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Nominees Announced for the 2019 Indie Awards

The nominees have been announced the 2019 Independent Music Awards, aka The Indies, which will be held during Canadian Music Week on Saturday, May 11 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto.

Up for Artist of the Year are former Polaris Prize winners Tanya Tagaq and Jeremy Dutcher, as well as indie favourites Born Ruffians and Neko Case and alt-country star Lindi Ortega.

Nominated for Group of the Year are Suuns, The Dead South, The Dirty Nil, Tokyo Police Club, and U.S. Girls.

The winners will be decided by both public and industry votes. To cast a vote by May 5th, go to www.indies.ca/voting.

The awards show will feature performances by The Elwins, La Force, Born Ruffians, and the winner of the Jim Beam Talent Search.

Here is the full list of nominees

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Aaron Pritchett - Out On The Town - Big Star Recordings
Alexandra Stréliski - INSCAPE - Secret City Records
Suuns - Felt - Secret City Records
U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited - Royal Mountain Records
Whitehorse - A Whitehorse Winter Classic - Six Shooter Records

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
DVBBS - "IDWK" - Ultra Music Canada
Loud Luxury - "Love No More" - Armada Music
Lucky Rose - "Lost ft. Jordan Hart" - Ultra Music Canada
MONOWHALES - "Take it Back" - MONOWHALES
Patrick Watson - "Mélody Noir" - Secret City Records

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Suuns - Secret City Records
The Dead South - Six Shooter Records
The Dirty Nil - Dine Alone Records
Tokyo Police Club - Dine Alone Records
U.S. Girls - Royal Mountain Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Born Ruffians - Paper Bag Records
Jeremy Dutcher - Fontana North
Lindi Ortega - Shadow Box Music
Neko Case - Anti -
Tanya Tagaq - Six Shooter Records

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Dizzy - Royal Mountain Records
Donovan Woods - Meant Well
La Force - Arts & Crafts
Sarah MacDougall - Label In Between
The Trews - Cadence Recordings

INDIGENOUS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Elisapie - Bonsound
iskwē - iskwē Music
Jeremy Dutcher - Fontana North
Midnight Shine - Midnight Shine Music
nêhiyawak - Arts & Crafts

ALTERNATIVE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Born Ruffians - Paper Bag Records
Ellevator - Arts & Crafts
Nap Eyes - You've Changed Records
MONOWHALES - MONOWHALES
La Force - Arts & Crafts

ELECTRONIC/DANCE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Caracol - Indica Records
DVBBS - Ultra Music Canada
Keys N Krates - Dim Mak
Milk & Bone - Bonsound
REZZ - Mau5trap

FRANCOPHONE ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Choses Sauvages - Audiogram
Jean-Michel Blais - Arts & Crafts
Jesuslesfilles - Blow The Fuse Records
Pierre Lapointe - Audiogram
Safia Nolin - Bonsound

POP ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Chromeo - Last Gang
Emilie Kahn - Secret City Records
Ralph - 604 Records
Said The Whale - Arts & Crafts
Soran - Audiogram

RAP/R&B ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Cadence Weapon - Upper Class Recordings,
Evil Ebenezer x JYAY - Independent
Killy - Secret Sound Club
Shad - Secret City Records
Zaki Ibrahim - Pirates Blend

ROCK ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Crown Lands - Independent
The Barr Brothers - Secret City Records
The Elwins - Hidden Pony
The Glorious Sons - Black Box
The Trews - Cadence Recordings

SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Dan Mangan - Arts & Crafts
Megan Bonnell - Cadence
Great Lake Swimmers - Nettwerk
Joshua Hyslop - Nettwerk
Sarah MacDougall - Label In Between

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chromeo - "Must've Been (feat. DRAM)" - Last Gang
DVBBS - "IDWK (feat. Blackbear)" - Ultra Music Canada
Loud Luxury - "Body (feat. Brando)" - Armada Music
Suuns - "Watch You, Watch Me" - Secret City Records
Tim Hicks - "The Worst Kind (feat. Lindsay Ell)" - RGK Entertainment

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.