CMW Day 3: Sirius XM Indie Awards

Published On April 3, 2013 | By Megan Oquias | CMW 2013, Live, Reviews

Friday, March 22

Sirius XM Indie Awards @ Kool Haus

It was time once again boys and girls of CMW for the Independent Music Awards. AKA “The Indies”. AKA that award show where everyone finds themselves asking; ‘Wait, they’re an indie artist? What does Indie even mean anymore?’ Overall it was a rad time, attended by rad people and chock full of rad performers. I’m not normally into Hip Hop, but I really got into both Cadence Weapon and 360 when they took to the stage. C.W. I had seen during Wavelength, so I was actually excited to see how he would cater to a crowd of this size – he killed it. 360 owned the stage as well; with their hook filled samples and rhymes that were laden with attitude. Up next was Canailles, an eight member bluegrass band (can I refer to them as a musical army?) that just gave the audience a million reasons to love them, as did the always charming Wooden Sky when they took to the stage shortly after. Cold Specks served as a more mellow interlude to the line-up, simply accentuating the range of talent and style of the evenings performers. The night just took-off with amazing performances by Yukon Blonde, Diamond Rings, Matt Mays and of course, a highly anticipated set by the evening’s winner of Favourite Group of the Year: Metric. Whew! That was a lot of amazing music for one night!

For a full list of winners click here.

Genny’s Note: If you haven’t heard, Jay Smith of Matt Mays recently passed away. For all those interested, donations are being accepted at the Smith Family Trust over here.

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About The Author

is in love with the live music scene in Toronto, and tries to hit as many shows as she can; whether it's a small venue or a bigger show. She is influenced mostly by Rock and Ska in her own music writing/performing, but has a soft spot for the indie bands that are popping up all over Canada, including local three piece Convoys who she proudly manages. She has been a happy writer for The Take since April 2010.

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