The nominations are out and four Manitoba acts are up for the Independent Music Awards, better known as The Indies. John K. Samson, Del Barber, Doc Walker, and Propagandhi landed nods for the 13th annual awards, which will be handed out in Toronto on March 22.
The Weakerthans' front man Samson is coming off a stellar year that had his debut solo recording, Provincial (Anti-/Epitaph), topping critics' lists and garnering international praise from the likes of American tastemaker Paste Magazine, which named "When I Write My Master's Thesis" as one of the "best songs of 2012". Samson is up for Songwriter of the Year.
Del Barber, who is up for Folk/Roots Artist/Group of the Year, has also had an impressive year. The Juno Award-nominated singer/songwriter signed to Toronto's Six Shooter Records, which releases his latest effort, Headwaters, to critical acclaim and media attention, including a live performance on CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi and a Canadian Folk Music Award nod.
After releasing its latest on Open Road Recordings, 16&1, country rock act Doc Walker landed a nod for Country Artist/Group of the Year. The band won the same award in 2012.
Punk/Hardcore Artist/Group of the Year nominee Propagandhi took the music listening world by storm with its latest release, Failed States (Epitaph), which got rave reviews.
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 opens January 28 at indies.ca.