Indie Week Ireland 2010

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This is the LAST CHANCE to submit to Indie Week Ireland, a unique international music festival looking for the next big European band to bring to Canada. Selected artists will receive a partial-expenses trip to perform at Indie Week Canada, VIP passes to all events and showcases, a listing on, and more./n/nIndie Week Ireland is an unique international music festival looking for the next big European band to bring to Canada. Canadian and European cultures mingle for four great nights as top Canadian bands from Indie Week Canada tour the country alongside high-calibre European acts.

Industry professionals from fields ranging from A&R, booking, labels, legal, management, press, and production, are hired to determine which European band is the "best of the fest." The prize is unlike any other: a partial-expenses paid trip overseas to perform for Indie Week Canada 2010. Taking over some of the best venues in Toronto (a hotbed of Canadian talent), Indie Week Canada provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to perform for Canadian music-industry professionals.

In three years, INDIE WEEK has brought three bands from Ireland overseas to the Canadian festival. Those three bands have all acquired Canadian management and returned to Toronto for Canadian Music Week - all because of INDIE WEEK.

Both Indie Week Ireland and Canada are dedicated to providing artists with valuable opportunities for networking and exposure. Having industry judges at showcases ensures industry in the room - artists must impress!

All Selected Artists Receive:

  • A chance to perform at Indie Week Canada (Toronto, Oct. 2010)

  • VIP passes for all band members (including crew & management), which allow entry to special events and all showcases across Ireland

  • A listing on

  • A delegate bag with inserts from sponsors, artists, industry, media, etc.

Irish act Walter Mitty and the Realists (voted best band 2008) acquired Canadian management as a result of performing at Indie Week Canada. Their success at the festival also helped them secure a high-profile showcase at Canadian Music Week 2009.

Participating in Indie Week Canada helped Limerick-band Vesta Varro (voted best band 2007) acquire a booking agent in Germany, and helped them secure spots in Canadian Music Week and Rogers Spring Music Festival.

Confirmed venues for Indie Week Ireland:

  • Tues. Apr. 13: Belfast - Aunty Annie’s

  • Wed. Apr. 14: Dublin - The Twisted Pepper

  • Thurs. Apr. 15: Galway - The Cellar Bar

  • Fri. Apr. 16: Dublin - The Twisted Pepper

  • Sat. Apr. 17: Limerick - Baker’s Place


"I think it's great and very important to have this sort of hook up. It's an awesome opportunity and we're really excited about going to Toronto."

- Niall Donnelly, Sixteen Layers

"Cutaways were thrilled to be part of such a well-run and respected event as Indie Week Ireland. It really was a unique celebration of live music and a great opportunity to showcase ourselves to various people within the industry. The atmosphere was fabulous and each act was given the attention they deserved given the quality of the bands involved."

- Ryan Simpson, Cutaways

"Bella Clava is honoured to have had the pleasure of participating in Indie Week Ireland. This experience gave our truly independent band the opportunity to embark on our first tour, performing for new audiences in a new environment which is typically unheard of for unsigned bands."

– Caitlin Dacey, Bella Clava


  • Nick Seymour (Crowded House Bassist)

  • Richard Dowling (Mastering Engineer)

  • Claire Kelly (Limerick Post)

  • Tom Nevermann (Music Publishing Germany)

  • John O'Regan (Freelance Journalist)

  • Mark O'Sullivan (Singer-Songwriter)

  • Andy Stephens (Freelance Journalist)

Press Coverage:

Cutaways, Canadian Diary #1 - BBC

Cutaways, Canadian Diary #2 - BBC

Indie Week Comes West - Galway Independent

Canada Entices Top Indie Bands - Limerick Independent

Belfast Indie band Cutaways is going to Canada - Fame Magazine

Canada Indie Week Comes to Galway
- Galway Advertiser

PaperDoll (Make Music NY Festival) - New York Daily

Indie Week Ireland 2009 - Indie Limerick

Indie Week 2009 - 2 U I Bestow (blog)

Exclusive Interview With Bella Clava From Canada - Town Full of Losers (blog) -

PaperDoll to compete in Indie Week! -

Ballad Nerd Pop! Debut album by PaperDoll - The Deli Magazine

PaperDoll + Indie Week Ireland! -

Canada's Indie Week Comes to Ireland -