VIP Presenters ready for the Fifth Toronto Independent Music Awards

We are excited to announce the VIP presenters for this year’s Toronto Independent Music Awards – LIVE at the Phoenix on July 23. 

From Juno nominees to a founding member of The Academy of Country Music Entertainment, this year’s presenters have achieved success in one of the hardest businesses to crack using their talent, creativity and passion. On July 23, they will help us celebrate our local up-and-coming artists by handing out 20 industry-sponsored prizes valued at over $60,000.

VIP Presenters Include:

Kim Davis presenting BEST URBAN – Singer, songwriter and Juno nominee, Kim Davis understands that hard work and perseverance always pay off. Kim has released five singles, a debut album, Live, Love, Learn, and she has opened for Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Divine Brown and John Legend. Her songs play nationally and internationally on stations such as Hot 97, one of America’s top radio stations,

The Johnstones presenting BEST INDIE ROCK – Selling over 10,000 CDs independently, The Johnstones have created a Canadian following that is unparalleled. They are an in-your-face blend of punk rock, ska, and hip hop, and have an insane, highly-energetic live-show that blows even the biggest skeptics away. With the release of their most recent album “Can’t Be Trusted", The Johnstones have only continued to blow-up in popularity. Six of their videos have had airplay on MuchMusic, their singles play on radio stations all over Canada, and they sell out shows across the country.

The Artist Life presenting BEST PUNK – The Artist Life are a punk rock band from Toronto. With four chords and honest lyrics they are creating a history they are proud of – and they’re not afraid to do it!
The Artist Life are gearing up for a fall 2010 release of "Impossible", their follow-up LP to the critically acclaimed EP "Let’s Start A Riot". Sitting at the bored in the studio is Jesse Colburn (ex-Avril Lavigne touring band member, closet monster band member, and writer on the chart topping Stereos self-titled release), and Greig Nori (Treble Charger, Sum 41, Hedley). Look out for The Artist Life on tour this fall.

Sarina Paris presenting BEST FEMALE FRONTED – Juno-nominated Canadian singer/songwriter Sarina Paris was born and raised in the bosom of an Italian working class family. Captivated by pop music after listening to Lionel Richie’s “Can’t Slow Down”, Sarina moved to Italy in 1996 to participate in a children’s project called the Gam Gam. She soon met local EMI executives who signed her up, and she released a club/dance record called “Look At Us”. As soon as her name began climbing the U.S. charts, Sarina started touring the local club scene, signing up to Playland/Priority Records to make her self-titled debut album, featuring original songs plus Cyndi Lauper’s "True Colors."

Barry Haugen presenting BEST COUNTRY – Barry has spent over 40 years promoting Canadian country music. He was a founding member of the Canadian Country Music Association and continues to serve on their committee. Barry was pivotal in boosting the careers of Canadian country legends such as Carroll Baker, The Family Brown, Dick Damron, The Mercey Brothers, Ronnie Prophet, The Good Brothers and many more.

Aleesia presenting BEST POP – Alessia is a singer, dancer and performer who has spent much of her life dancing competitively on stages throughout North America. Music has always been her passion and destiny, she started dancing at just four years old, and has been training as a vocalist since she was nine. Over the past few months she has hit the radio and video airwaves with her two debut singles, "Bubble Gum" and "Headlights". Watch for Aleesia’s debut album coming later this year.

Dulce Barbosa presenting BEST FOLK – Before forming dB Promotions & Publicity, Dulce gained invaluable experience working for management companies such as Noise Management (Bob Wiseman) and World Services (Melanie Doane, Universal Honey, The Gravelberries and John Bottomley). At the same time she formed her own management company “Manage DAT” where her very first clients were Our Lady Peace. Dulce’s promotional experience began with Linda Dawe at The Music Brokers where she cut her radio tracking teeth launching a then brand new artist by the name of Roch Voisine. From there, Dulce went on to work at various other radio promotion companies, mainly RDR Music Group and Ethan Russell Promotions before regrouping with Dawe once again at DiCesare Marketing. In the mid nineties Dulce and Linda went into partnership as Music Solutions/dB Promotions.


WHEN: Friday, July 23rd

WHERE: Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto)

DOORS: 7:00 PM



HOSTS: D’Anise and Sean Ward

TICKETS: $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door, available for sale here:

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