Rich Kidd, OPOPO, LAL Nominated for 2012 SoundClash Music Award

Rich Kidd, OPOPO, LAL Nominated for 2012 SoundClash Music Award
Last year, Saidah Baba Talibah became the inaugural winner of the SoundClash Music Award, which celebrates up-and-coming Toronto talent and comes with a $5,000 prize. Now, the nominees for the 2013 instalment of the prize have been announced.

Hosted by Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, this year's festivities will stretch over a weekend from July 13 to 15. The shortlist contenders for the grand prize are: OPOPO, Rich Kidd, Chloe Charles, Progress and the Rebel Alliance, LAL and Gyles.

The weekend-long event will feature performances from all of the shortlisted acts, plus other appearances by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou and Elzhi. A press release notes that SoundClash "recognizes artists who pit sounds, genres and cultures against each other, and perform diverse, contemporary and boundary-busting music," so expect the weekend to offer plenty of eclectic sounds.

In addition to the main prize of $5,000, there will also be runner-up prizes of $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third. For attendees, the SoundClash Festival will be free.

Learn more about the artists, award and festival over at SoundClash's official website.