Indie Weeks Best of Fest Winners
Bo Welland is a Rock and Roll band native to Toronto formed in 2016. Bo Welland members are Jack Reddon, Harry Reddon, Jack Bulger, and John Wales. The band is known for its quality songwriting and high-energy live shows. Their Influences include Radiohead, the Beatles, and The Strokes. They are also won best in fest Indie week 2019.
Adrian Sutherland brings melodic rock sound to the Opening Party of Indie Week 2019 at The Hideout with Adrian Sutherland. Standing in the Indie Week spotlight is a long way from Attawapiskat, Sutherland’s home in remote Nothern Ontario. Sutherland Sutherland’s lyrics dance between truthfully portraying the hardship of northern life and celebrating that there’s nowhere else he’d rather be.
Blow Flyy brings his hip-hop sound to Indie Week 2019. Blow Flyy performs out of Toronto Canada but hails from Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia. He is a new age artist with a new thought process, he does it his way, for the Fans, that is without rhyming, instead, being a storyteller.
Excuses Excuses plays the Indie Week Media Party, 2019. Overflowing with attitude, Excuses Excuses is an alternative/punk rock band from Ontario, Canada. Packed with raw passion, energy, and a hint of good ol’ Canadian grit; the trio, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kyle Wilton, bassist Trevor Bowman, and drummer Jason Nicoll, is driven to empower millennials to find strength in self-expression and individualism and encourages people to live their lives to the fullest potential in our restrictive, modern society
Fon Fur brought their high-energy live performance to the Hideout, Indie Week 2019. The band released their debut album New Rules For Classic Games in October 2018, and have quickly gained notoriety throughout southern Ontario from their rambunctious live shows. Fonfur has garnered comparisons to acts like Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, and Bloc Party.
Ghost Caravan performs at Indie Week 2019. Ghost Caravan is a group of collaborators leads by Shaina Silver-Baird. Her “ghosts” are what inform the music that she writes. Whether they are the ghosts of specific people, the ghosts of past love’s, or the ghosts of experience, this caravan of ghosts is the origin of her songs.
Kelly Fraser performed her Pop/Inuit Traditional music at Indie Week 2019. Originally from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Kelly has performed countless concerts across Canada, especially the Arctic (Nunavut and Nunavik), where she is extremely well-known.
Mountain Head performed at Indie Week Media Party 2019. Their sound blends psych-rock, alt-rock, and elements of electro-pop and jangle pop into unique and potent sonic concoctions. Mountain Head’s goal is to travel to your city and steal your head by means of mesmerizing vocals and contagious melodies. They’re skull bandits, but polite ones, because after they steal your head, they give it back to you. According to Mountain Head, the only way to hold on to your head is to lose it.
Rachel Romu appears at Indie Week Media Party 2019 – The Hideout. Candid & vulnerable, Rachel Romu’s ‘violent soul’ sound comes from the heart. After an Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis, Rachel took their music to the stage, aiming to create visibility for disabled people in the scene. Rachel has now played shows across Toronto, including the NXNE & Pride festivals in 2018
Bara Jonson and Free
Bara Jonson and Free brought their melodic melancholic originals to Indie Week 2019. Bara Jonson and Free were formed in the fall of 2012. Their journey has taken them to recording studios in both Germany and the US but it was back home in the south of Sweden that they decided to record their full-length album; Synergy – The Album, at Yla Studios.
Barry Stagg Performs at Indie Week 2019. Barry Stagg was born April 9, 1944, in Montreal, where he lived for the first 29 years of his life. He has written and recorded songs for Gamma Records, United Artists, London Records, RCA, and Cashbox Records.
Barry Blue Opaline
Blue Opaline at Indie Week 2019. Their sound is centered around powerhouse vocals from 16-year-old Ariyena Sorani, deep grooves from old soul bassist 16-year-old Wyatt Garvin, funky rhythmic beats from 14-year-old drummer Thomas Carli and heavy guitar riffs from 15-year-old Gabe Levy. They all met through music rock camps or arts high schools. They are friends first and this is core for building trust, having fun, and most importantly encouraging each other to stay focused on making music that matters.
Camila Andrew performs at Indie Week 2019. Camila Andrew is a young Colomboamerican singer that seeks to bond the Latin and English cultures. In the year 2017, she launched her career and began her artistic journey as a performer and a composer. Camila’s music seeks to be transparent with who she is and promote a state of wholeness.
Day Dinosoul at Indie Week 2019. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania partners Donny Donovan (vocals, guitar) and Carolyn Hilliard (vocals, keyboard) realized they had something special to share. Together, the duo creates a unique dark synth sound merged with influences from electro, new wave, ambient, and guitar rock genres.
Dylan Jennesey at Indie Week 2019. Dylan Hennessy is a Toronto-based artist whose obsession with a broad range of music has led him down a one-man prog band rabbit hole, accompanied by a whirlwind of imaginative sounds, looping stations, and hard-hitting live drums.
