Walk of the Earth: Canada’s biggest CRMAs winners
The Canadian Radio Music Awards celebrate both national and international artists who have gained significant airtime and reputability on Canadian radio in the year preceding the awards.
Amongst the big winners, were Burlington, Ont.’s Walk off the Earth, who also put on a stellar performance for the sold out airtight crowd. WOTE walked away with four esteemed prizes on this night, following up their tremendous success at the Juno Awards in Calgary last March.Their stage set was unbelievably energetic and entertaining. Walk off the Earth are arguably one of Canada’s best and most talented groups on the circuit right now. The group came together as a group of musicians, all doing their own thing, and one by one adding their prowess to the group, to for a super group now known as WOTE.
Their eclectic style, varying instruments and styles, female to male dichotomy from both singing and song writing perspectives, have made them what they are today – and internally and internationally acclaimed rock and folk group that’s always setting the bar higher and outdoing themselves.
They took away with them an impressive four awards out of their five total nominations, including Best New Group or Solo Artist (Hot AC), Song of the Year, and Fan’s Choice.The night was littered with other great Canadian performers such as Down with Webster, Trevor Guthrie, Head of the Herd, Tyler Shaw and Brett Kissel.
There were two other non-voting awards presented on this evening that went to Toronto rocking rappers Down With Webster, who took home the Heatseeker Award, and the Sennheiser Chart Topper Award for top overall airplay was presented to Serena Ryder, also of Toronto.
It may seem biased because the awards are here, and the artists are from here, but if you see it that way you’re missing the big picture – Toronto is the nucleus of Ontario, which combined have the most burgeoning music scene that bolsters a large portion of Canadian talent from coast to coast. If they weren’t created here, they certainly end up coming here in one facet or another in order to grow, develop, and rub elbows with the rest of Canadian greats.
The CRMAs represent more than just Canadian content however, it represents Canada as a musical hub in general, even for emerging international acts.
The fact is that many European and American acts have gained their footing in the music industry through Canadian thresholds, while vice versa Canadian acts have become large in the States or Europe long before they were ever a household name in their home country.There’s not necessarily a reason to the rhyme, personally I just chalk it up to enjoying different things that you’re not always exposed to. Therefore something foreign and new will always be more appealing that what’s in your back yard.
For example Avicii walked away with the International Single of the Year for his infectious ballad “Wake Me Up” and any Canadian can attest to the fact that we couldn’t go anywhere or turn on any radio without hearing this song a few times over.
Other notable international contenders were heavyweights such as Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Rihanna and the Lumineers.
Story by Devin Size, Photos by Tee Onek and Andrey Ivanov