Alessia Cara Confirmed as First JUNO Performer

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Teen sensation Alessia Cara of Brampton, Ontario is the first confirmed performer at the 2016 JUNO Awards main gala which will take place at Calgary’s Saddledome April 3. The R&B singer scored her first gold single this year for “Here” which also recently became a Top 10 hit in the United States. Tickets for the big event go on sale December 11 with a limited special price starting from $34.

Prior to Alessia wooing the crowd in April, her Ontario teen counterpart Shawn Mendes will be doing the same at the U.S. People’s Choice Awards on January 6. He, along with The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Drake have received nominations for the event.

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2015 ADISQ Main Gala Winners

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The 2015 ADISQ main gala took place in Montreal tonight November 8 and saw a lineup of superstars perform: Ariane Moffatt, Bobby Bazini, Fanny Bloom, Fred Pellerin, Galaxie, Jean Leloup, Louis-Jean Cormier, Marie-Mai, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Patrick Norman, and Philippe Brach. The event was hosted by funny man Louis Jose Houde. The ADISQ gala awards the best in Canadian music coming out of the province of Quebec, the bulk of which honour music performed in the French language. A list of nominees with winners bolded in red is below. Most of the Félix awards were handed out at the first gala. See the nominees and winners of that here.

Highlights from the gala which took place at la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts in Montreal are as follows. Host Louis-José Houde participated as one of three drummers to open the show. Unfortunately, Jean Leloup in accepting one of his awards mentioned a certain Louis but stumbled in trying to remember the surname; it left the host speechless. On a more serious note, Houde mentioned that francophone music currently accounted for 65% of songs aired on Québec radio stations who want to drag it down to 35%. Many artists during the evening wore a lapel pin to denounce the scheme. Houde also took some delicious swipes at streaming services.

Dominique Michel, a legendary music and TV personality since the 60s, received a lifetime achievement award. A highlight of the performances was a showing of girl power. Marie-Mai in red, Fanny Bloom in green, and Ariane Moffatt in blue performed on stage together in an electropop medley of three of their songs. Moffatt returned to the stage at precisely 10:22 p.m. to accept her award for Female Artist of the Year. Her album is titled 22h22. Jean Leloup took home 3 awards for the night. With the 2 he won at the first gala, his total of 5 makes him this year’s big winner.

SONG OF THE YEAR
RIEN À FAIRE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
AVANT DE DISPARAÎTRE BY CLAUDE BÉGIN
OUBLIE-MOI (CARRY ON) BY COEUR DE PIRATE
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ESPIONNE RUSSE BY JOSEPH EDGAR
LE MONDE EST VIRTUEL BY SERGE FIORI
PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP – WINNER
MÉCANIQUES GÉNÉRALES BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT
LES COLORIÉS BY ALEX NEVSKY

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

ADULT CONTEMPORARY
SI L’AURORE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR – WINNER
SUR LA TERRE BY PIERRE FLYNN
HERVIEUX BY MARC HERVIEUX
APRÈS LA TOMBÉE DU RIDEAU BY PATRICK NORMAN
UN HOMME QUI VOUS RESSEMBLE BY MARIO PELCHAT

Marie-Pierre Arthur - Si l'aurore

FOLK
LA FOIRE ET L’ORDRE BY PHILIPPE BRACH
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
FACE À L’OUEST BY KEVIN PARENT
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN – WINNER
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

Fred Pellerin - Plus tard qu'on pense

POP
JÉRÔME COUTURE BY JÉRÔME COUTURE
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
DEUXIÈME ACTE BY SALLY FOLK
M BY MARIE-MAI
22H22 BY ARIANE MOFFATT – WINNER

Ariane Moffatt - 22h22

SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
GUILLAUME BEAUREGARD
FANNY BLOOM
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
PIERRE FLYNN
JEAN LELOUP – WINNER

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

GROUP OR DUO
ALFA ROCOCO
GALAXIE – WINNER
KAÏN
MARIE-EVE JANVIER / JEAN-FRANÇOIS BREAU
RADIO RADIO

Galaxie - Zulu

FEMALE
MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
BRIGITTE BOISJOLI
ISABELLE BOULAY
MARIE-MAI
ARIANE MOFFATT – WINNER

