March 24 2012 – Tonight the 12th annual Indies Awards took over the Royal York Hotel. If you are not familiar with The Indies here is what their website tells us:
SiriusXM Indies Awards are part of Canadian Music Week
The Canadian Independent Music Awards known as “The Indies” acknowledge, promote and honour the achievements of Canadian and International independent artists in the independent music sector. The winners of The Indies are determined by a combination of fan and industry voting. An Artist must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. At least 50% of the Group or Duo must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. 50% of the nominee’s songwriting and recording must be 100% Canadian. Exception: International categories.
The night was great fun and features performances by Pavlo, The Pack A.D., Young Empires, Treble Charger (who were inducted into The Indies Hall of Fame), Dan Mangan, The Sheepdogs, Rich Aucoin and Passion Pit. Winners are determined by voting as mentioned above so it should come as no surprise that the band that won a popularity contest on Rolling Stone magazine, also swept all four awards they were nominated for. The Sheepdogs who were relative unknowns last year became the first unsigned band to ever appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine by getting over 1.5 million votes on the “choose the cover” competition and graced the cover on August 18 2011. The Sheepdogs are exactly the music that we focus on here at TMAK World and they were the main reason why we attended The Indies. As they went up to the podium to gather one of their multiple awards they told the audience to stick around for a very special guest. If you ever wondered what happens in the back room after a band wins an award, here is an exclusive behind the scenes look after The Sheepdogs collected their 3rd trophy (guitar).
When it was The Sheepdogs time to perform they blasted the audience with 3 songs (Who?, I Don’t Know, “a song from our upcoming album”) Then they introduced their special guest for the next 3 songs (I’ll Be Creepin’, I’m A Mover, All Right Now) – Mr. Paul Rodgers lead singer of Free, Bad Company, The Firm (Jimmy Page’s band after Led Zeppelin), and Queen. Oh, and to put his stature in perspective for the young ‘uns the guy has sold 90 million albums. For Classic Rock fans like us not only did the Sheepdogs (and Paul Rodgers) steal the show, they gave us the highlight of Canadian Music Week 2012.
Young Empires at The Indies 2012
Treble Charger at The Indies 2012
Dan Mangan at The Indies 2012
The Sheepdogs at The Indies 2012
Paul Rodgers and The Sheepdogs
The Sheepdogs at The Indies 2012
Paul Rodgers at The Indies 2012
The full list of winners is below
WINNERS Favorite Pop Artist or Group of the Year Neverest 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 Adele Favorite International Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year Young The Giant Favorite International Single of the Year AWOLNATION – Sail 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 Deadmau5 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