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Lydia Ainsworth released debut LP on Arbutus (streams), playing CMJ including M for Montreal & Arbutus showcases

by Bill Pearis

Lydia Ainsworth

Lydia Ainsworth is based in Toronto these days but has spent time in both Montreal and New York City as a music student. It was while at NYU that she began delving into pop music. She spent two years working on her debut album, Right from Real, which was just released on Arbutus, home of Grimes. Being on the same label and also making electronic-y music, Ainsworth has gotten compared to Claire Boucher, but beyond superficial similarities, their music is pretty different. (Purity Ring is closer, as is, at times, Enya.) Right to Real shows off her composer / arranger skills (it’s cinematic stuff), as well as her versatile voice. But you wouldn’t put it on at a club — though a couple songs are ripe for remixing. You can stream some of it below.

Ainsworth will be here for CMJ and she’s currently got six shows lined up:

Thursday October 23rd @ Baby’s All Right | Gorilla Vs. Bear showcase

Friday October 24th @ Pianos | Planetary Radio day party FREE

Friday October 24th @ Arlene’s Grocery | M For Montreal showcase

Friday October 24th @ Glasslands | Popgun showcase

Saturday October 25th @ Death by Audio | Arbutus Records showcase

Sunday October 26th @ Babycastles | Cardinal PR day show

Lineups for the shows are listed below.

The M for Montreal show, their annual CMJ poutine party, also features Homeshake, The Posterz, Solids, Heat, Lisa Leblac, Vesuvio Solo, The Muscadettes and a l l i e. That’s not the only show the M folks are doing this year. On Tuesday, October 21 at Baby’s All Right at midnight (so technically 10/22 morning) M4M will throw a late-night party with Honey, Homeshake, Calvin Love, The Mystery Lights, and OJ Pimpson. It goes till the wee hours and is FREE.

Speaking of Arbutus, the Montreal label is also throwing a free day party with Cascine Records on October 25 at Wythe Hotel’s rooftop Ides bar with DJ sets from TOPS, Blue Hawaii, Erika Spring, No Excuses, and Wildarms. Cascine and Arbutus will also have a special show on Newtown Radio on October 20 from 9 – 11 PM.

CMJ lineups for shows mentioned above, as well as flyers and Lydia Ainsworth’s partial album stream, below.

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Planetary, Dutch Impact & Eurosonic Noorderslag party
October 24 @ PIANOS
~DOWNSTAIRS~
DUNE RATS5:30pm
MONOMYTH4:50pm
GO BACK TO THE ZOO4:10pm
LIAM BAILEY3:30pm
DELTA RIGGS2:50pm
BAD//DREEMS2:10pm
NOTHING BUT THIEVES1:30pm
FUTURE LOVES PAST12:50pm

~UPSTAIRS~
TAYMIR5:10pm
LAY LOW4:30pm
GOSSLING3:50pm
LYDIA AINSWORTH3:10pm
GO WOLF2:30pm
HUNDREDS1:50pm
EDEN MULHOLLAND1:10pm
MONOKINO12:30pm

M FOR MONTREAL CMJ SHOWCASE
Friday Oct 24th @ Arlene’s Grocery
**Set times TBA**

Free Poutine Party at 7PM
Tei Shi
a l l i e
Vesuvio Solo
Lisa Leblanc
Heat
Solids
The Posterz
Homeshake
Lydia Ainsworth
The Muscadettes

Friday, October 24 @ Glasslands
Popgun CMJ Showcase (tickets)
8 PM
Blue Hawaii
Ballet School
Lydia Ainsworth

casbutus

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ARBUTUS / TERRIBLE CMJ SHOWCASE
Saturday October 25 @ Death by Audio
+Porches [NY]
++TOPS [MONTREAL]
+++Lydia Ainsworth [TORONTO]
++++Regal Degal [NY]

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Sunday October 26 @ Babycastles Gallery
$8 Doors 2PM
2:30PM Vesuvio Solo
3:15PM NONI WO
4PM Ami Dang
4:45PM Lydia Ainsworth
5:30PM Andy Boay
6:15PM Eola

M FOR MONTREAL LATE NITE CMJ PARTY
Tuesday October 21 @ Baby’s All Right
03:00 AM – O.J Pimpson
02:15 AM – The Mystery Lights
01:30 AM – Calvin Love
12:45 AM – Homeshake
12:00 AM – Honey

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