Canadian Music Week has announced the nominees for the 2015 SiriusXM Indies – 15th Annual Independent Music Awards. Celebrating another year of top independent talent – both Canadian and International – the award show will feature special performances from nominated artists, including The Glorious Sons, Alvvays, Broncho, and Miracles. As well, multi-platinum selling rock act Billy Talent will be headlining the SiriusXM Indies with an exclusive concert performance.
The awards will take place on Saturday May 9th, at the Grand Ballroom in the Sheraton Centre.
I list a preview of some of the nominees here. You can find the full list online indies.ca.
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Caribou (City Slang/Merge)
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
Owen Pallett (Secret City Records)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)
The Weeknd (XO)
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alexandre Désilets (Indica Records)
David Giguère (Audiogram)
Jimmy Hunt (Dare To Care)
Phillippe B (Bonsound)
Radio Radio (Bonsound)
SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (ENG)
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
Close Talker (Nevado Records)
Cousins (Hand Drawn Dracula)
Gay Nineties (Love Letter Recordings/Fontana North)
JPNSGRLS (Light Organ Records)
Royal Tusk (Hidden Pony)
The Barr Brothers (Secret City)
The Dying Arts (Independent)
The Mohrs (Light Organ Records)
English and French winners of the Emerging Artist of the Year categories will each receive a $5,000 bursary from SiriusXM Canada.
Winners are decided by both public and industry votes. Remember, you can vote online for your favourites at indies.ca.
The 2015 SiriusXM Indies will be hosted by SiriusXM Canada’s Jeff Leake, the show will be broadcast live for SiriusXM subscribers in Canada and the U.S. on “Iceberg” (Sirius 161) and “The Verge” (XM 173). Tickets for the show are now available to purchase online , Ticketweb, Rotate This and Soundscapes in Toronto.