Nominations for the Independent Music Awards, better known as The Indies, are out and there are some familiar Manitoba names on the list. KEN Mode, Doc Walker, and Imaginary Cities got nods from the 12th annual awards, which will be handed out at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York Hotel on March 24.
KEN Mode, which got a 2012 JUNO Award nod for its critically-acclaimed album Venerable, is up for Metal Artist/Group or Duo of the Year.
Fellow JUNO-nominee Doc Walker is nominated for Country Artist/Group or Duo of the Year.
Indie soup/pop act Imaginary Cities, which is prepping for its latest European tour next month, is competing for Emerging Artist of the Year.
The Indies, which take place during Canadian Music Week (CMW), promote and honour the achievements of independent Canadian and international artists. An initiative of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music & the Arts (CAAMA), the awards are limited to independent artists and cover 14 genres of music. Both a public and an industry vote decide the winners. Voting is now open at indies.ca.
Several Manitoba acts will be showcasing at CMW next month, including Abstract Artform, Federal Lights, Floor Thirteen, James Cohen, John K. Samson, JP Hoe, Mise En Scene, Royal Canoe, The Lytics, and Waster. Expats Burton Cummings and Chantal Kreviazuk will also make an appearance.