What: 2015 SiriusXM Indie Awards at CMW
Where: The Sheraton Centre, Toronto
When: Saturday, 9 May 2015
In One Word: Exciting
What an ending to Canadian Music Week! The Sheraton Centre was packed up tight with a growingly enthusiastic crowd for the 2015 Indie Awards.
With big names like Billy Talent headlining and new Toronto indie darlings Alvvays putting on a performance prior, to up and coming bands like Broncho and Miracles, the crowd was treated to an evening jam packed with great Canadian music.
Performing on a big stage in front of a huge crowd is really exciting for bands that as one of the vocalists said, have “played on stages smaller than that corner.” On top of their set, Miracles won the SIRIUSXM Emerging french artist of the year award.
USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) also taking home a prize guitar and record slip for Single of the Year, could not have been happier to be there.
Beaming lights, fog machines, screens so everyone in the Grand Ballroom can see the shows and award announcements, made for a night many will remember for a long time.
Going from the grungy, hard-hitting, energetic sounds of Broncho, to the rhythmic, poppy flow of Alvvays, right back to the continuously impressive stage presence of Billy Talent, made for a very rounded night for all the indie music lovers in attendance and a terrific end to another outstanding Canadian Music Week.
The sweatier it got in the room, the louder the music and more excited the fans got. There was thunderous clapping and shouting for Alvvays and ear piercing shrieks, countless crowd surfers and lyrics sung by the crowd over and over for Billy Talent – but the night ended a bit early for any fans expecting an encore.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (Last Gang Records)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) – Yin Yang (Coalition Music)
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Weeknd (XO)
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Owen Pallet (Secret CITY RECORDS)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
You+Me (Dine Alone Records)
ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (Arts & Crafts Productions)
COUNTRY ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dallas Smith (604 Records Inc)
DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Adventure Club (Adventure Club/BMG Rights Management)
ELECTRONIC ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Caribou (City Slang /Merge)
FOLK/ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Del Barber (True North)
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Radio Radio (Bonsound)
JAZZ ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
BadBadNotGood (Arts & Crafts Productions)
METAL ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Devin Townsend Project (Inside Out Music/eOne)
POP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
White Lung (Domino)
RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Naturally Born Strangers (Legends League)
ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)
SOUL/R&B ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
PartyNextDoor (OVO Sound)
INTERNATIONAL GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Run The Jewels (Mass Appeal)
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
St. Vincent – St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
INTERNATIONAL SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hozier – Take Me To Church (Rubyworks)
SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (ENGLISH)
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (FRENCH)
Miracles (Music Mansion)
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Photos of Alvvays, Billy Talent, Broncho, Glorious Sons, Miracles: [click through to enlarge]
A special thanks goes out to the Canadian Music Week organizers and to AB Co. for their support of our coverage at CMW 2015. And cheers to Grant Martin for being nice enough to lend me his camera for a few photos at the Indies!
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