TORONTO, ON - January 26, 2012 - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced that it will host the SiriusXM Indie Awards as part of its sponsorship of Canadian Music Week. The 12th annual celebration acknowledging the year's top Canadian independent bands will take place in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
The awards show will feature performances from some of last year's hottest artists including The Sheepdogs, Dan Mangan and Rich Aucoin. SiriusXM subscribers across Canada and the U.S. will be able to listen to the Awards and concert live on The Verge on XM 151 and Iceberg on SIRIUS 151.
"SiriusXM Canada is excited and proud to present the SiriusXM Indie Awards as part of Canadian Music Week," said Andreanne Sasseville, Director, Industry Relations and Canadian Content Development, SiriusXM Canada. "We're looking forward to showcasing an amazing night of performances from some of Canada's top independent artists - all of whom are taking North America by storm."
This year's SiriusXM Indie Awards travels the map to deliver a stellar line-up of performances by some of the year's breakthrough artists, including: crowd karaoke, confetti dance party of Halifax's Rich Aucoin; the vintage boogie and neo-psychedelic sound of Saskatoon's The Sheepdogs; the lushly textured folk of Vancouver's Dan Mangan; the driving gloss-rock sounds of Toronto's Young Empires; and the gritty garage-rock of Vancouver's The Pack A.D.
From south of the border, sonic visionaries Passion Pit will close out the evening with their brand of electro-pop in a headline concert. Fans will have the chance to hear some of their favourites from the bandís first two albums - Manners and Chunk of Change - while getting a sneak peek into new material from their forthcoming release due early this year.
Tickets for the SiriusXM Indie Awards are on sale now for $30.00 plus taxes through all Ticketmaster outlets, Rotate This, and Soundscapes, as well as online atwww.ticketmaster.ca, www.indies.ca. Ticket buyers may also call 1-855-985-5000 to charge by phone.
In addition to these performances, the 2012 SiriusXM Indie Awards will honour the achievements of 140 deserving artists across 28 categories when nominations are announced later this month.
For photos, updates, and announcements, please visit www.indies.ca.