Canadian Independent Music Awards

Published: 2004-02-23
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:

Favourite Album
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"

Favourite Single
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
Bif Naked
Bruce Cockburn
Gordon Downie
Kathleen Edwards
Molly Johnson

Favourite Group
Broken Social Scene
Joel Plaskett emergency
The Dears
The New Pornographers
The Weakerthans

Favourite Video
Alexisonfire – "Pulmonary Archery"
Gob – "Give Up The Grudge"
Pilate – "Into Your Hideout"
Swollen Members – "Breath"
The Salads – "Get Loose"

Favourite International Indie
Ani DiFranco
Dashboard Confessional
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz

Favourite Blues Artist/Group
Glamour Puss
Hot Toddy
Jimmy Bowskill
Nanette Workman
Ray Bonneville

Favourite Children's Artist/Group
Debbie Carroll
Jack Grunsky
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
Aaron Pritchett
Brak Johner
Doc Walker
Gil Grand
J.R. Vautour

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
Oh Susanna

Favourite Francophone Artist/Group
Eric Lapointe
La Chicane
Les Respectables
Marie-Chantal Toupin
Martin Deschamps

Favourite Jazz Artist/Group
Great Uncles of the Revolution
Holly Cole
Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards
Mike Murley & David Occhipinti
Richard Underhill

Favourite Metal Artist/Group
Protest the Hero

Favourite Pop Artist/Group
Amy Sky
Hip Joint featuring Craig Smart
Molly Johnson
Roch Voisine

Favourite Rock artist/Group
Sum 41
The Salads
The Trews
Theory of a Deadman

Favourite Urban Artist/Group
Carl Henry
Swollen Members

Favourite World Artist/Group
The Fables
The Mighty PoPo
The Navigators

Favourite Latin Alternative Artist/Group
Carlos Cruz
Nick "Brownman" Ali & CRUZAO
Plan C

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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