Ariane Moffatt - 22h22

MALE
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
JEAN LELOUP – WINNER
ALEX NEVSKY
VINCENT VALLIÈRES
MARC DUPRÉ

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

NEWCOMER
BERNHARI
PHILIPPE BRACH – WINNER
JÉRÔME COUTURE
VALÉRIE LAHAIE
DAVID PORTELANCE

Philippe Brach - La foire et l'ordre

The First 2015 ADISQ Gala Hands Out Awards

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The first of two annual ADISQ galas recognizing the best music emerging from the province of Quebec took place last night. Nominees and award winners of 17 categories are listed below. The main gala will take place November 8 and present awards for Song of the Year as well as Adult Contemporary, Folk, and Pop Albums of the Year. Felix trophies will also be given to Artist of the Year winners: Songwriter, Group/Duo, Male, Female, and Newcomer. A number of other awards have been given out for concerts, DVDs, industry, and others. Find them all at the official website here. See winners of the main gala here.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
MARDI GRAS BY PIERRE KWENDERS – WINNER!
AUTOMNE BY LOUD LARY AJUST
JE COURS APRÈS MARIE BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT
ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY GENRE

Pierre Kwenders - le dernier empereur bantou

ALTERNATIVE
BERNHARI BY BERNHARI
TSS TSS BY CHOCOLAT
ZULU BY GALAXIE – WINNER!
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À LA MANIÈRE DES ANGES BY MARA TREMBLAY

Galaxie - Zulu

ENGLISH
WHERE I BELONG BY BOBBY BAZINI – WINNER!
POPULAR PROBLEMS BY LEONARD COHEN
SLEEPING OPERATOR BY THE BARR BROTHERS
LOVE SONGS FOR ROBOTS BY PATRICK WATSON
YOAN BY YOAN

bobby bazini - where i belong

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ZULU BY GALAXIE
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP – WINNER!
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

CLASSICAL-LARGE ENSEMBLE
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: PORTRAIT BY ANGÈLE DUBEAU & LA PIETÀ – WINNER!
CONCERTOS FRANÇAIS POUR TROMPETTE BY PAUL MERKELO & THE OSM
BRUCKNER 3 BY THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES 2 & 4 BY KENT NAGANO
LA CIGALE ET LES VIOLONS BY CATHERINE PERRIN ET AL.

Angele Dubeau and La Pieta ludovico einaudi portrait

CLASSICAL-SMALL ENSEMBLE
METAMORFOSI – BAROQUE IMPRESSIONS BY CONSTANTINOPLE & SUZIE LEBLANC
CHOPIN: COMPLETE MAZURKAS BY JANINA FIALKOWSKA – WINNER!
CHOPIN: 24 PRÉLUDES BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AMAZING GRACE BY MARIE-JOSÉE LORD
LOVE’S MINSTRELS BY PHILIPPE SLY & MICHAEL MCMAHON

CHOPIN COMPLETE MAZURKAS BY JANINA FIALKOWSKA

COUNTRY
FILLE DU VENT BY CINDY BÉDARD
VOL. 2 BY ÉRIC GOULET
3E RUE SUD BY MAXIME LANDRY – WINNER!
20 BY LAURIE LEBLANC
MRIO PELUSO & LES HOBOS HURLEURS BY MARIO PELUSO

Maxime Landry - 3e Rue sud

HIP HOP
REFUS GLOBAL BY CHEAK
RADIOTHÉRAPIE BY DRAMATIK
XXL BY EMAN X VLOOPER – WINNER!
ENFANT DE LA TERRE BY SAMIAN
LE QUÉBÉCOIS BY SIR PATH

XXL BY EMAN X VLOOPER

JAZZ
QUANTUM BY EMIE R. ROUSSEL TRIO – WINNER!
L’ÉLÉVATION DU POINT DE CHUTE BY ODD LOT
TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK BY RÉMI BOLDUC JAZZ ENSEMBLE
ENTROIS COULEURS BY MARIE-JOSÉE SIMARD ET AL
LA VIE COMMENCE ICI BY MARIANNE TRUDEL

QUANTUM BY EMIE R. ROUSSEL TRIO

BEST-SELLER
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
M BY MARIE-MAI
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN – WINNER!

