Indie Week is back to celebrate their 10th anniversary! From October 14th – 19th, this annual showcase of some of the best Canadian and international indie bands is sure to be one humdinger of a party.
With over 250 bands rocking 20 beer-soaked bars across the city, Indie Week is the perfect opportunity to catch your favourite acts up close and personal before they blast off into stardom. The only hard part is choosing which shows to attend. You can see the full schedule here, or be lazy and check out some of my suggestions below:
Sumo Cyco – Wednesday, Hideout @ 11:45pm
NU was able to see a quick performance from Sumo Cyco at the Indie Week media preview last week, and we were pleasantly surprised. This No Doubt-meets-heavy metal outfit is road-tested, has incredible stage presence, and some seriously catchy songs. Plus the frontwoman is pretty hot, so there’s that.
The PepTides – Thursday, Supermarket @ 10pm
This Ottawa-based band sports nine members to create a theatrical dance-pop experience that stands out from the crowd. A set you’re going to want to make use of Supermarket’s dance floor for, so bring your glowsticks.
Mojo Gogo – Friday, Hideout @ 12:00am
Mojo Gogo hails from Ireland and has made a name for themselves as a brash, frenetic indie rock band that brings a whole lot of, well, mojo to their live shows. With hints of The Clash’s legendary performances laced throughout their set, this is one Indie Week band you shouldn’t miss.
While the OBGM’s dish out some infectious, groovy punk-rock tunes, I mainly want to see them to find out whether they live up to the hype they’ve gotten through Budweiser. HotKid plays immediately after with a juicy mix of garage rock and pop hooks with attitude. They’re going to turn heads.
Reel Indie Film Fest – all week @ The Royal
Want to add some film to your Indie Week schedule? The second annual Reel Indie Film Festival (RIFF) features a slew of music-related indie films, including music videos, shorts, and documentaries for your viewing pleasure. Learn more and see the schedule on RIFF’s website.
We’re only getting started with Indie Week coverage here at NU, so be sure to check back often and get the full, meaty scoop.