XM Canada announces stellar line-up for second annual The Verge Music Awards



    
    With the awards quickly approaching, Canadian music lovers have two weeks
    left to vote for their favourite bands
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Following on the heels of last year's successful
show, this year XM Canada's (TSX:XSR) The Verge Music Awards are back bigger
and better than ever. Along with the two prestigious awards being handed out -
Album of the Year and Artist of the Year, each accompanied by a $25,000 cheque
- this will be a night truly dedicated to celebrating top Canadian talent.
    "XM Canada is proud to continue showcasing and supporting the amazing
talent that's found right here in our backyard," says Jeff Leake, Director of
Music Programming at XM Canada.
    Fans have been voting for their favourite bands for over a month but
those that have yet to vote need not worry, online voting will remain open
until August 31st, 2009. Canadians can log on to www.thevergeonline.com/vma
and have their voices heard on who they think is at the top of the Canadian
musical talent pool for The Verge Music Awards Album of the Year and Artist of
the Year.
    XM Canada is also holding an exclusive online contest at
www.thevergeonline.com/vma, providing a select few the chance to win tickets
to attend The Verge Music Awards this year.
    This year's show will be held at The Mod Club on September 22nd, 2009
where guests will also be treated to performances by top Canadian bands
Metric, The Weakerthans (last year's Artist of the Year winner) and Hey
Rosetta! (last year's Album of the Year winner). The show will also be
broadcast live-to-air to music fans across Canada on XM Canada's The Verge,
channel 87 and namesake of the awards show. Broadcasting new, emerging and
independent Canadian talent, The Verge is a major support system for Canada's
"indie" music scene and is dedicated to providing Canadian musicians with a
platform to expose their music to a national audience.
    For more information on The Verge Music Awards, for a chance to win
tickets and vote online, please visit www.thevergeonline.com/vma

    About Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.

    Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as XM Canada
and is Canada's premium digital audio entertainment and information company
with the best signal coverage across the country. With 130 digital channels of
choice, XM Canada offers Canadian listeners the most unique and original
Canadian and international programming, including commercial-free music
channels, exclusive live concerts and sports coverage, and the best in talk,
comedy, children's and entertainment programming. A free seven-day trial of XM
Radio Online is available at http://www.xmradio.ca/freetrial/. Visit
www.xmradio.ca for programming and subscription information.
    XM Canada is the satellite entertainment leader in the Canadian
automotive market with long-term factory installation agreements with
manufacturers that own close to 60 per cent share of the domestic vehicle
market. XM's industry-leading products are available at shop.xmradio.ca, and
at retailers nationwide.
    XM programming is available by subscribing directly through XM Canada and
is also available as streams of commercial-free XM music channels on TELUS
Mobile Radio and Rogers Wireless Radio on Demand. XM Canada is the exclusive
music channel provider on Air Canada's flights and is available in select Avis
Budget Group rental vehicles.
    To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR),
visit our website at www.xmradio.ca/about/.





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