Fred Pellerin - Plus tard qu'on pense

WORLD MUSIC
AYRAD BY AYRAD
NAVEGAR BY BÏA – WINNER!
LE DERNIER EMPEREUR BANTOU BY PIERRE KWENDERS
PAMPA BLUES BY TANGO BORÉAL
IMMIGRAND BY WESLI

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REINTERPRETATION
DESCHAMPSONS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
LÉGENDES D’UN PEUPLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
BETTY BONIFASSI BY BETTY BONIFASSI
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
PARIS TRISTESSE BY PIERRE LAPOINTE – WINNER!

Pierre Lapointe - Paris tristesse

ROCK
TOUTTE EST TEMPORAIRE BY DANIEL BOUCHER
CHIEN NOIR BY CARAVANE
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP – WINNER!
ÎLE DE RÊVE BY LES MARINELLIS
SANTA MARIA BY DANY PLACARD

Jean Leloup - A paradis city

TRADITIONAL
LA TROUSSE DU TEMPS DES FÊTES-TOME III BY ALAIN FRANÇOIS
LES VENTS ORFÈVRES BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BÉLANGER
TÊTU BY LE VENT DU NORD – WINNER!
STE-WAVES BY LES POULES À COLIN
LES MÉTAMORPHOSES BY MÉLISANDE
ARTIST OF THE YEAR BY TYPE

Le vent du nord - Tetu

QUEBECOIS WITH MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
COEUR DE PIRATE
PIERRE LAPOINTE – WINNER!
LES SOEURS BOULAY
KLÔ PELGAG
THE BARR BROTHERS
THE SEASONS

Pierre Lapointe - Paris tristesse

INSTRUMENTAL
TU DORS NICOLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
EXIL BY MICHEL CORRIVEAU
MÉLOPÉE BY JORANE – WINNER!
RIVE GAUCHE BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AZIMUT(H) BY TRIO RICHARD-LIPSKY-HERSKOWITZ

Jorane - Melopee

INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE WITH MOST SUCCESS IN QUEBEC
PATRICK BRUEL (FRANCE)
FRANCIS CABREL (FRANCE)
LA COMPAGNIE CRÉOLE (WEST INDIES/FRENCH GUIANA)
STROMAE (BELGIUM) – WINNER!
ZAZ (FRANCE)

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2015 ADISQ Nominations

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The Quebec music (ADISQ) award nominations for 2015 are out with a slick website to help us explore Canadian Franco music in general here. The website is available in both official languages. The first of the two ADISQ galas will take place October 27 and the main one November 8. There will also be an industry awards gala on the 27th. A total of 129 artists have been nominated. Jean Leloup and Louis-Jean Cormier lead with six nominations each; Ariane Moffatt has five. Below is a list of the 2015 nominations. We left out concert, dvd, and industry award nominees. View all award categories in English here.

SONG OF THE YEAR
RIEN À FAIRE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
AVANT DE DISPARAÎTRE BY CLAUDE BÉGIN
OUBLIE-MOI (CARRY ON) BY COEUR DE PIRATE
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ESPIONNE RUSSE BY JOSEPH EDGAR
LE MONDE EST VIRTUEL BY SERGE FIORI
PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
MÉCANIQUES GÉNÉRALES BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT
LES COLORIÉS BY ALEX NEVSKY

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
SI TU REVIENS BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
MARDI GRAS BY PIERRE KWENDERS
AUTOMNE BY LOUD LARY AJUST
JE COURS APRÈS MARIE BY PATRICE MICHAUD
DEBOUT BY ARIANE MOFFATT

ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY GENRE

ADULT CONTEMPORARY
SI L’AURORE BY MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
SUR LA TERRE BY PIERRE FLYNN
HERVIEUX BY MARC HERVIEUX
APRÈS LA TOMBÉE DU RIDEAU BY PATRICK NORMAN
UN HOMME QUI VOUS RESSEMBLE BY MARIO PELCHAT

