Music Export Canada Presents: Canadian Blast at the Great Escape Festival 2017

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May 3, 2017
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Music Export Canada Presents:

‘Canadian Blast’ at the Great Escape Festival 2017

A Showcase of Canada’s Finest Independent Musical Talent

May 18th – 20th at Canada House (The Green Door Store, Brighton)

Plus! ‘Canadian Night at the Museum’ May 18th

featuring reception and special performances, Brighton Museum

Canadian Blast is a weekend of live performances at The Great Escape festival, hosted by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) showcasing some of the finest players of Canada’s thriving independent music scene. In this celebratory year of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Canadian Blast promises to be its biggest ever with stirring shows from propelling artists that can’t be missed!

All acts have been carefully selected for their rising domestic popularity, media buzz and increasing interest from fans and industry alike. Last year’s Canadian Blast showcases at the Great Escape were hugely popular with packed crowds and queues stretching around the block. Many of the artists utilise their TGE appearance as a springboard into the UK and EU markets, where they’ll embark on tours and promotional trails.

Brighton’s esteemed Green Door Store venue will once again host Canadian Blast and be known as ‘Canada House’ over the full festival weekend. Always bringing exceptional, multi-genre musicianship and solid work ethic, past performers have gone on to sign record deals, tour the EU, perform at festivals, find UK management and gain coverage from UK music press due to their Canadian Blast showcases. Successful alumni include Ben Caplan, Ria Mae, Jenn Grant, Arkells and many others.

The Great Escape Festival is the UK’s premier new music showcase event, enabling artists to reach crowds of excited new music fans and giving their teams the opportunity to network with movers and shakers in the music industry. Here, organisations like CIMA, with key personnel from the Canadian music scene, can network with industry deal makers and gain introductions that provide routes into the all-important UK music market and beyond.

Canada has an exceptional reputation for supporting its arts, putting structures in place and presenting its cultural output to other territories. CIMA has spearheaded this by working with its Music Export Canada brand partners (Pop Montreal, MusicOntario/The Ontario Media Development Corporation, Music Nova Scotia and BreakOut West with Alberta Music, Music BC, Music Manitoba and SaskMusic), providing international export, showcase, b2b, networking and marketing opportunities to selected Canadian music companies and artists.

Canadian Blast artists performing this year are:

Altamedia / Bad Pop / Beliefs / DSG Samurai Champs / Hannah Georgas / Harrison Brome / Hello Moth /

John. K Samson / Like a Motorcycle / Mauno / Mo Kenney / Mozart's Sister / Pierre Kwenders / Poor Nameless Boy / Port Cities / Royal Tusk / The Avulsions / The Wooden Sky / William Prince


Canadian Night at the Museum, May 18th, Brighton Museum

Don’t miss extra performances from select artists performing within the beautiful backdrop of Brighton Museum to further highlight talents in Canada’s celebratory 150th year! Take in some great emerging artists – catch the next Arcade Fire, Feist, The Weeknd and all things Canadian. Artists include: Poor Nameless Boy, Altameda, Port Cities, The Wooden Sky, William Prince, Mo Kenney and Hannah Georgas.

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Schedule: (subject to change)

Thursday 18th May              

12:00 - 12:20           Pierre Kwenders  (Presented by POP Montreal)

12:40 - 13:00           Mozart's Sister (Presented by POP Montreal)       

13:20 - 13:40           TBA       (Presented by OMDC and MusicOntario)                 

14:00 - 14:20           Beliefs   (Presented by OMDC and MusicOntario)                       

14:40 - 15:00           The Wooden Sky  (Presented by OMDC and MusicOntario)      

15:20 - 15:40           Hannah Georgas  (Presented by OMDC and MusicOntario)       

Friday 19th May 

12:40 - 13:00           Mo Kenney  (Presented by Music Nova Scotia)           

13:20 - 13:40           Port Cities (Presented by Music Nova Scotia)                            

14:00 - 14:20           Mauno (Presented by Music Nova Scotia)                               

14:40 - 15:00           LAM (Like a Motorcycle) (Presented by Music Nova Scotia)            

15:20 - 15:40           Harrison Brome (Presented by BreakOut West)    

16:00 - 16:20           DGS Samurai Champs (Presented by BreakOut West)     


Saturday 20th May              

11:00 - 11:20           Altameda (Presented by BreakOut West)                    

11:30 - 11:50           William Prince (Presented by BreakOut West)            

12:00 - 12:20           Poor Nameless Boy (Presented by BreakOut West)    

12:40 - 13:00           John K Samson (Presented by BreakOut West)          

13:20 - 13:40           Bad Pop (Presented by BreakOut West)                        

14:00 - 14:20           Avulsions (Presented by BreakOut West)                                       

14:40 - 15:00           Hello Moth (Presented by BreakOut West)                   

15:20 - 15:40           Youngblood (Presented by BreakOut West)                

16:00 - 16:20           Royal Tusk (Presented by BreakOut West)                  


Museum Schedule

19:30 – Poor Nameless Boy

20:00 – Altameda

20:30 – Port Cities

21:00 – The Wooden Sky

First Floor:

19:45 – William Prince

20:15 – Mo Kenney

20:45 – Hannah Georgas


About CIMA The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is the national trade association representing the English-language, Canadian-owned sector of the independent music industry. CIMA works proactively to assist the independent sector to expand business opportunities and partnerships in the international marketplace by providing strategic support for Canadian companies at trade missions, key international trade shows, and conferences around the world.

About Music Export Canada & Canadian Blast As a not-for-profit association, CIMA annually executes an industry-wide global economic development and investment strategy, wherein we facilitate targeted business and showcasing opportunities, under the Music Export Canada and Canadian Blast export brands.

Sponsors: CIMA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Canadian partners and sponsors: Canadian Music Week (CMW), Corus Entertainment, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), the Government of Canada (through the Canadian Music Fund) Harvard Broadcasting, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Stingray Music, and the Radio Starmaker Fund.

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