Watson, Arcade Fire clean up at indie awards
T'CHA DUNLEVY, The Gazette
Published: Monday, September 17, 2007

Arcade Fire and Patrick Watson were the big winners at the second annual Quebec Independent Music Awards (GAMIQ) last night at Metropolis. The event has now officially taken the baton from the MIMIs, which for 10 years celebrated the best of the city's indie music scene.

Yesterday's show was hosted by former Me Mom and Morgentaler singer Kim Bingham and actor-musician Rémi-Pierre Paquin from the Radio-Canada TV show Les Invincibles (for which Bingham composes the music).

Arcade Fire took prizes for indie rock album of the year (Neon Bible), show of the year and international career of the year, while Watson got nods for artist, songwriter and indie pop album of the year for Close to Paradise.

Other winners included big-buzz duo Tricot Machine, who took breakthrough artist of the year and best chanson album of the year for its self- titled debut.

Numéro# won best electro album for L'idéologie des stars.

Les Georges Leningrad grabbed best experimental album for Sangue Puro, and Omnikrom won best hip-hop album.

On the heavier tip, Voivod won best metal/hardcore album for Katorz; Vulgaires Machins won best punk album for Compter les corps, and Xavier Caféïne won best rock 'n' roll album for Gisèle.

On the rootsier side, best world/traditional album went to Marco Calliari for Mia Dolce Vita!, and best folk/country album went to Les Frères Cheminaud for Les hommes des tavernes.

Me Mom and Morgentaler received a tribute award and also announced it will perform a pair of reunion concerts Nov. 14 and 15 at Club Soda (ticket details to follow). The evening featured performances by local acts Creature, Socalled, Xavier Caféïne, Tricot Machine, Pawa Up First, Bloodshot Bill, Despised Icon, The United Steel Workers of Montreal, Les Moquettes Coquettes, Chocolat, Anodajay and others.

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