Indie Night in Canada
by: Care Humphries
Since its inception in 2007, Paul Husband of The Next Level Entertainment has consistently ensured that the focus of the show draws not only the attraction of crowds, but also industry professionals.
Indie Night in Canada is a staggered-start gig of 16 artists, all of whom Husband calls ‘headliner’ acts. The show features 12 bands over two stages in Toronto venue, The Ballroom (March 21st). The concept: bands perform 15 minutes after one another, guaranteeing one night of continuous music. As Husband explained to me, if audience goers aren’t ‘feeling’ one band, they can simply walk to the second room where the next band is already warming up.
So what of the bands who comprise the line-up this year? I caught up with a few of them who each gushed over the importance of these types of events; a sure-fire testament to Husband, who maintains each band be treated equally.
“We feel it is important to play INIC because we are from Windsor and the industry doesn’t traditionally look at our city for musical talent. We feel it is a great showcase that focuses on the independent bands (not signed acts). We look forward to showcasing our talents to the event and great city and show we have the best this country has to offer.”
“Exposure is our new musical currency. We try our best to expose ourselves to the city of Toronto, however, we’ve been arrested a few too many times. Kidding aside, events like this are about cross-pollination; fans of one band will flock to another and the local fan bases will grow. INIC is a great model for cultivating a healthy local music scene.”
“Any chance you get to work with passionate people you take it. INIC truly believes in supporting and showcasing original bands like Harbinger, which helps keep our local scene alive and vibrant. This is why we chose to do our Toronto debut at INIC 2012.”
Other bands on the bill:
In My Coma
The Free Press
Wednesday, March 21st
The Ballroom, Toronto
In Advance: $10 per person
At the Door: $15 per person