Part 1 of the JUNO Award gala was held 31 March 2012 in Ottawa. It opened with a performance of “Where the Fence is Low” by LIGHTS. The evening was hosted by CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi.
Some special awards were given out. Gary Slaight was given the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Simple Plan graciously received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Sam Roberts was recognized for becoming the first Sustainability Ambassador. And Blue Rodeo was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame.
Below is a list of nominations with the winner bolded in red. We have added comments on the winners which are in blue.
Photo on the left: Murray Porter accepts the JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year.
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
Juggernaut of Justice by Anvil
Burning Fortune by Cauldron
Deconstruction by Devin Townsend Project
Die Miserable by F**k The Facts
Venerable by KEN mode
Comments: KEN mode formed in 1999 with their first release in 2003. They are from Winnipeg and this is their first JUNO win.
International Album of the Year
21 by Adele
Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Sorry For Party Rocking by LMFAO
Loud by Rihanna
Comments: Adele’s album was certified diamond in Canada. She is from the United Kingdom (North London). Her full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
Instrumental Album of the Year
Cats & Dogs by Andrew Collins
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges by Colin Stetson
L’Âge du cuivre by L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus
Télescope by MAZ
Stretch Orchestra by Stretch Orchestra
Comments: This is the trio’s first JUNO win. They are known for all being very tall.
Francophone Album of the Year
Le désert des solitudes by Catherine Major
Blonde by Coeur de Pirate
C’est un monde by Fred Pellerin
Le vrai le faux by Jérôme Minière
La caverne by Malajube
Comments: This progressive rock band from Montreal was nominated for 2 JUNOs back in 2007. This is their first win.
Blues Album of the Year
Still Blue by Bill Johnson
Soul Bender by David Gogo
Shame The Devil by Harrison Kennedy
To Behold by MonkeyJunk
Me ‘n’ Mabel by Suzie Vinnick
Comments: This trio is from Ottawa and formed in 2008. They are unique in that they do not have a bass player. This is their first JUNO win.
Reggae Recording of the Year
Dubmatix by Seeds of Love & Life ft. Luciano
Bleaching Shop by Exco Levi
Lover’s Paradise by Jay Douglas
Woman by Steele
Rescue Me by Tanya Mullings
Comments: Exco is a naturalized Canadian, born in Jamaica. He immigrated in 2005. This is his first JUNO win.
New Group of the Year
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Comments: This 4-member all-male band from Saskatoon has actually been recording since 2006. This is their first JUNO win.
Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble
Brahms On Brass by the Canadian Brass
Louis Lortie Plays Liszt by Louis Lortie
Liszt Piano Sonata by Marc-André Hamelin
Schubert & Beethoven by New Orford String Quartet
American Flute Masterpieces by Susan Hoeppner
Comments: Hamelin is one of the most talented and well-known classical musicians in the country. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. This is his 7th JUNO win!
Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment
Daugherty : Fire and Blood by Alexandre Da Costa/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Bartók Voilin Concertos by James Ehnes
Vivaldi Cello Concertos by Jean-Guihen Queyras
Bruckner 4 by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain
Florent Schmidt- La tragédie de salomé by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain
Comments: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra is generally considered the best in Canada.
Music DVD of the Year
Feist: Look At What The Light Did Now – FEIST
Tegan and Sara: Get Along – TEGAN AND SARA
Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland – RUSH
Peter Katz: Peter Katz Live At The Music Gallery – PETER KATZ
David Francey: Burning Bright – DAVID FRANCEY
Comments: The DVD was put together by the talents of Anthony Seck, Jannie McInnes, and Chip Sutherland.
Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Morning Comes by Cuff The Duke
Metals by Feist
Honeymoon Punch by Jenn Grant
Skyscraper Soul by Jim Cuddy
Long Player Late Bloomer by Ron Sexsmith
Comments: Feist was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia but grew up in Regina and then Calgary. Earlier this year, she was the only Canadian artist nominated for a BRIT award in the U.K. This is her 9th JUNO award.
Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year
Rest of the Story by Chris Tarry
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges by Colin Stetson
Idiosyncrasie by François Bourassa Quartet
Cuban Rhapsody by Hilario Duran & Jane Bunnett
Changing Seasons by Phil Dwyer Orchestra feat. Mark Fewer
Comments: Changing Seasons is a violin concerto that blends classical and jazz together. Phil Dwyer premiered the work at McGill University. Phil is from Toronto but now lives on Vancouver Island. He plays both sax and piano. This is his 2nd JUNO win.
