The organizers of Canadian Music Week have crunched all the suggestions and have released the nominees for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, one of the highlights of CMW. A full list of nominees can be found here, but I’d like to point to two (okay, maybe three) in particular.
In category of Best Major Mark Rock Station, we have this:
CHOM FM – MONTREAL
CJAY 92 – CALGARY
INDIE 88.1 (CIND) – TORONTO
99.3 THE FOX (CFOX) – VANCOUVER
92 CITIFM – WINNIPEG
100.3 THE BEAR (CFBR) – EDMONTON
Q104 (CFRQ) – HALIFAX
SONIC 102.9 (CHDI) – EDMONTON
X929 (CIBK) – CALGARY
Good for Indie 88, the station where I hang my hat these days as “guidance counsellor.” I can’t remember a time when a station so young was nominated for an award this big so soon.
PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
BREAK & ENTER CHRISTMAS – 104.9 VIRGIN (CFMG) – EDMONTON
GEN NOW THE INTERN SHOW – KISS 92.5 (CKIS) – TORONTO
GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE – SONIC 1029 (CHDI) – EDMONTON
I AM HOT T-SHIRT – HOT 899 (CIHT) – OTTAWA
KID MITCHELL – Q107 (CILQ) – TORONTO
LATE TO THE PROM – PROUD FM (CIRR) – TORONTO
RICKROLLS – INDIE 88.1 (CIND) – TORONTO
SKYRIDE SPEED DATING – BOB FM (CHST) – LONDON
$10K PANIC ROOM – 90.3 AMP (CKMP) – CALGARY
The “RickRoll” promotion involved playing “Never Gonna Give You Up” over and over for a straight week as part of transmitter testing before Indie 88 signed on for real.
MUSIC JOURNALIST/BLOGGER OF THE YEAR
ALAN CROSS, A JOURNAL OF MUSICAL THINGS
BEN RAYNER, TORONTO STAR
DARRELL SHELLEY, THE SCENE MAGAZINE
DAVID FARRELL, FYI MUSIC NEWS
GREGORY ADAMS, THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT
JANE STEVENSON, TORONTO SUN
JULIA LECONTE, NOW
KAREN BLISS, FREELANCE (BILLBOARD, ROLLING STONE)
LUKE FOX, FREELANCE (EXCLAIM!)
STUART BERMAN, THE GRID/PITCHFORK
Aw, shucks. Such distinguished company, too. I say hookers and blow for all!
The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards will be handed out May 8 at the Kool Haus in Toronto. The night will be hosted by Tom Green. If you’re eligible to vote, do it now.