Hannah Georgas, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hollerado
Royal York Hotel in Toronto, ON
March 12, 2011
Review by: Allyssia Alleyne
Photos by: Pete Nema
Every year during Canadian Music Week, industry and fans get together to vote on and reward their favourite Canadian artists during The Indie Awards.
Twenty-four awards in total are handed out, although not all at the show. Some of the more notable wins were as follows:
- Favourite Pop Artist/Group of the Year: Marianas Trench
- Favourite Video of the Year: Hollerado "Americanarama"
- Favourite Rock Artist/Group of the Year: Crash Karma
- Favourite International Gorup of the Year: Mumford And Sons
- Favourite Album of the Year: Arcade Fire — "The Suburbs"
- Favourite Solo Artist of the Year: Hannah Georgas
- Favourite Group or Duo of the Year: Alexisonfire
- Favourite Live Artist/Group of the Year: Metric
You can read the full list of winners on the The Indies Awards website.
The awards themselves were intersperced between the performances of Desperate Union, Hannah Georgas, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hollerado, Shad, and Janelle Monae. We were there from Hannah Georgas until the last note of Hollerado, but then left the Royal York to catch a couple of bands out at the venues.
Hannah Georgas' performance was a departure from many of the other bands I saw during Canadian Music Fest. Her was sound up-beat, feel-good music, but with an edge, sort of like a more cheerful version of Metric. She's fun to watch as she bounced excitedly behind her keyboard or guitar.
Bombay Bicycle Club
The boys in Bombay Bicycle Club had been getting excellent reviews throughout CMF, so I was hoping they would blow me away. The first thing that hit me was how young they looked. The second was how much they reminded me of Michael Cera with their awkward comportment. But the music—very indie rock, very English—was fun and the performance was clean, even if not particularly engaging.
Hollerado was provided with more stage time than the bands leading up to this point, and they used the time to play extended versions of some of their songs. I enjoyed every aspect of the performance from the streamers and confetti fired at the beginning, to their matching grey sweaters, to the cool harmonies and guitar wars. Hollerado really knows how to use the stage, project energy and capture the audience's attention from beginning to end.