inDiscover presents the 2008 Independent Music Awards - Nominations now open

    March 5 - 8, 2008

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - CAAMA (Canadian Association for the Advancement
of Music & the Arts) is calling all independent recording artists to apply for
The Indies - the eighth annual Independent Music Awards. The event will take
place in Toronto on Saturday, March 8th in the Canadian Ballroom at the
Fairmont Royal York Hotel as part of Rogers Wireless Canadian Music Week. The
deadline for applications is December 1st of this year. Tickets for The Indies
may be purchased on the Rogers Wireless Canadian Music Week web site at or by calling 905-858-4747.
    This year's submissions will be taken exclusively through Sonicbids at Submission rules and regulations can be obtained
from the website at
    Presented by, The Indies celebrate outstanding achievement
in sound recording and live performance. The awards are limited to independent
artists and cover 14 different genres of music. Winners in 27 of the 30
categories are decided by both a public vote and an industry vote.
    The Indies celebrate the best in Canadian and international independent
music. Hosted by Jully Black, last year's sold-out event featured performances
by The Stills, Neverending White Lights, DJ Champion and Rough Trade. Past
winners include The Arcade Fire, Bedouin Soundclash, City and Colour,
Alexisonfire, Feist, Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother and Dashboard Confessional.
    The Indies will also present the 2008 Galaxie Rising Stars Award of the
CBC. This honour is the choice of the nation's music critics. Music
journalists from print, TV, radio and online media will be submitting their
top 10 lists of Canadian independent releases of 2007. Sales and airplay are
not a factor for this award, while artistic merit is the true deciding factor
on who will be the winner. All submissions will be pared down to a shortlist
from which these same critics will determine the recipient of the $3,000 cash
prize awarded at the show.
    Keep checking for updates on nominations, hosts, presenters
and performers.

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