Festival Music House Announces 2017 Lineup at TIFF

Festival Music House Announces 2017 Lineup at TIFF
Belle Game

Returning to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for its eighth year, Festival Music House (FMH) today announced its all-star lineup of Canadian talent taking the stage at this year's concert. Happening Sunday, September 10 at Velvet Underground (508 Queen St. W.), the exclusive TIFF-time favourite event connects film and television tastemakers with up-and-coming and established Canadian artists.

Produced by Arts & Crafts on behalf of Radio Starmaker Fund, this year's event will feature performances by West Coast collective Belle Game, Quebecois singer-songwriter Gabrielle Shonk, East Coast rocker and former JUNO-winner Matt Mays, Ontario indie rockers Hollerado, and DJ/producer Grandtheft.

"Since its 2010 debut, Festival Music House has acted as a catalyst of connection between the film and music world," said AaRon Miller, Programming Director at Arts & Crafts. "We're excited to return to TIFF for the eighth edition of FMH with a solid lineup of fresh Canadian talent and established artists."

Festival Music House Announces 2017 Lineup at TIFF
Gabrielle Shonk. Image by Norman Wong.

Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, Belle Game weaves ethereal soundscapes into blown-out, crush-pop confessions. Sonically, Belle Game exists somewhere between new-age visions and unkempt basements. Their debut album, Ritual Tradition Habit, earned the band critical praise from Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, while their emotional live performances prompted Paste Magazine to name them one of the "10 Great New Bands from CMJ". From hushed anthems to distorted instrumentals, Belle Game is always teetering between two worlds. Whatever the mood, it's always a celebration of the hard times and a refusal of fear.

Raised in Quebec City and singing in both English and French, Gabrielle Shonk is the natural product of a creative household, with a blues-musician father and artist mother. Gabrielle's instantly popular first single, "Habit," introduced her voice to millions of people; her original music is a heady blend of soul-infused folk where melody shines atop a lively groove. She is currently working on her debut album, which offers a broad spectrum of sonics - from gossamer to guttural, celestial crossings to barroom stompers.

Festival Music House Announces 2017 Lineup at TIFF
Matt Mays

After departing from the seminal alt-country collective The Guthries back in 2002 and switching between solo and band projects, enigmatic singer-songwriter and Canada's own rock n' roll son, Matt Mays is back with a sixth studio album. "This is party rock for the heartbroken," says Mays of his new album. Once Upon a Hell of a Time is scheduled for release this upcoming fall, and will be following up the award-winning Coyote, which landed Matt a 2014 JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year.

In 2009, Hollerado released their debut album Record In a Bag, scoring two Top 10 radio hits with "Americanarama" and "Juliette". Five years and another album later, Hollerado began dedicating themselves to project 111 Songs, wherein they wrote custom songs for hundreds of specific fans. This extensive and continuous song writing project built the working framework for the release for their new single, "Born Yesterday," which hints at the sheer energy of musical and creative offerings to come from the band in 2017.

Festival Music House Announces 2017 Lineup at TIFF

Grandtheft is a Toronto-based Producer and DJ whose music is spun worldwide and has garnered support from Pretty Lights, Hardwell, Skrillex, Annie Mac and Diplo. His original song "Keep it 100" with Keys N Krates won the MMVA for Best EDM Dance Video and was featured in the Minions movie trailer. Grandtheft continues to define his sound with his debut EP, Quit This City, on which the first track features Canadian compatriot and Arts & Crafts pop darling, Lowell. With performances at festivals including Coachella, Ultra, TomorrowWorld, HARD Fest, EDC and Mad Decent Block Party, Grandtheft's following has incresed astronomically in the past two years and shows no signs of slowing down.

Festival Music House Announces 2017 Lineup at TIFF
Grandtheft. Image by Peter Don.

The full FMH 2017 lineup is listed below, and can also be found at www.festivalmusichouse.com.

Sunday, Sept. 10
Belle Game (8:30 p.m.)
Gabrielle Shonk (9:30 p.m.)
Matt Mays (10:30 p.m.)
Hollerado (11:30 p.m.)
Grandtheft (12:15 a.m.)
Website: www.festivalmusichouse.com
Twitter: #FMH8

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.

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