Canadian Blast is an unmissable weekend of live performances hosted by the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) showcasing some of the finest players of Canada’s thriving and increasingly popular independent music scene at The Great Escape Festival, the UK’s premier new music event. All of the acts are carefully handpicked to showcase in the UK by industry professionals due to their rising domestic popularity, media praise and industry interest.

2017 marks the celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, and the Canadian Blast promises to be its biggest ever with stirring shows from artists of a wide range of genres, from indie pop to punk, from R&B to folk and Americana. The chosen venue will be once again Brighton’s esteemed Green Door Store, which will be known as ‘Canada House’ over the full festival weekend.

Given the increasing popularity of the event, it comes as no surprise that many of the artists utilise their TGE appearance as a springboard for tours and promotional trails both around the UK and Europe. We have listed five of the finest acts to watch out for below. If you are planning to attend The Great Escape this year, make sure not to miss their performances!

Bad Pop
If they could describe themselves in two words, those would be ‘distortion pedals and sarcasm’. Hailing from Vancouver, the indie rock / Art Punk trio is becoming increasingly popular in the UK already, their latest achievement being having their latest single ‘Masculism’ aired on BBC Radio 1.
Bad Pop – “Bad Pop”

Pierre Kwenders
Originally from Congo, the Montreal artist is one of the most interesting acts of this year’s Canadian Blast. Channelling an eclectic mix of afro beats, R&B as well as electronic and trap influences into his music, he gives his own one-of-a-kind twist and a brand new meaning to the World genre. His performance at The Great Escape will be part of an European tour which features on its bill fellow Canadian Blast, Grimes-approved act Mozart’s Sister.

Formed thanks to a shared passion for 90s music, the dream pop Toronto-based trio has already shared the stage with big names of the likes of A Place to Bury Strangers, Disappears, Toy, Beach Fossils and Suuns. They have been defined as ‘Shoegazey goodness at its finest’.

Hello Moth
This electronic singer-songwriter combines opposites: his music ranges from alt-pop anthems to dark cinematic monoliths, tribal punk techno to dollhouse rap ballads. His ethereal voice merges with electronics, to create melodies that are both powerful and unexpected.

Mo Kenney
Hailing from New Scotland, the folk singer and songwriter creates biting and relatable lyrics that stay true to her mantra of unabashed honesty, in order to create ‘music that connects’. Mo’s main inspirations include the likes of Elliott Smith and Sylvia Plath.

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