘roots’ music institution. We had a fun night playing to a full room alongside some genuine up and coming Canadian talent including funk-rockers The Middle Coast, roots/country act Eli and The Straw Man and local indie darlings Sun K.