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CMW 2013, Concert Photography, Concert Reviews, Music

CMW 2013 – Night 2: CHVRCHES, Diana, The Stanfields, SoHo Ghetto, Rattlesnake Choir + More

Words by: Curtis Sindrey | Photos by: Stephen McGill & Curtis Sindrey –

On the second night of Canadian Music Week (March 20th), budding electro-pop band Diana, who just returned from a string of dates with Canadian music darlings Tegan and Sara, opened the night at MOD Club with a short, but satisfying eight-song set, including “Strange Attraction,” “Perpetual Surrender,” where we heard a burst of saxaphone from Destroyer’s Joseph Shabasonby and “Born Again,” which Born Ruffians’ Luke Lalonde and Doldrums both remixed earlier this year.

Diana’s sparse, yet polished tracks provided a strong interlude to headliner CHVRCHES. They effectively beamed back and forth between hazy chillwave and rock and they made a smooth transition between each.

U.K. “buzz band” CHVRCHES performed a tight set including “Lies,” “Lungs,” and “If We Sink,” along with their new single  “Recover,” from their forthcoming Recover EP, out March 26th.

While frontwoman Lauren Mayberry’s voice successfully battled against the booming beats from band members Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, this show proved to be the final date on their tour and Mayberry looked exhausted from being on the road as told by her body language.

CHVRCHES concluded their set with a cover of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U,” which complimented their synth-pop formula.

This night was also packed with shows from Nova Scotia rockers The Stanfields and SoHo Ghetto, Toronto’s own Rattlesnake Choir and more!



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