Winners Announced For Canadian Indie Music Awards
Toronto kicked off Canadian Music Week Wednesday night with an awards program honouring the Independent musician. The Phoenix Concert Theatre was the site for the fourth Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards. – The Indies for short. In an era where the major music labels are looking at signing talent through an ever narrowing scope, the independent music scene has become even more important for musicians and fans alike. To show that increasing importance this year eight new categories were added to the awards list.
Featured performers at this year's awards show were The Trews, Alexisonfire, Jimmy Bowskill, Pavlo, D.O.A., Rick Threat, The Arcade Fire, and The Salads. Bif Naked performed and hosted the event with Joey Kiethley.
The Indie winners were selected by the fans in online voting; so when an artist is named favourite in whatever category, they are the favourite choice by the fans. The west coast bands were big winners at this year's awards.
President of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) Brian Chater was doubly honoured at the Indies by not only receiving the inaugural Canadian Independent Music Industry Builder Award, but also by having the award being named after him. In future the award will be known as the Brian Chater Industry Builder Award.
The Galaxies Rising Stars Award went to The Arcade Fire. The award also came with a prize of $2000. The Galaxies Award recognizes new talent in the industry.
Also new this year is the Indies Hall of Fame. Punk rockers D.O.A. were the first band to be inducted into the new Hall of Fame. D.O.A. is the longest running punk band in Canada.
And now for the winners of the 2004 Indie Awards:
Hot Hot Heat "Make Up The Breakdown"
Default "Taking My Life Away"
Favourite Solo Artist
Alexisonfire "Pulmonary Archery"
Favourite International Indie
Favourite Blues Artist/Group
Favourite Children's Artist/Group
Favourite Classical Artist/Group
The Gryphon Trio
Favourite Country Artist/Group
Favourite Electronica Artist/Group
Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group
Great Lake Swimmers
Favourite Francophone Artist/Group
Favourite Jazz Artist/Group
Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards
Favourite Metal Artist/Group
Protest the Hero
Favourite Pop Artist/Group
Favourite Rock Artist/Group
Favourite Urban Artist/Group
Favourite World Artist/Group
Favourite Latin Alternative Artist/Group
Indie Hall of Fame
Industry Builder Award
Writer: Sherrill Fulghum