The Canadian Blast – hosted by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), returns to the Great Escape festival this year (May 19th-21ST) to showcase some of the finest players of Canada’s thriving independent music scene.
Over 3 days of the Great Escape Festival the ‘Canadian Blast’ will present a hand-selected crop of Canada’s brightest emerging artists to excited new music fans and industry folk on the hunt for fresh talent.
Brighton’s esteemed ‘Green Door Store’ venue will once again host the Canadian Blast and will be known as Canada House over the full festival weekend.
Thursday 19th May Music Ontario OMDC & BreakOut West
12:00 – 12:30 Brunch / Doors Open
12:30 – 13:00 Pyramid Tropic
13:15 – 13:45 Frigs
14:00 – 14:30 Coleman Hell
14:45 – 15:15 The Zolas
Friday 20th May Music Nova Scotia, POP Montreal, MusicOntario & OMDC
11:30 – 12:30 Brunch / Doors Open
12:30 – 13:00 Nap Eyes
13:15 – 13:45 Ben Caplan
14:00 – 14:30 Wake Island
14:45 – 15:15 LA Foster
15:30 16:00 Sway Clarke
Saturday 21th May BoW Showcase + BBQ
11:00 BBQ / Doors Open
11:30 – 12:00 Joe Nolan
12:15 – 12:45 The Velveteins
13:00 – 13:30 QCSK
13:45 – 14:15 Surf Dads
14:30 – 15:00 Living Hour
15:15 – 15:45 Yes We Mystic
16:00 – 16:30 We Are The City
Canada has an exceptional reputation for supporting its arts, and structures are in place to export its cultural output to other territories. CIMA has spearheaded this by working with its Music Export Canada partners to provide international export, showcase, b2b, networking and marketing opportunities to selected Canadian music companies and artists.
Always bringing exceptional 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. Hip-hop outfit The Lytics in particular have played 29 EU dates since their Canadian Blast showcase last year, and their popularity and live bookings in the UK continue to grow.
The Great Escape takes place in Brighton between 19th and 21st May.