Annual Fans’ Choice Awards Show Hits the Stage on Thursday, October 23. Performances will be Live-To-Air on 102.1 the Edge

(Toronto, Canada) 102.1 the Edge, Canada’s largest and most influential alternative rock station, announced the performers and nominees for the 2014 CASBY Music Awards (Canadian Artists Selected By You). In collaboration with Molson Canadian, the Awards will take place on Thursday, October 23 at Sound Academy in Toronto and will feature performances by some of Canada’s top rock artists, including the Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, Mounties, Dear Rouge, Current Swell and the winner of The Edge Next Big Thing Contest.

Tickets to this exclusive event can be won by listening to 102.1 the Edge or by voting online at www.edge.ca. Fans who vote will automatically be entered for a chance to win free passes to the show.

Representing the best in Canadian new rock, CASBY winners are determined through nationwide fan voting.

The 2014 CASBY nominees are:

Favourite New Record

July Talk                                July Talk
Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker    Advanced Basics
Sam Roberts Band                 Lo-Fantasy
Arkells                                   High Noon
Mounties Band                       Thrash Rock Legacy
Tokyo Police Club                  Forcefield

Favourite New Artist

Dear Rouge
Current Swell
July Talk
The Zolas
The Gay Nineties

Favourite New Single

Arcade Fire                            Reflektor
City & Colour                         The Lonely Life
July Talk                                Guns & Ammunition
Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker    Yin Yang
Death From Above 1979         Trainwreck 1979

Favourite Sugar Beach Session

Current Swell
July Talk
City & Colour
Arkells
Royal Canoe
                                                 
Voting for this year’s CASBY winners began at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 25 and will close on Friday, October 19. Winners will be announced Thursday, October 23 during the 2014 CASBY Music Awards. CASBY performances will be broadcast live on 102.1 the Edge and online at www.edge.com

Through initiatives like the CASBYs, as well as Edgefest and Edge Sugar Beach Sessions, 102.1 the Edge has earned a reputation as a major force in Canadian talent development, contributing to the commercial breakthrough of some of Canada’s most influential artists, including Metric, City and Colour, Sum 41, USS, Bedouin Soundclash, Arkells, Tokyo Police Club and The Tragically Hip.

The CASBY Awards began in 1981 as an alternative to the Juno Awards and were originally called the U-Knows. Unlike many awards shows, CASBY winners are chosen entirely by the fans. Over the years, CASBYs have been handed out to Alexisonfire, Arcade Fire, Billy Talent, Sam Roberts and many others.

For more information on the 2014 CASBY Music Awards, visit www.edge.ca.

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Magda Krpan
Director, Communications, Radio
Corus Entertainment

416.479.6054

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Lorraine Zarb
Project Manager, Communications
Corus Entertainment
416.479.6129
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