2013 Focus on Nordic Regions

Northern Europe’s Nordic Countries – Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden – and the associated regions of the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Aaland represent a valuable component of the global music industry. In 2010, Sweden was one of 13 countries to see digital sales and performance rights grow, reflecting the new opportunities of online and mobile channels. The five countries share many similar characteristics – language, topography, climate, a strong emphasis on music education and dynamic domestic scenes – as well as a reputation for technological prowess: firms such as Sweden’s Spotify, Iceland’s online social music marketplace gogoyoko and telecoms giants Nokia (Finland) and Ericsson (Sweden) are pioneering advances in global online and digital infrastructures. The territories are working together to develop a single cohesive market plan and talent exchange between the Nordic countries. Canadian Music Week will bring these regions into focus for Canadians and explore how this development makes it ideal and feasible to pursue as a potential export market.

 

DETAILS & ACTIVITIES

Each year, Canadian Music Week coordinates an International Buyers Program, identifying music professionals from around the world to meet and do reciprocal business with Canadian delegates. As part of 2013’s Program, CMW will present an International FOCUS ON the Nordic Region  which will include the following activities:

Welcoming Internationals Cocktails (Wednesday March 20)

Spotlight Showcases (Thursday March 21– Saturday March 23) – Showcases featuring some of the hottest new Nordic Region  artists

Thursday March 21 – 9:55 AM – 10:55 AM

PANEL: Border Breakers: How to do Business in the Nordic region Marriott – Trinity 4-5

Thursday March 21 – 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

IMP Pre-arranged INTERNATIONAL meetings – European Nordic REGION Delegation One-on-One pre-arranged meetings between the European Nordic delegation and Canadian delegates.(By appointment only) Ontario Investment & Trade Centre, 250 Yonge Street, 35th Floor (via express elevators in the Eaton Centre)

Thursday March 21 – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Meet the Nordics – VIP Reception (Marriott – ADELAIDE ROOM – IMP)

 

Session: Overview of the Canadian Music Market (Saturday March 23, 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Trinity 4-5) – This primer will introduce foreign guests to the Canadian market. *MANDATORY SESSION*

Networking/Closing Cocktail Reception at the International Marketplace (Saturday March 23)[/box]

 

 

Featured Bands

Finland

 

Denmark

Efterklang
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre:Experimental,Folk,Indie,Rock

Efterklang is signed to British label 4AD and released their 4th album 'Piramida' September 24th 2012. The band consists of the 3 childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen & Rasmus Stolberg. Performing live Efterklan Read More

Efterklang (Cancelled)
Thursday March 21 @ 10:00PM
Virgin Mobile Mod Club
Esben Svane
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre:Folk,Indie,Singer-Songwriter

"Esben Svane has an ability to seduce all of his audience solely with his voice and his guitar. It is the song and the lyrics that are in focus, and they are performed in a completely honest and deeply personal way. They wer Read More

CMF Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 8:00PM
Cameron House - Backroom
CMF Acoustic Sessions
Saturday March 23 @ 7:30PM
Lounge Bar (Inside Marriott Hotel)
Esther Maria
Location: Aarhus, Denmark

Genre:Americana,Folk,Indie,Singer-Songwriter

Songstress/songwriter Esther Maria’s first album "The Abyss" encompasses a synergy of powerful and dramatic vocal skills, woven into a tapestry of melancholic and mystical songs. Read More

CMF Showcase
Saturday March 23 @ 8:30PM
Tranzac (Back Room)
SOLD OUT
CMF Acoustic Sessions
Thursday March 21 @ 11:15PM
Lounge Bar (Inside Marriott Hotel)
Reptile Youth
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre:Alternative,Pop

Reptile Youth, the funky, hook-laden Gang of Four worship, with some production from a guy who's worked with the Human League, Lady Gaga, and Hot Chip, sounds sincere enough to make these Danes pretty great. Read More

CMF Showcase
Thursday March 21 @ 11:00PM
Annex Live
CMF Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 12:00AM
Gladstone Hotel
Shiny Darkly
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre:Psychedelic,Rock

Shiny Darkly announced themselves with style in 2012, receiving an ever-increasing level of attention for their raw and affecting live shows from Clash Magazine, Artrocker, Amazing Radio, The Line Of Best Fit, Resonance FM an Read More

CMF Showcase
Thursday March 21 @ 9:00PM
Brooklynn
Crunchy Frog Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 11:00PM
The Garrison
The Blue Van
Location: Hallund, N Jutland Denmark

Genre:Alternative,Indie,Rock

Signed to Awesome Music from Iceberg Records is Danish rock group The Blue Van. With a clever name and a unique sound, The Blue Van is changing the face of the rock music scene. Read More

CMF Showcase
Thursday March 21 @ 11:00PM
Brooklynn
CMF Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 10:00PM
Neutral Lounge
Thee Attacks
Location: Copenhagen, Copenhagen Denmark

Genre:Rock

Finally! 11 tracks make up ”Dirty Sheets” the long anticipated sophomore album from Thee Attacks. And they are so ready for the world. The four young musicians have been favorites of both David Fricke from Rolling Stone Read More

