Sarah MacDougall Wins Two At The Jim Beam Indie Awards

Yukon-based Sarah MacDougall dominated the field with two Indie Award wins, but Lindi Ortega, Alexandra Streliski, DVBBS, and The Dead South scored major victories of their own at the Phoenix to close out CMW 2019.

Sarah MacDougall Wins Two At The Jim Beam Indie Awards

By Nick Krewen

Talk about an eclectic field: Swedish-born, Yukon-based singer and songwriter Sarah MacDougall won two Indie Awards to cap off Canadian Music Week on Saturday night: Songwriter of the Year and Singer-Songwriter Artist or Group of the Year.

Other artists who won prominent awards included Calgary-based Lindi Ortega (Artist of the Year), pianist Alexandra Streliski (Album of the Year - Inscape), The Dead South (Group of the Year) and DVBBS (Single of the Year - IDWK.)

MacDougall was on hand at the Phoenix Concert Theatre to accept her award from Indie88 morning hosts Josie Dye, Matt and Carlin and although the sound wasn't the crispest, MacDougall couldn't contain her excitement.


"We fuckin' did it," she said in one of her acceptance speeches. "I can't believe I'm here all the way from the Yukon."

The Phoenix crowd was entertained by energetic sets from La Force, The Elwins, and headliners Born Ruffians, with 2019 Jim Beam National Talent Search winner Christee Palace rewarded with her own performance earlier in the night.

Here's the list of Jim Beam Indie Awards with Indie88 winners:

Album of the Year: Alexandra Streliski - Inscape

Alternative Artist or Group of the Year: Monowhales

Artist of the Year:  Lindi Ortega

Electronic/Dance Artist or Group of the Year: Milk & Bone

Francophone Artist or Group of the Year: Jean-Michel Blais

Group of the Year: The Dead South

Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year:  Jeremy Dutcher

Pop Artist or Group of the Year:  Said The Whale

Rap/R&B Artist or Group of the Year: Shad

Rock Artist or Group of the Year: The Trews

Singer-Songwriter Artist or Group of the Year: Sarah MacDougall

Single of the Year: DVBBS - IDWK

Songwriter of the Year: Sarah MacDougall

Video of the Year: Tim Hicks - The Worst Kind featuring Lindsay Ell


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Photography team: Ishmil Waterman, Lane Dorsey, Sasha Jairam/Billboard Canada. Styling by Veronika Lipatova, Nikita Jaisinghani, Aliecia Brisette. Makeup & Hair by Franceline Graham.

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