Awards

MUSICOUNTS ANNOUNCES $675,000 FOR 77 SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE VIA BAND AID PROGRAM

CALGARY, AB – Music education charity MusiCounts kicked off JUNO Week on Thursday by announcing the 2015-2016 beneficiaries of the Band Aid Program via a special celebration at Lord Beaverbrook High School (LBHS) in Calgary that included a surprise performance by multi-JUNO nominee Alessia Cara and a visit by the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi. This year, the charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has distributed $675,000 in musical instruments among 77 schools nationwide in support of their individual music programs. SiriusXM Canada, who has contributed in excess of $1,000,000 to MusiCounts over the past eight years, also revealed a renewed contribution of $100,000 to the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.

“SiriusXM has been a proud supporter of MusiCounts for eight years and with this contribution of $100,000, we will make sure instruments get in the hands of thousands more students,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “And it was very special to have Alessia Cara to inspire the students and help them believe that their dreams can one day be achieved too.”

“SiriusXM Canada is very proud to support such vital initiatives as the Band Aid Grant program and MusiCounts with our annual $100,000 contribution,” said Paul Cunningham, SVP, Sales and Marketing, SiriusXM Canada. “We are committed to supporting Canadian artists, and having the opportunity to see the impact of that firsthand at the Band Aid ceremony is a very special experience.”

Canadian singer-songwriter Cara, a 2016 JUNO Award nominee for the JUNO Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B Recording of the Year, was on hand at Lord Beaverbrook High School to speak about her passion for music and help unveil new musical instruments in front of the excited auditorium. The school is one of four in Calgary receiving a total of $30,000 worth of instruments and equipment as part of the Band Aid Program. She helped to celebrate the occasion with acoustic performances of her hit singles “Here” and “Wild Things.”

“If you have dreams like mine that people tell you are unrealistic, don’t give up on them. Nothing is unachievable and I’m proof of that,” said Cara.

Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming at SiriusXM Canada, was the event’s host and highlighted the company’s ongoing commitment to MusiCounts. LBHS music instructor Heidi Wood spoke about the school’s music program and introduced a performance by its choir. Approximately 800 students were in attendance for MusiCounts’ Band Aid presentation, along with music industry supporters and fellow partners.

About MusiCounts:

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is helping to keep music alive across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to music programs through their schools and communities. This is achieved through the Band Aid Program, the TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. Since MusiCounts’ establishment in 1997, nearly $9,000,000 will have been awarded to help support music education in Canada. These funds will have benefitted over 850 schools and communities from coast to coast, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured 11 extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. MusiCounts is funded by many of Canada’s most dedicated corporate citizens including and especially Bell Media, TD Bank Group, SiriusXM Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, Music Canada, Vista Radio, the Hot Topic Foundation and Morningstar Canada. MusiCounts has been supported since inception by Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada, Warner Music Canada Ltd., JUNO Songwriters’ Circle and JUNO Cup.

For more information visit: http://www.musicounts.ca

CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TEGAN AND SARA, SKEPTA, DILLY DALLY, HOLY HOLY W/ TONY VISCONTI, NO JOY AND MORE

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is thrilled to announce additional headliners at this year’s festival including Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara, former Fader cover star Skepta, Toronto’s Dilly Dally who Rolling Stone named artists you need to know, Montreal shoe-gaze outfit No Joy, and David Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti, will lead his band Holy Holy. These artists join an already stellar lineup, featuring Eagles of Death Metal, The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, NAO, Ho9909 and more.

Tegan and Sara return to CMW as part of the iHeartRadio Festival, Friday, May 6th, at The Sheraton Centre Hotel. With over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination, Tegan and Sara’s career has deftly balanced critical acclaim with an ever-increasing foothold in the mainstream. The genre-bending duo, are preparing to release their much-anticipated 8th studio album on Warner Bros. Records later this year. Additional acts to perform at the iHeartRadio fest include X Ambassadors, Coleman Hell and Jocelyn Alice.

Canadian Music Week presents The Indies with Indie88 May 4th at Phoenix Concert Theatre, featuring performances by The Strumbellas and Wintersleep. Now in its 16th year, the Indie Awards are one of Canada’s premier and most anticipated shows honouring the best in independent music.

The #IndiesWithIndie88 Superfriends pre-sale will begin Thursday, March 3rd at 10AM, and offer the first 100 tickets for only $8.81. Public Sale begins Friday, March 4 at 10AM. Stay tuned for additional programming updates!

15th annual Independent Music Awards presented by Sirius XM on May 9th, 2015

On Saturday May 9th, 2015 Canadian Music Week will host the 15th annual independent music awards. A night of award highlights, accomplishments and a phenomenal concert featuring the talents of  Billy Talent, Alvvays, The Glorious Sons, Broncho, Miracles.

Awards will be handed out Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:00pm at The Grand Ballroom – Sheraton Centre in Toronto.  Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.ticketweb.ca and www.cmw.net/music.

Go to: http://indies.ca/voting/ to cast your vote for your favorite XM Indies nominees to win!

2015 Nominees

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alvvays – Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (Last Gang Records)
Mac DeMarco – Salad Day’s (Captured Tracks)
Owen Pallet – In Conflict (Secret City Records)
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers (Last Gang Records)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
[SEBELL] – Till the Sun Burns Out ­(Show & Tell: Music)
Chromeo –  Jealous (I Ain’t With It) (Last Gang Records)
Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979 (Last Gang Records)
MAGIC! – Rude (Latium)
USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) – Yin Yang (Coalition Music)

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
Death From Above 1979 (Last Gang Records)
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)
The New Pornographers (Last Gang Records)
Tokyo Police Club (Dine Alone Records)

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Caribou (City Slang/Merge)
Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)
Owen Pallett (Secret City Records)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)
The Weeknd (XO)

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jenn Grant (Outside)
Lisa LeBlanc (Bonsound)
Lowell (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Steph Cameron (Pheromone Recordings)
Tanya Tagaq (Six Shooter Records)

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Chad VanGaalen (Flemish Eye)
Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast (Pirates Blend Records)
Kevin Drew (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Owen Pallet (Secret City Records)
Rich Aucoin (Bonsound)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
July Talk (Sleepless Records)
The New Pornographers (Last Gang Records)
The Weeknd (XO)
Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
You+Me (Dine Alone Records)

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
Bahamas (Barchords/Brushfire Records)
Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Timber Timbre (Arts & Crafts Productions)
You+Me (Dine Alone Records)

COUNTRY ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dallas Smith (604 Records Inc)
Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings)
Kira Isabella (Legend North)
The Road Hammers (Open Road Recordings)
Tim Hicks (Open Road Recordings)

DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Adventure Club (Adventure Club/BMG Rights Management)
Chromeo (Last Gang Records)
Glenn Morrison (Robbins Entertainment)
Mia Martina (CP Music Group)
TR/ST (Arts & Crafts Productions)

ELECTRONIC ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Art Department (Ultra Music Canada)
Caribou (City Slang /Merge)
Operators (Last Gang Records)
Plastikman (Mute)
Zeds Dead (Ultra Music)

FOLK/ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (File Under: Music)
Del Barber (True North)
Oh Susanna (Sonic Unyon)
The Barr Brothers (Secret City)
The Bros. Landreth (The Bros. Landreth / Fontana North)

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alexandre Désilets (Indica Records)
David Giguère (Audiogram)
Jimmy Hunt (Dare To Care)
Phillippe B (Bonsound)
Radio Radio (Bonsound)

JAZZ ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
BadBadNotGood (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Diana Panton (eOne Music Canada)
Elizabeth Shepherd (Linus Entertainment)
Myriad3 (Alma)
The Souljazz Orchestra (Strut Records)

METAL ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Archspire (Season of Mist)
Culted (Relapse)
Devin Townsend Project (Inside Out Music/eOne)
Protest the Hero (Protest the Hero)
Thantifaxath (Dark Descent)

POP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
[SEBELL] (Show & Tell: Music)
Allie X (Sleepless Records)
MAGIC! (Latium)
Trevor Guthrie (EB Inc.)
Virginia to Vegas (Wax Records)

PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Comeback Kid (Distort Ent./Fontana North)
Fucked Up (Arts & Crafts Productions)
Single Mothers (Dine Alone Records)
The OBGMs (The OBGMs)
White Lung (Domino)

RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Cam Smith (Robin Steele Records)
Jazz Cartier (Safe & Sound)
Naturally Born Strangers (Legends League)
Saukrates (Culvert Music)
Tre Mission (Last Gang Records)

ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Big Wreck (Big Wreck)
Current Swell (Nettwerk/Sony)
Death From Above 1979 (Last Gang Records)
The Glorious Sons (Black Box)
The Trews (Bumstead Productions)

SOUL/R&B ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Daniel Caesar (Independent)
JRDN (Kuya Productions)
Melanie Durrant (Melanie Durrant)
PartyNextDoor (OVO Sound)
Slakah the Beatchild (BBE Records)

