By: TJ Liebgott
For all of the unsung heros of the independent music industry, its great to see an event to mark their achievements. Thursday, October 4th, The Phoenix Concert Theatre was transformed into the 3rd annual Toronto Independent Music Awards presented by Eye magazine. Hosted by local comic Sabrina Jalees, featuring a variety of independent acts and an evenings worth of awards, the 2007 TIMA’s proved to be a tribute to canadian musicians.
Some of the notable performances from the evening included Marshall Dane who was without his standard band, but put on an engaging performance of his beautiful acoustic material complete with 3 percussionists playing bongos and djembe. Any fan of Jack Johnson or Dave Matthew’s would definitely want to check out this talented song writer.
Hip-Hop artist KeelOGramz may be more comfortable in the recording studio, but still put on an above average performance despite some technical difficulties involving feedback. However, KeelOGramz was able to find his flow with ease anytime he got thrown off by the sound issues.
Mississauga punk band Letters To Elora rocked the stage for their 2 song set and it was easy to see why this band won Peoples Choice Award at las years NXNE.
KC Roberts showed why he won best live electric band when his band took the stage playing their hybrid of funk, rock and hip-hop. This 7 piece were by far the most talented players of the night and seemed heavily influenced by acts such as Jamiroquai, James Brown and George Clinton. Even if those bands didn’t appeal to you at all, KC Roberts and company would still impress you as one of the most explosively entertaining club acts in the Toronto area.
The evening closed with last years live electric winners Run With The Kittens. The Kittens whom play regularly at The Cameron House are probably one of Toronto’s hardest working bands. Not quite Rockabilly and not quite Psychobilly, The kittens resemble Johnny cash on a speed and coke bender and quickly burnt through their 2 song set before anybody blinked and left the crowd itching for more.
As far as awards, the TIMAs handed out quite a few in a variety of categories. Some of the winners included:
Westpoint – Best Alternative
A Certain Symmetry – Best Indie
Arya – Best Metal
Jen Militia – Best Urban
Lowlife – Best Rap
Daphne Darling – Best Pop
A Certain Symmetry – Best Live Acoustic
KC Roberts – Best Live Electric
Andrew Scott Quintet – Best Jazz
Romney Getty – Best Country
Eliana Cuevas – Best World
Flat Top – Best Out of Province
The Romanovs – Best USA
Sue Passmore – Best Song
For more information on the TIMAs or to find out how you can get involved or submit your band for next years awards visit http://www.torontoima.com/