ALTERNATIVE
BERNHARI BY BERNHARI
TSS TSS BY CHOCOLAT
ZULU BY GALAXIE
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À LA MANIÈRE DES ANGES BY MARA TREMBLAY

ENGLISH
WHERE I BELONG BY BOBBY BAZINI
POPULAR PROBLEMS BY LEONARD COHEN
SLEEPING OPERATOR BY THE BARR BROTHERS
LOVE SONGS FOR ROBOTS BY PATRICK WATSON
YOAN BY YOAN

CRITICAL ACCLAIM
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
ZULU BY GALAXIE
27 FOIS L’AURORE BY SALOMÉ LECLERC
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

CLASSICAL-LARGE ENSEMBLE
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: PORTRAIT BY ANGÈLE DUBEAU & LA PIETÀ
CONCERTOS FRANÇAIS POUR TROMPETTE BY PAUL MERKELO & THE OSM
BRUCKNER 3 BY THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA
BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONIES 2 & 4 BY KENT NAGANO
LA CIGALE ET LES VIOLONS BY CATHERINE PERRIN ET AL.

CLASSICAL-SMALL ENSEMBLE
METAMORFOSI – BAROQUE IMPRESSIONS BY CONSTANTINOPLE & SUZIE LEBLANC
CHOPIN: COMPLETE MAZURKAS BY JANINA FIALKOWSKA
CHOPIN: 24 PRÉLUDES BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AMAZING GRACE BY MARIE-JOSÉE LORD
LOVE’S MINSTRELS BY PHILIPPE SLY & MICHAEL MCMAHON

COUNTRY
FILLE DU VENT BY CINDY BÉDARD
VOL. 2 BY ÉRIC GOULET
3E RUE SUD BY MAXIME LANDRY
20 BY LAURIE LEBLANC
MRIO PELUSO & LES HOBOS HURLEURS BY MARIO PELUSO

FOLK
LA FOIRE ET L’ORDRE BY PHILIPPE BRACH
LES GRANDES ARTÈRES BY LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
FACE À L’OUEST BY KEVIN PARENT
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN
PANORAMA BY TIRE LE COYOTE

HIP HOP
REFUS GLOBAL BY CHEAK
RADIOTHÉRAPIE BY DRAMATIK
XXL BY EMAN X VLOOPER
ENFANT DE LA TERRE BY SAMIAN
LE QUÉBÉCOIS BY SIR PATH

INSTRUMENTAL
TU DORS NICOLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
EXIL BY MICHEL CORRIVEAU
MÉLOPÉE BY JORANE
RIVE GAUCHE BY ALAIN LEFÈVRE
AZIMUT(H) BY TRIO RICHARD-LIPSKY-HERSKOWITZ

JAZZ
QUANTUM BY EMIE R. ROUSSEL TRIO
L’ÉLÉVATION DU POINT DE CHUTE BY ODD LOT
TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK BY RÉMI BOLDUC JAZZ ENSEMBLE
ENTROIS COULEURS BY MARIE-JOSÉE SIMARD ET AL
LA VIE COMMENCE ICI BY MARIANNE TRUDEL

BEST-SELLER
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
M BY MARIE-MAI
PLUS TARD QU’ON PENSE BY FRED PELLERIN

WORLD MUSIC
AYRAD BY AYRAD
NAVEGAR BY BÏA
LE DERNIER EMPEREUR BANTOU BY PIERRE KWENDERS
PAMPA BLUES BY TANGO BORÉAL
IMMIGRAND BY WESLI

POP
JÉRÔME COUTURE BY JÉRÔME COUTURE
LÀ DANS MA TÊTE BY MARC DUPRÉ
DEUXIÈME ACTE BY SALLY FOLK
M BY MARIE-MAI
22H22 BY ARIANE MOFFATT

