Thanks to the schmoozing abilities of Princess, I was able to infiltrate the Canadian Radio Music Awards 2009. And infiltration is exactly what it felt like….
As per its title, this is the annual event where Canadian radio (I know, just think about THAT for a moment) picks its favourite (i.e., top-selling) artists of the year. As such, it was a great opportunity to try out my digital camera.
Lights, Jaydee Bixby, Crystal Shawanda, Kreesha Turner and Crash Parallel all performed songs I’d never heard but which are, apparently, big on Canadian radio: “Drive My Soul”, “Old Fashioned Girl”, “Don’t Call Me Baby” and “Bounce With Me”, and “World We Know”, respectively.
Sarah Slean was among the presenters, and CanCon star Sass Jordan hosted (and opened with a song, later followed by the notice that she’s looking for a record label). Funniest moment: when some dude from a band called State of Shock claimed that a ring lost backstage was his so he could come up and get a kiss from Sass. Oh, and Jaydee Bixby looks like a foetus. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, though—and hey, music my mom would like should get awards, too.
Here are the winners, though keep in mind I might be a little mixed up with who won what in what category. But most of them were all up for the same awards, anyway.
Rock: Age of Daze, “Afflicted” (bested “Infected” by Rides Again)
Hot AC: Lights, “Drive My Soul” (thanked mentor Jian Ghomeshi for believing generic top 40 music sung by a pretty girl could get played on Canadian airwaves. What a risk-taker, that Jian!)
Mainstream AC: Kreesha Turner, “Don’t Call Me Baby”
CHR: Crash Parallel ,”World We Know”
Dance/Urban/Rhythmic: Kreesha Turner, “Bounce With Me”
Country: Crystal Shawanda, “You Can Let Go”
Factor Breakthrough of the Year: Justin Hines