Review: Big Phony at CMW

Big Phony at CMW 2016
Big Phony at CMW 2016

I know I’ve said it before but there’s nothing like live music. I love going to concerts and music festivals, so of course, I think everyone else should too. Which is one of the reasons I was so disappointed at the small crowd at Big Phony’s show at Canadian Music Week (CMW). Music festivals like CMW are a fabulous way of both enjoying music you love (always a good thing) and discovering new music at an affordable price. I highly encourage all of our lovely readers to get out there and explore your local music scene and festivals. But I digress a bit, let’s get back to talking about Big Phony’s show.

Big Phony at CMW 2016
Big Phony at CMW 2016

Big Phony at CMW

I know we’ve written about him before but just in case you missed our earlier articles about Big Phony, we’ll introduce him again. ^^ Big Phony is a singer-songwriter who is currently based in Seoul, Korea but who’s originally from the US. A few years back he moved to Korea to pursue a musical career there and this year, he came to CMW for the first time.

Having seen him perform a couple of times before at South by Southwest (SXSW), I was happy that he was coming to Toronto so that Canadian audiences could get a chance to see him perform, listen to his quirky, self-deprecating humour in between songs and of course, hear his music. Especially as he has a new album coming out this summer and I was looking forward to hopefully hearing a couple of new songs.

Unfortunately, not many people took advantage of the chance to see him as the size of the audience left a lot to be desired. Sometimes having the first time slot of the night isn’t a good thing as the crowd was still building with several people arriving during his set. Normally that wouldn’t be an issue, and it’s quite normal during festivals as people with badges and wristbands often venue-hop (I know I have in the past) but the door was literally right beside the small stage so it was a little distracting.

But despite the small crowd, the distraction of the door, and the fact the he wasn’t feeling well, it was a good show and I was happy to get the chance to hear a mix of old and new songs. There was a little less interaction with the audience than I’d seen in the past but that could be chalked up to not feeling well. His music wasn’t affected though and while the set was mostly songs from his previous albums, the last song was one of his new ones. It’s always fun to hear new songs.

Now I just have to wait until the new album comes out. P.S. you should definitely check it out once it does.

Big Phony at CMW 2016
Big Phony at CMW 2016

Final Thoughts

Despite being under the weather, Big Phony put on a solid set for an admittedly small crowd. Disappointing though the crowd was, and it was, I still think that there were people in the audience that sat up and listened once Big Phony started singing. There was a little less interaction than I’ve seen before in between songs but it was still a good set and I enjoyed the chance to hear some of his new songs. Speaking on his new album, I can’t wait to hear it!

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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 on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival. 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.

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