The music industry may as well be one big lottery – the stakes are high, the odds are low and there doesn’t seem to be a surefire way to win, no matter how badly you want it. In a landscape as challenging to navigate like the music business, it’s important to find those few beacons of light in the darkness to help light the way. Indie Week is one of those beacons.
Founded in Toronto but with roots around the world, Indie Week is a music festival and conference with a mission to provide emerging artists with access to the music industry professionals they need to connect with in order to advance their careers. Through live showcases, talks and panels, networking events and even a few friendly competitions, Indie Week creates and curates a collaborative and supportive environment for independent artists to learn, grow and thrive. Over the years Indie Week has taken over venues across Canada, in Ireland for Indie Week UK, and continue to make moves to expand their presence globally. Featuring a wide variety of genres, artists and events, Indie Week is also a great way for music lovers to discover artists they may never have heard of otherwise, before they hit the mainstream.
This year Indie Week will be taking place from November 13th-17th, and will host over 10,000 fans as over 150 artists grace the stages of over 20 venues throughout downtown Toronto. Artists we’re excited about here at ADDICTED are alternative rockers Secret Broadcast (Nov 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern), the edgy and soulful Rachel Romu, (Nov 14th at Cameron house with a great lineup), and up and coming R&B sensation Aphrose (Nov 15 at Alchemy Food and Drink). And the Nikki’s Wives showcase that will close the festival on Nov 17th is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
We got the chance to chat with Indie Week Founder Darryl Hurs about why Indie Week and why you should support indie Music. Take a read below!
What was the initial inspiration behind Indie Week?
I wanted to give new and emerging artists a platform to be seen and heard by fans and music industry reps. Toronto has a lot to offer but only if new artists are given a place to develop and learn about how to navigate the music industry. Indie Week is a festival with a conference that gives artists a place to connect with industry.
Why is indie music so important to you? Why do you think it needs to be more important to others?
Indie artists are creative and help push the culture of the city. A good indie scene benefits everyone.
What’s one piece of advice you want to share with prospective musicians or music industry folks? Maybe something you wish you’d known before you got into this business?
Participate in everything! You never know who you are going to meet, who you are going to connect with, and what they may bring to your life. In music and friendship. If you do not participate you chances drop drastically. You need people on your side and it gets easier with a larger group of people helping you. The business is tough, it’s even tougher when going at it alone.
Passes to Indie Week are on sale now, as are tickets to individual shows. To learn how to attend or to grab your pass today, head to their website and keep up with them on social media at the link below.