Anti-Social showcase @ CMW
CMW festival-goers who showed up for Saturday night's Aporia Records showcase at the Social were left in a state of shock. Instead of the expected laminate-flashing music fans, the club a few blocks east of the Drake was packed with its clubby suburban-skewed regulars, and there wasn't a live band in sight.
Turns out co-owner Richard Lambert , who'd also rented the upstairs SPIN Gallery as part of his plan to host five CMW events, decided to back out after Thursday's and Friday's showcases pulled crappy crowds.
"I rented SPIN for three days for $4,000, at a cost to myself," he explains. "Typically, our bar sales for an event are between $5,000 and $8,000, and we made $200 the first night. If only 20 people are gonna attend each show, I can't risk upsetting my staff."
Lambert claims he broke the news to CMW's Phil Klygo Friday "at noon or 1 pm," but somehow the info didn't make it to Aporia or its bands until the next day. Artists lugged equipment to the Social's door only to discover they wouldn't be playing there that night.
The bad situation had a silver-ish lining: at the last minute, By Divine Right's Jose Contreras (whose sweetie, Lily Frost , was on the bill) offered the use of his own living room a couple of blocks away.
"The fact that they were happy to move their showcase to someone's living room should show you how many people they were expecting to attend," says Lambert. "CMW needs to take responsibility for booking shitty shows. Artists are always quick to point the finger, but you can't shoot someone in the back because he wants to be successful."