CM @ SXSW – Day 1 – East Coast CapitalizationMonday, March 18th, 2013
CM was fortunate enough to have writer Jamie-Leigh Cuthbertson and photographer Tara Hitchman down in Austin, taking in SXSW 2013. Here are the goods from the heart of Texas…
Considering the thousands of bands that come from all over the world to play at SXSW in Austin, TX, the East Coast of Canada is certainly well-represented. With each artist bringing their own distinct sounds and personalities with them to this unique part of the world, Atlantic Canadian musicians are charming the ears of audiences from the packed bars of “Dirty 6th” street to the south shores of trendy Congress Ave.
Representing PEI is the charismatic Tim Chaisson who, with fiddle in tow, brings a mix of indie roots and a hint of celtic charm to the stage ; meanwhile, Haligonian Ben Caplan brings the tradition of folk storytelling with a hint of madness and fervour akin to that of Tom Waits that seems to be lacking from other artists showcasing in Austin this year.
Canada can be proud to call The Trews their own – especially after the four-piece commanded a dancing crowd at Canada House. As one of Canada’s busiest and most highly-acclaimed bands, Nthe boys from Antigonish, NS, without a doubt, made their mark on the festival with their high-energy sets. Not to be outdone, the PEI-born, Halifax-bred Jenn Grant made sure Canadian women were well represented at the festival, bringing her a bouncy pop energy to a number of stages over the last few days.
PEI’s Two Hours Traffic have lived up to the hype preceding their arrival at SXSW this year with high-energy shows in support of their most recent release, Foolish Blood. Halifax’s In-Flight Safety are also making their mark, returning from somewhat of a hiatus with a new lineup and seemingly new enthusiasm and intensity in their stage show.
The Canadian music industry can be proud of the hard work it’s artists are putting in to gain recognition on an international scale. With the East Coast provinces paving the way at SXSW, Canadian bands are doing a great job of representing the talent coming out of Canada’s music industry. More to come…