CMW 2017 Presents Lauren Spike live at the Bovine Sex Club April 18th

CMW – Canadian Music Week is back in 2017 with hundreds of bands including 54/40, Good Charlotte and Melissa Etheridge.

CMW Showcase April 18th
cmw showcase bovine sex club april 18

As Canada’s largest new music festival, CMW combines as a music, comedy, and film festival, along with hosting a conference as well as a trade and award show. This marks CMW’s 35th year! CMW takes over Toronto’s downtown live music venues putting on artist showcases and concerts of all sizes.

This year CMW brings punkabilly to the forefront with an artist showcase featuring Toronto’s punk favourite Lauren Spike. Lauren Spike will be preforming a 40 minute set with her band which will consist of new, unreleased songs. Emerging from the punk scene of Toronto, Ontario, Lauren Spike came out with her debut EP “Devil Skull” in June 2015. Stand out tracks include “Devil’s Girl” and “Bloodsucker” which both have remarkable D.I.Y. videos on Youtube. Embodying the D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) punk spirit, Lauren Spike has toured Canada, including a notable performance at Amnesia Rockfest 2016 – Canada’s largest music festival. The music of Lauren Spike appeals to punk, grunge, psychobilly and rock fans alike.

Show up to the Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen Street West – near Queen & Bathurst) at 10pm sharp on April 18th  to see this showcase.

Other bands on the bill include Montreal’s Paddle to the Sea, Kingston surf-rockers The Huaraches, and old-school punk band The Extroverts.

CMW presents Lauren Spike

Tickets available on the CMW website.

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Amnesia Rockfest Brings Punkabilly Musician Lauren Spike with the Rocker Contest (concours rocker)

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Back in March 2016, Amnesia Rockfest launched their 2016 Rocker Contest (concours rocker), an online voting contest to pick one band to play at their music festival.

Over 125 bands entered the Rocker Contest (concours rocker). The contest was simple; share the voting link and get your fans to vote for you once a day. The judges would then pick a winner from the top 10 most voted bands.

The voting contest lasted over 2.5 months. It was very exciting to see the top 10 bands shift throughout the Rocker Contest (concours rocker), though for the most part, it mostly stayed the same.

I am honoured to announce that they selected my band, Lauren Spike, from the top 10 to play. I was at #3 at the time of selection, so I guess I stuck out!

In reality, this isn’t just a win for me, it’s a win for punk, psychobilly and punkabilly music everywhere. For the musicians and fans, the music and scene we create IS important, and DOES have value. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for us yet. I’d also like to give a big shout out to everyone that voted for me in this contest. YOU made this happen!

Here are the show details for our set at Amnesia Rockfest 2016 in Montebello, QC, Canada:

Date: Thursday, June 23rd
Time slot: 5pm
Stage: Tony Sly 1

As much as online contests can be flawed. I would recommend this contest to any band. The fact that they pick a band from the top 10 really gives you a chance. “Real people” at the festival actually listen to your music and make a decision, so it’s not 100% automated. It takes about 20-30 people voting for you a day to get into the top 10. If you’re in a band with a strong fan base, you should not have a problem (<– please keep that in mind before posting negative comments about the contest. lol).

From a marketing perspective, the Rocker Contest (concours rocker) is great promotion for the festival. Driving hundreds of voters to their site daily and having bands share the festival website on all their social media channels. As someone who has taken university level marketing courses, I applaud Amnesia Rockfest for this unique approach.

I hope that the festival continues to combine marketing initiatives with opportunities to have new (independent) talent take the stage. As an independent musician, I know opportunities like these are few and far between, and you gotta take every opportunity you can.

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Rocker Contest (concours rocker) Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Shock Stock, Canada’s Horror and Exploitation Weekend Celebration

Shock Stock was held at Centennial Hall last weekend (May 27th-29th, 2016) in London, Ontario, Canada.

http://shock-stock.com/

This was my first time attending the Horror Convention dubbed Canada’s Horror and Exploitation Weekend Celebration.

The Shock Stock horror convention had many great guests including horror movie actors, directors (ex. Lloyd Kaufman), visual artists and so much more. They even had an “escape room” put on by Sinister Laboratories.

Shock Stock incorporated a variety of film screenings such as SCRAWL,  KILLER RACK, short films, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, NIGHT OF THE CUNTS 2 : VIOLENCE OF THE CLAMS,  YETI: A LOVE STORY 2 : LIFE ON THE STREETS, Getting SchooledPeelersDICKSHARK, GLIMPSE AWESOME,  Secret Santa and Terror Toons 3.

Shock Stock also included a 69 Hour Film Challenge where international filmmakers, both amateur and professional, were faced with the task of producing a short film in less than 3 days using the surprise elements assigned at the launch of the competition.

While attending, I got the chance to met horror icons, shop for unique horror items and collectables, listen to panel speakers and met some all around cool people.  One of my favourite Shock Stock’s guests this year was Doyle Von Frankenstein, (Former? that is TBD was the Misfits set out on some reuion shows this summer) guitar player for horror punk legends the Misfits. Doyle also has his own band called Doyle and was selling merch, taking photographs and signing autographs.

Shock Stock with Doyle
Speaking of unique finds, check out this original (web) comic, Dissappointing Monsters created by Daniel Bradford and Owen Mackinder.
disappointing-monsters

One thing that really stood out for me at Shock Stock was the sense of community. It defiantly had more of a welcoming vide than comparable events in larger cities such as Toronto. People in the south-western Ontario horror community booked time off work, booked hotel rooms, attended after parties and pulled together to create a one-of-a-kind weekend not common to this area.

shock stock after party

Shock Stock Photo Reel


photos supplied by Louis Perzia