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Pop / Rock 12/12/2011

First Major Line-up Announced For Slacker Canadian Music Fest

First Major Line-up Announced For Slacker Canadian Music Fest

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TORONTO, CANADA (Top40 Charts/ Canadian Music Fest) It's the season for gift-giving and we have a few presents to unwrap early this year. Slacker Canadian Music Fest will kick winter into spring this March as the festival occupies Toronto for a weeklong run of events.

Officially slated to run Wednesday March 21 through to Sunday March 25, 2012, this year's festival will include additional programming on Tuesday, March 20, increasing the festival to six days. Taking over more than 60 venues in the city's entertainment district, Slacker Canadian Music Fest will draw in more than 4,500 musicians - from local to international acts representing more than 40 countries - playing to 100,000 music fans. This year's lineup offers an array of entertainment from some of Canada's hottest acts, emerging artists, and headline talent from all over the world, including:

• *Childish Gambino w/ Danny Brown | Saturday, March 24 | Sound Academy | 9 p.m.
- Tickets on sale Saturday December 10 @ 10 a.m.
• The Cat Empire w/ Tinpan Orange| Saturday, March 24 | Phoenix Concert Theatre | 9 p.m.

- Tickets on sale Friday December 9 @ 10 a.m.
• *Fanfarlo | Saturday, March 24 | Virgin Mobile Mod Club | 7:30 p.m.
- Tickets on sale Friday December 9 @ 10 a.m.
• Saul Williams w/ Spoek Mathambo | Friday, March 23 | The Great Hall | 9 p.m.
- Tickets on sale Friday December 9 @ 10 a.m.
• *The Trews w/ Poor Young Things and Diesel | Friday, March 23 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | 8 p.m.

- Tickets on sale Friday December 9 @ 10 a.m.
• John K. Samson & The Provincial Band | Thursday, March 22 | The Great Hall | 9 p.m.
- Tickets on sale Friday December 9 @ 10 a.m.
• *Kings & Queens: Blackie & The Rodeo Kings w/ special guest appearances by Amy Helm, Holly Cole, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Serena Ryder and more Queens to be announced | Wednesday March 21 | Massey Hall | 8 p.m.

- Tickets on sale Saturday December 10 @ 12 p.m.
• *The Saw Doctors | Tuesday, March 20 | Virgin Mobile Mod Club | All Ages | 8 p.m.
- Tickets on sale now
*(in association with Live Nation)
…as well as showcases from:

A Friend In London - DENMARK
Aaron Glass - USA
Acres Of Lions - CANADA
Aerials Up - SCOTLAND
After Runnymede - CANADA
Agent Fresco - ICELAND
Air Marshal Landing - CANADA
Alissa Vox Raw - CANADA
Ambassadors - CANADA
Ambisonic - CANADA
Andrea Superstein - CANADA
Andrew Hunter & The Gatherers - CANADA
Ania Soul - CANADA
Ariane Moffatt - CANADA
Avery Island - CANADA
Baby June - CANADA
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers - CANADA
Big John Bates - CANADA
Bloodgroup - ICELAND
Body Doubles - CANADA
Boxer the Horse - CANADA
Brad Fillatre - CANADA
Brasstronaut - CANADA
Bryce Jardine - CANADA
Busby Marou - AUSTRALIA

Cadence Weapon - CANADA
Careers In Science - CANADA
Carly Rae Jepsen - CANADA
Cartoon - BRAZIL
Christien Summers - CANADA
Cloud Castle Lake - IRELAND
Cody Allen - CANADA
Copacabana Club - BRAZIL
Corinna Rose - CANADA
Courage My Love - CANADA
Cowpuncher - CANADA
Dancing With Paris - CANADA
Daniela Nardi's Espresso Manifesto - CANADA
Darrelle London - CANADA
David Fonseca - PORTUGAL
Deep Sea Arcade - AUSTRALIA
Dekadens - ROMAINA
Dibigode - BRAZIL
Dirty Names - USA
Dizzy G - CANADA
Double Helix - CANADA
Dream Jefferson - CANADA
Drew Smith's Lonely Choir - USA
Dry the River - UNITED KINGDOM

DZ Deathrays - AUSTRALIA
Elephant Stone - CANADA

Endless Dark - ICELAND
Erin Barra - USA
Ewert and The Two Dragons - ESTONIA
Expensive Soul - PORTUGAL

Fanny Bloom - CANADA
Farryl Purkiss - SOUTH AFRICA
Felix Zenger - FINLAND
Femme Accident - CANADA
Fiction in Motion - CANADA
Fighting For Ithaca - CANADA
Filligar - USA
Final Thought - CANADA
Fine Times - CANADA
Fire and Neon - CANADA

