Three Local Acts Up For Indie Awards

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Three local acts are up for four awards at the 2006 Indie Awards this year in Toronto. This year's nominees couldn't be more different from each other, ranging from classical violinst James Ehnes to roots singer/songwriter Alana Levandoski to hardcore act Comeback Kid. The Indies, which celebrate the best in independent music, are the highlight of Canadian Music Week Festival (CMW), which takes place in Toronto March 1 to 4, 2006. The gala event, officially the 6th Annual Canadian Independent Music Awards show, will take place on March 1.

Ehnes is no stranger to The Indies. This year, the Brandon native is nominated for Favourite Classical Artist/Group.

Manitoba's newest roots darling, Alana Levandoski, is nominated for Favourite Folk Artist/Group. Her debut release, Unsettled Down, has been drawing critical acclaim since its release in July while Levandoski herself has been busy touring. Currently, she's in England on tour with fellow folk nominee Lynn Miles and American singer/songwriter Dar Williams.

Harcore act Comeback Kid has also been touring throughout Europe and is headed to Australia and New Zealand in February. The band, which released Wake The Dead album on local label Smallman Records, has been nominated for Favourite Metal/Hardcore Artist/Group.

Comeback Kid is also on the shortlist for the Galaxie Rising Stars Award, which will be announced at the awards show. The award's goal is to help new artists make a name for themselves in the Canadian music industry. This year's award will be voted on by music journalists from across the country.

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