Big Week for Canadian Indie Music

The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards took place during Canadian Music Week at the Phoenix Concert Theater and we were there to check out the winners and the performances.

- Apr 24, 2017

While the actual awards proceedings were satisfactory the real show was the showcase of indie artists. Hosted by Indie 88’s morning show hosts Josie Dye and Matt Hart, the event kicked off with a performance from Jim Beam’s Make History Talent Search Winners: The Nursery

The Nursery’s performance was followed by Weaves accepting their award for best Alternative Artist/Group of the Year. Another Indies winner, Repartee then took the stage to perform. The St. John's based synth-pop band rocked the crowd with their set which included the hit “Dukes”.

3. Repartee Performs at Indies CMW 2017

The awards portion of the program was bogged down by video glitches and Josie and Matt continuously telling the crowd they were going to get high on the radio the next day as part of their 4/20 celebrations. The highlights included a video acceptance by Toronto based rockers July Talk (who are currently on tour on the east coast); and Dan Mangan accepting the inaugural Indies Make History Award with an acoustic performance of his single Race to the Bottom. While it was disappointing to only get one song from the Juno Award winning singer-songwriter, he hosted the Madic Records CMW Showcase at the Monarch Tavern on April 21st. The line-up was curated by Mangan and featured Walrus and Peregrine Falls - to showcase his Madic Records label under Arts & Crafts.

Back at the Indies though, The Wooden Sky kept the folk rock going with their set.

9. The Wooden Sky Perform at Indies CMW 2017

The musical highlight of the night was Indies Hall of Fame Inductees 54-40 who proved their legends status with renditions of their hits “I Go Blind” and “Ocean Pearl” they also played new music from their recently announced album, Keep On Walking.

12. Neil Osbourne of 5440 Performs at Indies CMW 2017

The night closed out with The Strumbellas accepting their award for Single of the Year and Hollerado shutting down the event with a set that had The Phoenix rocking.

16. Hollerado Perform at Indies CMW 2017

 

2017 INDIE AWARDS WINNERS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A TRIBE CALLED RED – WE ARE THE HALLUCI NATION 
ANDY SHAUF – THE PARTY 
BASIA BULAT – GOOD ADVICE 
KAYTRANADA – 99.9% 
PUP – THE DREAM IS OVER

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
BOB MOSES – TEARING ME UP
GRIMES – FLESH WITHOUT BLOOD 
JULY TALK – PUSH AND PULL 
THE STRUMBELLAS – WE DON’T KNOW 
THE ZOLAS – SWOONER 

GROUP OF THE YEAR
A TRIBE CALLED RED
JAPANDROIDS
JULY TALK
TOKYO POLICE CLUB
WINTERSLEEP

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BASIA BULAT
HANNAH GEORGAS
KAYTRANADA
RIVER TIBER
TANYA TAGAQ

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
ANDY SHAUF – QUITE LIKE YOU; THE MAGICIAN
BOB MOSES – TEARING ME UP
DAN MANGAN – RACE TO THE BOTTOM 
KAI – NEVER BE LIKE YOU (FEAT. FLUME)
THE STRUMBELLAS – SPIRITS; WE DON’T KNOW 

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
AUSTRA
CHARLOTTE DAY WILSON
OPERATORS
PLANTS AND ANIMALS
WEAVES

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
HOLY FUCK
JESSY LANZA
JUNIOR BOYS
TIM HECKER
ZEDS DEAD

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
ALACLAIR ENSEMBLE
DEAD OBIES
FRED FORTIN
KLÔ PELGAG
KORIASS

INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
AMANDA RHEAUME
CRYSTAL SHAWANDA
JACE MARTIN
SILLA + RISE
TWIN FLAMES

POP ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
CHARLOTTE CARDIN
COLEMAN HELL
MARIANAS TRENCH
REPARTEE
VIRGINIA TO VEGAS

RAP/R&B ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
CLAIRMONT THE SECOND
JAZZ CARTIER
RIVER TIBER
TANIKA CHARLES
TASHA THE AMAZON

ROCK ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
BLACK MOUNTAIN
MONSTER TRUCK
PUP
THE PACK A.D.
WHITE LUNG

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
DANIEL ROMANO
DONOVAN WOODS
JOHN K SAMSON
LISA LEBLANC
TERRA LIGHTFOOT

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
ANDERSON .PAAK
ANGEL OLSEN
CAR SEAT HEADREST
CHANCE THE RAPPER
FRANK OCEAN

Post By: Vithiya Murugadas

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