Sam Roberts Band, The Sheepdogs, Bedouin Soundclash, USS, The Reason, Hey Rosetta!
Sound Academy in Toronto, ON
September 22, 2011
Review by: Katie Christensen
Photos by: Amanda Fotes
The Edge Canadian Artists Selected By You Music Awards, or The CASBY Awards, began in 1981 as an alternative to the JUNO Awards.
The 2011 Casby Awards
This year's ceremony included Canadian favourites playing 2-5 of their best-known songs, with St. John's natives Hey Rosetta! kicking the night off with tracks off their Polaris Prize-nominated albums, Seeds and Into Your Lungs. Other performers were Hamilton's The Reason and Toronto's USS, who were greeted with a chanting crowd and kicked into anthematic bass & drum numbers frequently blasted on the Edge airwaves.
The Sheepdogs started their winning streak early, as they picked up the award for NXNE Favourite New Indie Release with Learn & Burn as well as the Molson Canadian Favourite New Artist. Later in the evening, they also walked away with Favourite New Album and celebrated appropriately with a swig out of a giant Molson bottle. However, the night was not completely dominated by the Saskatoon band; City & Colour won Favourite New Single for "Fragile Bird", with Dallas Green sending his thanks with a video of an old person falling, which was replayed multiple times. Though not present, Mumford & Sons received Favourite Edge Session (they can pick up their award soon since they will be playing the Air Canada Centre this month). The evening of awards and performances also included a moment where Todd, Dean, and Derek thanked Edge intern Meatus for his years of being their human punching bag and wished him luck on his upcoming venture.
Performances continued between award presentations. With a few wins under their belts, The Sheepdogs started their energy-fuelled set with "Who Do You Belong To" and their new single "I Don't Get By" which Ewan Currie (lead vocals, guitar) describes as an ode to the lazy man who would rather sit around and get high. The Sheepdogs have a retro sound embodying simple elements that make for excellent rock music; melody, harmony, and groove. To have such popularity in this day and age is a sign that listeners want something reminiscent of the past. The rocking 70's (and a certain smell in the air) were certainly present. The Sheepdogs finished their set with their last and most popular song "I Don't Know".
Rock-reggae band Bedouin Soundclash started off with their new single "Mountain Top", which has yet to be overplayed, but certainly will. Hands down the best part of their set was when Quebec cutie Coeur De Pirate joined them on stage to perform "Brutal Hearts", also off Bedouin Soundclash's latest album Light The Horizon. For the final song, Jay Malinowski (vocals, guitar) shared the stage with Sam Roberts for a rendition of "Stand By Me", which morphed into "When The Night Feels My Song". Another band that the Edge has always supported delivered the strongest performance of the night. Truly seasoned veterans, Sam Roberts Band roused the crowd with songs like "Fixed To Ruin" making everyone dance like they got no bones.
Each act was fantastic and all were eager to thank The Edge for always supporting them and airing their tunes. The night was fun-filled, musically charged and an all-around good time.