Indie Week is just around the corner, and it will be putting on performances from iconic bands throughout the city from November 6th until November 11th.
Indie Week prides themselves on being more than just a festival, with live performances, band karaoke, and a conference for music industry professionals featuring panels, demo listening, mixers, mentorships, and more.
This Indie88 feature is presented with Hop City.
There are so many different concerts to catch and events to take part in, which can make it tough to figure out exactly what you need to know to take part in Indie Week. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about the upcoming festival this year.
There’s an Indie Week Launch Party
Indie Week knows how to kick off with a blast with their annual Launch Party, which features live performances from 16 different artists. If you head to Revival Bar on November 6th, you’ll be able to enjoy bands, beer, cocktails, food and more, and this year is set to be Indie Week’s biggest and best party yet.
You can see the Scenic Route to Alaska
If you head to The Garrison on Saturday, November 10th, you can listen to some catchy indie tracks from Scenic Route to Alaska with openers Acid Test and Daysormay. The prairie indie outfit is renowned for their ability to weave raspy clever vocals over memorable melodies. Their live performances are exciting, with palpable energy and contagious joy, so this is one show you won’t want to miss.
Tons of other Amazing Artists
There are plenty of other amazing artists playing across the city from November 6th to November 11th that you won’t want to miss. Moscow Apartment will be hitting The Supermarket on Wednesday, November 7th with Civil Wray, Amy Guess, Flavia Abadia, and Olivia Frances. You can also check out Grizzly Coast at Free Times Cafe on Thursday, November 8th with Em Patrick, Benjamin Doerksen, Almond & Olive, and Julie Neff.
The Hop City takeover at Mod Club
On Friday, November 9, Hop City will take over The Mod Club at 722 College Street to host an evening with The Manvils, and the Indie Week Semi Finals. Great new: Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with advance tickets at $7 ($10 at the door). Even greater news: You can simply request a guest-list spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Vancouver-bred trio is set to hit the stage for 11:30 p.m.
Indie Week is more than just a festival
Indie Week prides themselves on being much more than just a festival, as they’ve expanded to presenting shows throughout the year and showcasing local acts on development nights. Most of the time, the festival selects artists who have applied or who they have worked with in the past, so they can put on shows with more emerging artists that may not have made it into the festival showcases.
The conference is a musician’s dream
Indie Week wants to give artists and music industry professionals the opportunity to learn and grow at their festival, so they also put on an industry and tech conference with successful music industry members that features industry panels, demo listening, mixers, mentorships, and more. Some of this year’s speakers include Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios owner Martin Atkins, Listen Harder founder and publicist Cristina Fernandes, and Canadian Songwriter and Producer Gavin Brown.
It’s not just indie music
Indie Week also presents non-indie showcases, including the Hip Hop Showcase presented by Park Bench and the Country Showcase presented by Jack Daniel’s, Hop City Brewing Co., and Slaight Music. If you head to the Hip Hop Showcase on Friday, November 9th, you’ll be able to catch Leo Vance, Jae Ari, JYDN, Taija, and more artists to be announced soon.
You can purchase a super pass, which is the best deal to attend the festival. For $120, you get access to the music, the conference, exclusive delegate events, and VIP access. There is also a $100 all access pass, a $60 music only wristband, an $80 delegate pass, a $60 conference only wristband, or individual tickets to the shows available.
Check out the Live Band Karaoke After Party
The Indie Week Awards After Party on Sunday, November 11th at The Bovine Sex Club will feature live band karaoke, where anyone who attends can select their favourite indie songs and perform it on stage in front of other artists and festival goers.