With CMW over and the majority of Canada’s music industry in Austin for SXSW this week, Toronto seems eerily quiet. It won’t be for long. The Juno Awards are celebrating their 40th year in Toronto next week and there’s a ton of activities happening all around the city. The Awards Show will take place next Sunday, March 27th at the Air Canada Centre and will feature performances by Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and Chromeo among others. The days leading up to the awards include a Block Party (March 24th @ 7pm with City and Colour and Hannah Georgas), JunoFest (March 25th and 26th, 100+bands at 20 venues), as well as co-sponsored events at places like the Bata Shoe Museum, Ontario Science Centre and The Art Gallery of Ontario. Head to the events page to see everything that is going on.
I’ve never been to the Junos before, really looking forward to it.
Well, I did, but totally forgot it was for Aux.tv, where I made the bands’ “White Doves” the track of the week back in the start of August. If you’re not familiar with the track, you can download it at Aux or watch the video here.
I checked in with Jake from the band and he got me up to speed on what they’re up to.
The band just got through a summer/fall full of showcase tour dates in the UK, US and Colombia, including a few performances at CMJ. The Steam Whistle show was kind of a homecoming party before getting back to writing for their first record. Now that they have a month off before their next shows, they’re planning on finishing up more demos and writing as much as they can. With only a year together so far, they band are getting into a solid writing workflow & understanding of each others creative skillsets. The new year will see them on a few dates with Chromeo, a UK/Europe run in March right into SXSW.