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Indie Week Announces First Round of Artists & Showcases, Plus New Health & Wellness Day

September 13th, 2017

Indie WeekIndie Week, the six-day showcase event held in downtown Toronto, has announced the first wave of artists performing from Nov. 7-12, 2017, as well as details for Indie101, its accompanying music and tech conference, and Health & Wellness Day.

Featuring more than 200 of both emerging musicians and leading industry speakers across over 25 venues — and supported by key pillars for breakout stars, such as Slaight Music — Indie Week and Indie101 organizers say they bring the community together for inspiration, education, and live music from bands and artists not currently signed to a major label.

This year, there will be a special DJ set from Martin Atkins (P.I.L./Nine Inch Nails), plus Juno-nominated Rusty, Dearly Beloved (Aporia Records), Chixdiggit’s frontman KJ Jansen, CMAO nominee Dani Strong, 2016 Indie Week winners Moon Tan, Wolf Saga, Conversation, Spells of Vertigo, The Mohrs, Jerry Leger & The Situation, Amos The Transparent, Goodnight, Sunrise, The Anti-Queens, Andrea Ramolo, The Commoners, The Honeyrunners, The Sorority, Kingdom of Birds, Honey Beard, and more.

The conference — Indie101 — features  panels, demo listening sessions, and mentorships so attendees can both discuss and absorb new knowledge on the evolving future of the music business.

Kickoff Mixer

Indie Week kicks off with bands, beer from Hop City Brewing Co., cocktails by Jack Daniel’s, food, and more on Tuesday, November 7 at The Hideout. Last year over 400 VIPs, delegates, film makers, and esteemed artists mixed and mingled while enjoying cocktails provided by Jack Daniel’s and our other event sponsors. 

On Display

Spanning more than 25 venues across the city, specialty showcases are very much at the heart of Indie Week and its draw. 2017 is no different with a dozen-plus of these specialty lineups, including an Irish Showcase, Pop Montreal, Exclaim!, Mississauga Music, ATX6, Music Nova Scotia, Seneca, Mobius, M88, Pushcart, The Library Collaborative, Music Ontario, and more. 

Friday, November 10 at The Nest marks a special new addition to Indie Week and Indie 101 in the form of Health & Wellness Day. Having started as just a single panel in 2016, the positive response inspired Indie Week to devote an entire day to advocate, educate, inspire, and support optimal health and well-being for everyone in the industry. 

Health & Wellness Day will feature a keynote address from Chuck Randall (Alice in Chains’ and The Cult’s tour manager), as well as guest speakers Martin Atkins (Nine Inch Nails, Public Image Ltd.) and Marky Ray (former tour manager for Nine Inch Nails). Yoga, diet, healthy eating, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle on tour will be on the docket, as well as resources, support, focus, and decreasing social stigma on the mental health, addictions, and general wellness hurdles that often arise within the music community. 

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