2009 Canadian Radio Music Awards - Big Winners include Hedley, Lights, Justin Hines

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Hedley was the big winner today at the
12th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMAs) which honour the hottest new
talent making the biggest splash on Canadian airwaves.
    Presented by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) during
Canadian Music Week, the CRMAs were handed out at a gala luncheon at the
Fairmont Royal York in Toronto featuring performances by most of the nominated
artists. Performer Sass Jordan served as event host.
    "Every year, we're simply blown away by the awesome talent that continues
to pop up all over the country," said Pierre Louis Smith, Vice President of
Policy and Chief Regulatory Office. "As Canada's private radio broadcasters,
we're proud to be able to provide a platform to showcase their amazing
    "Now more than ever, it's vital that we support and encourage these
talented performers," added Rob Braide, of Astral Media. "This annual event
reminds us all of the strong, ongoing connection between Canadian musical
artists and Canada's private radio broadcasters."

    Here are the winners in the 2009 CRMA voting categories:

    Rock - Age of Daze for "Afflicted"
    Hot AC - Lights "Drive my Soul" Mainstream AC - Lights "Drive my Soul"
    CHR - Crash Parallel "World we Know"
    Dance/Urban/Rhythmic - Kreesha Turner "Bounce with Me"
    Country - Crystal Shawanda "You can let go"
    Fans Choice - Hedley "For the Nights I Can't Remember"
    Song of the Year - Hedley "For the Nights I Can't Remember"
    The Chart Topper Award - Hedley - "For the Nights I Can't Remember"
    FACTOR Breakthrough Artist of the Year - Justin Hines

    CRMA nominees include artists who have hit the Canadian charts for the
first time and who have achieved top airplay in different formats based on
radio "spins" as recorded by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in 2008.
Votes cast by music directors, program directors and on-air personalities
determine the winners.

    About Canadian Music Week

    Canadian Music Week is the single largest entertainment initiative in
Canada dedicated to the expression and growth of the country's media and
entertainment industries. CMW combines two information-intensive conferences,
a cutting-edge trade exposition, five awards shows and the Canadian Music Week
Festival. Held from March 11 to 14 in Toronto, the 2009 event attracts
participants from across the country and around the world.

    About the Canadian Association of Broadcasters

    The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) is the national voice of
Canada's private broadcasters, representing the vast majority of Canadian
programming services, including private radio and television stations,
networks, specialty, pay and pay-per-view services.

    Related Web Links:
    Canadian Music Week: http://www.cmw.net
    The Canadian Association of Broadcasters: http://www.cab-acr.ca

For further information:

For further information: Pierre-Louis Smith, Vice-President, Policy and
Chief Regulatory Officer, Canadian Association of Broadcasters, (613) 233-4035
ext. 353, plsmith@cab-acr.ca; Verle Mobbs, Conference Director, Canadian Music
Week, (905) 858-4747, verle@cmw.net

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