CMW 2012 Day One: Sound of Lions & Carleton Stone
I started off my first night of cmw at The Piston for Sound of Lions. These guys (and gal) are quite the band, playing an eclectic mix of musical stylings. There is something to be said about Whitney Delion and her soulful vocals–they lure you in. Songs driven by heavy bass lines and punchy beats, while complimented by atmospheric guitar riffs and Christian Awad’s sampling and keys, complete a sound that will leave you entranced. Sound of Lions is such a refreshing sound that the Toronto music scene could really use.
Next, I made my way to the Cadillac lounge to catch Carleton Stone for the first time. I had been listening to him on repeat as of late, so I was pretty excited to see what he was like live. I was not disappointed. Carleton and the band put on an entertaining set, to say the least, playing songs filled with stories of love and heartbreak. The mood was lightened by Carleton’s stage banter, getting chuckles from the crowd as he threw out jokes about Johnny Reid’s impeccably white teeth and prefect tan. If you have a chance, be sure to check out Carleton Stone throughout the rest of the festival.**
**Today @ Sneaky Dee’s, 4:20PM: AudioBlood ECMA Showcase//Today @ Cadillac Lounge, 1:00AM//March 24 @ Rivoli, 1:00AM: Nova Scotia Showcase