Fur Eel - CANADA
Gabrielle Papillon - CANADA
Gavin Slate - CANADA
Give Me Something Beautiful - CANADA
Go Back To The Zoo - NETHERLANDS
Gold & Youth - CANADA
Golden Bloom - USA
Goodnight, Sunrise - CANADA
Great Big Pile of Leaves - USA
Greater Than Giants - CANADA
Grey Kingdom - CANADA
Guadalupe Plata - SPAIN
Hands & Teeth - CANADA
Helen Austin - CANADA
Hot Panda - CANADA
Hotkid - CANADA

In Medias Res - CANADA

Ineke Vandoorn & Marc van Vugt - NETHERLANDS
Infinite I - CANADA
Jabe - USA
Jackson Firebird - AUSTRALIA
Jacqui Sutton - USA
Jane's Party - CANADA
Jerry Lindqvist - FINLAND
Jessi Teich - USA
Jessica Lurie - USA
Jessica Rose - CANADA
Jesuslesfilles - CANADA
Joal Kamps - CANADA
Jody Glenham - CANADA
Jordie Lane - AUSTRALIA
Juliann Kuchocki - CANADA
Junior Battles - CANADA
Kalle Mattson - CANADA
Katalina Kicks - ENGLAND
Katie Rox - CANADA
Kestrels - CANADA
Kids and Explosions - CANADA
Kids at Risk - AUSTRALIA
Lacerda - CANADA
Level 10 Band - USA
Linda Martini - PORTUGAL
Little City - CANADA
Longital - SOLVAKIA
Louise Burns - CANADA
Lynzie Kent - CANADA
Mad Ones - CANADA
Mansions - USA
Marc O' Reilly - IRELAND
Marcus Doo & The Secret Family - SPAIN
Margot Roi - CANADA
Mary Stewart - CANADA
Matt Track - CANADA
Max Burgundy - USA
Maybe Refuge - CANADA
McAlister Drive - USA
Measure - USA
Melanie Peterson with Blair Stutz - CANADA
Melissa Cameron - CANADA
Mike Edel - CANADA
Mise en Scene - CANADA
Missing In Venice - CANADA
Misstress Barbara Live With Girls On A Ducati - CANADA
Modernboys Moderngirls - CANADA
Most People - CANADA
Mushy Callahan - CANADA
My Skin Against Your Skin - TAIWAN
Nightbox - CANADA
Ninette & The Goldfish - SPAIN
Noiserv - PORTUGAL
Of Verona - USA
Ol Savannah - CANADA
One Bad Son - CANADA
Organ Thieves - CANADA

Parks & Rec - CANADA
Patti Cake - CANADA
Paula & Karol - POLAND
Pet Conspiracy - CHINA
Peter Katz - CANADA
phonogarde - CANADA
Racoon Bandit - CANADA
Ralf Wiggum - CANADA
Random Recipe - CANADA
Rebekah Higgs - CANADA
Recovery Child - CANADA
Red Nightfall - CANADA
Redxdown - CANADA
Rejects United - PORTUGAL
Renée Yoxon & René Gely - CANADA
Repartee - CANADA
Revelstoke - CANADA
Ria Mae - CANADA
Rik Van Den Bosch - SPAIN

Rococode - CANADA
Ron Davis - CANADA

Rubber Kiss Goodbye - UNITED KINGDOM
Rubberbandits - IRELAND
Saidah Baba Talibah - CANADA
SaulPaul - USA
Schiller - GERMANY
Secret Broadcast - CANADA

Seward - SPAIN
Shred Kelly - CANADA
Siôn Russell Jones - UNITED KINGDOM
Sizhukong - TAIWAN
Slow Motion Shoes - UNITED KINGDOM
Some Community - BRAZIL
Something Good - CANADA
SonReal - CANADA
Spoek Mathambo - SOUTH AFRICA
Stuck On Planet Earth - CANADA
Sun Wizard - CANADA
Sydney Wayser - USA
Tara Priya - USA
Telephunken - SPAIN
Tesla Rossa - USA
The Arka Teks - CANADA
The Ascot Royals - CANADA
The BackYard Devils - CANADA
The Big Sleep - USA
The Breaks - CANADA
The Cunninghams - CANADA
The Curious Incident - UNITED KINGDOM
The Danks - CANADA
The Elwins - CANADA
The Gay Nineties - CANADA
The Intermission - PERU
The Jessica Stuart Few - CANADA
The Love Machine - CANADA
The Lucky Ones - CANADA
The Lytics - CANADA
The MacHams - CANADA
The Marrieds - CANADA
The Matinee - CANADA
The Mercy Now - CANADA
The Michael Shand Trio - CANADA
The Midtown Collective - USA
The Motorleague - CANADA
The North - CANADA
The Provincial Archive - CANADA
The Saw Doctors - IRELAND
The Schomberg Fair - CANADA
The Standstills - CANADA
The Underdogs - PORTUGAL
The unquiet dead - CANADA
The Vasco Era - AUSTRALIA
The Vickers - ITALY
The Wilderness - CANADA
This is Head - SWEDEN
Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold - CANADA
Tiny Danza - CANADA
Today I Caught The Plague - CANADA
Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party - CANADA
Twin Atlantic - SCOTLAND
Two Crown King - CANADA
Two Hours Traffic - CANADA
Victoria Banks - CANADA

