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TORONTO – February 2, 2012 – Iconic Canadian pop-rock group, Treble Charger, will be inducted into the Indies Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel as part of the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (“The Indies”) at Canadian Music Week (CMW). The awards acknowledge, promote and honour achievements of Canadian and international artists in the independent music sector.

Since forming in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario more than 20 years ago, Treble Charger has established itself as a mainstay of Canada’s power-pop sound.  Their debut full length album, nc-17, released in 1994 became Canada’s best-selling indie record at the time and brought them commercial attention through airplay on MuchMusic and college radio throughout the country. With an intuitive sense of technology and camaraderie in their community, Treble Charger released their follow-up self-titled EP with an accompanying CD-ROM zine featuring 30 of its favourite Canadian indie bands.

With each subsequent album, Treble Charger refined its cutting–edge sound and delivered singles worthy of multiple JUNO Awards nominations including Best Rock Album, Best Single, and Best Alternative Album throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Their albums Maybe It’s Me and Detox have both been certified gold by CRIA while Wide Awake Bored went platinum on the strength of lead single “American Psycho” and consistent touring.

Treble Charger’s energetic performances have fueled audiences around the world, touring with the likes of Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins and Our Lady Peace. Despite several personnel changes within the group, the band proved its versatility by continuously pumping out new music that its audience wanted to hear. After various side projects and breaks the band officially disbanded in February of 2006.

After almost a decade apart, founding members Greig Nori and Bill Priddle will reunite for the induction to bring back such hits as “American Psycho” and “Red” – two of the band’s signature tracks.

Tickets for the Indie Awards are on sale now for $39.50 plus taxes through all Ticketmaster outlets, Rotate This, and Soundscapes, as well as online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Ticket buyers may also call 1-855-985-5000 to charge by phone.

In addition to this presentation, the 2012 Indie Awards will honour the achievements of 140 deserving artists across 28 categories when nominations are announced later this month.


TORONTO, ON – January 26, 2012 – SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced that it will host the SiriusXM Indie Awards as part of its sponsorship of Canadian Music Week. The 12th annual celebration acknowledging the year’s top Canadian independent bands will take place in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

The awards show will feature performances from some of last year’s hottest artists including The Sheepdogs, Dan Mangan and Rich Aucoin. SiriusXM subscribers across Canada and the U.S. will be able to listen to the Awards and concert live on The Verge on XM 151 and Iceberg on SIRIUS 151.

“SiriusXM Canada is excited and proud to present the SiriusXM Indie Awards as part of Canadian Music Week,” said Andreanne Sasseville, Director, Industry Relations and Canadian Content Development, SiriusXM Canada. “We’re looking forward to showcasing an amazing night of performances from some of Canada’s top independent artists – all of whom are taking North America by storm.”

This year’s SiriusXM Indie Awards travels the map to deliver a stellar line-up of performances by some of the year’s breakthrough artists, including: crowd karaoke, confetti dance party of Halifax’s Rich Aucoin; the vintage boogie and neo-psychedelic sound of Saskatoon’s The Sheepdogs; the lushly textured folk of Vancouver’s Dan Mangan; the driving gloss-rock sounds of Toronto’s Young Empires; and the gritty garage-rock of Vancouver’s The Pack A.D.

From south of the border, sonic visionaries Passion Pit will close out the evening with their brand of electro-pop in a headline concert. Fans will have the chance to hear some of their favourites from the band’s first two albums – Manners and Chunk of Change – while getting a sneak peek into new material from their forthcoming release due early this year.

Tickets for the SiriusXM Indie Awards are on sale now for $39.50 plus taxes through all Ticketmaster outlets, Rotate This, and Soundscapes, as well as online at www.ticketmaster.ca, www.indies.ca. Ticket buyers may also call 1-855-985-5000 to charge by phone.

In addition to these performances, the 2012 SiriusXM Indie Awards will honour the achievements of 140 deserving artists across 28 categories when nominations are announced later this month.