Country Album of the Year
16&1 by Doc Walker
High Valley by High Valley
Everything by Jason McCoy
Forget About the World by Jimmy Rankin
Roots and Wings by Terri Clark
Comments: This is Terri Clark’s 3rd JUNO win. Although born in Montreal, she grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
Rock Album of the Year
Michigan Left by Arkells
Lights of Endangered Species by Matthew Good
Collider by Sam Roberts Band
The Double Cross by Sloan
Learn & Burn by The Sheepdogs
Comments: The Sheepdogs play an early 70s style rock which some refer to as “boogie rock”.
Producer of the Year
Bob Rock for Jann Arden
Brian Howes for Hedley and Nickelback
David Foster for Michael Buble and Shania Twain
k.d. lang for k.d. lang and Siss Boom Bang
Noah “40” Shebib for Drake
Comments: Brian is with EMI and in his own rock band called Closure. He has also produced for Puddle of Mud, Faber Drive, and Simple Plan among others. This is his 2nd JUNO win.
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
To Brazil with Love by Diana Panton
Two Kites by Fern Lindzon
Le carré de nos amours by Sonia Johnson
In the Moonlight by Sophie Milman
Skin Tight by The Nylons
Comments: Sonia is from Montreal and this is her first JUNO win.
Traditional Jazz Album of the Year
Aspects of Oscar by Dave Young Quintet
Verge by David Braid
Deep Shadows by Kirk MacDonald Orchestra
Still Rollin’ by Mike Murley Septet
Live in Baden by Oliver Jones
Comments: Braid won the same award back in 2005, this being his 2nd JUNO win. He’s from Toronto.
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance
Haydn Arias by Jane Archibald; Orchestre Symphonique Bienne; Thomas Rösner
Handel: Streams of Pleasure by Karina Gauvin – Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Caldara : La Conversione di Clodoveo by Le Nouvel Opéra
Marie-Josée Lord by Marie-Josée Lord; Orchestre Métropolitain; Giuseppe Pietraroia
J.S. Bach: Cantatas BWV 170 & 54; Concerto for oboe and violin, after BWV 1060; Suite for violin and strings, after BWV 1067 by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Daniel Taylor
Comments: Jane is becoming world famous and press as far away as Europe is calling her “the coloratura of our time”. This is her first JUNO award.
Classical Composition of the Year
Glass Houses #5 by Ann Southam
Sepia Fragments by Derek Charke
Piano Concerto No. 2 by Heather Schmidt
String Quartet No. 2 by Jacques Hétu
Equilateral by Jeffrey Ryan
Comments: To be a composer of classical music is prestige in itself. Derek is also an associate professor of music theory and composition at Acadia University School of Music in Nova Scotia.
Rap Recording of the Year
Handshakes and Middle Fingers by Classified
Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye by D-Sisive
Take Care by Drake
Anywhere (Ol’ Time Killin’ Part.2) by Kardinal Offishall
Daggermouth by Swollen Members
Comments: Drake’s claim to fame was as a television actor. He is from Toronto. This is his 3rd JUNO win.
Aboriginal Album of the Year
Speakers of Tomorrow by Bruthers of Different Muthers
To Whom It May Concern by Donny Parenteau
One Nation by Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen
Songs Lived & Life Played by Murray Porter
The Gift of Life by Randy Wood
Comments: Murray is a Mohawk blues singer-songwriter and pianist. He has collaborated with the Pappy Johns band. This is his first JUNO win.
World Music Album of the Year
Afo Gné by Aboulaye Koné et Bolo Kan
Flores, Tambores e Amores by Aline Morales
From Night To The Edge Of Day by Azam Ali
Aam Zameen : common ground by Kiran Ahluwalia
Sleepover by Socalled
Comments: Kiran is Indian-Canadian and performs Punjabi folk music. She’s from Toronto and this is her 2nd JUNO win.
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
On the Altar of Love by Downhere
Crazy Love by Hawk Nelson
Forevermore by Jon Bauer
Imperfections & Directions by Kellie Loder
Don’t Close Your Eyes by Sky Terminal
Comments: Downhere is a 4-member all-male group from small-town Saskatchewan. They are no strangers to the JUNOs; this is their 4th win.
Video of the Year
The Stand by Mother Mother
Rows of Houses by Dan Mangan
Stamp by The Rural Alberta Advantage
Good Day at the Races by Hollerado
Rumbleseat by The Sadies
Comments: The video was directed by the skilled Mike Roberts of Toronto.
Recording Package of the Year
Metals by Feist
12 by Dinah Thorpe
Rest of the Story by Chris Tarry
Get Yourself Home by Laura Repo
Cheep on Creepin’ on by Timber Timbre
Comments: Chris Tarry, a jazz musician and author, released the album as part of an illustrated storybook. The package was designed by Jeff Harrison and illustrated by Kim Ridgewell.
Recording Engineer of the Year
Chris Shreenan-Dyck for Jim Cuddy
David Travers-Smith for The Wailin’ Jennys and Oh Susanna
George Seara for Michael Kaeshammer and Laila Biali
Jeff Wolpert for Sarah Slean
Michael Phillip Wojewoda for Paisley Jura
Comments: George is a leading mixer and recording engineer from Toronto and has done work in a wide variety of genres. He has worked with Drake, Rihanna, Sting, Holly Cole, Mos Def, 50 Cent, Herbie Hancock, and Finger Eleven. This is his first JUNO win.
Children’s Album of the Year
Connecting the Dots by Bobs & LoLo
Songs, Stories and Friends: Let’s Go Play! by Charlie Hope
Sleepy Sky Lullaby by Eddie Douglas
Everyone by Music with BRIAN
My Butterfly/A Capella Lullabies by Vocal Paint
Comments: This is Charlie’s first JUNO win. She’s from Toronto but currently lives in Seattle, U.S.A.
Electronic Album of the Year
A Little More Than Everything by Arthur Oskan
Feel It Break by Austra
Azari & III by Azari & III
It’s All True by Junior Boys
Ravedeath, 1972 by Tim Hecker
Comments: Recently, NPR named Hecker as one of the Top 100 composers under the age of 40. He was born in Vancouver but grew up in Montreal. This is his first JUNO win.
Alternative Album of the Year
Native Speaker by Braids
Oh Fortune by Dan Mangan
Kaputt by Destroyer
David Comes to Life by F**ked Up
Creep on Creepin’ on by Timber Timbre
Comments: Dan is from Vancouver and received 4 JUNO nominations this year. This is his first win.
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
IAMJRDN by JRDN
Set it Off by Jully Black ft. Kardinal Offishall
Ghetto Love by Karl Wolf ft. Kardinal Offishall
Gone And Never Coming Back by Melanie Fiona
Pretty Lil’ Heart ft. Lil Wayne by Robin Thicke
Comments: Earlier this year, Melanie was honoured at the U.S. Grammy Awards. This is her first JUNO win. She was born and raised in Toronto.
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo
Small Source of Comfort by Bruce Cockburn
Floods & Fires by Craig Cardiff
A Tribute to John Allan Cameron by Dave Gunning
Late Edition by David Francey
Little Red Boots by Lindi Ortega
Comments: Bruce is a Canadian legend. This is his 11th JUNO win. He’s from Ottawa. Small Source of Comfort is his 31st album!
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group
Let the Rain Fall by Good Lovelies
The Place I Left Behind by The Deep Dark Woods
Row Upon Row of the People We Know by The Once
Bright Morning Stars by The Wailin’ Jennys
When the Wolves Go Blind by Twilight Hotel
Comments: This is an all-female trio from Winnipeg. This is their 2nd JUNO win.
Group of the Year
Down with Webster
Sam Roberts Band
Comments: Arkells are from Hamilton. In 2010, they won the JUNO for New Group of the Year. Now, 2 years later, they win the Group of the Year JUNO. They are a quintet of men.
Finally, Johnny Reid presented…
Pop Album of the Year
Goodbye Lullaby by Avril Lavigne
Time to Win Vol. II by Down with Webster
Storms by Hedley
Siberia by LIGHTS
Ever After by Marianas Trench
Comments: This was perhaps the most anticipated award of the night (why it was given last) and very difficult to predict the winner, although Storms was the best-selling of these 5 albums within Canada, the only one of these with platinum certification. Hedley is an all-male group from Vancouver and have been nominated for 18 JUNOs, winning only one (Video of the Year for “Perfect” last year). This is the band’s 2nd JUNO win.
The remainder of the JUNO awards will be presented at the main gala tomorrow night hosted by William Shatner and will showcase many live performances. The awards presented will include the JUNO Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Dance Recording of the Year.