Welcome to indies.ca

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to produce the Jim Beam® Virtual National Talent Search Tour which will take place virtually June 14-30, 2021. Each of the resulting regional webisodes will be streamed via Indies.ca.

CMW and the Jim Beam® Virtual Talent Search Tour will provide 18 of Canada’s best new bands with their own virtual stage, ownership of their own recordings, and starring roles in this musical event that has rewritten the way homegrown independent talent is discovered. Each episode will focus on one Province and feature  performances from three local bands, as well as feedback commentary from three Canadian Industry Mentors.

Key submission dates and deadlines:

December 30, 2020 – Submissions open
March 14th, 2021 – Midnight ET – Deadline for submissions

Please Note: Dates may be subject to change.

The Jim Beam® Virtual National Talent Search – Livestream date TBA

Rules and Guidelines 

Nominations are now closed.

The 20 Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards known as “The Indies” acknowledge, promote and honour the achievements of Canadian and International artists that embody the spirit of the independent music sector.

Nominees will be posted on the Indies website – www.indies.ca – with a photo, bio, audio and video link. The winners of The Indies are determined by a National Selection Jury comprised of professionals from the retail, recording, media, and live sectors.

To be considered for nomination for the 2021 Jim Beam® Indie Awards, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of January 1st, 2019, and January 1st, 2021. (Due to the cancellation of last year’s awards, the eligibility window has been extended)

Key submission dates and deadlines:

January 1st, 2021 – Submissions open
February 5th, 2021 – Midnight ET – Deadline for submissions

Please Note: Dates may be subject to change.

The Jim Beam® Indie Awards Show – Livestream date TBA

Criteria