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Indie Week 2014 Editors Picks

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Indie Week 2014 Editors Picks



Now in it’s 11th year Indie Week hits Toronto this week.  250+ bands will perform in 20+ venues over the next 5 days with many 4am last calls.  Seminars covering music, film, social media, tech and more are also taking place.   There are over 70 industry panelists, industry mixers and keynote speakers including: Nigel Grainge (A&R for Phonogram, signed Thin Lizzy, 10cc, Sinead O’Connor and Boomtown Rats) and Chris Birkett (Produced and collaborated with Led Zepplin, Hans Zimmer, Quincy Jones).

Furthermore, The Reel Indie Film Fest features 8 music oriented feature films, 8 shorts and 8 music videos from around the world!  However, we are here to focus on what made Indie Week famous, the music!

The Scene will be releasing our Editor Picks for each day throughout the festival, follow us on Facebook to keep up.

Without further ado here are our Wednesday, Thursday  and Friday Editors Picks for Indie Week 2014:


Wednesday – Oct – 15


8pm – INDIE WEEK launch party @ The Hideout feat: Winters End, UBI & FU, Dusty Tucker, The Hot Sprockets, Mojo Gogo, New City Kings & Sumo Cyco

11:45pm – Sumo Cyco @ The Hideout
*also playing Sunday Oct 19 – The Bovine – 12 (midnight)

Sumo Cyco is a four-piece female fronted hard rock band out of Toronto, Canada. Sumo Cyco is currently gearing up for their debut album ‘Lost in Cyco City’ to be released spring 2014. In the last two years, Sumo Cyco has been part of festivals including NXNE, Warped Tour, S.C.E.N.E and Indie Week, taking home the title of Indie Week Canada winners. – LISTEN



Thursday – Oct – 16


8:40pm – Maneli Jamal – Free Times Cafe

Acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal has lived in five different countries (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. The young artist gained a sense of musical maturity rarely seen among his peers especially when he transforms his nomadic life experiences into musical movements using extended guitar techniques. There aren’t many players in his style that have Jamal’s balance of power and sensitivity, nor his breadth of ideas. – LISTEN


10:45pm – JPNGRLS – Brooklyn Bar

JPNSGRLS – pronounced “Japanese Girls” – formed in Vancouver in 2010 with a lineup that includes Serl, Kerr, guitarist Oliver Mann and bassist Chris McClelland. Their name was inspired by the female Japanese rock band Mass of the Fermenting Dregs, and they made their debut with The Sharkweek EP in 2013.

For their brand new debut LP, Circulation, due in the of summer 2014, the outfit hunkered down in Vancouver’s Greenhouse Studios with producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties). The 12 songs were tracked in just seven days, and they mix straight-out-of-the-garage noisiness with earworm hooks and genre-jumping eclecticism. The album was mastered by world renowned engineer Greg Calbi (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, MGMT) and it presents JPNSGRLS as a force to be reckoned with. LISTEN


11:45pm – The Curse Within – Bovine Sex Club

The Curse Within melds thrash, metalcore, and straight up heavy metal. Technical guitar riffs, soaring leads, powerful speedy drumming, and clean/screamed vocals are TCW’s signature sound.

Combining genres of the past and present, The Curse Within finds a unique way to modernize the style of music that started the genre. – LISTEN



11:45pm – Stone Iris – The Underground Garage
*also playing – Brooklynn Bar – 10pm – Friday Oct 17

Stone Iris is a soulful, new-blues rock band out of Edmonton, Alberta. Six years ago, the Niven brothers — El and Garret — and Jeff Burwash moved into a house together with their instruments and an unwavering determination to become a touring rock band. For three years they honed their art, then they hit the road. Stone Iris doggedly toured the US and Canada in an RV — “The Freedom Eagle” — several times in three years, clocking thousands of miles and hundreds of gigs. Consistent touring and writing grew this group of tenacious, fresh-out-of-high-school rockers, into a solid, unique and seasoned band who has carved out a deep and edgy niche. Their sound, a raw reflection of the vibe within, brings new meaning to the word classic. Feeling the music they write, they leave people feeling it too. In a musical landscape saturated with numerous bands and genres, Stone Iris leaves an inter-generational impression. With elements of rock and blues, combined with undertones of a lyrical western tradition, Stone Iris’ live shows are steeped in emotion and grit. – LISTEN



