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200+ Acts, 6 Nights, 20+ Venues



Music Festival + Film Festival + Industry Conference
200 Acts, 6 Nights, 20+ Venues


About Indie Week

INDIE WEEK is one of Canada’s hottest indie music festivals showcasing the best emerging artists from around the world. Over 200 acts will perform at 20+ venues in Toronto, Canada’s largest music industry center!

All selected acts receive:

  • Artist Showcases 
    • Selected artists travelling from outside Canada receive 3 showcases
    • Selected artists from Canada travelling from outside Ontario receive 2 showcases
    • Selected artists Ontario acts receive 1 showcase
  • Invite to VIP Launch Party with over 300 music industry reps 
  • Artist Passes to attend all showcases Indie Week festival showcases
  • Passes to Indie 101 (3 day industry conference)
    • Demo Listening
    • Keynote Speakers
      PAST SPEAKERS: John Densmore (The Doors), Mike Joyce (The Smiths), Mike Clink (producer Guns n Roses), Glenn Matlock (The Sex Pistols)
    • Industry Panels
    • 101 sessions (classroom style lectures)
    • Mentorship Sessions – 1-on1 with industry reps
    • Interview sessionsNOTE: Indie Week always strives to give artists the most performances available, some limitations may occur beyond the festivals control but in some cases artists perform more showcases than listed above.
    • Tech Showcases (VR / New Tech)
  • Invites to the Indie Week Awards
  • Passes to attend Indie Beer Fest


$10 Earlybird deadline March 6, 2017


Who can apply?

Any indie acts that are NOT signed directly to a MAJOR label  acts signed to an indie label with major distribution ARE also accepted

Special showcases

If we do receive enough applications from a certain area we will consider creating a special showcase (for example, Australian Showcase, etc.).

Partners / Sponsors often host select nights. If your company is interested in hosting a night please email 

Listen to feedback from bands that performed at Indie Week Canada on Indie Can Radio by clicking here

If you are interested hosting a sponsored stage or event, please CONTACT US

Performing artists will receive:

  • 1 swag bag per act (estimated value: $75)
  • Wristbands for each performer and crew which allows entry to all shows during Indie Week (value: $50 each)
  • Conference Passes for each performer and crew which allows entry to industry panels – taking place each afternoon Thurs – Sat of Indie Week (value: $100 each).
  • Invite to Indie Week VIP Launch Party

Past sponsored stages have included:

  • Jack Daniels Music House
  • City of London
  • Pop Montreal
  • Wacken Metal Battle Canada
  • The ATX 6 Project
  • Outlaw Roadshow
  • 102.1 The Edge Next Big Thing Showcase
  • Exclaim! Magazine Showcase/Ginger Ale and the Monowhales video release
  • 94.9 The Rock Next Gen Showcase
  • KX96 Country Music Showcase
  • Focus UK presented by Focus Wales + Aurovine
  • The Indie 88.1 stage featuring Diana, The OBGMs, Cousins, Parrallels
  • Music Ontario Showcase 
  • Royalty Records Showcase featuring The Mandevilles
  • The MONSTER PRODUCTS stage featured KO, DJ LDontheCut (Sublime with Rome), The Stanfields, Gloryhound, Rebel Emergency
  • The BIG TICKET stage hosted by Maestro Fresh West
  • The Coalition Entertainment stage hosted by Human Kebab from USS
  • The Epiphone Showcase featured Magneta Lane, The Mahones, The Suburbians, and the Ascot Royals.

Media partners have included NOW Magazine, 949The Rock, Indie88, KX96, 102.1 The Edge, 101.5 The Wolf, The Wire Magazine.

Indie Week has a vibe unlike any other… Indie Week has a street level excitement that is infectious, and more palpable joy than a fleet of beer trucks brings to a chili cook-off… You really can’t help but have a good time.-Bob Segarini

Past artists include and special guests include: Finger Eleven, Philip Sayce, Mike Joyce (Drummer of The Smiths), Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols), Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden), DJ LDontheCut (SUBLIME with Rome), Darenots,Walk Off The Earth, Diana, The OBGMs, Parallels, Cousins, KO, The Rebel Emergency, Ill Scarlett, Magneta Lane, The Mahones, Sarah Blackwood, The Stanfields, Gloryhound, Rikers, The Midway State, Peter Katz, Roz Bell, The Birthday Massacre, Nightbox, Hello Beautiful, The Mandevilles, Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold.

Past delegates included:

  • Phil X (Bon Jovi)
  • John Densmore (The Doors)
  • Mike Joyce (Drummer of The Smiths)
  • Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols)
  • James Black & Rick Jackett (Finger Eleven)
  • Garth Richardson (Producer Rage Against the Machine)
  • Jeff Woods (Radio, Records & Rockstars)
  • Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch/Alice Cooper)
  • Michael Wekerle (Dragons Den/El Mocambo)
  • Mike Clink (Guns N Roses, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth)
  • Nigel Grainge (Thin Lizzy, Sinead O’Connor, Steve Miller Band)
  • Chris Birkett (Led Zeppelin, Steve Earle, Quincy Jones, Peter Gabriel,)
  • Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden)
  • Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies)
  • Josh Mateer (Warner UK)
  • Adam Hurstfield (XOXO Entertainment)
  • Karen Bliss (Music Journalist – Billboard Magazine/Rolling Stone)
  • Ron Lopata (Warner)
  • Sean Jones (Recording Artist, WIDEawake Entertainment Group)

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