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The Indies – Kool Haus – CMW 2014

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The Indies – Kool Haus – CMW 2014

The Indies - Kool Haus - May 10th - Photo by Andrej Ivanov

The Indies – Kool Haus – May 10th – Photo by Andrej Ivanov

Who: The Indies
Where: Kool Haus
When: May 10th 2014

TOTAL SCORE: 8.8

Sirius XM radio sponsored this year’s Indies Award show, and brought a variety of acts and awards to boot. All of the acts were truly memorable, some positively, some a little less. The better acts included: Mounties, an indie-rock band formed with Steve Bays from Hot Hot Heat, who stole the show being the best act of the night; Hollerado, a truly energetic band – winners of the Live Band of the Year, with great reason – who delivered a truly memorable performance; The Strumbellas, winners of the Folk group of the Year, who delivered a truly powerful performance.

The acts were great up until the last two bands, when the music started to fall a little flat. A very strange choice pre-closing act was The Hidden Cameras, who have known some controversy for their lyrics, but were ultimately a very monotone band, who’s dance song sounded like every other song they played; and Little Dragon, that was ultimately quite forgettable, which leads to a greatly disappointing closing act.

Many awards were given out, quite a few of them to City and Colour. We have the full list of all the winners and their respective presenters. The images of the shows can be found below

LIST OF WINNERS:

 

Presenter: Protest The Hero
Favourite Video: Arcade Fire – Reflektor 

 

Jazz Artist or Group: Colin Stetson
Blues Artist or Group: Monkey Junk
Country Artist: Dean Brody
Folk/Roots Artist or Group: The Strumbellas
Children’s Artist or Group: Splash n’ Boots
Fracophone Artist or Group: Karim Ouellet
World Artist or Group: Sultans of String 

 

Presenter: USS
Rock Artist or Group: Wildlife

 

Presenter: Andreanne Sasseville
French Language Emerging Artist: Ponctuation (recipient of 5000$ bursary)

 

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist or Group: Shad
Soul/R&B Artist or Group: Chloe Charles
Artist of the Year: City and Color
Dance Artist or Group: Rosette
Electronic Artist or Group: A Tribe Called Red
Punk Artist or Group: PUP
Metal Artist or Group: Kataklysm 

 

Presenters: Men Without Hats
Pop Artist or Group: Fast Romantics 

 

Presenter: Glorious Sons
Single of the Year: City and Colour 

 

Presenter: Dan Mangan
Alternative Artist or Group: July Talk

 

Presenter: Poor Young Things
Emerging English Artist: Mounties

 

Female Artist: Basia Bulat
International Group: Vampire Weekend
International Artist: Janelle Monae
Songwriter: Mother Mother
International Single: Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
International Album: Arctic Monkeys – AM
International Video: Mackelmore ft. Ryan Lewis — Can’t Hold Us
Male Artist: Sebastien Grainger
Must-Follow Artist or Group: Born Ruffians
Most Played Independent Artist of the Year: City and Color
Best-Selling Independent Release: Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Collaboration: Classified – Inner Ninja
Album: Arcade Fire – Reflektor
International Breakthrough Artist or Group: Chvrches

 

Presenter: July Talk
Group of the Year: Half Moon Run

 

Presenter: Rich Aucoin
Live Artist or Group of the Year: Hollerado

Bands and Awards in order of appearance of photographs:

1 – Ponctuation
1.1 – Favourite Video
2 – The Strumbellas
2.1 – Rock Artist
2.2 – Emerging French Artist
3 – Mounties
3.1 – Pop Artist
3.2 – Single of the Year
4 – Born Ruffians
4.1 – Alternative Artist
4.2 – Emerging English Artist
5 – Hollerado
5.1 –  Group of the Year (and winner of Gibson Guitar for best live Tweet during the show)
5.2 – Best Live Artist or Group
6 – The Hidden Cameras
7 – Little Dragon

Written and Photographed by Andrej Ivanov

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