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Here are the nominees for the 2021 CMW Indie Awards

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For 20 years now, Canadian Music Week has staged its own Independent Music Awards as part of its annual conference and festival.

There are no awards for roots and world music and no appreciable focus on it, but many roots artists, and the occasional world act, nonetheless end up nominated.

This year’s edition of the awards ceremony will be lived streamed from the El Mocambo in Toronto on May 30, and will feature special guests Walk Off The Earth, Iskw? and Tom Wilson.

CMW announced the nominees yesterday.

Because there are no roots/world categories, it’s hard to narrow it down just to categories of interest, so here is the full list of nominees with those we’re cheering for in bold.

Album of the Year

  • City and Colour – A Pill for Loneliness
  • Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
  • Half Moon Run – A Blemish in the Great Light
  • Hannah Georgas – All That Emotion
  • July Talk – Pray For It 

Artist of the Year

  • Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
  • Lido Pimienta – Miss Colombia
  • Sarah Harmer – Are You Gone
  • The Glorious Sons – Pink Motel (Live from Richardson Stadium)
  • William Prince – Reliever

Country Artist/Group or Duo of the Year

  • Hunter Brothers – Silver Lining
  • Madeline Merlo – Dear Me
  • Nice Horse – Cowgirl
  • The Dead South – Sugar & Joy
  • Tim Hicks – No Truck Song

Electronic/Dance Artist/Group or Duo of the Year

  • DVBBS – Tinted Eyes (feat. blackbear & 24kGoldn)
  • Frank Walker – Only When It Rains (with Astrid S)
  • Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
  • Loud Luxury – Like Gold 
  • Lucky Rose – Help w. Jason Walker

Francophone Artist/Group or Duo of the Year

  • Andee – Case départ
  • Charlotte Cardin – Passive Aggressive
  • Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
  • Léa Jarry – L’heure d’été
  • Sarahmée – Irréversible

Group or Duo of the Year

  • DVBBS – Tinted Eyes feat. blackbear & 24kGoldn
  • Half Moon Run – A Blemish in the Great Light
  • Moscow Apartment – Better Daughter
  • Neon Dreams – Happiness of Tomorrow
  • Sam Roberts Band – All of Us
  • The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art

Hip Hop/Rap/R&B Artist/Group or Duo of the Year

  • Cartel Madras – Age of the Goonda
  • Mike Shabb – Life is Short
  • Notifi – Close to You
  • Shad – Bun Babylon ft. Braveboy
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – TRAPLINE
  • Terell Safadi – Champagne in the Morning

Indigenous Artist/Group or Duo of the Year

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie – Hey Little Rockabye
  • Crystal Shawanda – Church House Blues
  • Julian Taylor – The Ridge
  • Riit – ataataga
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids – TRAPLINE

Pop Artist/Group or Duo of the Year

  • Delaney Jane – Dirty Pretty Things
  • Felix Cartal – Happy Hour
  • GUS – Miss You
  • Loud Luxury – Like Gold: Loud Luxury and Frank Walker feat. Stephen Puth
  • Shawn Hook – Take Me Home 
  • Virginia To Vegas – Hartland St. 

Rock/Metal/Punk/Alternative Artist/Group or Duo of the Year

  • JJ Wilde – Ruthless
  • July Talk – Pray For It
  • MONOWHALES – RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down)
  • PUP – This Place Sucks Ass
  • The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art
  • The Glorious Sons – Pink Motel (Live from Richardson Stadium)

Song of the Year – Presented by CMRRA (the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd.)

  • City and Colour – “Strangers”
    • Composer – Dallas Green
  • DVBBS – “Tinted Eyes” feat. blackbear & 24kGoldn
    • Composers – Andrew James Bullimore – Christian Michael Dold – Golden Landis Von Jones – Matthew Tyler Musto Benjamin Shubert
  • JJ Wilde – “The Rush”
    • Composers – Frederik Thaae – Jillian Dowding
  • Jonathan Roy – “Keeping Me Alive”
    • Composers – Jonathan Roy – Brian Howes – Jason Van Poederooyen
  • Charlotte Cardin – “Passive Aggressive”
    • Composers – Charlotte Cardin – Jason Brando O Farrell Ciciola – Connor Siedel – Marc Andre Gilbert

Video of the Year

  • Grimes “Delete Forever”
  • JJ Wilde “Best Boy”
  • Jonathan Roy “Keeping Me Alive”
  • Lido Pimienta “Eso Que Tu Haces”
  • Snotty Nose Rez Kids “Boujee Natives” 
  • The Dead South “Diamond Ring” 
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