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Harbourfront Centre announces the inaugural
SoundClash Music Award winner!

$10,000 in prizes to be distributed to top three competing musicians

TORONTO, ON (Aug. 22, 2011)Harbourfront Centre’s SoundClash Music Award presented by NOW Magazine has a winner! With the help of public votes and a panel of judges, Harbourfront Centre and its lead summer partner the Toronto Port Authority are pleased to announce Saidah Baba Talibah as the winner of this summer’s newest music competition!

Talibah is a founding member of the soul/rock group Blaxäm and was prominently featured on their 1998 EP, “Kiss My Afro.” She is the daughter of the internationally renowned jazz/blues singer and actress Salome Bey, whom she credits greatly for her talent and ambition. Her debut album (S)Cream came out earlier this month on Last Gang Labels/Universal and received venerable response from Giant Step, OkayPlayer, Exclaim!, AOL Spinner and NOW Magazine. NOW Magazine even featured her new album as a ‘Disc of the Week’ and gave it a prestigious 4-N rating.

Talibah’s SoundClash Music Award entry was filtered from over 250 entries submitted in April 2011. With only five shortlist spots available in the competition, a group of specially selected music industry experts (jurors) narrowed down the list to Saidah Baba Talibah, Miles Jones, Worst Pop Band Ever, Kids & Explosions, and Young Empires. Each band performed live on the WestJet Stage during the Hot Spot Summer at Harbourfront Centre this past July.

"When the late Miles Davis used to try to describe good jazz music, and he wasn't sure why it was so good, he would say that it just has ‘that thing’. The French might call it ‘je ne sais quoi.’ Clearly, in a live performance format, Saidah has this indefinable thing!” says SoundClash Lead Artistic Associate, Dalton Higgins. “She showcased her sassy vocal chops, coupled with great live musicianship, gutsy songwriting and costuming (no, that tradition ain't fully dead), so she clearly deserved to win."

As the winner of the competition, Taibah will receive $5,000 plus additional prizes and is set to perform at the upcoming Hot & Spicy Food Festival on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. on the WestJet Stage. In second place, Kids & Explosions take away $3,000 and the remaining cash prize of $2,000 goes to Young Empires. Honourable mentions to Miles Jones and the Worst Pop Band Ever for making the shortlist and for participating in Harbourfront Centre’s first major music award!

What is the SoundClash Music Award?
SoundClash is a new Harbourfront Centre initiative designed to showcase Toronto’s talented, creative and forward-thinking independent musicians. This past summer, five independent artists or bands had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of Toronto’s top musicians, play on Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage and compete for three cash prizes totaling $10,000!

While other music competitions focus on specific genres, SoundClash was open to musicians from a wide variety of genres. Artists from diverse, contemporary and cutting-edge music forms including (but not limited to) rock, pop, hip hop, country, reggae, Latin and other global music forms were encouraged to apply.

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. For more information visit

The Toronto Port Authority, Harbourfront Centre’s lead summer partner, owns and operates the Port of Toronto, the Billy Bishop Airport, and the Outer Harbour Marina. It is committed to building a waterfront community that is vibrant and enjoyable for Torontonians and visitors, by working with partners to create a clean, green, prosperous water’s edge. For more information visit


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