Nominees List Out for 2014 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards

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.

Moving on:

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.

And finally:

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.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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