Kids & Explosions, Saidah Baba Talibah, the Worst Pop Band Ever Nominated for Toronto's Inaugural SoundClash Music Award

Kids & Explosions, Saidah Baba Talibah, the Worst Pop Band Ever Nominated for Toronto's Inaugural SoundClash Music Award
There's another prize on the landscape of Canadian music: the SoundClash Music Award, which aims to honour Toronto's talented, creative and forward-thinking independent musicians.

The SoundClash Music Award is the initiative of Toronto's Harbourfront Centre summer programming, and the first slate of award nominees was announced earlier today (May 25). The nominees are high-energy electronic dance act Young Empires, the mashup-oriented Kids & Explosions, incendiary soul/rock chanteuse Saidah Baba Talibah, jazz rock fuisoneers the Worst Pop Band Ever and MC Miles Jones.

Harbourfont music programmer Dalton Higgins emphasized that each nominees exemplified the multicultural diversity of Toronto, with the nominees being selected by a panel of bloggers, broadcasters and journalists from more than 300 entries.

The winner will receive $5,000 and a prime main stage spot during Harbourfront's Hot & Spicy Food Festival in early August. The runner-up gets $3,000 and third place gets $2,000.

At the news conference, Exclaim! caught up with drummer for the Worst Pop Band Ever, Tim Shia, who mused about his band's nomination "I'm surprised. Since we're more of a jazz act, I didn't think we had any shot at it," he said. "But it would be cool to play the main stage."

Harbourfront, one of Toronto's major tourist attractions, announced that its summer programming was being reconfigured and extended. Previously, the season ran from Canada Day to Labour Day but will now extend from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.

The season has been branded the Hot Spot which, according to Harbourfront's director of community and educational programs Melanie Fernandez, will focus on regions of conflict, biodiversity, genetic recombination, geological instability, and high-energy presentations by bringing together rich artistic traditions from Toronto's backyard and around the globe. The venue presents festivals every weekend with themes ranging from culturally specific celebrations to more abstract concepts, such as the new On The Pulse festival running over the Canada Day weekend.

For more information on the SoundClash Music Award and Harbourfront's summer season, head here