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CMW lends a view from the church in the sky

Submitted by on March 22, 2012 – 6:26 pmNo Comment

The combination of Canadian Music Week veterans and a fresh and bearded crowd on scene this year resonated in the clouds after Wednesday’s opening gala in the CN Tower. From the East Coast, Nova Scotia’s Joel Plaskett and his Emergency teamed with Ben Caplan, less his Casual Smokers, and electrified the crowd under a beautiful sunny sky in Toronto’s core to kick off the five-day festival.

A crowd of media types, photojournalists and fans filled the 360-degree restaurant atop the tower as Plaskett and Caplan played back-to- back sets after.  Joel Plaskett Emergency shook the stage in their usual style. The crowd, of course was eager to see Plaskett back at CMW to headline the opening gala He seemed  to reciprocate the enthusiasm with his stage presence.

“This is up, man… the air is different up here,” said Plaskett, still trying to catch his breath, in a one-on-one after his set. “The sound is different in here. I wouldn’t say it’s an ideal venue, but the view is exceptional! But we built up to it, and we’re a pretty hardy little three piece once we get going like this. We do our best work when we have this kind of support around.”

Earlier in the day Martyr met up with West Coast rapper Aaron Hoffman, aka SonReal, who said he feels nothing but love every time he lands in Toronto into to perform. “First-off, I think Vancouver has a lot of talented artist, but we have no specific sound,” explained SonReal from his hotel room. “What I’m trying to bring to the CMW is a type of leadership [and] pave the way for these other artists from my city to get heard.”

“It’s just great to be a part of Canadian hip-hop, especially at a time when we’re gaining more and more traction in the U.S. It’s amazing that we can all get together like this, and get in the studio or get on stage with people we’d never usually collaborate with for whatever reason that may be, distance or difference.”

The five-day celebration of Canadian artists from all planes and genres peruses all venues big and small across Canada’s largest city from March 21-25. Follow @MartyrMagazine and @DevinJSize hashtags #MartyrCMW and #CMW for live ground coverage, updates and photos.

Story by Devin Size; photos by Tee Onek

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