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Published on March 17th, 2019 | by Amber Healy


Early registration for Indie Week ends April 9

The big day might not come until November, the deadline for early Indie Week registration is April 9 – just a few weeks away.

It’s one of Canada’s biggest events in indie music with acts from around the world coming in for five jam-packed days and nights of workshops, performances and meeting other like-minded artists.

The early bird registration fee of $25 is a $10 savings and
that’s just the beginning of the opportunities.

There are countless opportunities for performing in clubs of
all sizes across Toronto, from legendary venues like the Horseshoe Tavern to
newer gems like The Joint, with stages and bars open until 4 a.m. The fun
begins with a launch party on November 13 at Revival Bar, a chance to check out
other bands, meet industry reps, talk with fans and enjoy two floors of performances.

Then there’s the conference itself – outside of the
performances, a list of speakers will provide industry insight and historical perspective.
This year’s speakers haven’t been finalized or announced yet, but previous
speakers include producer Eddie Kramer, Michael Wekerle of the Dragon’s Den and
El Mocambo, John Densmore of The Doors, Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent, agent Ralph
James and Juno winner Tom Wilson.

Ok, so what’s in it for the bands?

There’s the Indie Week Awards, the Indie 101 Music + Tech
conference, a Health and Wellness Day, listening sessions, industry panels, a
minimum of two 30-minute gigs, with sound equipment and a basic backline
provided. You’ll meet dozens of other bands from across the country and around
the world.

Applications are open for all genres of music, other than
comedy and cover bands, and the only stipulation is that bands or solo artists
cannot be signed directly to a major label. If your band is working with an independent
label with a major distribution agreement, you’re still eligible.

The week ends with an awards ceremony honouring artists and
others across a number of categories, followed by live band karaoke at the
Bovine Sex Club, which Indie Week considers one of its greatest traditions. Who
knows who might show up to take the mic?

More information is available here – but don’t forget, the deadline for
early bird registration is April 9.

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