Published Sep 30, 2010Switzerland is about to become occupied by Canadian indie rock. In an effort to bridge some international musical gaps, a company known as Sounds Quixotic has organized a celebration of Canadian music dubbed the Heartland Festival in the small town of Vevey, Switzerland running from November 10 to 13.
Located in the French region by Lake Geneva, the town (best known for featuring actor Charlie Chaplin as a resident) will host 14 Canadian acts for three days. The lucky sorts range from Polaris nominees/Juno recipients Broken Social Scene to experimental rockers Do Make Say Think and Ottawa-based folkies the Acorn.
As Sounds Quixotic notes, they are a "non-profit organization consisting of dedicated record shop owners, employees and musical and cultural enthusiasts aiming to present festivals and events to connect international cities and their musical communities. Heartland is an act of love and appreciation for the many talents and hard work of indie musicians."
Why Canadian music (omitting punk/metal, that is)? "Because the music community in Canada is such a vibrant and tight-knit one, Sounds Quixotic wants to share this country's energy with the rest of the world," they explain.
Those interested in catching Heartland Festival take note: The first day is free, while tickets to the following two shows are 37 Swiss francs/40 at the door per day. Three-day passes (available here, here and here) are 100 francs.
The official lineup:
Daniel, Fred and Julie
November 12 (Arts & Crafts Records night):
The Hidden Cameras
Broken Social Scene
Do Make Say Think: