Canadian Talent Takes the Stage at Festival Music House 2017
On Sunday night, film industry insiders and Canadian music lovers banded together at Velvet Underground (508 Queen St. W.) for the eighth annual showcase of Festival Music House (FMH).
Produced on behalf of Radio Starmaker Fund by Arts & Crafts, this year's event featured performances by Hollerado, Matt Mays, Gabrielle Shonk and Belle Game. Closing the night with a high energy DJ set was Toronto's own, Grandtheft.
The hypnotic Belle Game kicked off the night with ethereal soundscapes from their newly released album Fear/Nothing.
Quebec native, Gabrielle Shonk seduced the crowd with her hit single "Habit," followed by brand new tracks from her unreleased debut album.
Enigmatic singer-songwriter Matt Mays brought intensity to the stage with his rock-heavy favourites.
Four-piece indie rock band Hollerado had everyone on their feet.
Toronto-based Producer and DJ Grandtheft had the crowd dancing until the lights went on.
Since its 2010 debut at Toronto's Roosevelt Room, the invite-only event has been an opportunity for film and television industry tastemakers to explore Canada's wealth of world-class musical talent during the height of TIFF. Past FMH performers include Barenaked Ladies, Keys N Krates, K'NAAN, Half Moon Run, City and Colour, Sloan, A Tribe Called Red, Gord Downie, Kid Koala and Stars.
The Radio Starmaker Fund was created in the fall of 2000 on the initiative of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters in consultation with the Canadian music industry and the CRTC. It is funded entirely by Canada's private radio broadcasters and managed by a Board of Directors comprised of leaders in broadcasting and the music industry. The fund supports emerging artists with star potential from every region of Canada. Festival Music House was created in 2010 by Starmaker to provide a platform for artists to share their talents with key decision makers in the film and television industry and to highlight the talents of Canadian musicians. It now runs in several festivals across the country.