King of Foxes
King of Foxes at Indie Week 2019. King of Foxes offers up something of value: a musical divining rod that pulls the listener to an inner river that is at once both familiar and uncanny. Delivered in a voice equal parts fierce and fragile, frontwoman Olivia Street’s lyrics are poetic and evocative, deftly interwoven with seeing-eye guitar hooks and a cogent understanding of songcraft.
Leepeck at Indie Week 2019. Leepeck is a Warsaw-based singer-songwriter. His recent album Borderline was analog recorded and released in April 2017. Borderline’s songs are a nostalgic journey into the past. The album blends melancholic vocals with acoustic folk influences.
Matt James at Indie Week 2019. Matt James is from Mattagami First Nations, near Timmins Ontario. Matthew has been involved in music from a very early age. He was encouraged by his Grandma Naveau to keep singing, and she would say “Matthew, you go and share that beautiful voice; that is your gift from the Creator”.
Piqued Jacks at Indie Week 2019. Matt James is from Mattagami First Nations, near Timmins Ontario. Matthew has been involved in music from a very early age. He was encouraged by his Grandma Naveau to keep singing, and she would say “Matthew, you go and share that beautiful voice; that is your gift from the Creator”.
Queens and Kings
Queens and Kings at Indie Week 2019. Queens & Kings is a post-punk garage rock duo from Toronto and is very much a product of fight, a symbol of resilience, and an emblem of victory. For 8 years, Brendan and Alissa struggled, with each of their own musical and artistic projects, with their health, with themselves, and with each other.
Sarah Siddiqui at Indie Week 2019. Sarah Siddiqui is a seasoned Toronto-born and based alt/folk singer-songwriter. She is known for approaching each song like a rich painting. Her stunning rich voice has been described as a cool crisp breeze with grit. Her vocal abilities and range have no limits. To date, Sarah has released 3 full-length albums and multiple singles, one of which has been placed in 2 feature films, Word of Honor (2003, starring Don Johnson, Jeanne Tripplehorn), Triggermen (2002, starring Donnie Wahlberg, Claire Forlani). One of her songs “Show Me” with guest guitarist, Tim Bovaconti (Burton Cummings, Ron Sexsmith) was also released through Awesome/EMI Canada. In 2017, Sarah was invited to join the artist roster of Choir Nation, alongside Royal Wood, Justin Rutledge, and Elliott Brood. At an early age, her older brother Ali Siddiqui introduced her to a whole world of music that she wouldn’t have come across if it wasn’t for him, nor would she have become the artist she is now if he didn’t introduce artists like Peter Gabriel, Eric Clapton, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, The Doors, Paul Simon, CCR, Ben Harper, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Tragically Hip, etc. Sarah was also influenced by the guttural music and UK artists Tricky, Bjork, Massive Attack, Verve, and many more singer-songwriters/bands including Soul Asylum, Joseph Arthur, Billy Joel, Ben Harper, Tori Amos, Damien Rice, and Matthew Good. She also grew up listening to Indian and Pakistani musical heavyweights Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Ravi Shankar, and many other artists from her South Asian roots of Pakistan.
The Wilderness at Indie Week 2019. The Wilderness is a sextet with a massive and mighty sound – a propulsive and potent indie rock fusion that has earned them comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, The National, and The Lumineers.
Torquoise Sun at Indie Week 2019. The sextet from Aarhus known as Turquoise Sun has since 2015 been sending waves of beachy psychedelia across Denmark. Turquoise Suns music takes you through a surfy psych-pop drenched with electronic nuances that blend in up-beat songs, laid-back grooves, and trippy atmospheric excesses. Their sound has been called ‘futuristic’ and ‘supernatural’, with a smooth blend of retro-synthesizers, vocal harmonies, surf guitars, and a steady beat.
Erica Knox at Indie Week 2019. 22-year-old Toronto native, Erica Knox, is set to showcase her new sound in 2019, with influences from music legends Fleetwood Mac and John Mayer, as well as modern-day hitmakers Julia Michaels and Tove Styrke. Her sound has been described as “enchanting” and “powerful” by her collective of international listeners, alongside her self-portrayed intimate lyrics.
MBG at Indie Week 2019. Under the name of an Alt-Rock recording project, Leena is a multi-instrumentalist that writes, records, performs, and produces her music in her own home studio. Over the past year, she has solidified her sound and has gone back to what got her to pick up the guitar in the first place; being a one-woman rock band.
Midnight Ambassador at Indie Week 2019. Recent Artist Highlights: Previous single featured on BBC Introducing 3 Countries; added to heavy rotation on idobi Anthem (idobi radio channel); featured by Numerous Mental Illness Orgs as an official supporter; Midnight Ambassador was invited to indie Week UK November 2018; he was only Portuguese artist to play Canadian Music Week 2019; recently featured on Toronto´s 102.1 The Edge.
Young Doctors in Love
Young Doctors in Love at Indie Week 2019. Young Doctors in Love is a six-piece indie-pop-rock band from Toronto. They write quirky, ambitious, big-hearted, harmony-laden songs, most of which clock in around three minutes or less. In March 2019, the band released their second full-length album, …in Love, which further expands their sonic palette while still retaining their abiding commitment to handclaps, ba ba ba da’s, ooooh’s, and oh oh oh’s.