REINTERPRETATION
DESCHAMPSONS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
LÉGENDES D’UN PEUPLE BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
BETTY BONIFASSI BY BETTY BONIFASSI
MERCI SERGE REGGIANI BY ISABELLE BOULAY
PARIS TRISTESSE BY PIERRE LAPOINTE

ROCK
TOUTTE EST TEMPORAIRE BY DANIEL BOUCHER
CHIEN NOIR BY CARAVANE
À PARADIS CITY BY JEAN LELOUP
ÎLE DE RÊVE BY LES MARINELLIS
SANTA MARIA BY DANY PLACARD

TRADITIONAL
LA TROUSSE DU TEMPS DES FÊTES-TOME III BY ALAIN FRANÇOIS
LES VENTS ORFÈVRES BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS BÉLANGER
TÊTU BY LE VENT DU NORD
STE-WAVES BY LES POULES À COLIN
LES MÉTAMORPHOSES BY MÉLISANDE

ARTIST OF THE YEAR BY TYPE

INTERNATIONAL FRANCOPHONE WITH MOST SUCCESS IN QUEBEC
PATRICK BRUEL (FRANCE)
FRANCIS CABREL (FRANCE)
LA COMPAGNIE CRÉOLE (WEST INDIES/FRENCH GUIANA)
STROMAE (BELGIUM)
ZAZ (FRANCE)

QUEBECOIS WITH MOST SUCCESS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE
COEUR DE PIRATE
PIERRE LAPOINTE
LES SOEURS BOULAY
KLÔ PELGAG
THE BARR BROTHERS
THE SEASONS

SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
GUILLAUME BEAUREGARD
FANNY BLOOM
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
PIERRE FLYNN
JEAN LELOUP

GROUP OR DUO
ALFA ROCOCO
GALAXIE
KAÏN
MARIE-EVE JANVIER / JEAN-FRANÇOIS BREAU
RADIO RADIO

FEMALE
MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR
BRIGITTE BOISJOLI
ISABELLE BOULAY
MARIE-MAI
ARIANE MOFFATT

MALE
LOUIS-JEAN CORMIER
JEAN LELOUP
ALEX NEVSKY
VINCENT VALLIÈRES
MARC DUPRÉ

NEWCOMER
BERNHARI
PHILIPPE BRACH
JÉRÔME COUTURE
VALÉRIE LAHAIE
DAVID PORTELANCE

Alanis and Kiesza Shine at the 2015 JUNO Awards

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This year’s JUNO Awards, celebrating the best works and talents from the Canadian music community, took place Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Hamilton, a city with a metro population of about 720,000 in southern Ontario. Thirty-five of the 41 awards were given out at an untelevised dinner party the night before leaving six announced at the main gala: Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and the JUNO Fan Choice Award. The latter is the only award open to voting by the general public.

The Sunday gala also inducted alt rock superstar Alanis Morissette into the Music Hall of Fame, and she joined 10 other performers through the two-hour program: local band Arkells, soul singer Bobby Bazini, dance singer-songwriter Kiesza, electropop female soloist LIGHTS, EDM icon deadmau5, reggae band MAGIC!, rock champion Sam Roberts Band, teen sensation Shawn Mendes, R&B crooner The Weeknd, and pop group Hedley. Emcee for the evening was the latter band’s frontman Jacob Hoggard. Kiesza was the big winner at this year’s JUNOs winning three awards: Breakthrough Artist, Dance Recording, and Music Video. Below is a run through of Sunday’s big night.

The evening opened with host Jacob Hoggard twiddling on his cell phone before being called to the stage. As he made his way down the corridor, interruptions came. Sam Roberts asked him questions, then his phone rang, and it was Michael Bublé from Dubai (who hosted the show two years ago) on video screen. Michael gave him some advice telling him to “just be nice” to the audience before proceeding to chew out the man who served him a drink. His next video call came from the Prime Minister who apologized for not being able to attend showing Jacob tall stacks of documents on his desk. The final call was from the Trailer Park Boys in prison who accused him of turning his back on them to host when they were easily sexier than him. At the side of the stage, Jacob ran into the other members of his band, Hedley, who did not seem informed that he was hosting without them. “There’s something I’ve got to tell you guys… It’s just me hosting.” Hedley then performed hit song “Anything”.

