Indie Week 2013 Kicks Off At The Hideout

The Franklin Electric

Another October, another music-filled month, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Indie Week Canada is back for its 10 year anniversary in Toronto! This is my 3rd official time covering the festival and I am happy to be back at it, running around the city exploring unknown bands from Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. The best part about Indie Week is discovering those gems, the diamonds in the rough so-to-speak, that have yet to get their chance. Indie Week gives lesser-known bands the amazing opportunity to strut their stuff and compete in a week long festival, with the winner getting the opportunity to perform at Indie Week Ireland.

The launch party kicked off the festival officially at The Hideout this year. Everything about Indie Week this year feels bigger and better, it is a festival that has a lot of growing to do but is starting to work out the growing pains.

I caught the tail-end of Frankie McQueen, from Calgary, who played a full set and got an encore from the crowd to play one more song. They were more than happy to oblige.

The star of the night for me had to be The Franklin Electric, from Montréal.

Gorgeous combination of male and female vocals. Lead vocalist, Jon Matte, is a multi-talented artist dishing out strong chords (vocal) with a side of keyboard and trumpet to bring it all together.

Can’t wait to explore Indie Week some more this weekend!


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