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                   CBC Music's fan choice awards announces their long list

After countless nominations from fans, has determined the Top 20 in each of the 10 categories for the CBC Music Awards this year. Announced this morning on, the shining contenders are:

Top of the Class Award for artist of the year  
Arcade Fire
Tanya Tagaq
Cold Specks
Leonard Cohen
Royal Canoe
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Blue Rodeo
Brett Kissel
F*cked Up
Alex Nevsky
Celine Dion
Sam Roberts Band
July Talk

Earworm of the Year Award for best song
Kiesza - Hideaway
Magic! - Rude
Sam Roberts Band - Shapeshifters
Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)
Mo Kenney - Telephones
Wil - Make Make
Jeremy Fisher - Uh Oh (feat. Serena Ryder)
Arkells - Come to Light
Reuben and the Dark - Rolling Stone
Tokyo Police Club - Hot Tonight
Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me
Brett Kissel - 3-2-1
Basia Bulat - Tall Tall Shadow
Adam Cohen - We Go Home
Hedley - Heaven in our Headlights
Jill Barber - Broken For Good
Kira Isabella - Quarterback
Dominique Fricot - I Miss the 80s
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Bahamas - Stronger than That

"I Left Home to Buy This" Award for album of the year
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Basia Bulat - Tall Tall Shadow
Royal Canoe - Today We're Believers 
The Darcys - Warring
Drake - Nothing Was the Same 
Nikki Yanofsky - Little Secret
Bahamas - Bahamas is Afie
Gerald Finley - Winterreise
Serge Fiori - S/T
Matt Andersen - Weightless
Royal Wood - The Burning Bright
Sloan - Commonwealth
Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold
Jay Malinowski & The Deadcoast - Martel
Sam Roberts Band - Lo-Fantasy
Shad - Flying Colours
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia - Devil's Tale

Proof You Heard Them First Award for rising star
Reuben and the Dark
The Strumbellas
Jess Moskaluke
Annie Zhou
Harlan Pepper
Motel Raphael
Tire Le Coyote
Robyn Dell'Unto
Lindsay Ell
Scott Helman
King Reign
Alysha Brilla
Royal Tusk
Brave Shores
The Walkervilles

Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show
Arcade Fire
A Tribe Called Red
Owen Pallett
Rich Aucoin
Tanya Tagaq
Sam Roberts Band
Corb Lund
Mac Demarco
David Marin
Michael Kaeshammer
Big Wreck
The Pack A.D.
July Talk
Leonard Cohen

Homegrown Hero Award for best independent artist
The Pack A.D. 
The Wet Secrets 
Rural Alberta Advantage 
Death from Above 1979 
Pink Mountaintops 
Mac DeMarco 
The Darcys 
PS I Love You 
The Courtneys 
Library Voices 
Rich Aucoin 
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan 
Timber Timbre 
Lydia Ainsworth 
King Khan & the Shrines 
White Lung 
In-Flight Safety

Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video
Rich Aucoin - Yelling in Sleep ( )
Kevin Drew - You in Your Were (
Buck 65 - Super Pretty Naughty (
Kiesza - Hideaway (
Jason Blaine - Friends of Mine (
Hedley - Heaven in our Headlights (
A Tribe Called Red - Sisters (
Sam Roberts Band - Shapeshifters (
Timber Timbre - Curtains?! (
Shad - Remember to Remember ft Lights (
Owen Pallett - Song for Five & Six (

Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement
Johnny Reid
Current Swell
Gryphon Trio
Buck 65
Jill Barber
Big Wreck
Walk Off the Earth
Tegan and Sara
Michael Buble
The Darcys
Said the Whale
Brett Kissel
Aaron Pritchett
Hey Rosetta
Matt Mays
Jenn Grant
Rich Aucoin

Heart of Gold Award
Gord Bamford
Arcade Fire
Simple Plan
Hannah Georgas
Justin Hines
Molly Johnson
Danny Michel
The Darcys
Meredith Shaw
Hey Ocean
Neil Young
Bruce Cockburn
The Wooden Sky
Jim Cuddy
City and Colour
Tom Cochrane
Bryan Adams

Wish You Were Here Award for best international artist
Sam Smith
The Black Keys
First Aid Kit
Ed Sheeran
Lang Lang
Boy & Bear
Jake Bugg
Arctic Monkeys
Pharrell Williams
Jack White
Vance Joy

"Canadian music fans have really done an amazing job at showcasing some of the best music of 2014," says Tom Power, host of CBC Radio 2 Morning.  "We can't wait to see who the winners will be on December 9th." 

The CBC Music Awards recognizes the best in Canadian music -- as decided by fans, unlike other music awards which are based on sales or spins. is celebrating this year's top Canadian talent by inviting listeners to support their favourite artists through a set of online people's choice polls.

Voting for the long list is now live and goes until Monday, December 1. The shortlist will be announced on on Tuesday, December 2. The winners of the fan-voted CBC Music Awards will be announced on Tuesday, December, 9.

To vote on the long list, click here:


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