Get Canadian Blasted on July 2nd at the Barbican

plus much more…



JULY 2ND 2011 

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The Barbican and the Canadian Independent Music Association present Canadian Blast, a celebration of contemporary Canadian sound and vision on Saturday, July 2nd 2011.

As part of their Blaze Summer Concert Series, The Barbican plays host to a day’s worth of cutting edge and critically acclaimed Canadian musicians and filmmakers.  In
the main hall, The Hidden Cameras will headline the main performance with their only London show of the summer, Woodpigeon plus a full band (his only
London show as well) and Devon Sproule who will be joined on the day by Mantler, Sandro Perri, Ryan Driver and a brass sectionIn addition, Chilly Gonzales will begin the night with a rare solo ‘Piano Talk’ set.

All the artists will perform the same amount for this variety show set-up.

In the run up to the main event, the Foyer will play host to a series of free
shows featuring former Spirit of the West member Linda McRae, and
solo performances from Mantler, Sandro Perri, Maylee Todd and Ryan
At 5PM, Chilly Gonzales’ critically acclaimed feature film, Ivory Tower, will be shown for free in the main hall.  The film features Tiga, Feist and Peaches and will preview the live performance set to open the show.  The evening will conclude with Ghostcat DJ’ing in the Barbican foyer after the show till 1AM.

The evening is curated and presented by Canadian Blast, the international
showcasing brand of CIMA, the Canadian Independent Music Association.  Canadian Blast is dedicated to showcasing the best Canadian talent in Europe from its headquarters in London. The day is the second of two days celebrating Canadian music, following on from the annual Canada Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square on July 1st. Together these events represent the largest Canada Day Celebrations outside of Canada.

The event is part of Blaze.  Blaze returns in June and July 2011 with a thrilling range of events in the Barbican and across East London. Major international artists, commissions and new works mark this third Blaze festival that takes place at the Barbican, Hackney Empire, Gillett Square, Wilton’s Music Hall and Rich Mix.

A celebration of the boldest music from across the globe for East London,
featuring UK exclusives and new commissions, Blaze is presented by the Barbican
and is part of the CREATE Festival.
CREATE11 is the fourth annual summer festival that celebrates Europe’s
largest cultural quarter, the Olympic Host Boroughs where over 12,000 artists
live and work. This year Blaze has joined forces with CREATE and forms its
music strand. Blaze is supported by Arts Council England.

Tickets for the performance in the main hall will range for £12.50 to £20, while foyer
performances and film screenings will be free.
All tickets purchases will come with a code for free download tracks
from each of the showcasing artists, as well as other artists showcasing at
Canadian Blast Events.

Furthermore, this event is twinned with Canada Day in London celebrations.  Now
in its 6th year, Canada Day in London is an initiative of the Canadian
community in the United Kingdom. The event showcases the best of Canadian
music, sport, art, culture, tourism, business, food and drink to Londoners and
visitors from around the world. Canada Day in London is endorsed by the
Canadian High Commission, made possible with the support of the London Mayor’s
Office, and produced by Rainmaker Global Business Development. For more
information visit

Canada Day in London is proudly sponsored by: Canadian Affair, Nexen Inc, TD Bank
Financial Group, BlackBerry, Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tourism Commission,
Talisman, Factor, Stikeman Elliot, Hudson’s Bay Company, BHP Biliton, Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce, RBC Wealth Management, Air Canada, Scotia Capital,
Sleeman, Thomson Reuters, Calgary Telus Convention Centre and BMO Financial


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