CMW Questionnaires: Moneen and The Meligrove Band
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CMW Questionnaires: Moneen and The Meligrove Band

Each day during Canadian Music Week, Torontoist is tracking down some of the festival’s performers and hounding them about their show(s) and the city on your behalf.

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Photo by Matt Barnes.


Who: Moneen
From: Brampton, ON


Torontoist: Why should we see you at CMW?
Moneen: We will be playing a wonderful set of all old songs ranging from our first EP, Smaller Chairs, to our smash hit record The Red Tree (“smash hit” meaning, we think it’s pretty good). We’re going to have special guests and nice surprises, and the set has been picked from fan choices over Twitter. How could you even think of missing this? Also, I know where you live and you don’t ever want to see me naked and angry.
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
Mod Club has always been a favourite of mine. But this time I will say the Garrison…because this is where we will make history.
What’s your favourite Toronto band, and why?
Tough, there are a lot. We are all friends in the city, so to pick favourites is kind of mean. So I will say…HUNTER. Might be my favourite band ever.
What are you excited about seeing and adamant about avoiding at CMW?
I will avoid parking. Coming into the city and finding parking makes me want to kill everything. I’m excited for CMW to find me a good parking spot the day of the show.
What are the best and worst things about big, city-wide music festivals?
Best would be the chance to see some great bands from all over in one place. I love stumbling upon a new band you have never heard of. That’s what it is all about.
What’s happening for the band after CMW?
We head over to Europe to start our Europe–U.K. tour with Emery. We are very excited to go back over there. But I am more excited for the CMW show. Less flying to play in Toronto.
Moneen play tonight, Saturday, March 13 at The Garrison. Go early, shout loud, mosh hard.

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Photo by Mat Dunlap.


Who: The Meligrove Band
From: Toronto, ON
Torontoist: Why should we see you at CMW?
Meligrove Band: Because if you liked us before, our new songs are better than our old songs. And if you hated us before, again, our new songs are better than our old songs. Uh, we have a new album finished, and we’re going to play its many new songs. Plus some old ones. The good old ones. You know which ones. Oh, and we won’t play in Toronto again for a while. See you there!
What’s your favourite Toronto venue, and why?
I think the Mod Club has the best sound (for bands and audiences) and the most fun stage lighting. Our band has had a lot of fun with their bubble machine. I’ve always liked Lee’s Palace a lot, but I wish they’d rethink those ugly “Venue Name As Graffiti!” stage murals.
What’s your favourite Toronto band, and why?
I can’t pick just one. In high school my favourite Toronto bands were Grasshopper and Radioblaster. My entire bass sound is unintentionally based on those two bands. Later I was really into the Flashing Lights. Over the last few years I’d say the Bicycles and DD/MM/YYYY. Lately I’ve been listening to The Pinecones and Gentleman Reg a lot. Both released great albums this year. I just heard the upcoming Golden Dogs album and it was awesome. I’m really looking forward to the new Tokyo Police Club record. Though I’d say my all-time favourite Toronto band is Sheezer.
What are you excited about seeing and adamant about avoiding at CMW?
I’m excited about seeing Japanther. I’m always excited about Japanther. I don’t really know who else is playing. I tend not to go to many CMW and NXNE shows. A lot of bands have this vibe like they feel like they’re auditioning for something. Most are stuck using unfamiliar gear and getting hustled off stage early by eager volunteer “stage managers.” It usually makes for not that great of a show. If I’m playing, I usually give my artist pass away once I’m out of the venue.
What are the best and worst things about big, city-wide music festivals?
It’s fun to see friends in bands from far away who aren’t in Toronto often. And, in general, the level of excitement about live music is higher around town. The !059 parties are always pretty super great. The worst thing is definitely the application fee that inexperienced artists pay to “apply,” since the best they can hope for is being “accepted” to play on a lacklustre bill, in a weird venue, to not many people, for almost no money. It’s hard not to think of that fee as kind of a scam.
What’s happening for you/the band after CMW?
We’re in Peterborough opening for Thrush Hermit the following week. All of our other plans are secret.
The Meligrove Band, conveniently, also play tonight play tonight at The Garrison. Let’s hope for more real talk like this.

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