Canadian Music Week 2016

Canadian Music Week 2016 w/ Radio Free Universe, Stone Iris, The Holds, Ozone Mama,

May 3, 2016 Toronto, ON


Time : 7pm
Venue : Cadillac Lounge
Address : 1296 Queen Street West
State : ON
Phone : 416-536-7717
Contact Website :

Now in its 34th year, CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 10 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W. Toronto.

Radio Free Universe is pushing the boundaries of the modern rock band. Lead by a powerful vocal, this band could share a bill with the likes of Jack White, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters. RFU have performed many great shows including Big Music Fest (on the same stage as Slash and Aerosmith), KOI Fest, Locke Street Festival, The HMA’s (twice nominated for ‘Recording of the Year’) and Canadian Music Week. RFU has been picked up by The Conviction Group management team and are working with award winning producer Glen Robinson on what promises to be a game changing record.


Hamilton rockers Radio Free Universe

Stone Iris is a rootsy, new-blues rock band out of Edmonton, Alberta. With a signature slow-burning and brutally honest sound, they’ve toured in the rain, snow and sun, from Vancouver to Toronto more than half a dozen times and taken their incredible live show throughout the entire United States, from coast to coast on three separate, two-month stints. As a completely independent, self-sustaining band, Stone Iris has released several albums, have been nominated for multiple Edmonton Music Awards, and were voted Sonic 102.9’s Band Of The Month for March 2013. In the Fall of 2014, Stone Iris were named Indie Week 2014 Winners and represented Canada at UK Indie Week in Manchester in May, 2015.  Infectiously edgy and brutally honest, our music is steeped in emotion and grit. Stone Iris brings new meaning to the word classic.


Indie Week 2014 winners, Stone Iris, out of Edmonton

Originally from Montreal, The Holds turn out their own unique blend of soulful, bluesy, rock and roll. The band features Ryan Setton on vocals, Eric Hein on guitar, Justin Wiley on drums, Andre Galamba on bass, and the newest addition, Alex Lebel, on keys. This currently independent band represents a coming-together of players who worked on several projects around Montreal over the last few years. With a foundation already in place consisting of good working relationships, craftsmanship, showmanship, and shared musical tastes, they formed a group focused on original material.  Everyone in the band contributes to writing the tunes together, making each song stand out from the next. Staying connected with audiences and really getting to know their listeners personally plays a big part in their creative process.  The Holds’ self-titled debut EP is available now online!


Montreal’s The Holds

Ozone Mama is a guitar-powered rock and roll band from Hungary with its roots in Golden-Era classic rock. Their easy-listening rock-vibe gives a fresh facelift to the classic rock of the 60’s and 70’s. The core members of the Budapest-based four-piece met in 2005 at university and quickly formed a band based on their shared love of vintage rock. The group won the 2012 Hungarian equivalent of a Grammy ’Fonogram’ with their successful debut album ’The Starship Has Landed’. Following the critical acclaim of the album, their ’Freedom EP’ was released after a successfull Kickstarter campaign in 2013. The same year they won the Hard Rock Rising – Battle Of Bands Contest as the local finalist.


All the way from Budapest, Hungary, Ozone Mama

North by North began in Fall of 2011 in Chicago, IL. Originally a drum and guitar blues-punk duo, Nate Girard and Kendra Blank spent the winter of 2011-2012 in a converted warehouse writing material that would later be rearranged around their current lineup and released as their debut, double LP, “Something Wicked,” almost 3 years later. Bringing on various members to fill out behind the drums and shifting Kendra’s role to keyboardist allowed North by North to delve into more intricate song-writing to couple with the raw power of their previous incarnation. Their sound has been meticulously crafted to feature the juxtaposition of infectious melodies, haunting lyrics and bombastic live instrumentation, all of which have been lauded by audiences and critics throughout the U.S.


Chicago, Illinois’ North by North