CMW 2013 Day 2: Poor Young Things, Great Bloomers & Wildlife

Published On April 2, 2013 | By Megan Oquias | CMW 2013, Live, Reviews

Thursday, March 21

Poor Young Things @ The Horseshoe Tavern

No matter what the festival, I’ll end up at the horseshoe at some point. It’s always packed. It never fails in the regard of line-up. It’s generally always a good time. As I made my way toward the stage I was greeted by the always solid Poor Young Things. They play so comfortably, so confidently. They’re loving what they’re doing and as a result the crowd is receptive to them. They can work a crowd and lord knows they’re talented and just plain fun. Clearly Canadian, tried and true. Ended their set with a rad MGMT cover to which they added a violin (played by Tim Chaisson) and a banjo which just left the crowd wanting.

Great Bloomers @ The Horseshoe Tavern

The caliber of bands that get to play the Shoe during a Fest is always pretty high. Great Bloomers was no exception. Strong vocal harmonies paired up with cool piano licks and that hint of southern twang make up what the Bloomers are all about. These guys play with a level of musical intricacy accompanied by skillful enjoyment. Stylistically, they’re not a band I would personally listen to regularly, but I can still appreciate their tentativeness to their performance.

Wildlife @ The Great Hall

Man. Where do I even begin? First of all, these guys also made my must-see list this year. And with good reason; their live set is where it’s at for them. Their connection to each other onstage is unrivaled by any other band out there right now. The Great Hall was the perfect venue for their sound and I was pleased to see so many people there for them. Their set was filled with both high energy motions and serene musical surrender.  The crowd sang along, and the giant smile on lead singer, Dean Povinsky’s face summarized their appreciation for their fans and love of what they do.

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is in love with the live music scene in Toronto, and tries to hit as many shows as she can; whether it's a small venue or a bigger show. She is influenced mostly by Rock and Ska in her own music writing/performing, but has a soft spot for the indie bands that are popping up all over Canada, including local three piece Convoys who she proudly manages. She has been a happy writer for The Take since April 2010.

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