Iggy Pop, November 26
The big draw at this year's CASBY (Canadian Artists Selected By You) celebration - The Edge 102.1 's annual people's choice awards show hosted in conjunction with NXNE at the Kool Haus Wednesday - wasn't one of the winning artists or anyone nominated, and definitely wasn't a Canadian. In fact, there was some discussion about whether show-topper Iggy Pop has ever had a song playlisted by The Edge.
In any case, with a performer lineup boasting Kazzer , the Salads , Pilate , Fefe Dobson and an appearance by Lifetime Achievement honourees Pursuit of Happiness , Iggy was the default highlight just for showing up. And that he did with Sum 41 , who were edged out in the favourite new single category by Billy Talent 's Try Honesty. The grotesquely buff Igster, his well-defined abs covered by an old paper bag of loose and wrinkly skin, was barely onstage long enough to stick his hand down his pants and take a stage dive as he led Sum 41 through hopped-up versions of Little Know It All and Lust For Life and split. The dazed crowd waited around for an encore, but none was forthcoming. Rumour has it that Sum 41 couldn't find the sheet music to I Wanna Be Your Dog, and you better believe Iggy doesn't know any Sum 41 tunes.
For the record, the favourite new artist was Three Days Grace , Sam Roberts 's We Were Born In A Flame got the nod for favourite new album, and favourite new indie release was swiped by the Salads, whose Fold A To B shockingly beat out discs by the Dears , Broken Social Scene , the Weakerthans and the New Pornographers . No, really!