NEWS: CBC Radio 3 Announces 2011 Bucky Award Winners

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Dan Mangan takes home two of the awards which honour top Canadian acts

December 7, 2011 – Vancouver’s Dan Mangan won the Best Song of the Year award for his track, “Rows of Houses.”  He also walked away with the Sexiest Artist award during the 6th annual Bucky Awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 7.

CBC Radio 3 listeners nominated the artists and decided the winners during two weeks of online voting.  The Bucky Awards are presented by CBC Radio 3 to honour the best in Canadian independent music.  The awards ceremony took place on Grant Lawrence Live on web radio ( and on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 152.  CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence announced the winners and called them on the air to get their reactions.

Max Kerman of Hamilton, Ontario’s The Arkells accepted his band’s Best Live Act award on the heels of their cheerleader-accompanied performance at last month’s Grey Cup.  “It was the strangest experience,” said Kerman.  “I can’t believe there are this many girls that would never talk to me at a bar in a million years that are dancing to a song that we wrote.”

Canadian rock music veteran Ian Blurton picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Blurton has been a figure in Canadian music for almost 30 years as a member of Change of Heart, Bionic, Blurtonia, and C’mon.  He’s also produced albums for some of the biggest name in Canadian indie music, including Tricky Woo, Amy Millan, and The Weakerthans.

In addition to established artists like Dan Mangan, several newcomers were recognized by Bucky voters.  Montreal’s Braids won Best New Artist and Abbotsford, BC’s Oh No! Yoko took home Best New Band Name.  The much buzzed-about Austra of Toronto won Best Vocals for their song, “Lose It.”

Other winners include Coeur de Pirate, Hey Rosetta!, Elliott Brood, and Said The Whale.

Bucky Crest2011 Bucky Award Winners:

Best Song – “Rows of Houses” by Dan Mangan
Most Canadian Song – “Northern Air” by Elliott Brood
Lifetime Achievement Award – Ian Blurton
Best Vocals – “Lose It” by Austra
Best Live Act – The Arkells
Best Reason To Learn French – “Adieu” by Coeur de Pirate
Best New Artist – Braids
Best New Band Name – Oh No! Yoko
Best Lyric – “Welcome” by Hey Rosetta! (“Soon you're 33 / And everything you tried to be / Is pulled apart by fear and greed.”)
Sexiest Artist – Dan Mangan
Best Video – “Lines” by Said the Whale


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