Canadian Music Week Announces the 2016 Indie Awards Nominees


Canadian Music Week is proud to announce the nominees for the 2016 Indies – the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards – presented by Indie88. Whitehorse, The Strumbellas, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes, Tobias Jesso Jr. are among the nominated artists being honoured across 14 categories on Wednesday May 4th at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto. The full list of nominees is below. Celebrating the best of independent music – both Canadian and International – the #IndiesWithIndie88, supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund, promise an unforgettable night out. This year’s awards will be hosted by Indie88’s Raina Douris and will feature special performances from nominated artists, including Wintersleep (nominated for Single of the Year), The Strumbellas (nominated for Single of the Year and Group of the Year), Alberta Cross, and The Zolas (nominated for Alternative Group of the Year). Venue: The Phoenix Concert Theatre | Toronto (410 Sherboune St.) Doors: 7:00pm Limited CMW wristbands/passes accepted. CMW wristbands and passes can be purchased here: Public and industry votes decide the winners of the 2016 Indies. Fans can vote online as of today at 2016 INDIE AWARDS NOMINEES ALBUM OF THE YEAR Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion (604 Records) Grimes – Art Angels (4AD / Crystal Math) Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? (Arts and Crafts) Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon (Arts and Crafts) Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Flemish Eye) SINGLE OF THE YEAR Arkells – “Leather Jacket” (Arkells Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada) Coleman Hell – “2 Heads” (604 Records) Jocelyn Alice – “Jackpot” (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada) The Strumbellas – “Spirits” (Six Shooter Records) Wintersleep – “Amerika” (Dine Alone Records) GROUP OF THE YEAR BADBADNOTGOOD (Innovative Leisure) Metric (Metric Music International Inc. / Universal Music Canada) The Strumbellas (Six Shooter Records) Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records) Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada) ARTIST OF THE YEAR Carly Rae Jepsen (604 Records) City and Colour (Dine Alone Records) Grimes (4AD / Crystal Math) Lights (LIGHTS Music Inc. / Universal Music Canada) YOAN (Productions J) SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR City and Colour (Dine Alone Records) Hayden (Arts and Crafts) Tobias Jesso Jr. (Arts and Crafts) Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records) Young Empires (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada) ABORIGINAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR A Tribe Called Red (Pirates Blend Records / Sony Music Canada) Buffy Sainte-Marie (True North Records) City Natives (Unsigned) Drezus (Drezus Music) Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records) ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Destroyer (Merge) Half Moon Run (Indica Records / Glassnote Music) Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks) The Zolas (Light Organ Records) Yukon Blonde (Dine Alone Records) ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR A-Trak (Last Gang Records) Braids (Flemish Eye) Keys N Krates (Dim Mak) Pomo (HW&W / Ultra Music Canada) Purity Ring (Last Gang Records) FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Chocolat (Grosse Boite) Galaxie (La Meute) La Bronze (Kartel Musik) Louis-Jean Cormier (Simone Records) Marie-Pierre Arthur (Simone Records) POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Coleman Hell (604 Records) Dan Talevski (eOne Music Canada) Jocelyn Alice (Disruptor Records / Sony Music Canada) Ria Mae (Ria Mae Media / Sony Music Canada) Tyler Shaw (Tyler Ip / Sony Music Canada) RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Daniel Caesar (Independent) Jazz Cartier (Safe & Sound) John River (Independent) SonReal (Black Box) Spek Won (Independent) ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Dilly Dally (Buzz Records) Hey Rosetta! (HR Music Inc. / Sonic Records) Monster Truck (Dine Alone Records) The Elwins (Hidden Pony Records) The Glorious Sons (Black Box) SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Basia Bulat (Secret City Records) Dan Mangan (Arts and Crafts) Lindi Ortega (Grand Tour Records / Last Gang) Patrick Watson (Secret City Records) The Weather Station (Outside Music) INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR Alabama Shakes (Cadence Music / ATO Records) Courtney Barnett (Mom + Pop) Major Lazer (Mad Decent) Mumford & Sons (Glassnote Music) Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats (Bottleneck Music / Concord Music Group) ABOUT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK Now in it’s 34th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 7 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. ABOUT CENTRAL ONTARIO BROADCASTING/INDIE88 Founded in 1988, Central Ontario Broadcasting is an independent broadcasting company that owns and operates three radio stations: Indie88 in Toronto, Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM in Barrie. Indie88 (CIND-FM) officially launched on August 3rd as Canada’s first Indie station – Giving Great Music A Home. The station supports the musician behind the song and puts the audience first. Indie88 is committed to providing a platform for emerging Canadian artists and all their fans. To experience Indie88, tune in to 88.1 FM and LINKS For Canadian Music Week Media and The Indies Media Inquiries please contact: Sari Delmar – Publicity Manager T: 917.930.2266 E: For General Information on The Indies, please contact: Bessie Bullard – Event Manager E: – 30 –