We’re hosting our “Korean Indie Music 101” panel at TKC

Hello lovely readers, we’re heading back to Toronto Kpop Con (TKC) to host our “Korean Indie Music 101” panel this weekend and we want to tell you all about it. While I’m sure, especially if you’re in the Toronto area, you’re aware that TKC is this weekend, you may not know all about the fun of the convention. Sure, there are K-pop fan meets Friday and Saturday but TKC is more than just the fan meets.

The Fan Meets

Okay, I know that I said it was more than the fan meets but we want to make sure you have all the info at your fingertips (or in this article).

Friday night fans have the chance to see a K.A.R.D fan meet and Saturday you can catch BTOB. Unfortunately EXID won’t be at the convention on Sunday but they’ll be coming to Toronto in August instead. And the music doesn’t stop there as there’s also the Canadian Dream Stage with performers from all over Ontario, Montreal and even Minnesota.

Screenshot from TKC’s website

The Convention

The convention itself includes panels, games, YouTube stars, and of course a marketplace filled with exhibitors. You can catch a panel to learn things, meet the YouTubers (and learn from them), play fun games and go shopping for K-pop merchandise. It’s basically your one-stop shop for all things Hallyu in Toronto this weekend.

Note: while there is a fan meet on Friday, the convention (panels, games, marketplace, etc.) doesn’t start until Saturday, May 13 and continues on Sunday, May 14.

Our Panel – “Korean Indie Music 101”

Our panel is basically an introduction to Korean indie music in all its various genres. Since the majority of the people attending TKC will be K-pop fans, we wanted to introduce them to other great Korean music that they might not be aware of and of course, chat with the audience. I’ll be moderating the panel and each participant brings a different perspective to the panel to hopefully give the audience a well-rounded and balanced view on Korean music. We have a fan, a writer and a musician (Skyping in from Korea, isn’t that cool!) on the panel to talk about indie music in Korea. We’ll introduce you to some of the various genres of Korean music that often fall under the banner “Korean indie music”, recommend some bands, and of course, tell you how you can find the bands and support them!

The “Korean Indie Music 101” panel is at noon on Saturday in Room 103. We hope to see you there!

The Barberettes in Toronto 2016

So who’s on our panel?

The Fan – Carmen Yu

Carmen enjoys listening to a variety of music in various languages and is an avid concert goer. She is always excited to discover new artists through concerts and is especially thankful and ecstatic when Korean artists that she is familiar with choose to perform in Toronto. She also enjoys other aspects of Korean culture such as the Korean language and K-dramas.

The Writer – Cy White

Cy is a digital journalist with a specialization in music and film reviews and interviews. She write for various outlets, but mainly YAM Magazine, SeoulBeats, Rock N Seoul, and MACG Magazine. Her love of Korean music started five years ago, and she’s been in an ever-spiraling pit of despair ever since. ^^

The Musician – Shinae Ann Wheeler

Shinae An Wheeler is a singer-songwriter based in South Korea. She’s the leader/producer of indie girl group The Barberettes. The band started touring internationally in 2015 after having their YouTube cover of “Be My Baby” go viral.

Editor’s note: If you want to know more about The Barberettes, check out our interview with them. They’ve been to Toronto a few times and each time, they’ve put on a fabulous show so catch one of their shows if you ever get the chance!

The Moderator – Cindy Zimmer (me)

I’m moderating the panel for the third year as I love exposing people to Korean music! Just in case you want to know more about me, click here.

Editor’s note: I tried to get someone in Toronto who promotes/brings Korean indie musicians to Toronto for shows but unfortunately wasn’t able to. Next time!

Final Thoughts

While I’ll be the first to admit K-pop isn’t totally my thing, other than my well-documented love affair with all things BigBang, as I’m more into rock/alt-rock/punk than pop (hence my panel on Korean indie music ^^), I’m always excited to see live music in all its many forms and genres. And beyond the music, and our panel of course, I’m looking forward to the other panels. It’s always fun to hear about the experiences of others in the Hallyu community and you never know when you might learn something fun or make a new friend. So please, come out to our panel and of course, say “hi” if you do! I love chatting with our lovely readers because you guys rock!!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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