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Sam Roberts to headline CBC Music festival

03/12/2013 01:37 EDT | Updated 05/12/2013 05:12 EDT
The Sam Roberts Band, Kathleen Edwards and Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men will headline a one-day music celebration in Toronto this May, hosted by CBC Music.

It’s the first music festival arranged by the streaming music service of CBC/Radio-Canada, which recently celebrated its first year in operation.

A dozen acts will take the stage, including Kathleen Edwards, Sloan, Jarvis Church and Shakura S'Aida. The day-long festival takes place at Toronto's Echo Beach on May 25.

“The idea with a great music festival is to put together bands that you really know along with ones that make you go ‘Oh my gosh, I think I just saw the next great band,’” said Kai Black, executive producer of CBC Music.

“Our headliners kind of fit the bill as those bands that you know and love. Sam Roberts Band is at the top of the bill. Of Monsters and Men from Iceland – they’re like Arcade Fire, if they grew up in Iceland.”

Also on the bill:

- Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans.

- Montreal indie trio Half Moon Run.

- Inuit singer Elisapie of Salluit, Nunavik.

- Victoria-based songwriter Aidan Knight.

- Kae Sun, a Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter.

The festival will also include a special episode of CBC’s The Debaters and Q host Jian Ghomeshi interviewing Of Monsters and Men.

Tickets are available on the CBC Music website beginning Friday and through Ticketmaster starting on Saturday.

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