Canadian Music Week Indies Nominees Announced

Canadian Music Week is proud to present the nominees for the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, “The Indies”. Presented in association with Astral Radio and XM Satellite Radio, the awards will be handed out on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the legendary Canadian Ballroom in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Fest. The Indies acknowledge, promote and honour achievements of Canadian and international artists in the independent music sector.
Featuring performances by Janelle Monae, Shad, Hollerado, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hannah Georgas, and Desperate Union, The Indies will be broadcast live to air on XM Satellite Radio’s “The Verge”. The Arcade Fire, Danny Fernandes, JRDN and Marianas Trench lead this year’s Canadian nominees with three nominations apiece, followed by The Black Keys with three nominations in the international categories.

And the nominees are…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CHARTATTACK.COM)
The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Merge)
Caribou – Swim (Merge)
The New Pornographers – Together (Last Gang)
The Sadies - Darker Circles (Outside)
Tokyo Police Club – Champ (Dine Alone)

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Alexisonfire (Dine Alone)
The Arcade Fire (Merge)
Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts)
Elias (Wax Records)
Tegan and Sara (Vapor/Sire)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ASTRAL RADIO)
Danny Fernandes - Addicted (CP Records)
JRDN – U Can Have It All (Fontana North)
Marianas Trench - Celebrity Status (604 Records)
Mia Martina - Stereo Love (CP Records)
My Darkest Days - Pornstar Dancing (604 Records)

SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Basia Bulat (Secret City)
Diamond Rings (Secret City)
Hannah Georgas (Hidden Pony)
Owen Pallett (Domino)
Shad (Black Box Recordings)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Danny Fernandes - Automatic (CP Records)
Faber Drive - Pay Off (604 Records)
Hollerado – Americanarama (Royal Mountain/A&C)
J Diggz Ft. Neverending White Lights - This Time (Ocean Records)
Marianas Trench - Celebrity Status (604 Records)

LIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Arcade Fire (Merge)
Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts)
Danko Jones (Bad Taste Records/Aquarius)
Hollerado (Royal Mountain/A&C)
Metric (Last Gang)

BLUES ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Downchild (Linus)
Johnny Max Band (Independent)
Matt Andersen (Busted Flat Records)
Shakura S'Aida (Ruf Records)
Shrimp Daddy & The Sharpshooters (Independent)

CHILDREN’S ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Andrew Queen (Independent)
The Kerplunks (Independent)
The Monkey Bunch (Independent)
Peter Lenton (Independent)
Rik Barron (Independent)

COUNTRY ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Dancing Lily/Roadangel)
Chad Brownlee (MDM Recordings)
Deric Ruttan (Black T)
Doc Walker (Open Road Recordings)
Gord Bamford (Royalty Records)

ELECTRONIC ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Caribou (Merge)
Chromeo (Last Gang)
Crystal Castles (Last Gang)
Diamond Rings (Secret City)
Holy Fuck (Young Turks/XL)

FOLK/ROOTS ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Carolyn Mark (Mint)
Lynn Miles (True North)
Old Man Luedecke (Black Hen)
The Sadies (Outside)
Tim Hus (Stony Plain)

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Bernard Adamus (Grosse Boîte)
Karkwa (Audiogram)
Les Trois Accords (Indica)
Marie-Mai (Musicor)
Radio Radio (Bonsound)

JAZZ ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Christine Jensen (Justin Time)
Cory Weeds (Cellar Live)
Elizabeth Shepherd (Do Right!)
Emilie-Claire Barlow (Independent)
Fond Of Tigers (Drip Audio)

METAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
3 Inches of Blood (Century Media)
Annihilator (Neverland/Earache)
Bison B.C. (Metal Blade)
Kataklysm (Nuclear Blast)
Striker (Iron Kodex)

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Ash Koley (Nettwerk)
Bobby Bazini (Mungo Park Records)
JRDN (Fontana North)
Laurell (Independent)
Marianas Trench (604 Records)

PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Burning Love (Deranged)
Cancer Bats (Distort)
Comeback Kid (Distort)
The Flatliners (Fat Wreck)
White Lung (Deranged)

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Black Mountain (Jagjaguwar/Outside)
Crash Karma (E1 Music)
Danko Jones (Bad Taste Records/Aquarius)
Melissa Auf Der Maur (Phi)
My Darkest Days (604 Records)

URBAN ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
D-Sisive (Urbnet)
Danny Fernandes (CP Records)
Eternia & Moss (Fat Beats Records)
JRDN (Fontana North)
Shad (Black Box Recordings)

WORLD ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alpha Yaya Diallo (Jericho Beach Music)
Delhi 2 Dublin (Independent)
Dubmatix (Renegade Rocker)
Mighty Popo (Independent)
Pacifika (Six Degrees)

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys (Nonesuch)
The Dirty Heads (Executive Music Group)
Mumford & Sons (Glassnote Records)
Spoon (Merge)
Temper Trap (Liberation/Infectious)

INTERNATIONAL SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (4AD)
Joanna Newsom (Drag City)
Robert Plant (Rounder)
Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty)
Taylor Swift (Big Machine)

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beach House - Teen Dreams (Sub Pop)
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (DFA)
The Black Keys – Brothers (Nonesuch)
The National - High Violet (4AD)
Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL)

INTERNATIONAL SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Angus and Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane (Nettwerk)
The Black Keys - Tighten Up (Nonesuch)
The Dirty Heads - Lay Me Down (Executive Music Group)
Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man (Glassnote Records)
Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition (Liberation/Infectious)

INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Angus and Julia Stone (Nettwerk)
Best Coast (Mexican Summer)
Sleigh Bells (Mom and Pop)
Titus Andronicus (XL)
Two Door Cinema Club (Glassnote)

An initiative of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music & the Arts (CAAMA), the awards are limited to independent artists and cover 15 genres of music. Both a public and an industry vote decide the winners. Voting will be accessible through the Indie Awards website at www.indies.ca. For additional details and voting information, please visit the website.

Tickets for this event can be purchased for $30.00 at Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.ca, www.canadianmusicfest.com, www.indies.ca, Rotate This and Soundscapes.