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JIM BEAM INDIES WITH INDIE88

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

VOTING NOW OPEN

Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 Indies – the 18th annual Independent Music Awards – presented by Jim Beam with Indie88. R&B artist  Daniel Caesar, breakthrough artist Jessie Reyez, both Remix Project Alumni, Cree and Dene pop and electronic music singer Iskwe, and Montréal-based Congolese rhumba- electronic fusion artist and Moonshine collective founder Pierre Kwenders are among the many Canadian artists nominated at this year’s awards.  Featuring performances by The Rural Alberta Advantage, Vancouver based indie-folk rock trio Said the Whale, Toronto’s power pop rock band Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and the winner of the Jim Beam talent search, the awards show honours top  independent artists at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto on May 12. Public and industry votes decide the winners of the Indies.  To vote for your favourite acts in their respective categories visit here: and cast your vote by May 1st.   VOTE NOW
ALBUM OF THE YEAR    
Alvvays Antisocialites Royal Mountain
Daniel Caesar Freudian Golden Child
Gord Downie Introduce Yerself Arts & Crafts
July Talk Touch Sleepless
Weaves Wide Open Buzz Records
SINGLE OF THE YEAR    
Allan Rayman 13 Communion Music
Death From Above 1979 Freeze Me Last Gang
DVBBS Not Going Home ft. Gia Koka & CMC$ Ultra Music
Mother Mother The Drugs Mother Mother Music Inc.
Virginia To Vegas Lights Out Wax
     
 
GROUP OF THE YEAR    
Broken Social Scene   Arts & Crafts
Hollerado   Royal Mountain
Stars   Last Gang
The Glorious Sons   Black Box
The Rural Alberta Advantage   Paper Bag
ARTIST OF THE YEAR    
Daniel Caesar   Golden Child
Jessie Reyez   FMLY
Lido Pimienta   Lido Pimienta
Mac DeMarco   Royal Mountain/Captured Tracks
PartyNextDoor   OVO Sound
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR  
Alvvays Dreams Tonite; In Undertow (Performed by Alvvays) Royal Mountain
Daniel Caesar Get You; We Find Love (Performed by Daniel Caesar) Golden Child
July Talk Beck + Call; Picturing Love (Performed by July Talk) Sleepless
PartyNextDoor Wild Thoughts (Performed by DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller) / Not Nice (Performed by PartyNextDoor) / Damage (Performed by PartyNextDoor ft. Halsey) OVO Sound
Shaun Frank No Future (Performed by Shaun Frank ft. Dyson) Ultra Music
ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
Fast Romantics   Light Organ
Partner   You’ve Changed
Said the Whale   Hidden Pony
The Courtneys   Flying Nun Records
The New Pornographers   Dine Alone
ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
DVBBS   Ultra Music
Grandtheft   Mad Decent
Jacques Greene   Vase Music / Arts & Crafts
Neon Dreams   Dreaming Out Loud Entertainment
Shaun Frank   Ultra Music
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
Canailles   Dare To Care
Catherine Leduc   Dare To Care
Corridor   Corridor
Mara Tremblay   Audiogram
Peter Peter   Audiogram
INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
Iskwe   Iskwé Musik
JB the First Lady   JB The First Lady
Mob Bounce   RPM Records
The Jerry Cans   Aakuluk Music
Wolf Saga   Mukwa Records
POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
Christian Hudson   Mathurmatics
Coleman Hell   604
Marianas Trench   604
Ralph   604
Ria Mae   Ria Mae/Sony
RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
Allie   Oracle
Majid Jordan   OVO Sound
Pierre Kwenders   Bonsound
Quake Matthews   Fontana North
SonReal   Black Box
ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
Big Wreck   ole
Bleeker   Five Seven
One Bad Son   604
Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs Dine Alone
The Wild   eOne
SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
Leeroy Stagger   True North
Leif Vollebekk   Secret City
Matt Mays   Sonic Records
The Barr Brothers   Secret City
The Weather Station   Outside
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR  
J. Cole   Dreamville Records / Interscope
Migos   Quality Control Music
Run The Jewels   Run The Jewels Inc.
Sampha   Young Turks
St. Vincent   Loma Vista Recordings
VOTE NOW GET ACCESS WITH A CMW EXPLORER WRISTBAND: http://bit.ly/CMWExplorer ABOUT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
   
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK (Jointly presented by San Rafael 71′ and Amsterdam Brewery) is Canada’s most established music industry conference. Now in its 36th year, it is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. CMW brings together Sound Recording, New Media and Broadcast for one spectacular week of events – combining informative, intensive conferences, a cutting-edge trade exhibition, award shows, film festival, comedy festival and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. All convention functions take place at the CMW’s host hotel, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West, Toronto M5H 2M9). For Canadian Music Week information, please contact: Kayley Szanto – Communications Manager E: kayley@cmw.net
 

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