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Radio Starmaker Fund Annual Report

2015 / 2016

Awards Won By Radio Starmaker Funded Artists

Success Fact: Young Empires

Young Empires

Young Empires received funding via the Radio Starmaker Fund’s domestic and international touring programs in support of their debut full-length album The Gates, released September 4th, 2015 via Pirates Blend in Canada and Votiv in the rest of the world. With Starmaker’s generous support, Young Empires were able to perform 97 shows across North America in 2015 and 2016, including both support and headlining dates, as well as key festival appearances.

The financial support was utilized to maintain a consistent live presence throughout the year-long album cycle. As a result, Young Empires significantly grew their Canadian fan base and increased their American presence and reputation south of the border. This led to The Gates earning an impressive 9,000,000 streams, 2 Top 10 radio singles, 2 MMVA nominations, 2 Indie Award nominations, as well as a 2015 Juno nomination for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year”.

Sean Ramesbottom
Label Manager
Pirates Blend

2016 Juno Awards
Artist Award
Dear Rouge Breakthrough Group of the Year
Dean Brody Country Album of the Year - Gypsy Road
Whitehorse Adult Alternative Album of the Year - Leave No Bridge Unburned
Braids Alternative Album of the Year - Deep In The Iris
Death From Above 1979 Rock Album of the Year - The Physical World
Emilie Claire Barlow Vocal Jazz Album of the Year - Clear Day
Boogat World Music Album of the Year - Neo-reconquista
2016 Canadian Country Music Awards
Artist Award
Brett Kissel Fan's Choice Award, Male Artist of the Year, Interactive Artists of the Year
High Valley Group or Duo of the Year
Dean Brody Single of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Topselling Canadian Single of the Year - "Bring Down The House"
Yoan Topselling Canadian Album of the Year - Yoan
2016 East Coast Music Awards
Artist Award
Amelia Curran Songwriter of the Year
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy Traditional Instrument Recording of the Year - One, Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year
Jenn Grant Solo Recording of the Year - Compostela
Fortunate Ones Rising Star Recording of the Year - The Bliss
Mo Kenney Video of the Year - "Telephones"
2016 Western Canadian Music Awards
Artist Award
The Bros. Landreth Breakout Artist of the Year
Brett Kissel Country Artist of the Year
Delhi 2 Dublin Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year
SonReal Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Yukon Blonde Recording of the Year
Frazey Ford Roots Solo Artist of the Year
2016 Canadian Radio Music Awards
Artist Award
Coleman Hell Best New Group or Solo Artist: Modern Rock - "2 Heads"
Cold Creek County Best New Group or Solo Artist: Country - "Our Town"
The Strumbellas Heatseeker Award
2016 The Indies
Artist Award
Grimes Album of the Year - Art Angels
The Strumbellas Group of the Year
Yoan Artist of the Year
A Tribe Called Red Aboriginal Artist/Group of the Year
The Zolas Alternative Artist/Group of the Year
Purity Ring Electronic/Dance Artist/Group of the Year
Coleman Hell Pop Artist/Group of the Year
2016 Casby Awards
Artist Award
Arkells Favourite Sugar Beach Session
July Talk Favorite New Song - "Push & Pull"