Alexisonfire is nominated for four Indie Awards. (Dine Alone)

Montreal band Metric and Alexisonfire from St. Catharines, Ont., have each scored four nominations for the Annual Independent Music Awards.

The awards, to be given this March during Canadian Music Week in Toronto, honour achievements of Canadian and international artists in the independent music sector.

Alexisonfire's Old Crows / Young Cardinals and Metric's Fantasies are competing for best album and the two groups are also vying for best live act. Alexisonfire, currently touring Australia before a Canadian tour with Billy Talent and Against Me, is nominated for best video for Young Cardinals and for best hardcore/punk band. In that category they're competing with F---ed Up, the Toronto group whose lineup sometimes includes Alexisonfire members Dallas Green and George Pettit.

 Independent Music Awards selected nominees
 Best group/duo
  • Constantines
  • Handsome Furs
  • Metric
  • Patrick Watson & The Wooden Arms
  • Tegan and Sara
 Best solo artist
  • Coeur de Pirate
  • Dan Mangan
  • Joel Plaskett 
  • Julie Doiron 
  • Timber Timbre 
 Best live artist
  •  Alexisonfire
  • Arkells
  • Metric
  • The Trews
  • You Say Party! We Say Die
 Best rock artist
  •  Arkells 
  • Desperate Union 
  • Die Mannequin 
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • Theory Of A Deadman
 Best world artist
  • Alex Cuba 
  • Auresia 
  • Lhasa De Sela 
  • Sultans Of String  
  • Vandana 

Metric's Fantasies was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for Canadian album of the year. The band fronted by Emily Haines is competing for Indie Awards for best single for Gimme Sympathy and best group or duo.

The best group or duo category includes nominations for a former Polaris winner, Patric Watson, along with Constantines, Handsome Furs and Tegan and Sara.

French alternative rock band Phoenix also had a strong showing with three nominations, including best international group. The former garage band fronted by vocalist Thomas Mars won a Grammy Award this year for their album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and has made a series of appearances on U.S. TV shows such as Saturday Night Live.

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has a nod for the Indie Award for best international album and its tribute to early Paris, titled 1901,  is up for best single. 1901 was on the soundtrack for the film New York, I Love You.

Other multiple nominees are roots artists Great Lake Swimmers of Toronto, Joel Plasket from Halifax and dancer-singer Danny Fernandes from Toronto.

Fernandes is competing in the best pop artist category with Chantal Kreviazuk, whose Plain Jane came out in 2009, as well as Marianas Trench, Lights and Mother Mother.

Popular young singer Sophie Milman has a nod in the jazz category, vying with veteran pianist and performer Oliver Jones.

Montreal-based singer Lhasa de Sela, who died of breast cancer Jan. 4 at age 37, has a posthumous nomination. The Mexican-American singer-songwriter known professionally as Lhasa has been named for best world artist, competing with Juno-winner Alex Cuba and the Sultans of String.

The Indie Awards ceremony, broadcast on satellite radio, will be held March 13 in Toronto.