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Broncho (Dine Alone Records)
Cloud Nothings (Carpark/Mom+Pop)
Future Islands (4AD)
Run The Jewels (Mass Appeal)
Spoon (Headz Under)

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Aphex Twin (Warp)
Flying Lotus (Warp)
Hozier (Rubyworks)
Sharon Van Etten (Jagjaguwar)
St. Vincent (Loma Vista)

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Against Me! –  Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble)
FKA Twigs – LP1 (XL)
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
St. Vincent – St. Vincent (Loma Vista)
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)

INTERNATIONAL SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You) (4AD)
Hozier – Take Me To Church (Rubyworks)
Jason Aldean – Burnin’ it Down (Broken Bow Records)
Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Shulz Remix) (Ultra Music Canada)
The War on Drugs – Red Eyes (Secretly Canadian)

SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (ENGLISH)
Alvvays (Royal Mountain Records)
BESTiE (Independent)
Close Talker (Nevado Records)
Cousins (Hand Drawn Dracula)
Gay Nineties (Love Letter Recordings/Fontana North)
JPNSGRLS (Light Organ Records)
Royal Tusk (Hidden Pony)
The Barr Brothers (Secret City)
The Dying Arts (Independent)
The Mohrs (Light Organ Records)

SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (FRENCH)
Caravane (Ste-4 Musique)
Fontarabie (Dare To Care)
Geneviève Racette (Independent)
Guillaume Beauregard (La Tribu)
La Bronze (Kartel Musik)
Lubik (117 Records)
Miracles (Music Mansion)
Mordicus (L-A be)
Noé Talbot (Slam Disques)
Phillippe Brach (Independent)

CBC Music Award Winners Announced

CBC Music has announced the winners of the first annual CBC Music Awards.This years winners are well deserved! We were a bit disappointed some bands names weren’t mentioned, here’s hoping for next year!

Arcade Fire was the big winner in the fan-voted CBC Music Awards. The Montreal indie mainstays won two awards, amassing the most votes in the Earworm of the Year Award category for best song and Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show.

The CBC Music Awards are fans’ choice awards, where tens of thousands of nominations from listeners were used to create a long list of 20 artists in each of the 10 categories. That list was voted down to a short list of five, with subsequent voting deciding the eventual winners.

The categories were meant to reflect the fan’s musical experience, looking not only at great music, but great concerts and also ways musicians make extra effort like the Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement, which was won by Michael Bublé, and the Heart of Gold Award for charitable work, won by Jim Cuddy.

Fans named Celine Dion as artist of the year (Top of the Class Award), who had a monster year of touring and releasing a live album and a popular studio album before announcing she was putting her career on hold to care for her husband as he undergoes treatment for cancer. Serge Fiori, best known as a member of the hugely influential Quebec band Harmonium, won the “I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year by a huge margin for his first solo release since the folding of his iconic band.

Presenting the winners of the 2014 CBC Music Awards, as chosen by you:

Earworm of the Year Award for best song: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”

“I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year: Serge Fiori, Serge Fiori

Proof You Heard Them First Award for rising star: The Strumbellas

Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show: Arcade Fire

Top of the Class Award for artist of the year: Celine Dion

Homegrown Hero Award for best independent artist: The Rural Alberta Advantage

Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video: July Talk, “Summer Dress”

Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement: Michael Bublé

Heart of Gold Award for charitable work: Jim Cuddy

Wish You Were Here Award for best international artist: Ed Sheeran

Check out tracks from all 2014 winners through the playlist below:

 

 

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 CBCMusic.ca/MusicAwards 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!

CBC Music Awards has announced categories and voting is open Now!

CBC Music has complied a list of Nominees based on you (the listener) ‘s suggestions. Head over to CBC Music to check out the list of nominees! There is an awesome slide show of graphics. There are is also a few related articles detailing the awards.

They have an easy to decipher list of steps to not only vote for your favourite artist in the many award categories up for grabs.

Ways you can show some of your most listened to artists some love on social media is by hash-tagging the award category. CBC music made it easy for us with this handy list!

Top of the Class Award for artist of the year: #artist
Earworm of the Year Award for best song: #song
“I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year: #album
Proof You Heard Them First Award for rising star: #risingstar
Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show: #liveshow
Homegrown Hero Award for best independent artist: #indie
Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video: #video
Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement: #fan
Heart of Gold Award: #heartofgold
Wish You Were Here Award for best international artist: #international

Don’t forget to tag the artists, @CBCMusic and add a image for effect! Go vote for your favourite as the winners will be announced soon!

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