Indie Week 2014 :: preview


Frankie McQueen at Indie Week 2013

Tonight, Indie Week Canada 2014 will kick off at the Hideout in Toronto. And, as it’s been for every year that I’ve attended, it’s going to be an amazing festival. Here are our great expectations for the festival, and keep coming back for our reviews of the shows.

At the Hideout on Wednesday, Indie Week will host its annual festival opener. This year’s show features its strongest lineup yet. Australia’s Winters End is opening the night, and is followed by performances by New City Kings, a phenomenal rock band from the U.K., Halifax’s The Stogies, and Frankie McQueen. I caught Frankie McQueen – which is a band, not a person – last year, and to say they were amazing is to do them a serious injustice. If you can’t catch them at the Hideout on Wednesday, be sure to find them at either the Underground Garage or the Hideout on Thursday (they’re playing both venues), and at either Lou Dawgs or Cherry Cola’s on Friday (again, they’re playing two gigs in one night).

Also on Wednesday is aBabe’s Indie Week showcase, going down at Crawford. NorthStar, Annie Woodward, Sarah Burton, Running Red Lights and Darcy Windover will be there, and you should be too.

Thursday is set to be a packed night. You’ll want to check out Return for Refund, Riot Club, and Jackson X at the Bovine Sex Club. You’ll also want to check out the line up at Brooklynn Bar, where Maybe Refuge, JPNSGRLS, Andreas and Big Name Actors will be taking the stage. Slow things down at Czehoski with Lost In Film, 1951, and Hopeland. At the Paddock Tavern, we’re excited for Laura Cole, Ends by You, Simon Stan & the Hotel Bible, and JANITORS.

Andreas-3Those looking for a good hip hop show will be happy at Nocturne, where Diemens, E-Sober, and Gaiaisi are sure to impress even the most discerning taste.

(If you haven’t yet kept up, we’re only past Thursday at this point. Yes, it’s going to be a long week, Toronto.)

Since you can’t be in many places at once, you’ll be happy to know many Thursday night performers will be taking a stage somewhere in the city on Friday night, too. Check out our listings page for our best picks of the festival.

For something new, The Modern Hearts and Amberwood are at Cherry Cola’s on Friday. At the Underground Garage, meanwhile, it’s a good idea to take in the East Coast showcase, featuring Adam Washburn, The Stogies, Jessie Brown & The Black Divine, and JJ and the Pillars.

On Saturday, the week will really get interesting. The winners (Indie Week is a competition after all) from the Silver Dollar, Brooklynn, Paddock and Adelaide Hall will play Brooklynn Bar, while winners from Cherry Cola’s, the Hideout, and the Bovine Sex Club will play Cherry Cola’s. There’s also a winner’s showcase going down at Czehoski, Free Times Cafe, the Hideout, the Supermarket, the Underground Garage and Tota Lounge.

And, if you’re still standing after all of that, get your butt down the the Mod Club for the Indie Week Finals.

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