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GAMIQ 2010 Announces Its Nominees

Posted by Amie / September 23, 2010

Grand TrineFriendship CoveLe Divan Orange was packed like Indie Music-loving sardines yesterday for the announcement of the nominees for this year's Gala Alternatif de la Musique Indépendante du Québec. While the nominations were a broad representation of local talent, some names popped up more than a few times: Bernard Adamus, Radio Radio, Misteur Valaire, Fred Fortin, and Sean Nicholas Savage. For the second round, which starts now and continues until Oct. 22nd, anyone (that means you) can go to the GAMIQ website and vote in the 6 following categories:

Artist of the Year, Show of the Year, Song of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, and Video of the Year.

Public votes will be worth 50% of the final vote, with the other 50% coming from specialized juries of journalists (newspaper, radio, TV, web), record store owners and venue and festival bookers to represent both the Anglophone and Francophone Indie music scenes in the province. The other categories will be completely jury-decided.

Basically this was the best press-conference ever. There was a hand-out without any self-congratulatory fluff. We didn't need to clap for an hour for every band or Gala rep. Beer and nachos for sale. No chi-chi. It all kind of represents what the awards are about - just celebrating the best independent music in the province because these musicians deserve to be heard. Here are the nominations:

Artist of the Year presented by Artisti

Bernard Adamus
Fred Fortin
Misteur Valaire
Plants and Animals
Radio Radio

Show of the Year
Bernard Adamus
Misteur Valaire
Radio Radio
Random Recipe
We Are Wolves

Songwriter of the Year presented by SOCAN
Bernard Adamus
Fred Fortin
Le husky
Navet Confit
Sean Nicholas Savage

Song of the Year
Ave Mucho / Misteur Valaire (feat. Bran Van 3000)
Bobbie / Fred Fortin
Dekshoo / Radio Radio
La maison hantée / Le husky
La question à 100 piasses / Bernard Adamus

Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Bernard Adamus
Meta Gruau
Royaume des Morts
Sean Nicholas Savage

Rising Star of the Year
Alex Nevsky
Gigi French
Philémon Chante
Random Recipe

Video of the Year
Dekshoo / Radio Radio
Duet Tacet / La patère rose
Havin' my Baby / Think About Life
Holding Hands / We Are Wolves
La question à 100 piasses / Bernard Adamus
Méduses / numéro#

Singer-songwriter Album of the Year
Cannelle / Gigi French
Leaving Home / Colin Moore
Les Sessions Cubaines / Philémon Chante
Plastrer la lune / Fred Fortin
Tempête / Ève Cournoyer

Electro Album of the Year
Breaking The Fourth Wall / Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts
Calcul désintégral / 011
Golden Bombay / Misteur Valaire
Mondrian Owns Geometry / Maxime Robin
Running High / Poirier

Electro Rock Album of the Year
100% / The Slew
Invisible Violence / We Are Wolves
Le choc du futur / Oromocto Diamond
Ouh Ouh Ah! / Les Handclaps
Tendre et mauve / Meta Gruau

Experimental Album of the Year
Aftermath / thisquietarmy
Black Feelings / Black Feelings
Existe / K.A.N.T.N.A.G.A.N.O.
Geidi Primes / Grimes
Quatre à quatre / Millimetrik
Union of Irreconcilables / Menace Ruine

Folk/Country Album of the Year
Brun / Bernard Adamus
Inland / Leif Vollebekk
Placard Macbeth / Dany Placard
Sweet as Pie / Lake of Stew
The Parade / Camaromance

Hip-Hop Album of the Year

Belmundo Regal / Radio Radio
Chillage Extrême / Jeune Chilly Chill
Crime d'honneur / Manu Militari
Diasporama / Karma Atchykah
La boîte noire / Dramatik

Indie Rock Album of the Year

Homeless / Final Flash
La La Land / Plants and Animals
LP3/Papier-vampire / Navet Confit
Record in a bag / Hollerado
The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night / The Besnard Lakes

Metal/Hardcore Album of the Year
Bangers / Barn Burner
Day of Mourning / Despised Icon
Exalt / Le Kraken
Infini / Voivod
Prior To The Fire / Priestess

Pop Album of the Year
Bouquet of Might & Fury / Courtney Wing
If you want me to, I will / like Elliot did
La fuite / Le husky
Ma bête fragile / Francis d'Octobre
Movin Up In Society / Sean Nicholas Savage

Punk Album of the Year
Devil Eyes / Devil Eyes
Jo-Anne chante / Les Sprates
Sonic Avenues / Sonic Avenues
Versitis Maximus / Trigger Effect
Zombie Nation / The Brains

Rock'n'Roll Album of the Year
$ / Mark Sultan
Free All Psychic Centers / Grand Trine
Git High Tonite! / Bloodshot Bill
Invisible Girl / The King Khan & BBQ Show
Sein noir sein blanc / Sunny Duval
Spread Your Wings / The Mockin' Birds

World Album of the Year
A Me 'Dis / Jah Cutta
Hay que subir / Hombre
Kinda Roots / Apadooraï
Peindre la GIRAF / Mad'MoiZèle GIRAF
Soy Panamericano / Roberto Lopez Project

DVD of the Year
Tatsumaki: Voivod Japan 2008 / Voivod
WD-40: Né pour être sauvage / WD-40
XX metal / Anonymus

Just a heads up that some of these bands are playing at POP Montreal next week, so it's a great chance to hear them before sending in your votes. 5 days of great shows from here and abroad for a show-hopping version of Christmas.

Vote here:
The Gala takes place on Sunday, Nov. 14th at Studio Juste Pour Rire (2109 Saint-Laurent boulevard, Montreal).

Photo: "Grand Trine/ Friendship Cove", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler StacyannLee.



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