Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce the winners of the 18th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards. Among those honoured were up and coming talents Kiesza and MAGIC!, and Canadian rock radio favourites Hedley. This year’s award show took place earlier this evening at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Sponsored by Bell Media, the Canadian Radio Music Awards celebrated first-time charted artists and recognized the performers who have released some of the most-played songs on Canadian radio in the past year.
Tonight’s show featured performances by MAGIC!, Kiesza, Dear Rouge, Andee, Virginia to Vegas and Jess Moskaluke.
This year’s award categories included: AC, Rock, CHR, and Country as well as SOCAN Song of the Year and Fans’ Choice.
Nominees included artists who hit the Canadian charts for the first time and achieved top airplay in different formats based on radio “spins”, as recorded by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in 2014. Votes cast by program directors, music directors, and on-air personalities determined the winners. Radio listeners from across the country also voted online for the Fans’ Choice Award at www.cmw.net.
Three additional non-voting awards were also presented at this year’s ceremony: The FACTOR Breakthrough Award, for top airplay for new FACTOR-supported artists, went to Virginia to Vegas; the Sennheiser Chart Topper Award for top overall airplay was awarded to Hedley, and the Heatseeker award was presented to Toronto native Francesco Yates. See the full list of winners below.
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: AC
MAGIC! – RUDE
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR
KIESZA – HIDEAWAY
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: ROCK
DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – TRAINWRECK 1979
BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: COUNTRY
JESS MOSKALUKE – CHEAP WINE & CIGARETTES
SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR
MAGIC! – RUDE (written by M. Pellizzer, A. Messinger, N. Atweh, B. Spivak, A. Tanas)
Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining three information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival, CMW spans a ten-day period from May 1 to May 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and over 60 downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net.