The first award given out was Rock Album of the Year, presented by country star Dallas Smith and the rock duo Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker. The award was given to Arkells. “Our first show was about 10 minutes away from here at McMaster University,” the band pointed out to a cheering crowd.

“Welcome to the very last JUNOs ever,” joked Hoggard, “It’s an absolute thrill to be hosting tonight and a total honour that everybody else said no.” He then complimented CTV on acquiring a world-class teleprompter which did not seem to be working properly. “Exciting stuff: we’ve got the damn Alanis Morissette … dame Alanis Morissette … Alanis is getting abducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame … inducted.”

Jacob asked if the audience had any questions. “Yeah, I got a question,” the camera panned over to television personality Ben Mulroney (son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney) seated in the audience. Ben was the host of Canadian Idol when Jacob Hoggard was a finalist on the show back in 2004. “Hey, it’s that guy from the talent show I lost,” quipped Hoggard. Mulroney queried, “I just want to ask a question I think everybody is asking themselves right now: why aren’t I hosting this show?” Jacob returned, “Well, I guess they didn’t ask you.” Ben said that they actually did but he turned them down. Jacob had the final word, “Thanks for that … daddy’s boy.”

Kiesza brought down the house with a piano and voice performance of “Sound of a Woman”, title-track from the Dance Recording of the Year JUNO winner, and then her smash hit “Hideaway” accompanied by a squad of dancers. Presenting the award for Single of the Year were actors Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes. The JUNO went to MAGIC! for triple platinum song “Rude”. In a piece of trivia yet unknown to mainstream media, MAGIC!, thanks to “Rude”, became the first purely Canadian band in history to top the British Singles Chart. Arkells followed performing “Come to Light” along with the National Academy Orchestra.

Aboriginal album winner Tanya Tagaq and EDM duo Adventure Club presented the next award. Tanya delivered her lines playfully which added some sparkle amidst the monotonous teleprompter readings: “Take one part legendary poet and four parts Alberta rock, add a Quebec romantic, mix in a Montreal star, and sprinkle with some West Coast pop-rock: a great Canadian cock-rocktail, hey?” The Album of the Year JUNO went to Leonard Cohen for Popular Problems. He was not in attendance. Shawn Mendes performed his hit “Life of the Party” with guitar and voice only.

After the commercial break, Hoggard returned for some more jokes. “Leonard Cohen, album of the year! Congratulations, sir. That guy’s won a lot of JUNOs, huh? Hedley’s still two for 29. Kind of makes us like the Toronto Maple Leafs of bands. Only, we’ll still be playing in the spring.” He then introduced heavyweight American producer and songwriter Glen Ballard who inducted Alanis Morissette into the Music Hall of Fame. Glen made sure to dress himself appropriately for Canadian weather with gloves and a scarf. He told the story mainly of making a 19-year-old’s album Jagged Little Pill, an album that spawned four number one hits in Canada, was certified double diamond, and sold 33 million copies worldwide.

“It was obvious to me that she was brilliant, curious and full of passion to express something that’s inchoate but important,” Glen said. “The phrases that were hewn out of Alanis’ journals and our discussions and the sound of syllables as she sang became the DNA for the album. … I remain astonished by the fact that there were no barriers between her voice and her intention. Her voice rang like a bell of truth and the emotional honesty in the room when we created it is something that we managed to capture for all time. What remains is a record called Jagged Little Pill.”

A video tribute and brief bio followed with comments offered by Shania Twain, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, and Alanis herself. Alanis was portrayed as someone who swooped down like a saviour at a time of popular charts dominated by boy and girl bands to a become rock’s avenging angel.

Alanis took the stage to a standing ovation and proceeded to say, “I am deeply appreciative of this country, in particular based on the fact that I’m clearly from here, and supported in an emotional, dialogical, stream-of-consciousness, storytelling way. … I moved to Los Angeles,” she continued, “And I waited six months for someone to ask me a question, so I listened and then I realized I had to adopt a whole other approach to life, because Canadians are very engaging, very curious, very self-deprecating, very funny. And so I took advantage of the cloth from which I was cut and continued to tell stories and I feel so touched by how people interpret my songs.”

