Start your engines: Registration now open for Indie Week 2019

Hard to believe it, but bands can already register for Indie Week 2019, scheduled for November 13-17 in Toronto.

Early applications are being accepted through Tuesday, April 9, for the low low price of $25.

Those selected to participate aren’t just getting a slot in the lineup, however. There’s the VIP launch party, the awards, an industry conference, chances to meet with other professionals and bands and mentoring opportunities.

Last year’s festivities included 250 bands and artists from 16 countries including Brazil, Chile and the UK, not to mention dozens of homegrown Canadian talent.

This is the festival’s 17th year bringing together bands, fans and experts in the industry for a dedicated week of talking about all things music.

Previous performers include the likes of Mike Joyce of the Smiths, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Finger Eleven, Philip Sayce, Sumo Cyco, Ill Scarlett and The OBGM’s.

Plus, remember that, during Indie Week, like Canadian Music Week in the spring, bars in Toronto are open late – seriously late, 4 a.m. late.

A reminder of the technical stuff:

Indie Week is open to everything except comedy and cover acts and bands who apply must NOT be signed directly to a major label, but bands and solo artists who are working with an indie label are still eligible.

Entrants will receive an all access pass for the Indie101 conference for each band member in addition to a basic setup (2 guitar amps, 1 bass amp and a 4-piece drum kit) and sound equipment at every venue in which they play; international acts will get at LEAST 2 gigs and national acts from outside Ontario will get at LEAST two performance slots.

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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