Showtime

Saturday 10:30 pm

Origin

Toronto, Ontario

Genres

Garage, Indie, Pop, Rock

Connect

Alvvays

Headlining Saturday night’s Main Stage is Canada’s fastest rising indie band, Alvvays. In an interview with Diffuser.fm, the group’s singer-songwriter, Molly Rankin, described her music: “If old people ask, I say it sounds like the Cranberries. If young people ask, I call it jangle pop. If a punk asks, I say it’s pop.” Alvvays hit the ground running with their self-titled debut album in 2014 and landed on numerous year end best-of lists including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Exclaim! and CBC Music. Their sophomore album, Antisocialites (2017), builds on that momentum and presents itself as a manic emotional collage about drinking (‘Forget About Life,’‘Hey’), drugging (‘Lollipop (Ode To Jim)’), and drowning (‘Already Gone’). To write the album, Molly Rankin traveled to Toronto Island working in an abandoned classroom by day and sleeping a few feet from shore at night. Its dreamy-pop melodies and introspective lyrics detail a world of ice cream truck jingles and radiophonic workshop noise. But even with their darker content, Alvvays remains a summer essential, continuing to amass fans, wow critics, and play major festivals across the globe.

Abigail Lapell

Toronto, Ontario

Afrikana Soul Sister

Montréal, Québec

Afro Madness Drum Troupe

Sudbury, Ontario

Aleksi Campagne

Montréal, Québec

Alvvays

Toronto, Ontario

Aron d’Alesio

Hamilton, Ontario

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Montréal, Québec

Connie Kaldor

Montréal, Québec

David Cordero (Meltdown Winner)

Chiapas, Mexico via Sudbury, Ontario

Edouard Landry

Sudbury, Ontario

Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Guitars Alive Quartet

Sudbury, Ontario

Iskwé

Winnipeg, Manitoba via Hamilton, Ontario

Jane’s Party

Toronto, Ontario

JoPo & The RiZe

Sudbury, Ontario

Laetitia Zonzambé

Central African Republic via Montréal, Québec

Les Barricades

Montréal, Québec

Lisa LeBlanc

Rosaireville, New Brunswick

Mama’s Broke

Nova Scotia

Murder Murder

Sudbury, Ontario

Paul Elter, Photographer

Chelsea, Québec

Richard Inman

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Rodney Meilleur

Chelmsford, Ontario

Russell deCarle

Toronto, Ontario

Sheesham & Lotus & ‘Son

Canada

TBA

TBA

The Keyframes (Meltdown winner)

Sudbury, Ontario

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