XM Canada brings back The Verge Music Awards!



    
    Canadian music lovers will weigh in online for the bands that will reign
    at the top of this year's The Verge Music Awards
    

    TORONTO, June 29 /CNW/ - XM Canada (TSX:XSR), the country's leading
satellite radio company, continues to support Canadian talent with the second
annual The Verge Music Awards. The awards will once again present $25,000 to
winners of Album of the Year and $25,000 to Artist of the Year, as voted by
fellow Canadians.
    "The Verge Music Awards are about celebrating and helping elevate the
careers of Canadian bands," said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming at
XM Canada. "What's unique about our awards is that the fans are the ones that
choose the winners - it's for Canadians, by Canadians."
    Online voting will begin on Canada Day and will be open until August
31st. Canadians can log on to www.thevergeonline.com/vma and vote for their
favourite artists and albums. After two months of voting, the top nominations
will be announced.
    Last year's award for Artist of the Year went to Winnipeg band The
Weakerthans. "It was a great privilege to receive the acknowledgement from the
2008 XM The Verge Music Awards," says Stephen Carroll, lead guitarist for The
Weakerthans. "The Verge Music Awards does a great service to the Canadian
music scene as it gives all nominated artists much needed exposure and
support. We would like to thank XM Canada for supporting Canadian music. XM
Canada is where the music we make is heard."
    "Winning The Verge Music Award's Album of the Year for Into Your Lungs
was a total surprise and honour; and the money has helped bring our songs to a
larger and farther flung audience," says Tim Baker, vocalist, guitarist and
pianist for St. John's band Hey Rosetta! "To win the votes from peers and
public was a cool pat on the back, and to receive it from XM Canada's The
Verge was even better. The fact that it can be so big, far-reaching and
well-funded on the one hand, while still remaining grassroots and all about
the music on the other is inspiring."
    XM Canada's The Verge, channel 87 and namesake of the award show,
broadcasts new, emerging and independent Canadian talent and is a major
support system for Canada's "indie" music scene. XM Canada and The Verge are
dedicated to providing Canadian musicians with a platform to expose their
music to a growing national audience.
    This year's The Verge Music Awards will be held at the ultra-cool The Mod
Club, on September 22nd, 2009 and will be broadcast live-to-air to music fans
across Canada.
    Following on the heels of last year's successful show, this year The
Verge Music Awards is coming back bigger. With two prestigious awards to hand
out and three Canadian artists to perform live on stage, this will be a night
dedicated to Canadian talent. For all the patriotic Canadians out there, now
is the chance to go online and vote.
    For more information on The Verge Music Awards and to 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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