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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!

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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)

FIRST MUSIC CONTACT AND CULTURE IRELAND PRESENT THE MUSIC FROM IRELAND SHOWCASE AT CMW 2015 – FEATURING BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT FINALIST RYAN O’SHAUGHNESSY, MAUD IN CAHOOTS AND MORE

First Music Contact and Culture Ireland are pleased to present Music From Ireland at Canadian Music Week 2015, an initiative bringing Ireland’s finest exports to showcase globally. Music From Ireland will showcase at this year’s CMW in Toronto at The Rivoli on Thursday, May 7th, featuring performances from Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Maud In Cahoots, Hare Squead, and more. Full line up details below.

With past festival showcase lineups including Hozier, James Vincent McMorrow, Kid Karate and WOUNDS, Music from Ireland’s official CMW showcase is sure to impress. “After the success of showcases at festivals around the world, we’re excited to bring tomorrow’s Irish stars to Canada,” says First Music Contact CEO Angela Dorgan.

All festival wristbands will be accepted for entrance to the showcase, and individual tickets are available for purchase here.

Music From Ireland Official Showcase
Thursday, May 7th @ The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West)
8:00pm – Ryan O’Shaughnessy
9:00pm – Acrobat
10:00pm – Hare Squead
11:00pm – FANGCLUB
12:00am – Maud In Cahoots

Ryan O’Shaughnessy
Singer-songwriter Ryan O’Shaughnessy earned a name for himself at only 19 years old, when he placed in Britain’s Got Talent 2012 top 5 finalists. He has since topped the Irish music charts with his debut self-titled EP, and has left his thousands of fans in anticipation for his upcoming full length album.

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Acrobat
Acrobat is a Dublin-based band formed in 2013 by singer and guitarist Mark Healy and bass player Naoise Morzadec. Since then, they have released two critically acclaimed EPs and have been named a band to watch by The Irish Times.

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facebook.com/acrobat
twitter.com/acrobatband

Hare Squead
Hare Squead is a group of young rappers, musicians, poets and artists who would rather be known as wordsmiths than goldsmiths. They’ve built a solid fan base through their SoundCloud profile, and as expected to release their highly anticipated EP in 2015.

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twitter.com/HARESQUEAD
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FANGCLUB
FANGCLUB are a garage/punk/rock band who form in Dublin in 2013. They released their debut EP Alkali in 2014 and played several Irish summer festivals, which lead to a 2015 headline tour across the country.

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twitter.com/fangclubband

Maud In Cahoots
Dublin sisters Maud and Zoe Reardon and Stephen Markham form the alternative pop act, Maud In Cahoots. Their wild live concept performances have built a buzz for the band, and have earned them spots at top festivals around the world including South By South West and Electric Picnic.

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twitter.com/maudincahoots

Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences, a trade exposition, a film festival, a comedy festival, four awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival, CMW spans a ten-day period from May 1 to May 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.cmw.net.
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Music From Ireland is a First Music Contact project delivered in partnership with Culture Ireland which presents the Irish showcases at large international music conferences, including The Great Escape, SXSW, Eurosonic, CMJ and Canadian Music Week.
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First Contact Music is a free information and advice resource for musicians and the independent music sector in Ireland. First Contact Music is behind several projects helping artist development, including Breaking Tunes, HWCH, Music From Ireland and The FMC Tour.
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