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Press release from CNW Group

XM Canada Announces Best Indie Talent at 2011 Verge Music Awards

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

XM Canada Announces Best Indie Talent at 2011 Verge Music Awards05:59 EST Wednesday, March 02, 2011Creative Fan Engagement Earned Michou, Zeus and Hannah Georgas Top Honours TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - Canadian Indie rock fans were thrilled last night at the MOD Club in Toronto as XM Canada (TSX:XSR), the country's premier digital audio entertainment and content provider, presented this year's The Verge Music Awards winners. As part of the company's ongoing support and promotion of Canadian music talent, $55,000 was awarded across three categories: Artist of the Year; Album of the Year; and Emerging Artist of the Year presented by FACTOR.Fresh to the Canadian music scene, Michou, Zeus and Hannah Georgas were the artists who hit it big in what has been an exciting year for Canadian music. These talented musicians leveraged their devoted fan bases to generate more than triple the number of votes over the previous year, and beat some major contenders at this year's awards.Artist of the Year, presented by Juno nominee Broken Social Scene, went to Windsor, Ontario natives Michou. The band took its nomination to a new level by engaging fansvia a dedicated webpage, promising a free song to each voter and a free tour in the most popular voting regions. Michou's lead single "Growing Younger" made XM The Verge's number one spot on The Grocery List, The Verge's Weekly Countdown. The band is preparing to launch a brand new EP titled "Celebrate Love" in spring 2011."Huge thanks go out to XM and The Verge for this Artist of the Year award," said frontman, MIchael Hargreaves, Michou. "We were up against some pretty big names in our category but it was our fans that made this happen by getting online and voting - we can't wait to kick off our free tour to thank everyone for helping us get to this point."Album of the Year, presented by last year's winner in the same category Alexisonfire, went to Toronto rockers Zeus for Say Us. The album was released by Arts & Crafts in February 2010 with twelve songs, including the now lead-off track, "How Does It Feel." Zeus also defined this year's voting by launching an independent webpage that promised one lucky voter the chance to spend a day in the studio with the band while they recorded their next record.Both Michou and Zeus each took home $25,000 while Vancouver singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas was awarded $5,000 as Emerging Artist of the Year presented by FACTOR.  Juno-nominated for New Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, Georgas is an injection of new energy into the Canadian music scene. Her debut album, This Is Good launched in April 2010, and a full-length follow up to the album can be expected in 2012. Georgas' single, Dance Floor aired for the first time this year on The Verge XM87, XM Canada's Canadian Indie music channel."XM Canada congratulates Hannah Georgas, Michou and Zeus as the winners of the 2011 The Verge Music Awards," said Jeff Leake Director of Music Programming, XM Canada. "These bands continue to stand out in the Canadian Indie music scene not only for their talent and dedication, but also their innovative social media efforts, which are evolving artist-to-fan engagement. The Verge has been an amazing outlet for these talented artists to gain exposure for their cutting-edge music and grow their fan base in preparation for the global stage."The Verge Music Awards featured performances from headliner and iconic rock musician Gord Downie and The Country of Miracles, as well as opening sets from home-grown, international rock band and Juno nominee Tokyo Police Club and Indie-folk band, The Acorn.XM Canada wishes to thank its official event suppliers of The Verge Music Awards, Molson Canadian and glacéau vitaminwater.Photos of the performers, winners and event are available for download, at Verge XM87 and namesake of the award show, broadcasts new, emerging and independent Canadian talent. XM Canada and The Verge are dedicated to providing Canadian musicians with a platform to expose their music to a growing national audience.XM is a proud supporter of emerging Canadian talent and reaches out across the country to develop and support Canadian musicians, performers, songwriters and comedians through festivals, live performances, awards shows, financial support, promotions and exposure.  From Laugh Attack, Air Musique, Radio Parallèle, and Sur La Route to The Verge, Canada's only 24-hour platform for Canadian independent music, XM Canada is committed to delivering high quality, original Canadian programming to its listeners.About FACTORThe Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) is a non - profit organization, dedicated to providing financial assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. Funding comes from two sources, The Department of Heritage's Canada Music Fund and Canada's private radio broadcasters.About Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings, Inc.   Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as XM Canada and is Canada's premium digital audio entertainment and information company with the best signal coverage across the country. With 130 digital channels of choice, XM Canada offers Canadian listeners the most unique and original Canadian and international programming, including commercial-free music channels, exclusive live concerts and sports coverage, and the best in talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming.XM Canada is the satellite entertainment leader in the Canadian automotive market with long-term factory installation agreements with manufacturers that own close to 50 per cent share of the domestic vehicle market. XM's industry-leading products are available at, and at retailers nationwide.XM programming is available by subscribing directly through XM Canada and is also available as streams of commercial-free XM music channels on TELUS Mobile Radio and Rogers Wireless Radio on Demand. XM Canada is the exclusive music channel provider on Air Canada's flights.To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR), visit: TO PHOTO EDITORS: The photo accompanying this social media release is also available at Images are free to accredited members of the media/For further information: Jill Yetman Environics Communications, Inc. 416-969-2722 jyetman@environicspr.comKristen Marano Environics Communications, Inc. 416-969-2730