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] In the first year, voter ballots were distributed exclusively by the Canadian music magazine Graffiti.[4] In later years the awards expanded the distribution, printing ballots in a number of major market daily newspapers across Canada.[4]

The 1987 ceremony featured a rare public performance by XTC,[5] although their performance was videotaped in advance of the ceremony.[6] That year's awards were also marred by several organizational snafus, including the wrong winner being initially announced for Album of the Year.[6]

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]

2003[edit]

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2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

[8]

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. ^ a b "CASBY music awards to return". Ottawa Citizen, April 2, 1986.
  5. ^ "Casby show brings XTC out of hiding". The Globe and Mail, June 19, 1987.
  6. ^ a b "The CASBYs turn into a comedy of many errors". The Globe and Mail, June 22, 1987.
  7. ^ "Three Days Grace, Billy Talent win Casbys". The Toronto Star. November 27, 2003. p. A29. The Casby Awards, local station 102.1 the Edge's annual, fan-voted salute to Canadian "modern rock," gave a tip of the hat last night to several promising new acts. Norwood, Ont., natives Three Days Grace were deemed favourite new artist, Toronto's Billy Talent took favourite single for the hit "Try Honesty" and Montrealer Sam Roberts scored favourite album for his debut full-length, We Were Born In A Flame. Favourite indie release went to Toronto's the Salads for Fold A To B. Veterans the Pursuit of Happiness, who scored the late-'80s hit "I'm An Adult Now," were given a lifetime-achievement award. The band reunited to perform at the Casby ceremony at Kool Haus alongside Iggy Pop, the Dears, Sum 41, Pilate, Gob and the Salads. 
  8. ^ The 2015 Edge CASBY Awards

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