12:30am – Andreas – Brooklyn Bar

Not only are they excellent musicians, their contributions to the writing and arrangement of the songs have been of paramount importance-which is to say nothing of the pervasive and contagious chemistry they share. – LISTEN


Friday – Oct – 17


Laugh at the fakes – Hard Rock Cafe

With a name as unique and identifiable as their sound, Toronto, ON’s LAUGH AT THE FAKES is a band that challenges the trends of today’s rock and metal scene. Since the bands inception in 2010, LATF has combined elements of metal, hard rock, and prog to create an unmistakable sound.



The Maladies Of Adam Stokes – Supermarket

Since forming in 2009 , The Maladies of Adam Stokes have extended their reach from back-alley clubs to sold-out shows at legendary Toronto venues like The Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace. They’ve formed a strong fan-base by consistently producing and publishing new music and bringing it to fans new and old through touring and local live performances.



Spewgore – Hard Rock Cafe

Canadian thrash/speed/crossover metal since 2006! – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!



Savanah – Bovine

Savanah’s sound blends riff heavy hard rock with frantic energy and progressive textures. SAVANAH was honored as one of the “Best in Fest” live acts at Canada’s Indie Week Festival 2012.



RUN – the Rivoli

Only a year after forming, RUN found themselves in Nashville TN recording their first EP titled “Fugue” at Omnisound Studios. With Dave Buchanan as engineer and Marc Cyr as producer, the band focused for five days and came out of the studio with a very promising product. The road to Nashville took planning and dedication, beginning in Dartmouth NS. The band has recently moved to Toronto to chase the dream!



Kumonga – Cherry Cola’s

Kumonga sounds like one bolt of lightning smashing through another bolt of lightning!



Levi Stephens – The Paddock Tavern

Discovering Levi Stephens’ music is like enjoying a surprisingly great meal at the local cafe you’ve passed a thousand times before finally deciding to stop in. You thought you knew what you were getting into, but this is something more. It’s refreshing –a pleasant surprise that a new artist in an industry plagued by dying creativity chooses to follow in the tradition of those classic singer-songwriters that came before. His debut album, “This Way” goes far beyond the confines of R&B and seamlessly melds a variety of genres, from soul to rock to gospel to folk while always remaining honest, clever and conversational.

12:35am (after midnight)

OBGM – Adelaide Hall

Dance-punk trash-rock posse… Known for rocking crazy and sweaty parties.- These guys have played some MASSIVE SHOWS and they are the NEXT BIG thing!  To not sound pretentious, we are basically gonna state that THIS SHOW IS THE SHOW THAT IS NOT TO BE MISSED during Indie Week!   VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


2:20am (after midnight)

REND – Cherry Colas

Recording a new EP, touring across Canada, playing alongside Mother Mother, City and Colour, Weezer and more are only several highlights from Rend’s 2013 experience. 2014 has already brought Rend’s 4 time EMA nominated EP “Winter to Summer” the 2014 EMA Rock Recording of the year. This Canadian, 5 piece, electrifying alternative rock band is so excited for what the rest of 2014 brings and is currently touring in support of their new EP “Winter to Summer”.



9:30 – BROOKLYNN BAR – Stone Iris

9:30 – HIDEOUT – Levi Stephens

10:30 – HIDEOUT – The Rathburns

10:45 – FREE TIMES CAFE – Maneli Jamal

11:30 – BOOTS N’ BOURBON – Amy Metcafe

12:05 ADELAIDE HALL – Cousins



2am – HIDEOUT – Last Bullet





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