As Canadian Music Week came to a close, we can now get over our tired feet, sore throats, and too many coffees to count. With so many amazing acts happening around Toronto, it was definitely a task to even choose who to see and how fast you could get there. The Kool Haus was one bumping spot with the SiriusXM Indies being the talk of the town, and Mediazoic was there to catch all the action.
In true rock n’ roll fashion, Matt Mays swung his long locks all over the stage and proved why he won for Male Artist of the Year. He is one performer that owns the stage and will engage with the audience in a way that can get even the driest room hot and sweaty in minutes.
Yukon Blonde took Best Alternative Artist or Group of the Year, with a stellar performance to match. After their track “Stairway” on heavy rotation this past year, it’s no wonder this group is on the radar.
With Carly Rae Jepson chosen as Artist of the Year and Metric taking Group of the Year, I am pleased to say that Japandroids took Album of the Year with Celebration Rock. Although they were up against some tough competition with Metric’s Synthetica and Grimes’ Visions, Celebration Rock is an amazing album from top to bottom and a well-deserved win.
Speaking of Metric, the band took the show with a captivating performance. Emily Haines is one artist that gives it her all on the stage and will keep the party going from beginning to end. The band also took home Best-Selling Independent Release of the Year for Synthetica.
Said the Whale won for Must Follow Artist of the Year, and I whole-heartedly agree. I have been following this band for some years now, and they truly make great music to deserve the success they are slowly, but surely, gaining. Another great pick was Poor Young Things for the SiriusXM Emerging Artist of the Year, a band that has been on the rise since joining the Bumstead Productions crew and touring the country maybe a million times it seems over the past year or two! The Weeknd also took home Soul/R&B Artist or Group of the Year, a justified win and one artist that is destined for great things to come in my opinion.
Overall, the SiriusXM Indies brought out a great crowd and even better winners for the awards. With such great nominees selected this year, I think we can take a look at all of the talent we had here in Toronto and simply reply: “Wow”.
So, only 364 days left until the next CMW and another Indies to cap off a great year in music!