Billy Talent Big Winners At 2004 Casby Awards

Casby Awards
Kool Haus
November 24, 2004
Each year Toronto radio station 102.1 The Edge put on their own version of a music awards show in support of the Canadian music scene. The Casby (Canadian Artists Selected By You) Awards are a people's choice award show where fans must win tickets from the radio station to attend. I give all respect to The Edge for their continued support of bands across this great land and their attempt to celebrate Canadian music.

However, having just returned from this years Casby extravaganza I was truly disappointed at the apparent lack of a well thought out presentation. Mashed in between band performances a total of 4 music awards were given out, none of the winners showed any true enthusiasm for this newly appointed honour.

The hosts of the night The Trailer Park Boys showed nothing more than a constant barrage of babbling obscenities and comments that only those with a low intellect could appreciate...after a few too many.

On top of this, what the night was really about, the music, was practically indistinguishable as the sound mix throughout the Kool Haus was nothing but lead guitar pushed through the roof. This continued to get even worse as The Waking Eyes performance volume was deafening to the point that many people around me were covering their ears to try and protect what little hearing they would have left at the end of the night. None of this did justice to the bands that performed.

On hand for the nights festivities were performances by Finger Eleven, The Trews, C'Mon, Thornley, The Waking Eyes, and The Marble Index, but it wasn't until The Stills and Billy Talent's in-your-face finale that the fans really seems to be on a true rocked out level. I can only hope that next year fans will be given a better show.

Here is a recap of the winners of the night:

Favourite New Single award: "River Below" - Billy Talent
Favourite New Artist award: The Trews
NXNE Favourite New Indie Release award: Alexisonfire
Favourite New Album award: "Billy Talent" - Billy Talent

Writer: Soul Shine Staff

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