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CMF 2013: Looking Back at the Sticky Magazine Showcase

Leif Vollebekk at Rivoli
The Official Sticky Magazine Showcase
artist, artist
The Rivoli in Toronto, ON
March 20, 2013

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Pete Nema

This is an article for everyone who joined us in making our first official showcase a success.

As tempting as it might be, this just can't be a review. I mean, wouldn't it be awfully self-serving to write a review of an event with your name on it? Sure, there was a load of great artists offering up a load of great performances that really deserve a load of great things said about them, but that job is probably best left up to other outlets, if they so choose.

Hell, would you even believe us if we named all the reasons why the artists on our own bill completely justified all the reasons we told you to come out and see them in the first place? (you've gotta be tired of hearing that come from us by now, anyhow.)

No, this can't be a review, but writing one is a hard thing to resist. Over the past three years, you've stood by us as we've done our best to bring coverage of the city's best (and sometimes worst) events. So now, when one of our favourite shows of the season has our logo slapped on it, it's all we can do not to rave about the talent.

And there sure was a hell of a lot of talent. To kick things off, after making arrangements to be joined on-stage by a band and back-up singers, Shaky Knees brought a new level to the tracks that had no trouble catching our eyes during his solo sessions on the streets of Toronto and New York. And then there was Dominique Fricot, a favourite west coast balladeer that brought a great band of his own, charming and moving and surprising a floor of fans that never expected the lengths of beauty that his music ended up bringing. There was Andy Brown, the engaging solo artist that stood alone on-stage and got a rowdy crowd to shut up and start singing and clearly loved every moment of it, and there was Toronto's own Revelstoke, the quirky multi-instrumentalist that never fails to pull in listeners and keeps them wrapped up with all of those gentle melodies. And finally there was Lief Vollebekk and his band, the smiling talent that made it impossible to think about anything but how beautiful his work was, in spite of the fact that most of us had already motored through four or five hours worth of beers from the Rivoli's back bar (maybe that was just me).

And all of those sets, the audience sure did eat them up. Of course, like any other festival show, the numbers in the crowd ebbed and flowed, but we were never lonely on that floor, and things were definitely cozy by the time the night reached its peak. The bodies on that floor – you people that came out in droves as the night rolled on – you're the reason this article is being written, I suppose. No, this isn't a review. Instead, let's call it a thank you. Thank you to the people who came to see some great acts take the stage. Thank you, too, to the fans who came to show Sticky their support, and thank you to the bar-stars who came to work on their Thursday morning regrets.

Now that the ball's rolling, thank you to the bands that traversed the city, the province, and the country to step onto the stage, and thank you to the fine folks at The Rivoli for taking the chance and putting a roof over our heads for a night. Thank you to Audio Blood for making us look good in a million different ways, and thank you to the folks behind Canadian Music Week for all of the thankless work involved in putting a thousand bands on city stages.

Festivals like CMF can be a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But, above all of the great exposure to music, all of the good times had with friends, and all of the opportunities for countless musical talents, there hovers one thing that trumps them all: The possibility of complete failure and devastating humiliation. Sticky Magazine's Official Showcase didn't suck, and the only shame on the faces behind the name was the kind that comes from nursing a mid-week hangover beneath the hum of our fluorescent office lights. So, I guess it comes down to this: thank you for not letting us look bad.

Now on with the photos.

Shaky Knees

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Dominique Fricot

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Andy Brown

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Leif Vollebekk

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