INDIE WEEK UK, the European sister event to Indie Week Canada, has opened applications to find acts that will compete for the chance of fully-funded performances on the other side of the Atlantic.
The event, taking place in venues across Manchester including Night and Day (cap. 250), Factory (450), Night People (450) and BIMM on 10-14 October, incorporates performances by around 100 artistes, which Mark Armor of promoter Dusty Pop says has grown as a concept for the past four years.
“Obviously Indie Week in Canada is a much bigger event – we’ve spent the past few years building and proving the concept here,” he says.
“While it started as a way of representing the brand in Europe, it’s now something we’re looking into growing further as a destination in its own right.”
The connection between the two events does, however, make for a particularly unique prize for those acts singled out from the line-up as the best of the year.
“We fly them out to perform in Canada, all travel, accommodation and expenses covered, for headline shows in November,” says Armor.
“This runs in conjunction with UK shows booked for the best of the Canadian acts.”
Armor adds that the name definitely stands for ‘independent music’, rather than alluding to the styles of acts they’re looking for.
“Canada is welcoming to harder rock as well as indie music, so we’re encouraging acts of varying styles to put themselves forward – it isn’t the least bit limited to indie artistes.”