CMW Review: The Indies12 May 2014 / by Jacqueline Tucci (author)
The Kool Haus was the scene of the 14th annual Sirius XM Indie Awards Saturday night, as hundreds showed up to celebrate the best in independent music in Canada and internationally.
The evening began with a performance from Quebec garage-rock duo, and the recipients of the Emerging Artist: French Language award, Ponctuation. The band delivered three high-energy songs, in French of course.
The host for the night, Jeff Leake, director of music programming for Sirius XM Canada, then took the stage to welcome the crowd, cracking jokes and setting the scene for what was to be an awesome night of awards and live music.
Big winners of the night were City and Colour, winning Single of the Year for "Lonely Life", Most Played Independent Artist, and Artist of the Year. Arcade Fire also cleaned up, taking Video of the Year for Reflektor, Best Selling Independent Release for Reflektor, and Album of the Year, also for Reflektor.
Other award highlights included; Emerging Artist: English Language, which went to the Mounties, who performed six songs at the show, including their hits "Headphones" and "Tokyo Summer." July Talk presented Half Moon Run with their award for Favourite Group of the Year, while Hollerado took home Live Artist of the Year.
Before winning Live Artist of the Year, Hollerado proved why they deserved it, performing a 30 minute set of fan-favourites, beginning with one off their debut album, Record In a Bag; "Juliette." The band shot confetti at the crowd during almost every song, and had the whole room jumping with them.
The night came to a climactic close, with Swedish electro-pop band Little Dragon performing an hour-long set. It was evident that much of the crowd had come out for the band, as when the lights dimmed in signal that the band would soon be taking the stage, the jam-packed room erupted.
Little Dragon took the event from award show to full-on rave within minutes, as they filled the room with their totally danceable, epic sounds and strobe lighting.
The night truly was an incredible showcase of artists who are independently owning the music scene, in Canada and beyond.