Canadas Talent


March 27, 2012

Canadian Music Week – Indie Awards

Canadian Music Week and Juno Labs 409

On March 24th 2012, we headed to the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto for the 12th annual Indie Awards! This was my first time attending this event so I was super excited to finally check it out.  After seeing Carly Rae Jepsen and JRDN’s Live Music Workshop at the Ontario Science Centre that afternoon, we headed straight to the hotel for some more adventures!

After snacking on some Taste of Nature  granola bars, we entered the York room to conduct an interview with the lovely Karina Es, the up and coming pop-singer who is managed by Kuya Productions (same as JRDN). We talked about her start to music, shooting her first music video and the charity work she has been involved with. The video interview with her will be up soon!


Next, we climbed the escalator heading straight to the legendary Canadian Ballroom, where the show was about to begin! Most of our time was spent alternating between watching the great performances and hanging out in the green room, which was buzzing with excitement as bands and artists did interviews, ate snacks and chatted with friends all night long.

One of the first artists I spotted were Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati from Walk off The Earth, the band that wowed the world this past winter with their incredible cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”. You may have seen the video in which five of them, sharing ONE guitar perform the song with voices of angels. If you haven’t seen this video yet, then I suggest you do yourself a favour and watch it ASAP! It is now at over 90 million views (and counting). The band is set to release an album in the summer, which we are EXTREMELY stoked for!

We then ran into our buddy Matt Webb from Marianas Trench, who greeted us in that exact same voice and facial expression he does at the beginning of our interview with him last year. The band’s video for “Haven’t Had Enough” won “Favourite Video Of The Year” and Walk Off The Earth presented them with their award.

Treble Charger, who was inducted into the Indies Hall Of Fame that night, blew the audience away with crowd favourites like “American Psycho” which got everyone pumped up and singing along! Once the band got off the stage, we chatted with lead singer Greig Nori about the band getting back together after a decade, whether or not TV show “Discovered” - in which he is known as “The Guru”, helping young bands with his knowledge and advice- will be coming back for another season, what factors he looks for when deciding whether or not to work with a band and more! It was very interesting talking to him and the full video will be up soon for you all to see. :)

(Treble Charger receive award)

(Interviewing Greig Nori)

As we looked around the room, we spotted many familiar faces! We got the chance to interview Rich Aucoin  (who won “SIRIUSXM Emerging Artist of the Year” that night) and Hey Bombshell, who were featured on MUCHMusic’s TV show ”Discovered” last summer. (At the time they were known as ”For The Weekend”). Rich, who is a natural at getting a crowd hyped up, spoke to us just moments before going on stage and shared some pre-performance rituals. We later ran into Indie and Juno award winner Dan Mangan, who gave us a friendly shout out!  Next, we did a hilarious informal interview with Mike Ayley from Marianas Trench (in the hotel kitchen). He showed off his math skills and even stopped a minor traffic jam…

                                                                                                                   (Dan Mangan)

                                                                                                           ( Mike Ayley, Marianas Trench)

Always adventurous, our camera man Alexander decided to try doing an interview inside an elevator. For this endeavour we brought along our friend Willy, (who plays keys in pop-rock band Keek) to try it out. As the elevator doors opened and people began to step inside, things got a little crowded…and we got some strange looks but it was a pretty funny experience. (Shout-out to the girl who spotted us and watches our videos, you rock!). We spoke with Willy about the shows they played that week and his special talents. Maybe we’ll have to try this again…on an escalator this time perhaps?

After an elevator ride with some interesting people, we rushed back to the Canadian Ballroom to catch Passion Pit’s performance! Sadly,  the Indie Awards came to an end soon after and it was time to go home… (well, our temporary Toronto home).

After such an extraordinary, busy, fun-filled day, we had sweet dreams indeed. :)


Can’t wait to do it again next year!

Below is a full list of winners and performers, but first, be sure to watch the video of the day’s events, featuring the aforementioned artists ;) . We managed to capture some funny moments and also threw in some interviews and performance clips!

By: Beatrice Hanley


12th Annual SiriusXM Indie Awards



The Pack A.D.

Young Empires

Dan Mangan

The Sheep Dogs

Rich Aucoin

Passion Pit


List of winners:

Favorite Pop Artist or Group of the Year


Favorite Jazz Artist or Group of the Year

Jill Barber

Favorite Blues Artist or Group of the Year

Suzie Vinnick

Favorite Folk/Roots Artist or Group of the Year

Elliott Brood

Favorite Country Artist or Group of the Year

Doc Walker

Favorite Children’s Artist or Group of the Year

Splash’N Boots

Favorite World Artist or Group of the Year

Minor Empire

Favorite Video of the Year

Marianas Trench – Haven’t Had Enough

Favorite Rock Artist or Group of the Year

The Sheepdogs

Favorite Single of the Year

The Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know

Favorite International Group of the Year

Bon Iver

Favorite International Solo Artist of the Year


Favorite International Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year

Young The Giant

Favorite International Single of the Year


Favorite International Album of the Year

Adele – 21

Favorite International Video of the Year

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

Favorite Solo Artist of the Year

Dan Mangan

Hall of Fame Inductees

Treble Charger

Favorite Francophone Artist or Group of the Year

Coeur De Pirate

Favorite Electronic Artist or Group of the Year


Favorite Urban Artist or Group of the Year

The Weeknd

Favorite Alternative Artist or Group of the Year

Library Voices

Favorite Punk/Hardcore Artist or Group of the Year

Fucked Up

Favorite Metal Artist or Group of the Year

Protest The Hero

Favorite Live Artist/Group of the Year

The Sheepdogs

Group of the Year

The Sheepdogs

SiriusXM Emerging Artist of the Year

Rich Aucoin

Favorite Album of the Year

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life


Visit the Canadian Music Week website for info on next year’s events!




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