Arcade Fire, Shad, City and Colour Nominated for Canadian Music Week's Indie Awards

Arcade Fire, Shad, City and Colour Nominated for Canadian Music Week's Indie Awards
Not only does Canadian Music Week include a massive festival with a huge bill of performers, it culminates in the Independent Music Awards. May 10 marks the 14th annual instalment of the Indies, and this year's nominees and performers have now been confirmed.

As one would expect, the nominees are a who's who of Canadian indie music. Artists up for multiple prizes include Arcade Fire, Shad, City and Colour, the Weeknd, Hollerado, Classified, Basia Bulat, Mother Mother, Born Ruffians, Mounties, PUP, SonReal, Rich Kidd, July Talk, Daniel Romano, Hayden, Monster Truck, Ponctuation and Maylee Todd.

Some other notable nominees include Hannah Georgas, Said the Whale, Austra, Brendan Canning, Tim Hecker, deadmau5, the Sadies, Ryan Hemsworth, Colin Stetson, Voivod, KEN Mode, Gorguts and more.

There are also a number of international categories that recognize acts like Arctic Monkeys, Kurt Vile, Disclosure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Chance the Rapper, My Bloody Valentine, Queens of the Stone Age, Neko Case, the National and more.

See the full list of nominees below.

Winners will be decide public and industry votes. Fans can vote online here starting on March 31. Those who come out on top in the Emerging Artist of the Year categories (in both French and English) will each get a $5,000 bursary.

Performers at the ceremony at Toronto's Kool Haus include Hollerado, Mounties, Born Ruffians, Ponctuation and the Strumbellas. Sweden's Little Dragon will headline the show, along with the Hidden Cameras. Sirius XM's Jeff Leake will host, and the event will be broadcast live to the station's subscribers. Tickets for the show go on sale today (March 21).

Canadian music week runs from May 6 to 10.

Album of the Year:

Arcade Fire - Reflektor (Merge Records)
Basia Bulat - Tall Tall Shadow (Secret City Records)
City and Colour - The Hurry and the Harm (Dine Alone Records)
Shad - Flying Colours (Black Box Recordings)
The Weeknd - Kiss Land (CP Music Group)  

Single of the Year:

City and Colour - "The Lonely Life" (Dine Alone Records)
Classified - "Inner Ninja" ft. David Myles (Black Box Recordings)
Head of the Herd - "By This Time Tomorrow" (Independent)
July Talk - "Guns & Ammunition" (July Talk / Sleepless Records)
Mounties - "Headphones" (Light Organ Records)  

Group or Duo of the Year:

Born Ruffians (Paper Bag Records)
Half Moon Run (Indica Records)
Hollerado (Royal Mountain Records)
Monster Truck (Dine Alone Records)
Mother Mother (Last Gang Records)  

Artist of the Year:

Basia Bulat (Secret City Records)
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Classified (Black Box Recordings)
Shad (Black Box Recordings)
The Weeknd (CP Music Group)  

Female Artist of the Year:

Basia Bulat (Secret City Records)
Hannah Georgas (Dine Alone Records)
Jessy Lanza (Geej Recordings / Hyperdub)
Maylee Todd (Do Right! Music)   
Mia Martina (CP Music Group)  

Male Artist of the Year:

Brendan Canning (Draper Street / SQE)
Daniel Romano (Normaltown Records)         
Hayden (Arts And Crafts)
Sebastien Grainger (Last Gang Records)
Tim Hecker (Paper Bag Records)                                                

Live Artist/Group or Duo of the Year:

City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Half Moon Run (Indica Records)
Hollerado (Royal Mountain Records)
USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) (Coalition Music)
Wildlife (Wax Records)

Songwriter of the Year:

Basia Bulat (Secret City Records)
Belly (CP Music Group)
Hayden (Arts And Crafts)
Jenson Vaughan (Ultra Music)
Mother Mother (Last Gang Records)  

Video of the Year:

Arcade Fire – "Reflektor" (Merge Records)    
City and Colour - "Thirst" (Dine Alone Records)
Hollerado - "So It Goes" (Royal Mountain Records)
Said The Whale - "I Love You" (Hidden Pony Records)
Shad - "Remember to Remember" ft. Lights (Black Box Recordings)  

Must Follow Artist of the Year:

Born Ruffians (Paper Bag Records)    
City and Colour (Dine Alone Records)
Massari (CP Music Group)
Mia Martina (CP Music Group)
The Weeknd (CP Music Group)