Details and Long List Nominees for 2014 CBC Music Awards

The CBC Music Awards recognize the best in Canadian music — as decided by you!

Unlike other music awards, the CBC Music Awards are not based on sales, spins or even critical acclaim — they’re based on your votes. CBC Music is celebrating this year’s top Canadian talent by inviting listeners to support their favourite artists through a set of online people’s choice polls. Voters will have the chance to choose the winners of 10 different award categories, which recognize everything from best album to best fan engagement.

Nominations open: Friday, Nov. 7
Nominations close: Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. ET
Long list announcement: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Long list voting closes: Monday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. ET
Short list announcement: Tuesday, Dec. 2
Short list voting closes: Monday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. ET

The winners of the inaugural CBC Music Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Best International Artist


Artist of the Year
Note* Links are provided by CBCMusic. Some artists do not have CBC Music profiles. Please head here to vote for Artist of the year. Pictures of some artists are above their name.
The Nominees are:

                   Alex NevskyMontreal, QC

Album of the Year
Note* Links are provided by CBCMusic. Some artists do not have CBC Music profiles. Please head here to vote for Album of the Year. Pictures of some artists are above their name.
The Nominees are:
Bahamas is Afie
Bahamas is AfieBahamas Brushfire/Universal
 The Artists and Bands up for Best Independent Artist of the Year, Go to to vote for you pick to WIN!
  • A Tribe Called Red – Sisters feat. Northern Voice
  • Arcade Fire – Afterlife
  • Buck 65 – Super Pretty Naughty
    Cold Specks – Absisto
  • Fanny Bloom – Piscine
  • Hedley – Heaven in our Headlights
  • Jason Blaine – Friends of Mine
  • July Talk – Summer Dress
  • Kevin Drew – You in Your Were
  • Kiesza – Hideaway
  • Lights – Up We Go
  • Lowell – The Bells
  • Mounties – Tokyo Summer
  • Owen Pallett – Song for Five & Six
  • PUP – Mabu
  • Rich Aucoin – Yelling in Sleep
  • Sam Roberts Band – Shapeshifters
  • Shad – Remember to Remember feat. Lights
  • Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
    Best Fan Engagement
    Whether it’s funny hashtags over social media or creating unique contests each of these nominees brings something special to their loyal fans! Who has your vote for Best Fan Engagement? Vote here!
    Tegan and SaraConnect with their huge fan base most often — almost daily — through InstagramFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

  • Walk Off the EarthUses YouTube primarily to stay connected with fans and cover popular fan-favourite songsFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Aaron PritchettKeeps up with large fan base on Twitter regularlyFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • ArkellsFrequently converse with fans on Twitter, set up contests and fun exchanges on FacebookFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Big WreckContinue to cultivate fans on Facebook and TwitterFacebook | Twitter
  • Brett KisselGoes out of his way to talk to all fans in person at showsFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Buck 65Composes incredible Facebook posts and tour diaries for fansFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Current SwellHang out with fans online and after shows, and offers a well-curated Instagram streamFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Gryphon TrioChronicles what they’re up to with fans, created a music outreach programFacebook | Twitter
  • HedleyHave a passionate fan base, and regularly reaches out to them via social networksFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Hey RosettaKeep fans from far and wide in the loop on Twitter and InstagramFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Jenn GrantInvites fans into her world through Facebook and charms with Twitter chatterFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Jill BarberTakes fans along for the ride via Twitter, Instagram posts Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Johnny Reid Has a “Tartan Army” fan club, regular fan choice award winner Facebook | Twitter
  • Lights Regularly connects with fans in person at events, invites listeners into her world through social media Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Matt MaysRegularly interacts with fans online Facebook | Twitter
  • Michael BubleHas millions of social media fans, performs fans’ song picks for vocal warmups on Instagram Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Rich AucoinBeyond social media, will recognize local fans with on-screen mentions at live shows Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Said the WhaleBig on social media; bought a cellphone specifically to respond to fans via phone and text Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • The Darcys are quick to respond to fans on social media, share funny hashtags with followers Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
    Heart of Gold Award
    We all know Canadians’ are known for their polite demeanor (as long as hockey is not involved). The following list sums up Artists who have gone out of their way to give back to their fans, community and different charitable organizations over their careers. Vote for your top pick for who has the Heart of Gold in Canada’s music industry. Vote here.
    Arcade FireDonates $1 from every live show ticket sold to organizations in Haiti, a long-running initiative since 2006Read More

  • Bruce CockburnReceived 2014 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award and supported suicide awareness projects in 2014Read More
  • Bryan AdamsFunds collected through his Bryan Adams Foundation have most recently supported wounded soldiers in the UK, Human Rights Watch, and marine conservation in Haiti, among other causesRead More
  • City and ColourAsked those on his guest list at his last arena tour to donate to the SickKids Foundation at every showRead More
  • Danny MichelHis Ocean Academy fund has raised more than $60,000 to date to continue supporting a not-for-profit community high school in BelizeRead More
  • Gord BamfordSupports kids and communities through his Gord Bamford Foundation and annual charity golf tournament, in its 7th year this yearRead More
  • Hannah GeorgasDonated a portion of all pledges on her recent PledgeMusic campaign to the Juvenile Diabetes FoundationRead More
  • HedleyThe Free the Children ambassadors most recently traveled to Ecuador to help build a school in partnership with the not-for-profitRead More
  • Hey OceanBassist David Vertesi co-founded and continues the annual Sing it Forward charity concert to help bring music education to underprivileged youth in Vancouver’s Downtown EastsideRead More
  • Jim CuddyHas a long history of charitable efforts, but this year specifically performed at benefit concerts to support families in crisis in Toronto and a women’s shelter in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes areaRead More
  • Justin HinesHis Vehicle of Change tour saw him busking in cities across Canada to raise money for individual charities based in each place he visitedRead More
  • LightsAuctioned off memorabilia to raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan relief, and current tour is raising money for child sponsorships with World VisionRead More
  • Meredith ShawHer annual Girls Who Believe event raises money for Girls, Inc., which supports young women in exploring nontraditional careers  Read More
  • Molly JohnsonDonating a percentage of sales from her latest album and merchandise toward Boys and Girls Clubs of CanadaRead More
  • Neil YoungLaunched his Honour the Treaties tour to fund the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s fight against the Athabasca oilsands and continues to hold his long-running Bridge School Benefit Concert annually Read More
    Happy voting and tell us in the comments who you hope to see take home some hardware on December 9th!

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