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Indie Awards kick off Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week kicks off in Toronto with the Indie Awards on Wednesday evening and the induction of raunchy Toronto band Rough Trade into the Indie Hall of Fame.

Canadian Music Week kicks off in Toronto with the Indie Awards on Wednesday evening and the induction of raunchy Toronto band Rough Trade into the Indie Hall of Fame.

Over theweek, as more than 400 bands play in the city, there are several sets of awards and a chance for industry professionals to hobnob at a conference and trade show.

Alexisonfire, City and Colour, and Neverending White Lights are up for two awards each at the fan-voted Indie Awards. Most bands are not multiple nominees.

Rough Trade is to perform as part of the ceremony, before being inducted.

Fronted by singer Carole Pope, the new-wave rock band was famous in the 1970s and 1980s for hits such as High School Confidential and Weapons.

Considered one of the first openly gay art-rock bands,Rough Tradeset a new tone withits strong lyrics and edgystyle.

Rising Star and 2007 Indie Awards
Rising Star Award
  • Emily Haines, Knives Don't Have Your Back
  • Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds
  • Ill Scarlett, Epidemic
  • In-Flight Safety, The Coast Is Clear
  • Jon-Rae and The River, Knows What You Need
  • Malajube, Trompe l'oeil
  • Ohbijou, Swift Feet For Troubling Times
  • Patrick Watson, Close to Paradise
  • Shout Out Out Out Out, Not Saying/Just Saying
  • Tokyo Police Club, A Lesson in Crime
Favourite album
  • Alexisonfire, Crisis
  • Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds
  • Hidden Cameras, Awoo
  • Islands, Return To The Sea
  • Tokyo Police Club, A Lesson In Crime
Favourite single
  • City and Colour, Save Your Scissors
  • DJ Champion, No Heaven
  • Neverending White Lights, The Grace
  • The Suits XL, Play
  • Theory of a Deadman, Santa Monica
Favourite group
  • Alexisonfire
  • Danko Jones
  • The Dears
  • Ill Scarlett
  • Meligrove Band
Favourite solo artist
  • Amy Millan
  • Chad VanGaalen
  • Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
  • Feist
  • Peaches
Favourite video
  • City and Colour, Save Your Scissors
  • Jakalope, Upside Down
  • Metric, Poster of a Girl
  • Neverending White Lights, The Grace
  • The New Pornographers, Sing Me Spanish Techno
Favourite international album
  • Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
  • Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
  • The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
  • Thom Yorke, The Eraser
  • Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

Among the most significant honours of the night is the Galaxie Rising Star Award, which highlights promising new artists, with the winner chosen by a group of music critics.

There are 10 nominees for the $3,000 award, which has been won by groups such as The Arcade Fire and Matt Mays: Emily Haines, Final Fantasy, Ill Scarlett, In-Flight Safety, Jon-Rae and The River, Malajube, Ohbijou, Patrick Watson, Shout Out Out Out Out and Tokyo Police Club.

Juno winner Alexisonfire is nominated in the favourite group and favourite album categories for the Indie Awards.

Also up for favourite group are Danko Jones, The Dears, Ill Scarlett and Meligrove Band.

Final Fantasy's He Poos Clouds, Hidden Cameras' Awoo, Islands' Return To The Sea and Tokyo Police Club's A Lesson In Crime have also earned nominations for favourite album.

Neverending White Lights has a nomination for favourite single and favourite video for The Grace and City and Colour qualifies in the same categories for Save Your Scissors.

Other Indie Awards honour blues, country, classical, childrens and roots artists.

The show will feature performances by several of the nominees including Neverending White Lights, DJ Champion, Wolfmother, Priestess, Cadence Weapon, Hellogoodbye and a headline performance by The Stills.

The Canadian Music Industry Awards forprofessionals such as music directors and producers and the Canadian Radio Music Awards for hot radio artists are presented later in the week.