SoundClash Music Award shortlist announced

Brace yourselves for the third annual Soundclash Music Award is coming to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre July 12, 13, and 14.

The 2013 SoundClash Festival is sure to be a highlight of your summer. This live (local) music competition/festival is hosted annually by Harbourfront Centre to give independent artists’ within the GTA a chance to showcase their unique music to over 45,000 thousand people who stop by over the three-day festival. Applicants began applying on April 1 of this year in hopes of competing for the top spot. Over 200 applications were received and six lucky finalists were chosen to perform.

This year’s finalists are:

KASHKA is the ongoing  folkpoptronica project of Kat Burns, a songwriter and musician based in Toronto. Summer 2012 produced a debut full length, VICHADA, which was born out of a musical collaboration between Burns and James Bunton —most well known for his percussion in Forest City Lovers & Ohbijou — and as the tunes rolled out, they fit snugly in the pocket of indie folk softness, wrapped in catchy beats and choruses.

KASHKA (Kat Burns)

KASHKA (Kat Burns)

Program is a post punk, psychedelic, shoegaze band from Toronto.
Formerly known as Volcano Playground, the band enlisted David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene) to help shape their sound, and he in turn signed them to his new “Stars and Suns” imprint. A full album is due out in 2013, but listen to the lead single, “Waiting” now.


Program (Jackie Game), (Jakub H), (Mark Plishewsky), (Steve Reble)

Brendan Phillip an urban r&b artist with powerful lyrics who is on soulful journey to reshape the sounds of contemporary r&b and hip hop. Inspired by a combination of bombastic rap-inspired beats and punk rock music, combined with Phillip’s strong lyrics, he is creating a movement in r&b and pop music.

Brendan Phillip

Brendan Phillip

The Jessica Stuart Few is emerging quickly from the Toronto’s indie folk scene, with a fresh take on songwriting, via a unique Japanese instrument, the koto.The trio have played at numerous music festivals including TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The band has also been twice nominated Toronto Independent Music Award, and recently released their sophomore album, “Two Sides To Every Story“.

The Jessica Stuart Few (Dan Fortin), (Jessica Stuart), (Tony Nesbitt-Larking)

The Jessica Stuart Few (Dan Fortin), (Jessica Stuart), (Tony Nesbitt-Larking)

Grounders is a group of friends that coalesce into something simultaneously natural and incongruous. Led by frontman Andrew Davis and joined by multi-instrumentalist Daniel Busheikin, guitarist Evan Lewis, bassist Mike Searle and drummer Rob Canali, the band recently released their new project, Wreck of a Smile.


Grounders (Andrew Davis), (Daniel Busheikin), (Evan Lewis), (Mike Searle), (Rob Canali)

The Thing Is was formed in 2006, bringing together such seemingly disparate influences such as Eastern European and South African music with a jazz backbone, reckless rhythm and spicy groove. This band is sure to attract some attention to their unique genre.

The Thing Is

The Thing Is (Tova Kardonne), (David Atkinson), (Amy Medvick), (Mike Wark), (Christian Overton), (Trevor Falls (drums)

The competition is fierce as all six of our finalists compete for a total of $10,000 in cash prizes and bragging rights for the year. Additionally, each contestant is in the running for a chance to play on-site at our WestJet Stage during the Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Through a public vote and alongside our music savvy trendsetting panel of judges, we’ll crown a winner.

Which artist(s) will join the ranks of 2012’s winners – Chloe Charles (first place), Progress & The Rebel Alliance (second place) and Gyles (third place)? You be the judge!