Indie Week Toronto 2009 (extended)

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Indie Week prides itself on being an artist-friendly festival that provides valuable opportunities for networking, exposure, and education through industry panels and seminars mixed in with artist showcases. All showcases have been judged by industry professionals in A&R, management, productions, legal, etc. - meaning accepted artists perform in front of industry. The festival is strategically scheduled to take place right in the middle of several Northeast US and Southeastern Canadian conferences - giving international and local acts an opportunity to maximize their touring budgets & planning by having an opportunity to take part in more than one festival during the month of October.

90% of the artists selected will be Sonicbids artists.

Last year's winners, Walter Mitty & the Realists (Ireland) had this to say:

"For us, playing Indie Week was easily one of the wisest moves we've made as a band. A truely enjoyable week, but also unique in it's concept. Not only did we get to play to amazing crowds and see numerous deadly bands in some of Toronto's coolest venues, but each show was attended by a variety of industry reps!

In one week we made so many new friends and valuble contacts. We are absolutely delighted to have won it, especially because it means we'll be back to take part in next years festivities! Indie Week is a valuble resource."


Each year Indie Week rewards the top voted act with a prize package worth over $5000 - including $1000 cash, recording time, merchandising and consulting. With the addition of Indie Week Ireland, the top voted act will be invited to perform in Ireland in front of booking agents, radio/press, labels from European nations.


INDIE WEEK works with over 10 of Toronto's top downtown venues including The Horseshoe Tavern, The Bovine Sex Club, The Rivoli, The Drake Hotel, Tattoo Rock Parlor, The Reverb, Holy Joe's, El Mocambo, Rancho Relaxo, The Rok Boutique and more! Last years festival had over 80 artists performing and 4000+ people in attendance over the week.


In the past artists have gone on to work with producers, managers, booking agents, labels, publicists, lawyers - as a result of meeting at Indie Week. Having industry judges at showcases ensures industry in the room. Artists must impress!


Indie Week is working on building industry panels that are informative and educational. Announcements will be made through All participating band members will receive free VIP passes allowing them to attend the conferences.


Artists selected to participate in Indie Week 2009 will receive:

  • VIP Passes for all band members (excluding crew + management) allowing entry to Industry panels and special events
  • 1 delegate bag with inserts from sponsors, artists, industry, media
  • Wristbands for band members, crew, management allowing entry to artist showcases during Indie Week
  • a chance to perform at the special invite only VIP party to launch Indie Week
  • Listing on Indie Week website

    All artists who attend/perform leave with a memorable experience!