Canada’s SirusXM Indie Awards, held each year in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week, honoured some rather big names Friday night (March 22) — for an awards ceremony that strictly honors independent artists — including Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, deadmau5, Mumford & Sons and fun.
The sold-out show, known as The Indies — and now in its 13th year — recognizes the achievements of Canadian and international independent artists, in multiple genres including punk/hardcore, dance, jazz, country, folk/roots, metal, plus other non-genre specific categories.
The 37 winners were determined by a combination of fan and industry voting.
The awards were also broadcast live for SiriusXM subscribers in Canada and the U.S. on The Verge (XM 151) and Iceberg (Sirius 151).
Album of the Year went to Japandroids for Celebration Rock on Polyvinyl Recording Co.; 604 Records signing Carly Rae Jepsen won Artist of the Year, Most Played Independent Artist, and Single for “Call Me Maybe;” Metric, which is on its own label, nabbed Group of the Year and Best-Selling Independent Release for Synthetica.
Deadmau5, on Ultra Music, was awarded Live Artist of the Year; Arts & Crafts’ artist Cold Specks for Female Artist of the Year; Grimes, on 4AD/Arbutus, for Electronic Artist of the Year; and The Weeknd, on XO& Co, Soul/R&B Artist.
Canailles and Poor Young Things each scored $5000 from SiriusXM Canada, after walking away with SiriusXM Emerging Artist of the Year, in the French and English categories, respectively.
In the International categories, The Black Keys, on Nonesuch, snagged Group of the Year; Big Machine’s Taylor Swift landed Artist of the Year; Glassnote’s Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year for Babel; Fueled By Ramen’s Fun. for Single of the Year for “We Are Young;” and The Lumineers on Toronto label Dine Alone scored Breakthrough Group of the Year. (See the full list of winners below.)
Interspersed between the handouts were live performances, beginning with Cadence Weapon, then a special appearance by Australia’s 360, followed by Canailles, The Wooden Sky, Cold Specks, Yukon Blonde, Diamond Rings, Matt Mays, capped off by a headlining concert by Metric.
FULL LIST OF 2013 SIRIUSXM INDIE AWARDS WINNERS
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl Recording Co.)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR?
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe” (604 Records)
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR?
Metric (Metric Music International Inc.)
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen (604 Records)
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Cold Specks (Arts & Crafts)
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Matt Mays (Sonic Records)
LIVE ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
deadmau5 (Ultra Music)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Josh Ramsay (604 Records)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Marianas Trench Fallout (604 Records)
MUST-FOLLOW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Said The Whale (Hidden Pony Records)
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Artists Against Bullying – True Colors (Wax)
MOST PLAYED INDEPENDENT ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Carly Rae Jepsen (604 Records)
BEST-SELLING INDEPENDENT RELEASE OF THE YEAR
Metric – Synthetica (Metric Music International Inc.)
ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Yukon Blonde (Dine Alone Records)
BLUES ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer (Independent)
CHILDREN’S ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Gasoi (Sparkling Productions)
COUNTRY ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dallas Smith (604 Records)
DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Massari (CP Records)
ELECTRONIC ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Grimes (4AD/Arbutus Records)
FOLK/ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Wooden Sky (Black Box Recordings Inc)
FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lisa LeBlanc (Bonsound)
JAZZ ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Emilie-Claire Barlow (Empress Music Group Inc.)
METAL ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Devin Townsend Project (eOne Music Canada)
POP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Marianas Trench (604 Records)
PUNK/HARDCORE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
METZ (Sub Pop Records)
RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Cadence Weapon (Upper Class Recordings)
ROCK ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Big Wreck (SRO Anthem)
SOUL/R&B ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Weeknd (XO&co.)
WORLD ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Souljazz Orchestra (Solidarity)
INTERNATIONAL GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
The Black Keys (Nonesuch)
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records)
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Mumford & Sons – Babel (Glassnote)
INTERNATIONAL SINGLE OF THE YEAR
fun. – “We Are Young” (Fueled By Ramen)
INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Lumineers (Dine Alone Records)
INTERNATIONAL VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore)
SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (English)
Poor Young Things
SIRIUSXM EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (French)