Toronto Independent Music Awards - Best Live Award 2009 (Oct 09-'Jan '10)

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Don't miss your LAST CHANCE to submit to The Toronto Independent Music Awards. They will hold their "Best Live" Showcase series at The Central in Toronto. 5-7 artists will invited to perform a 30-minute showcase per date$15,000 in unique industry-related prizes packages./n/nThe Toronto Independent Music Awards will hold its "Best Live" Showcase series at The Central in Toronto, Ontario. In this 5th year, the categories are as follows:

  • Best Live – Acoustic

  • Best Live – Electric

  • OFF THE RADAR Best Live - Urban Showcase Series organized in affiliation with The Flavashop Inc.

The Showcases will take place in two seasons on a bi-weekly basis:
Season 1 is May 2009 – Nov 2009, 14 shows, approximately 84 – 100 bands and Season 2 is Dec 2009 – June 2010 14 shows, approximately 84 – 100 bands.

The Full Showcase Schedule can be found here.

All submissions for the "Best Live" - Acoustic and "Best Live" - Electric showcase series will be reviewed by Hydrogen Jukebox Artist Development and Multimedia as well as TIMAs judges. 5-7 artists will invited to perform a 30-minute showcase, per date. The TIMAs approximate that they will showcase 140 bands this season.

Artists who perform for the OFF THE RADER "Best Live" - Urban Showcase series will perform a 5 minute set in front of industry professional judges. They hope to showcase approximately 60 urban and rap artists this season. All necessary production costs will be covered by the TIMAs so there are no additional fee to the band.

2-3 industry professional judges score each band performance on the following criteria:

  • Musicianship

  • Originality

  • Variety

  • Band Chemistry/Energy

  • Audience Interaction/Crowd Response

If you would like to apply for the TIMA “Recorded Material” categories, click a href="" target="_blank">here


The winners of each category will receive $15,000 in unique industry-related prizes packages geared towards each genre including a performance at the 5th Toronto Independent Music Awards in Toronto, Ontario and additional exposure related benefits valued up to $5,000. Some of this year’s prizes include an all expenses paid tour to Germany, with a minimum of 5 guaranteed dates provided by TRYXO, live performance bookings on CIUT FM, private one-on-one meetings with major label A&R executives such as KOCH Entertainment and much more.

The Toronto Independent Music Awards have also partnered with The Central, Mill St. Brewery and 102.1 The Edge to provide a phenomenal exposure opportunity for ALL TIMA “BEST LIVE” SELECTED PERFORMERS. If are selected to perform as part of our TIMA “Best Live” Showcases you will have an additional opportunity to be selected to be part of a 102.1 The Edge concert announcement featuring your band and your performance date, which will be aired 8 X weekly. This opportunity is IN ADDITION to the potential TIMAs nominations or wins that you may receive by participating in the showcases or recorded material categories, and you DO NOT NEED TO BE nominated for this opportunity.


  • TIMAs showcased over 100 bands last season

  • Over 50 different media representatives attended TIMA last year, including major media such as: Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, CityTV and Rogers Entertainment Television.

  • Several media representatives cover each showcase

**The showcase series and "Best Live categories are independent of any other TIMA recorded-material categories (Best Rock, Best Punk etc)