The Weeknd performed his hit song from the Hollywood film Fifty Shades of Grey, “Earned It”. The Minister of Official Languages and Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover appeared on stage with JUNO Award winning band (alternative album) July Talk. The group announced the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award which went to Kiesza who, in a spirit of good will, hugged fellow nominee Shawn Mendes on her way to the stage. She thanked her fans saying “You’re the reason that any of us create music.” MAGIC! in matching suits performed “No Way No” and “Rude” next.

In perhaps the funniest segment of the show, a pre-recorded video was shown of the host behind the scenes backstage. Jacob ran into Kiesza in the corridor and had trouble pronouncing her name. She invited him to join their dance rehearsal, and he quickly whipped off his clothes revealing a skin tight, gold jumpsuit. This hailed back to his performance in a blue one during his Canadian Idol days. Jacob busted some rubbery moves to “Hideaway” leaving Kiesza looking anything but impressed.

2014’s number one selling album artist Bobby Bazini performed next and introduced the work of MusiCounts which supports music education in Canadian schools. MAGIC! had donated $100,000 and expanded on the organization’s work. Deadmau5 performed next.

Recording artists Melanie Durrant, Trevor Guthrie, and Kira Isabella announced the JUNO Fan Choice award. Like Leonard Cohen, its winner, Michael Bublé, was not in attendance. LIGHTS performed together with Sam Roberts Band her hit “Up We Go” and the band’s song “We’re All In This Together”.

Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, recently named world’s best mayor, and Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley mounted the stage. Ian informed about two special awards presented at Saturday’s dinner gala: the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award to Rush and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award Recipient to Ray Danniels. Nenshi pointed out that Rush had instantly responded to the Calgary floods of 2013 donating $575,000. He also invited all to attend the 2016 JUNO Awards at Calgary’s Saddledome. He announced that the National Music Centre will open next year. Jann Arden appeared in a video garbed in construction attire, including a hard hat and reflective vest, wielding a jackhammer, reassuring everyone that progress on the building was going well. Ian and Naheed presented the final award of the night, Artist of the Year, which went to The Weeknd.

Alanis Morissette performed a three-song medley: “Uninvited” from the City of Angels Soundtrack, “You Oughta Know” from Jagged Little Pill, and “Thank U” from album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Jacob Hoggard closed the show by performing a parody of “Thank U” on tile-covered piano: “How about having the JUNOs somewhere not freezing. How about way more chocolate chip cookies backstage. How about still no @#$%! JUNO for Hedley … Thank you Hamilton, thank you Canada, thank you Ben Mulroney’s hair.”

The JUNO gala took place before an audience of 11,700 and drew a Canadian television audience of 1.6 million.

A list of awards at the dinner gala is here.

2015 JUNO Award Winners: Part 2

Winners are bolded in red. For more winners, see Part 1. Also read our gala summary.

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD
Arcade Fire Arcade Fire Music*Universal
Bobby Bazini Universal
Drake Cash Money*Universal
Hedley Universal
Leonard Cohen Columbia*Sony
Magic! Sony
Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner
Nickelback Nickelback II Productions*Universal
Serge Fiori GSI*eOne
You+Me RCA*Sony

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hold On, We’re Going Home Drake ft. Majid Jordan Cash Money*Universal
Crazy for You Hedley Universal
Hideaway Kiesza Island*Universal
Rude Magic! Sony
We’re All in This Together Sam Roberts Band Secret Brain*Universal

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Where I Belong Bobby Bazini Universal
Wild Life Hedley Universal
Popular Problems Leonard Cohen Columbia*Sony
No Fixed Address Nickelback Nickelback II Productions*Universal
Serge Fiori Serge Fiori GSI*eOne

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bryan Adams Badman*Universal
Deadmau5 Mau5trap*Universal
Leonard Cohen Columbia*Sony
Sarah McLachlan Verve*Universal
The Weeknd The Weeknd XO*Universal

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Glenn Morrison Robbins Entertainment*Sony
Jess Moskaluke MDM*Universal
Kiesza Island*Universal
Mac DeMarco Captured Tracks*Outside
Shawn Mendes Island*Universal

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
High Noon Arkells Arkells Music*Universal
Ghost Big Wreck Anthem*Warner
Lo-Fantasy Sam Roberts Band Secret Brain*Universal
The Union The Glorious Sons Black Box*Universal
Between Illness and Migration Your Favorite Enemies Hopeful Tragedy*D.E.P.

