CBC Radio 3 plays nothing but independent Canadian music - "breaking new ground... by breaking new sound". That's why the station has devoted fan upon devoted fan. Every year since 2006, Radio 3 and its hosts have honoured the best of the year with the Bucky Awards. But they're not your conventional awards, no... who has the Hottest Pipes? Who provides the Best Reason to Learn French? There's the #socialbutterfly Award and then, finally, the Golden Bucky. But nay, that's not all of the awards up for grabs at the Buckys.
Nominated for three awards each, Bahamas, Cold Specks, Hey Ocean, Japandroids, Said the Whale and Rich Aucoin lead the way after this year's nominations announcement. The likes of Kathleen Edwards, Grimes, Cadence Weapon, Zeus and Mother Mother are also nominated.
The categories are as follows - click the links to check out all the nominees - and you can vote at CBC Music.
The 2012 Bucky Awards will be presented on December 7
Joel Plaskett's 2012 released record Scrappy Happiness was unlike other releases around the world this year. He and his band - the record was released as Joel Plaskett Emergency - recorded one song a week for ten weeks. As each song was finished, it was immediately released to CBC Radio 2 and Radio 3 for airplay. After all ten were finished, Joel and his Emergency released all ten as a whole album. One of the singles, Lightning Bolt, is up for the Golden Bucky award. Check it out below: