«MIMI and GAMIQ have been working together since 2007 (with the creation of the Quebec Independent Music Association – AMIQ), and it was now time to create a better synergy between the two awards show to better represent the Quebec indie music scene.» That was the conclusion reached by AMIQ’s president, Patrice Caron, and GAMIQ and MIMI’s ballot director, Sébastien Charest. While the GAMIQ will continue to recognize the best independent albums and artists in the Quebec indie music scene, the MIMI will now highlight emerging artists.

MIMI 2009 artist selection
A jury formed of various members of the Montreal indie music scene will choose five artists to check out this year, without any solicited application process. The five artists will be announced shortly.

Awards show
The five selected artists will automatically be declared winners of the MIMI 2009 edition. A cocktail will be held in their honor before the awards at 7:00PM, which will give them an opportunity to meet some of the important members of the Montreal music industry. Next, at 9:00PM, each winner artist will perform and will receive their prize(s) given out and decided by the various event sponsors. The five artists could receive equipment, radio tracking, a photo shoot by a professional photographer, or even a performance slot at a Quebec festival. In short, prizes that would be useful and appreciated by artists at the beginning of their career.

After party
And it’s not over yet! At least until the sun comes up, with the MIMI after party starting at 11:00PM with Black Diamond Bay, For Those About to Love, Final Flash, Orange Orange, Hexes and Ohs, Jeune Chilly Chill and a DJ set by Payz Play. The after party will be part of the Montreal High Lights Festival’s Montreal All-Nighter.

2008 Winners
(The MIMI had a mandate at that time to help in the career development of artists in the Montreal music scene by awarding prizes for album production and international tour support.)

International – Artist with the greatest international potential
1000$-grant from the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)
We Are Wolves

Broadcast – Artist who will benefit most from a media campaign
1000$-grant from the Quebec Independent Music Association (AMIQ)
The Dirty Tricks

National – Artist who will benefit most of a Quebec or Canadian tour support
1000$-grant from the Quebec Independent Music Association (AMIQ)
The National Parcs

Discovery – Best new artist of the year
800$-grant from Trillium Sound for the mastering of an album

Studio Ready – Artist that will benefit most from additional studio support
A five-day recording or mixing courtesy of MIXART Studios

Unsigned – Band that produced the best demo of the year
750$-grant from MMS Disques et DVD for Digipak packaging
Misteur Valaire

Best song – Given to the songwriter of the best song of the year
100$-grant from the Quebec Independent Music Association (AMIQ)
Socalled – (These Are) The Good Old Days

Each winner also won an engraved Shure SM58 microphone.