**Work Late Press Release**
Canadian Music Week announces the 18th Canadian Independent Music Awards – presented by Jim Beam with Indie88 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto on May 12. The annual event will feature performances by two time Juno award nominees The Rural Alberta Advantage, Vancouver based indie-folk rock trio Said the Whale, Toronto’s power pop rock band Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs and the winner of the Jim Beam talent search.
ABOUT THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE
The RAA’s percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak have taken the trio of Amy Cole, Paul Banwatt and Nils Edenloff from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as “Canada’s best unsigned band” to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards, long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, awarded the Galaxie Rising Star for Recording of the Year at the 2010 Indie Awards and the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014. Their fourth album, The Wild, is out now.
ABOUT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
Now in its 36th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premiere entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 6 nights of performances, with hundreds of showcasing bands at more than 30 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto.
ABOUT JIM BEAM BEAM SUNTORY INC.
Jim Beam is the third largest spirits provider in the world, and it comes as no surprise that it would have at its helm the world’s number one selling bourbon JIM BEAM®. Since 1975, we’ve remained true to the Beam family recipe, passed on from seven generations. Today we carry on the legacy of the legendary Beam master distillers and make history in every bottle.
ABOUT CENTRAL ONTARIO BROADCASTING/INDIE88
Founded in 1988, Central Ontario Broadcasting is an independent broadcasting company that owns and operates three radio stations: Indie88 in Toronto, Rock 95 and 107.5 KOOL FM in Barrie. Indie88 (CIND-FM) officially launched on August 3rd as Canada’s first Indie station- giving great music a home. The station supports the musician behind the song and puts the audience first. Indie88 is committed to providing a platform for emerging Canadian artists and all their fans to experience Indie88, Tune in to 88.1 FM and indie88.com.