Finalists Revealed in XM Canada's The Verge Music Awards

Canadian Music Fans Triple the Votes for Best Indie Artists of 2010

TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - What does it take to become an award-winning independent artist in Canada? XM Canada, the country's premier digital audio entertainment and content provider, believes it's a dedicated fan base that boosts a band's success and today those fans have spoken as the top five finalists in three categories for The Verge Music Awards are announced.

This year, with the help of social media, more than triple the amount of votes were received for The Verge Music Awards. The awards promote the best in emerging Canadian Indie music talent and a platform for cutting-edge music to gain exposure across the country. This year, winners will be showcased in three categories: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Emerging Artist of the Year presented by FACTOR; and announced March 1st at The Mod Club in downtown Toronto while broadcasted live to air on The Verge XM87.

Here's a look at the top contenders: 

Artist of the Year Finalists: $25,000

Arcade Fire (Montréal, QC); Michou (Windsor, ON); Stars (Montréal, QC); Tegan and Sara (Montréal, QC; Vancouver, B.C.); Zeus (Toronto, ON).

Album of the Year Finalists: $25,000

Michou (Windsor, ON); Stars (Montréal, QC); Tegan and Sara (Montréal, QC; Vancouver, B.C.), The Zolas (Vancouver, B.C.); Zeus (Toronto, ON).

Emerging Artist of the Year Finalists: $5,000

Elias (Vancouver, B.C.); Hannah Georgas (Vancouver, B.C.); Jay Malinowski (Toronto, ON); PS I Love You (Kingston, ON); The Rural Alberta Advantage (Toronto, ON).

"Canada's music scene continues to produce world-class talent," says Jeff Leake Director of Music Programming, XM Canada. "It has been exciting to watch the evolution of fan voting since XM Canada launched The Verge Music Awards three years ago. Nominated artists now engage fans via social networking tools and offer voting incentives. This year votes have tripled in size."

Headlining this year's event is iconic rock musician and songwriter Gord Downie, who has released three solo albums since 2001, most recently, The Grand Bounce. Gord Downie and The Country of Miracles will be touring the U.S. in spring 2011.

Downie's performance will be followed by an opening set from home-grown, international rock band Toyko Police Club, who has toured alongside prominent globe-trotting bands. The Acorn, an Indie-folk band that has opened a large-scale UK tour and graced the cover of Canada's National music magazine, Exclaim! will also take centre stage on March 1st.

Canadians who voted could also enter to win a VIP package for two to The Verge Music Awards. This year's winner will be awarded two event tickets, two return flights from any major city within Canada, accommodations and $500 in spending money. Canadian Indie music fans can also enter to win tickets to the event at

For more information about The Verge Music Awards please visit Tickets are available from Rotate This at 801 Queen Street West in Toronto or at the door on March 1st at The Mod Club.

The Verge XM87 and namesake of the award show, broadcasts new, emerging and independent Canadian talent. XM Canada and The Verge are dedicated to providing Canadian musicians with a platform to expose their music to a growing national audience. Stay tuned for more details on The Verge Music Awards via Twitter @thevergexm and @XMCanada, Facebook and  

XM is a proud supporter of emerging Canadian talent and reaches out across the country to develop and support Canadian musicians, performers, songwriters and comedians through festivals, live performances, awards shows, financial support, promotions and exposure.  From Laugh Attack, Air Musique, Radio Parallèle, and Sur La Route to The Verge, Canada's only 24-hour platform for Canadian independent music, XM Canada is committed to delivering high quality, original Canadian programming to its listeners.

The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) is a non - profit organization, dedicated to providing financial assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. Funding comes from two sources, The Department of Heritage's Canada Music Fund and Canada's private radio broadcasters.

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.

XM Canada is the satellite entertainment leader in the Canadian automotive market with long-term factory installation agreements with manufacturers that own close to 50 per cent share of the domestic vehicle market. XM's industry-leading products are available at, 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.

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