We Are The City - CANADA
Wild Domestic - CANADA
Winter People - AUSTRALIA
World's End Press - AUSTRALIA
Yellow Monsters - SOUTH KOREA
Young Ones - CANADA
Young Statues - USA
Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet - NETHERLANDS
…. and hundreds more previously announced.
There are still more to announce, so if there's someone you don't see here, chances are you may see them soon. All acts who submitted will be notified by January 6, 2012, so don't worry if you didn't make this list.

Also on the schedule is the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards - "The Indies" - taking place Saturday March 24 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Featuring some of the hottest indie acts around, the show will include a special reunion by one of Canada's most influential pop punk bands and a rare performance by one of America's beloved electro-pop bands. Full lineup will be announced January 16, 2012.

As part of the event's international focus, this year's festival will shine the spotlight on select acts from Latin America, Portugaland Spain. Programmed over three nights at Revival and Hard Rock Café, participating bands will include:

Blasted Mechanism
David fonseca
Dead Combo
Expensive Soul
Linda Martini
Mikkel Solnado
Miss Lava
Murdering Tripping
Orelha Negra
The Underdogs

Amics Del Bosc
Gentle Music Men
Guadalupe Plata
Marcus Doo & The Secret Family
Ninette & The Goldfish
Rik Van Den Bosch
Tokyo Sex Destruction

Brothers of Brazil
Copacabana Club
Some Community

Adding to the scope of the event, Slacker Canadian Music Fest will introduce a jazz series at the Courthouse and other venues with performances by international and domestic artists. This year will also see featured showcases by Arts & Crafts, Dine Alone Records, The Agency Group, Windish Agency, S.L Feldman & Associates, Paquin Entertainment, Billions Corporation, Sirius XM, CBC, New Noise Live, Exclaim, Filter Magazine, Mogo Magazine, Pirates Blend, T.M.K.O, Audioblood, Young Lions Club, Jagermeister, Proud FM, Dawg FM, KX96, Sounds Australia, Music from Ireland, The Great Escape, M for Montreal, the annual win-to-get-in CHUM Fanfest and many more. Oh, so many more!

As part of the entertainment lineup, Slacker Canadian Music Fest will also showcase an eclectic mix of music-oriented films, special screenings, documentaries and movie premieres during the Tribute presented Film Festival taking place Wednesday March 21 to Saturday March 24 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and NFB Cinema. Newly expanded to four days, the Film Festival will once again feature special appearances and Q&As with some of the films' stars, directors and more. Full program will be announced in January.

2012's edition will also see the launch of the Canadian International Comedy Fest presented in association with Bite TV andYuk Yuk's. Featuring five days of the world's hottest comedians in

Toronto's prime comedy clubs (Absolute Comedy, The Second City, Yuk Yuk's), the comedy fest will include some of North America's leading comedians, a night of musical comedy with Sean Cullen on Thursday March 22 at Glenn Gould Studio and the finale of Bite TV's Stand Up & Bite Me, where someone will be crowned

Canada's best stand-up comic and be awarded with a $10,000 grand prize.
For a complete list of acts, films and show details, visit All Slacker Canadian Music Fest performances, films and comedy shows are accessible to holders with a festival wristband. Certain restrictions on some shows may apply. Entry to all shows is subject to capacity. All shows are 19 and over unless stated all ages.

The schedule is subject to change. The schedule will be updated frequently - so check the site often for up-to-the-minute information and announcements.

Slacker Canadian Music Fest wristbands can be purchased at For a limited time only, fans can purchase wristbands at a special buy-one-get-one-half-price offer available only through the website. Individual tickets for certain shows are available at Ticketmaster - - or 1.855.985.5000 to charge by phone.

Stay tuned for more shows and announcements coming in January.

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