CMF Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 3:00AM
Cherry Cola's Rock N' Rolla Cabaret
Crunchy Frog Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 10:00PM
The Garrison

 

Iceland

Apparat Organ Quartet
Location: Reykjavk, Iceland

Genre:Electronic,Rock

Founded in Reykjavík 1999, Apparat Organ Quartet is a band that originally included the musicians Hörður Bragason, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Músikvatur and Úlfur Eldjárn. They were soon joined by drummer Þorvaldur Gröndal, replac Read More

Iceland Airwaves Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 11:00PM
Drake Underground
Crunchy Frog Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 12:00AM
The Garrison
Iceland Naturally
Saturday March 23 @ 6:45PM
The Hoxton
sgeir Trausti
Location: Reykjavk, Iceland

Genre:Electronic,Folk

At just 20 years of age Icelandic singer-songwriter Asgeir Trausti, made an instant impression on his country’s music scene with the release last September of his debut album ‘Dyrd i daudathogn’ breaking all records to become Read More

Iceland Airwaves Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 9:00PM
Drake Underground
Iceland Naturally
Saturday March 23 @ 9:45PM
The Hoxton
Endless Dark
Location: Reykjavk, Iceland

Genre:Hardcore,Hardcore,Metal

Icelandic Post-Hardcore band with heavy yet catchy songs and great stage performance Read More

Iceland Airwaves Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 8:00PM
Drake Underground
CMF Showcase
Thursday March 21 @ 12:00AM
Hard Luck
Sley
Location: Reykjavk, Iceland

Genre:Melodramatic Pop

Iceland’s Soley Stefansdottir, or just Soley, has caused quite a stir in 2012. Since her first solo release ‘Theater Island EP’ in 2010 and the follow-up album ‘We Sink’ in 2011, she has built an international reputation and Read More

Iceland Airwaves Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 10:00PM
Drake Underground
Iceland Naturally
Saturday March 23 @ 8:15PM
The Hoxton

 

Norway

Sandra Kolstad
Location: Oslo, Norway

Genre:Electronic,Pop

Sandra Kolstad makes electronic pop music that's danceable, explosive and extravagant. She seems born for the stage, sparkling and spilling over with infectious kinetic energy. Read More

CMF Showcase
Tuesday March 19 @ 11:00PM
Clinton's Tavern
CMF Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 11:00PM
Hard Luck

 

Sweden

Frantic Sunday
Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Genre:Rock

In 2012 Swedish four-piece Frantic Sunday from Uppsala made international festival debut in front of 4 000 fans at Sazavafest. After having rotated on MTV and national radio channel P3, and played at one of Sweden’s biggest f Read More

CMF Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 12:00AM
The Hideout
CMF Showcase
Thursday March 21 @ 12:30AM
El Mocambo (Upstairs)
Immanu El
Location: Gothenburg, N/A Sweden

Genre:Alternative

Immanu El (post/indierock) from Gothenburg, Sweden, started as a musical experiment in 2004 by 16-year-old Claes Strängberg and his twin brother Per. The ambition has always been to create something captivating and beautiful. Read More

CMF Showcase
Thursday March 21 @ 12:00AM
Cameron House - Backroom
Filter Magazine Showcase
Saturday March 23 @ 9:00PM
Drake Underground
Soilwork
Location: Helsingborg, Sweden

Genre:Melodic Death Metal

There are few artists that need no introduction, and Sweden's SOILWORK are definitely one of them. Their reputation as one of the country's finest exports (aside from mustaches, Swedish fish and porn) is well-deserved... Read More

Soilwork
Wednesday March 20 @ :PM
The Opera House
This Is Head
Location: Malm, Sweden

Genre:Electronic,Experimental,Indie,New Wave,Pop,Psychedelic,Rock

From the first time This Is Head started playing different venues and spots around their hometown of Malmö they have assumed a natural place in the centre of all things great... Read More

CMF Showcase
Saturday March 23 @ 10:00PM
Annex Live
Filter Magazine Showcase
Friday March 22 @ 11:00PM
The Garrison
Thus: Owls
Location: Stockholm/Montreal, Sweden/Canada

Genre:Alternative

With a voice that straddles seamlessly the worlds of close fragility and far- reaching intensity, there is nary a person on the planet that doesn’t fall immediately entranced when they hear it. Read More

CMF Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 9:00PM
Neutral Lounge
Tom Levin
Location: Stockholm , Stockholm Sweden

Genre:Acoustic ,Americana,Folk,Pop,Roots,Singer-Songwriter

Winner of "AC Male Artist of the Year" New Music Weekly Awards. ”With lyrics that connect at the heartstrings along with the head and a musical signature that leaves listeners wanting more, Levin is a must-hear artist" Read More

CMF Showcase
Wednesday March 20 @ 12:00AM
Free Times Cafe
CMF Acoustic Sessions
Friday March 22 @ 9:00PM
Lounge Bar (Inside Marriott Hotel)

 

Nordic Mission Delegates

Featured Speakers

 

Participants

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