CASBY Awards

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The CASBY Awards are a Canadian awards ceremony for independent and alternative music, presented annually by Toronto, Ontario radio station CFNY, currently branded as 102.1 The Edge. The name CASBY stands for Canadian Artists Selected By You.

The awards were first presented in 1981 under the name U-Knows, a pun on Canada's mainstream Juno Awards. The concept was developed by David Marsden, the program director at CFNY at the time, when he heard the Juno nominations announced on CBC radio, and included was Long John Baldry — who was newly resident in Canada but had already been in the music business for almost 20 years — as most promising vocalist.[1]

They were renamed the CASBYs in 1985, after a listener contest.[2] The 1985 ceremony, hosted by Carole Pope and Paul Shaffer,[3] also marked the first time that the awards were broadcast nationally by CBC Television.[2]

The 1987 ceremony featured a rare public performance by XTC,[4] although their performance was videotaped in advance of the ceremony.[5] That year's awards were also marred by several organizational snafus, including the wrong winner being initially announced for Album of the Year.[5]

Winners[edit]

1980s[edit]

1981[edit]

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

1985[edit]

  • Album of the Year: Parachute Club, At the Feet of the Moon
  • Single of the Year: Spoons, "Tell No Lies"
  • Group of the Year: Parachute Club
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Jane Siberry
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Bruce Cockburn
  • Most Promising Non-Recording Group: Chalk Circle
  • Most Promising Group of the Year: Pukka Orchestra

1986[edit]

1987[edit]

1988[edit]

1989[edit]

1990s[edit]

1990[edit]

1991[edit]

1992[edit]

1995[edit]

  • Favourite New Album: Our Lady Peace, Naveed
  • Favourite New Song: Our Lady Peace, "Naveed"
  • Favourite Artist: Our Lady Peace

1996[edit]

2000s[edit]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U-Know awards make the move into the big time". The Globe and Mail, April 20, 1985.
  2. ^ a b "A festive air to CASBYs' launch". The Globe and Mail, April 25, 1985.
  3. ^ "Shaffer, Pope hosts of awards show". The Globe and Mail, March 21, 1985.
  4. ^ "Casby show brings XTC out of hiding". The Globe and Mail, June 19, 1987.
  5. ^ a b "The CASBYs turn into a comedy of many errors". The Globe and Mail, June 22, 1987.

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