COVER: Drew Leith and the Foundation
Drew Leith and the Foundation: Ready To Rock at Canadian Music Week
by: Care Humphries
I’m not entirely sure when I was first introduced to Cambridge rock outfit, Drew Leith and the Foundation. I do know that when I met Leith, he was the unassuming acoustic musician who’s gigging primarily were consumed by solo shows and weddings and was attempting to get a project together that would take him down the path to a full time career. And while the road well-travelled has been a grueling up-hill climb for Leith (which has included a slight line-up change), 2012 has become a promising year. From showcases in Toronto, to promoting their own shows locally, Drew Leith and the Foundation have found their sound, their niche and the right time in their career. Now they’re off to Toronto to kick ass at the Hardrock Café during Canadian Music Week, perform live at Q107 and to make their mark during Indie Night in Canada.
Read on for my q & a for Cambridge’s newest rock export, Drew Leith and the Foundation.
VR: Why is performing at Canadian Music Week important?
“Exposure in a new market,” Leith says. “We get to play in front of leading industry professionals and participate in the forum discussions and workshops provided at CMW. It’s a unique opportunity to promote our band at a top notch venue.”
VR: Describe what playing at Canadian Music Week means to your band.
“We get to build on the success that we’ve had recently and showcase our talents to the industry at large,” Leith explains. “It’s a proud moment to know that we’re being recognized in the Canadian musical landscape as one of the bands making some waves in the industry.
It’s a benchmark accomplishment to add to our list of things we’ve done that we’re proud of,” he adds. “It validates the positive attention that we’ve already received, and, we feel, gives us more traction when approaching possible connections. And it looks great on the musical resume!”
VR: You’ve recently mastered a new record.
“This will give us an opportunity to showcase our new album,” Leith agrees. “It’ll be new material in front of a fresh crowd.” Leith notes he even has a friend flying up from Florida to catch the show.
VR: What are the goals for the band performing this string of shows during one of the most important weeks for Canadian artists?
“Hopefully get noticed by the industry reps that can help us move forward with our musical careers,” Leith divulges saying that these types of showcases will help set the precedent for more upcoming gigs at larger venues. “We would love to meet the right agent or manager that might suit our needs and have the opportunity to forge a relationship during Canada’s largest music conference.”
Leith also says that being a part of CMW will help the band gain the confidence to perform on some Canada’s largest stages alongside our country’s best acts. “We have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s greatest minds, and hopefully apply this as we move into the next phase of our careers.”
Drew Leith and the Foundation
Performing: Q107, March 21st
Indie Night in Canada (The Ballroom), March 21st
The Hardrock Café (as part of CMW), March 22nd