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Chiwawa is busy in studio, recording a new album. The title is "Collectors Of Souls" which will be released October 16th, 2012. The first single "Madness Is My Home" is available right now on BandCamp. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date.

 

The single "Don't Wanna Talk" charts at #1 on "Indie 5@5" on CJLX FM!

Some critics say:

"CHIWAWA's music is beautiful, captivating and compelling."
"CHIWAWA's story is stranger than fiction."
"CHIWAWA and Ryan Larkin - definitely one of the most touching stories I've heard in a long time.
The Soloist meets Resurrecting The Champ; only better, stronger, greater!
The documentary airs on CTV this winter. Don't miss it!"

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Scoop

So much has been going on, we can't keep up with this little dog...

We had a very exciting and long trip to Europe. Worked hard and played hard! Just the way we like it.
We are proud to share that we have completed another beautiful project - Co Hoediman's "55 Socks". MusiVision (Laurie's company) was the producer of the short animation film. She also scored the music for it. Be sure to check it out! It is most certainly not what you know CHIWAWA for.

We are also thrilled to announce that next on our plate is Gerald Potterton's brand new film. But more on this later on. Stay tuned.

CHIWAWA showcase at Canadian Music Week - March 13th, 2009 - great success!!

Yes, Bus Stop Chinese Buffet is out! It is available wherever you buy your digital music. You can also order a physical CD from our website - just visit our Albums page. Yes, it is our latest album filled with mean, sweet, sexy and bratty tunes! We've been working at it for a long time now, so you can sit down and enjoy it over and over again!

Spare Change (Ryan Larkin's last film) has been traveling the world and across Canada! Yes, Ryan would have been so happy and proud to see it play in Melbourne, Berlin, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancover... Oh, Ryan, we miss you!

CHIWAWA is honoured and proud to have contributed the soundtrack for the Maestro's latest comeback film. Overcast Skies, Do It For Me, Hell Sweet Hell and God's Children are all featured in Spare Change. And of course, all of them can be found on Bus Stop Chineses Buffet. Alernately, you can get only the 4 songs on the SP Spare Change. Just visit our Albums page.

We are planning some gigs in and around Montreal in the spring. As well, we are working on a tour for 2010 that will cover Montreal, Toronto, New York, Boston...

STAY TUNED!

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The Buzz on the Montreal Music Scene

Lots of hype lately about the Montreal music scene, a scene I've been privy to, longer than I could say gaga. From the New York Times to the BBC, Montreal is now the cool city baby bands move to, in order to get discovered. CHIWAWA used to hit New York in the late 90's hoping for the chance at the big time playing CBGBs and Arlene's Grocery.I'm glad we sat tight. After 911 our move to New York pangs were permanently thwarted.

I think the Montreal buzz is a brilliantly crafted PR idea that worked like a charm. My conspiracy theory is that Vice Records conjured up the Montreal Scene Buzz as they are a sexy media machine with deep Montreal roots and interests.

I used to rent my old NDG rehearsal space to several bands including Murray Lightburn of The Dears. Murray was also my neighbour on Sherbrooke Street in NDG for a couple of years as well. He lived in a shitty beige brick apartment over Cosmos Snack Bar and I lived in a less shitty flat over Western Auto Parts. Murray and I could have become friends but an amp he was going to buy from me came between us.

Arcade Fire are doing fantastically well and have successfully brought Montreal to the spotlight. Popular producer, trendy Howard Bilerman of Hotel2Tango, hates MIDI. We love MIDI. I guess we're out of the cool yet again. CHIWAWA - against the grain, in the rain. Wet dog.

Montreal has had several successful bands including Men Without Hats (circa long time ago), Sky, Luba, Lhasa (who once asked me if I thought she had a good voice! Of course darling!), DJs like Kid Koala... Montreal wasn't considered a scene at the time but Montreal has always been steady in its creative output. Nevermind the Cirque de Soleil and Celine. Those two entities alone own Vegas. There is something magical happening in the la belle ville.

We were pictured in the Feb. 17/06 edition of Vancouver Sun Business section. Project Opus wanted to use our image because we're from Montreal. Maybe becasue they think we look good against the sky. Maybe cuz they dig our music and we dig their website. I call them projectopus, as in octopus - 8 armed-legged medusa like water creature. I guess it's project opus as in musical work but I prefer the sound of big squid. In other words, "I know, but I like it better my way."

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