Indie Week Toronto 2006

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"GET A LEG UP - helping Indie artists get ahead"

The 3rd annual INDIE WEEK is dedicated to showcasing Indie artists. Unlike other music festivals, Indie acts will not have any label showcases or agency nights to compete with. Bands will be chosen solely on applications – You MUST APPLY to be considered. Every application will get reviewed and judged based on presentation, professionalism and quality (song writing, performance, and production - songwriting will take the highest merit as we all know that not everyone can afford top end studios).

Here are some cool things about Indie Week:

* Bands/Artists can GET PAID - Each participating band will be given 10 wristbands which they can sell for up to $10.

* Bands are allowed to sell their merch and are encouraged to take part in the afternoon All-ages merch fair on Saturday OCT 14.

* $5 from each entry fee will be used as part of cash prizes

* Bands will receive the reviews of their EPKs - feedback which hopefully will help to make their package even better.

* Bands/Artists have a chance to meet industry insiders at our "industry schmooze" on Thurs Oct 12. Last year A & R from Universal, Linus Entertainment, Iguana Studios, Chart Magazine, The Agency, Weir Management, C Squared Productions, Spill Magazine, and many others were in attendance.

* Artists run Indie Week so we know what it's all about and what we think is missing from other festivals (we really do like the festivals that are out there but think that there is more room for Indie artists as many of the festivals showcase talent that is already signed).

* Acts that have applied may have a chance to perform at other shows outside of INDIE WEEK.

* INDIE WEEK is designed so that there is something for each act on each day. Industry Schmooze (Thurs, Oct. 12), Showcases (Fri, Oct 13), Merch Fair/Finals (Sat, Oct 14).

* We are gathering up some great prizes to offer the band with the highest votes during the showcases.

A minimum of 5 spots are reserved for Sonicbids members although we will most likely be selecting the majority of all 40 artists through Sonicbids.

Former artists who have played Indie Week:

  • Lye (formerly Aphasia): winners of Indie Week 2004, now managed by Darryl Hurs (Gen-Sub Management/Records), sponsored by JAGERMEISTER.
  • Obsidian: now managed by Bob Luhtalla
  • Amanda Bentley: managed by Darryl Hurs (Gen-Sub Management/Records), sponsored by FENDER, working with producer RUSS MACKAY
  • Noah Vachon: one of our Industry judges liked him so much he started to manage him!
  • September is Calling: a booking agent came out to their showcase and signed them shortly after as a result!
  • Peter Katz: winner of Indie Week 2005, won a studio session with MIKE TURNER (ex-OUR LADY PEACE) at Pocket Studios.
  • Whitfield: winners of the People’s Choice Award, now sponsored by PLAY INDIES
  • Glendora: received a JAGERMEISTER sponsorship during Indie Week 2005
  • Girl + the Machine: gained interest from producer RUSS MACKAY at Indie Week 2005
  • grand:PM: now signed to CURVE RECORDS
  • The Awesome Team: signed with BUMSTEAD MANAGEMENT (The Trews), and LIVE TOUR ARTISTS

Top voted acts will be offered a national distribution deal in Canada as well as an online distribution deal through Gen-Sub Records/Addictive Records.

Venues include: The Bovine Sex Club, The Cameron House, Holy Joe's, The Reverb, The Rivoli, Crowbar and more!

We accept all genres except Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rap and Dance.