Submissions Open for 2021 Canadian Independent Music Awards

Canadian Music Week has announced the 20th anniversary Canadian Independent Music Awards presented by Jim Beam Live will be streamed on Friday, May 21st, 2021. Submissions are now open until Feb. 5.

Part concert and part awards, the 2021 Jim Beam Indie Awards are a celebration of new music and the artists who inspire the independent spirit, both nationally and internationally.

Submissions are being accepted through until Feb. 5, 2021. Artists or their representatives (including labels, agents, managers, and publishers) can submit nominations on their behalf. The eligibility period for all awards categories runs from Jan. 1, 2019 through Jan. 1, 2021. Nominees must have been active during the eligibility period and are based on the performance of the group or artist. For complete submission details, eligibility criteria and award categories, see "Criteria" on the Indies website.

Past winners include The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Carly Rae Jepsen, Deadmau5, Alexisonfire, Lights, Marianas Trench, Mother Mother, Arkells, Jessie Reyez, KAYTRANADA, Death From Above, The Strumbellas, Crystal Castles, and many more! Past nominees include Daniel Caesar, City and Colour, MAGIC!, Alvvays, Purity Ring, Coeur de Pirate, BADBADNOTGOOD, Chromeo, Bob Moses, Mac DeMarco, and more.

Past performers include Janelle Monae, Tokyo Police Club, Billy Talent, Metric, The New Pornographers, Passion Pit, Rural Alberta Advantage, Bombay Bicycle Club, Born Ruffians, Arkells, and many others!

For more information, go to

[Pictured above: Billy Talent performing at the 2015 Indies by Michael Raine]

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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