Canadians profit from collaboration at SXSW

    Record number of music related businesses to participate in Canadian
    Blast initiative

    TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - The Canada Stand and the Canadian BBQ are two of
the flagship activities of the Canadian Blast initiative at the SXSW (South by
Southwest) Music and Media Conference to be held in Austin, Texas from
March 14 to 18, 2007.
    Many Canadian businesses attending SXSW have a hand in both events. The
Canada Stand will function as business and meeting centre at SXSW's music
trade show. The stand will house meeting areas, display areas, a message
centre and a resource centre for all things Canadian. The Canadian BBQ, the
essential jump-start to the Canadian experience at SXSW, will be held on
Wednesday, March 14, 2007, from 3 to 7p.m. in Brush Square Park.
    Partners are looking to reap individual benefit from the strong unified
presence of Canadians at SXSW and from the multi-faceted outreach of the
Canadian Blast programme. A record number of over 400 Canadian registrants
will attend SXSW this year. "I have come to rely on my yearly trips to SXSW to
reconnect with those industry friends that remain active and to meet new
players in the new game," says Toronto management company Bumstead Productions
president Larry Wanagas. "This is an invaluable opportunity to connect with
people from around the world, present our clients to the world, and to see
bands from everywhere."
    Participants include record labels Aporia, Arts & Crafts, Bongo Beat,
Dare to Care Records, Endearing Records, MapleMusic Recordings, Mint Records,
Opak Media, Opening Day Entertainment, Saved by Radio, Secret City Records,
Six Shooter Records, True North Records; management companies Avalanche,
Bonsound, Bumstead, Envision Management, File Under: Music, RLM Management and
Starfish Entertainment; events organizers CMW, M for Montreal and NXNE;
professional organizations CIRPA, Music Yukon, FACTOR and SOCAN; as well as
other related companies Healey Music (manufacturing), The MuseBox (promotion),
Outside Music (distribution) and Third Side Music (publishing).
    Arts & Crafts' Jeffrey Remedios speaks about the business opportunities
for Canadians at SXSW: "SXSW has consistently provided a platform for our
Canadian artists to showcase for the U.S. and international music communities.
We've felt the positive impact of SXSW more than any other music conference.
Plus, it's in Austin and so offers us Canadians a welcomed reprieve from the
    Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, Young Galaxy is part of the exceptional
line-up slated for the Canadian BBQ this year. The roster of talent represents
the music that's on the front burner in Canada, acts whose regional rumble is
resonating nationally and beyond. The highly-touted collaborative spirit of
Canada's music scene is vibrantly illustrated by a number of inspired
performance pairings.
    The afternoon's festivities kick off with the rock outfit Lions in the
Street who were recently named 'The Best of Vancouver.' Magnet Magazine
praised the four lads as "...what the Stones were, what the Dandy Warhols
would've been..." Lions in the Street have already been seen in fine company,
playing dates with the likes of Kings of Leon and Robyn Hitchcock.
    Next up is Montreal-based duo Young Galaxy who hail from British
Columbia. Stephen Ramsay's and Catherine McCandless' hypnotic psychedelic pop
and mesmerizing vocal work have garnered Young Galaxy their own share of 'best
of' labels despite their newbie status as a performing act.
    Toronto's punky power trio The Cliks, who are signed to Tommy Boy Records
internationally, are Canada's latest underground faves. Fronted by the
transgendered Lucas Silveira, the band has won favorable comparisons to the
Pretenders with their ferocious brand of rock 'n roll imbued with "...a ballsy
cabaret swagger."
    Manitoban folk-rocker Luke Doucet has been called, "...a cinematic
songwriter in the Tom Waits sense." At SXSW he teams up with Toronto
singer-songwriter Melissa McClelland (the pair just happens to be married) for
a set of finely-crafted songs wrought with a subtle Nashville-inflected
    No one province holds exclusive claim to Canada's exploding rap scene. At
the Canadian BBQ, a super-group lineup of rappers including Edmonton's Cadence
Weapon, freshly signed to Epitaph Records, and Toronto-based K'naan, the
much-acclaimed Somalia-born rapper, will take the stage for a sure-to-be
potent set with support from the experimental, "techno with an ironing board"
act Holy Fuck.
    Malajube, Montreal's reigning buzz band, has already won kudos from the
New York Times: "...exuberantly haywire...gleaming 1970s rock à la Supertramp
and Fleetwood Mac, electro with rapping, stomping grunge-pop that doesn't hide
a grin." At SXSW, these Quebeçois popsters will be riding high on a wave of
excitement that's carrying them all the way to Austin.

    For complete information about the Canadian Blast, the Canadian BBQ and
all of the Canadian bands performing at SXSW 2007, please stay tuned to

    The Canadian BLAST at SXSW is a comprehensive marketing, network and
business development initiative supported by a government-industry partnership
that includes CIRPA (Canadian Independent Record Production Association),
FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings), SOCAN
(Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada), and the
government of Canada.

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For further information: For media queries regarding the Canadians at
SXSW, please contact: Tracy Mann at, or (212) 532-3184

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