Canadian Independent Music Awards
Over the past few years the major music labels have been more reluctant to sign new talent. To that end, musicians have been increasingly turning to the independent music industry to record and release their CDs. Four years ago the Canadian Independent Music Awards (The Indies) were created to honour these independent recording artists. The fourth annual Indie Awards will be held on March 3 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. The awards show kicks off Canadian Music Week. This year six new award categories were added, bringing the total number of categories to 20. The new categories were added to accommodate the number and quality of music nominated by the committee of industry professionals responsible for selecting the nominations for The Indies. This year's award ceremony will also include the presentation of the Galaxie Rising Stars Awards of the CBC.
And the nominees are:
Broken Social Scene – "You Forgot It In People"
Hot Hot Heat – "Make Up the Breakdown"
Manitoba – "Up in Flames"
The Constantines – "Shine A Light"
The Hidden Cameras – "The Smell of Our Own"
Closure – "Look Out Below"
Default – "Taking My Life Away"
Hipjoint Inc. featuring Craig Smart – "What Went On"
Sum 41 – "Still Waiting"
Theory of a Deadman – "Make Up Your Mind"
Favourite Solo Artist
Broken Social Scene
Joel Plaskett emergency
The New Pornographers
Alexisonfire – "Pulmonary Archery"
Gob – "Give Up The Grudge"
Pilate – "Into Your Hideout"
Swollen Members – "Breath"
The Salads – "Get Loose"
Favourite International Indie
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
Favourite Blues Artist/Group
Favourite Children's Artist/Group
Norm Hacking & Kirk Elliott
Rick Scott & Harry Wong
Favourite Classical Artist/Group
Isabel Bayrakdarian, James Parker, Cello Ensemble
James Ehnes & Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
Karina Gauvin & The Canadian Chamer Ensemble
Marie-Nicole Lemieux & Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
The Gryphon Trio
Favourite Country Artist/Group
Favourite Electronica Artist/Group
Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group
Be Good Tanyas
Blackie & The rodeo Kings
Carolyn Mark and the Romm-Mates
Great Lake Swimmers
Favourite Francophone Artist/Group
Favourite Jazz Artist/Group
Great Uncles of the Revolution
Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards
Mike Murley & David Occhipinti
Favourite Metal Artist/Group
Protest the Hero
Favourite Pop Artist/Group
Hip Joint featuring Craig Smart
Favourite Rock artist/Group
Theory of a Deadman
Favourite Urban Artist/Group
Favourite World Artist/Group
The Mighty PoPo
Favourite Latin Alternative Artist/Group
Nick "Brownman" Ali & CRUZAO
Writer: Sherrill Fulghum