The atmosphere is full of excitement and adrenaline in the MOD Club as lights dim and bands get ready for the Verge Music Awards (VMAs) to begin.
Three incredible musical performances took place, beginning with The Acorns, – an up-and-coming band – followed by the much awaited Tokyo Police Club, a band that has quickly risen in fame since their first album release in 2006, A Lesson in Crime, which was followed by Elephant Shell in 2008 and Champ in 2010.
The final performance was by Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, closing out the night.
Three awards were given out at the event: Album of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year and, the most prestigious award, Artist of the Year. Here is the breakdown of this year’s winners:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Zeus
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Hannah Georgas
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Michou
At the end of the night, fans were left enthralled and satisfied by the outstanding performances and overall fantastic night. It was a crazy, thrilling, unforgettable experience.
Can’t wait til next year!
Verge Music Awards Special Moments
Wade MacNeil and George Pettit of Alexisonfire presents the Album of the Year Award
The Acorns opened up the night at the 2011 Verge Music Awards
Zeus accepting their Album of the Year award
Tokyo Police Club performing
Dave of Tokyo Police Club
Interns Lauren Song and Casandra DeBartolo pose with Dave and Graham of Tokyo Police Club!
Hannah Georgas recieved the Emerging Artist of the Year Award
Between performances, Faze intern Casanda DeBartolo interviewed the rising stars from Tokyo Police Club–check it out!
Chatting With Tokyo Police Club
As a self-proclaimed “rad” indie band from Newmarket, ON, the members of Tokyo Police Club have been a tight-knit group of friends since high school, making their way onto the music scene.
They recently gave a remarkable performance at The MOD Club, for the 2011 Verge Music Awards.
They are a hard-working, yet laid-back band, “Our favourite part of touring is just having fun hanging out, because everyone in the band is our friend, so getting to just do that and play a bunch of music for people is awesome.”
Playing at the Koolhaus in Downtown Toronto and meeting Hulk Hogan are tied as just a couple of their biggest accomplishments; the band believes that because they get to do so many awesome things they can’t choose just one!
Dave Monks (lead vocals), Graham Wright (keyboard), Josh Hook (guitar) and Greg Alsop (drums) say don’t spend too much time rehearsing, but still manage to give killer performances!
Dave Monks gives this advice to all Faze readers who are aspiring musicians: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t give it a shot. If you want to do something, just do it, and do it now!”
All photos by Lauren Song