Last night the Jim Beam Indies with Indie88 took over the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto to celebrate and showcase some of Canada’s brightest talent. Winners of the Jim Beam Make History Talent Search, The Nursery opened the show. St. John’s electro pop sensation Repartee followed and Dan Mangan serenaded the crowd with an acoustic rendition of his single “Race to the Bottom.” Folk rockers The Wooden Sky took the stage next and Canadian icons 54-40 played an exciting set after being inducted into the Indies Hall of Fame. Hollerado closed the night with an unforgettable show. Throughout the night, awards were given out to recognize the best the local indie music scene has to offer. For a full list of winners, see below. Canadian Beats was there to cover all the performances, check out photos below!
2017 Indie Awards Winners:
Album of the Year: A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation (Pirates Blend)
Single of the Year: The Strumbellas – We Don’t Know (Six Shooter)
Group of the Year: July Talk (Sleepless)
Artist of the Year: Kaytranada (HW&W/ Ultra)
Songwriter of the Year: The Strumbellas – Spirits; We Don’t Know (Six Shooter)
Alternative Artist/Group of the Year: Weaves (Buzz)
Electronic/ Dance Artist/ Group of the Year: Zeds Dead (Deadbeats)
Francophone Artist/ Group of the Year: Koriass (7ieme Ciel)
Indigenous Artist/ Group of the Year: Amanda Rheaume (Independent)
Pop Artist/ Group of the Year: Repartee (Sleepless)
Rap/ R&B Artist/ Group of the Year: Clairmont The Second (Black Box)
Rock Artist/ Group of the Year: Pup (Royal Mountain)
Singer-Songwriter Artist/ Group of the Year: Lisa LeBlanc (Bonsound)
International Artist/ Group of the Year: Chance The Rapper (Independent)
For more photos from the showcase, head to our Facebook page!
I’ve been involved in music my whole life and have developed a passion for helping out or working in the industry any way I can. I’m interested in helping talented artists gain the recognition they deserve in this crazy business. I am currently studying Communication Studies at York University in Toronto, and working at a local theatre doing marketing and communications, as well as helping out a local festival called Rock the Coliseum. Indie, alt-rock/pop, and metal are my favourites but I’m open to all music genres! If I’m not at a show, I’m doing yoga, grabbing coffee, or looking for some craft beer.