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The Beaches Will Kick Off Billboard Canada Women in Music with an Intimate Rooftop Performance

The breakout Toronto band will play a livestreamed performance for a special announcement event on the roof of the iconic 299 Queen Street building on Wednesday, June 5 to start off a special Billboard Women in Music series in partnership with iHeartRadio.

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We’re kicking off Billboard Canada Women in Music in partnership with iHeartRadio with an exclusive performance by one of the breakout bands of the year: The Beaches.

On Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 pm ET, the band will play an intimate performance on iHeartRadio’s rooftop patio at the iconic 299 Queen Street building in Toronto for a small group of VIP guests and concert-winners (enter here).


The performance will kick off a special series in partnership with iHeartRadio Canada leading up to a big Billboard Canada Women in Music celebration this Fall.

Tune in for a special announcement from Billboard Canada at the show, which will also be livestreamed on iHeartRadio’s YouTube channel.

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The Toronto group is in the midst of a major breakthrough on the heels of their 2023 album Blame My Ex. They left their label and went independent for the release, which was a wise decision. The success of their single “Blame Brett” has brought them to bigger and bigger stages and onto the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart. They’ve recently graced Jimmy Kimmel Live and Triple J’s Like A Version, playing a cover of Djo’s viral TikTok hit “End of Beginning.”

Their manager, Laurie Lee Boutet, has also earned a big accolade this week, named to Billboard Canada’s Power Players list with her company Wednesday Management.

The Beaches are well-honed and road-tested, and their live versions of the songs on Blame My Ex are at their peak.

The event will kick off a special programming series as part of Billboard Women In Music — a renowned program that celebrates and acknowledges the contributions of women and gender-diverse individuals in the music industry — which is coming to Canada for the first time this year. More exciting details will be announced soon.

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