CMW 2016 – Korean Musicians (Round One)

Love X Stereo at CMW 2015
Love X Stereo at CMW 2015

Canadian Music Week (CMW) just released their first round of showcasing acts for the 2016 festival and on the list were two (2) Korean musicians/bands which is exciting. Especially as I’ve seen both of the acts before and know that you’re going to love them. I’m especially stoked as this means I’ll get the chance to see both twice in 2016 as they’re also playing South by Southwest (SXSW). Which means you also have double the chance of seeing them live next year.

I bet you want to know who’s coming to Toronto next May! Keep reading to find out who’s coming.

Big Phony

Okay, if you’ve never listened to Big Phony, I’d recommend you check him out. I first saw him at South by Southwest in 2014 (check out my interview with him to learn more about Big Phony) and while the singer-songwriter genre isn’t always my thing, I was captivated and he’s been on one or more of my playlists ever since.

While most of his music – and albums – fall under the singer-songwriter genre, he does have an electronic album, “”, to add a little spice to your listening pleasure. If you’re new to him, I’d recommend starting with the songs ‘But I Will, Everyday’, ‘Bedford Stop’ and ‘All Bets Are Off’ – as they are a few of my favourites. And you’ll also want to catch Big Phony’s show at CMW next May as he’s a musician with a soulful voice and a gentle humour. Come on, you know you want to!

It looks like he's looking at the camera
It looks like he’s looking at the camera

Big Phony on Social Media

Love X Stereo

This fabulous electronic duo is one band you won’t want to miss at CMW – in fact, if you did miss them at this year’s CMW, I’m sure you’ll be glad to hear that they’ll be back in 2016. I’ve seen Love X Stereo four times over the past three years and I’ve loved each show. Actually, their show earlier this year at CMW was one of my favourites of 2015. It was a smaller showcase but man, did they bring their ‘A’ game.

Add to the fact that they released a fabulous new EP earlier this year – I love the song ‘We Love We Leave’ – and they are releasing Part 2 shortly, there’s a lot to be excited about. Like many fans, I’m counting down the days until Part 2 is released. And of course, can’t wait to see them again at CMW! Check out my interview with Annie from earlier this year if you want to know more about them.

Love X Stereo at CMW 2015
Love X Stereo at CMW 2015

Love X Stereo on Social Media

Final Thoughts

While I always want more Korean bands in each announcement, great music is also key and both Big Phony and Love X Stereo are fabulous live (or recorded so support them by buying their music if you like it!) so we’re in for a treat. It will be Big Phony’s first time performing in Toronto (I believe) and Love X Stereo’s third. Having seen both of them a few times, I know you’re going to love them and don’t worry, we’ll post links to buying tickets once they’re released.

But if you’re a big music fan, then you might want to think about getting a wristband so you can enjoy all the fabulous music at Canadian Music Week. You know you want to!

Have you seen Big Phony and Love X Stereo? Are you as excited as I am?

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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