SPECIAL AWARDS

Music Hall of Fame: Alanis Morissette

Allan Waters Humanitarian Award:  Rush

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award:  Ray Danniels

2015 JUNO Award Winners: Part 1

Winners are bolded in red. The awards for JUNO Fan Choice, Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Album of the Year were presented at the main gala. See Part 2.

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PRISM Katy Perry Capitol*Universal
Pure Heroine Lorde Universal
Midnight Memories One Direction Sony
In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith Capitol*Universal
1989 Taylor Swift Big Machine*Universal

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Arkells Arkells Music*Universal
Chromeo Last Gang*Universal
Mother Mother Mother Mother Music*Universal
Nickelback Nickelback II Productions*Universal
You+Me RCA*Sony

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR
Adventure Club BMG Rights*Sony
Alvvays Royal Mountain*Universal
Magic! Sony
USS Coalition*Warner
Zeds Dead Mad Decent*Ultra

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Bahamas
“All the Time”, “Bitter Memories”, “Stronger Than That” BAHAMAS IS AFIE – Bahamas Barchords*Universal
Catherine MacLellan
“Jack’s Song”, “Tell Me Luella”, “The Raven’s Sun” THE RAVEN’S SUN – Catherine MacLellan Independent
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
“Birthday” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Luke Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee “Dark Horse ft. Juicy J” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Jordan Houston, Luke Gottwald, Sarah Hudson, Max Martin PRISM – Katy Perry Capitol*Universal “Wild Wild Love” – co-songwriters Armando C. Pérez, Luke Gottwald, Michael Everett, Max Martin, Ammar Malik, Alexander Castillo Vasquez GLOBALIZATION – Pitbull Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA*Sony
Jenn Grant
“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park” COMPOSTELA – Jenn Grant Outside
Magic!
“Don’t Kill the Magic” – co-songwriter Adam Messinger, “Let Your Hair Down”, “Rude” – co-songwriter Adam Messinger DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic! Sony

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lifted Dallas Smith 604*Universal
Light Up The Night Jess Moskaluke MDM*Universal
Caffeine & Big Dreams Kira Isabella Sony
MacKenzie Porter Mackenzie Porter Road Angel*Warner
Wheels The Road Hammers Open Road*Universal

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bahamas Is Afie Bahamas Barchords*Universal
Compostela Jenn Grant Outside
The Lemon Squeeze Jeremy Fisher Hidden Pony*Universal
Popular Problems Leonard Cohen Columbia*Sony
Sleeping Operator The Barr Brothers Secret City*Universal

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alvvays Alvvays Royal Mountain*Universal
Shrink Dust Chad VanGaalen Flemish Eye*Outside
July Talk July Talk Sleepless*Universal
Animism Tanya Tagaq Six Shooter*Universal
Hot Dreams Timber Timbre Arts & Crafts*Universal

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Epic*Sony
Party For Your Life Down With Webster Down With Webster Entertainment*Universal
Little Machines LIGHTS Lights Music*Universal
Don’t Kill The Magic Magic! Sony
Little Secret Nikki Yanofsky A440*Universal

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Angela Galuppo Angela Galuppo Justin Time*Universal
Red Diana Panton Diana Panton*eOne
The Signal Elizabeth Shepherd Linus*eOne
Counting Dreams Julie Crochetière Vega*D.E.P.
Because of Billie Molly Johnson Molly Johnson*Universal

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Zoetrope Jim Head Independent
Vista Obscura Kirk MacDonald Addo*Conveyor
LA Bootleg 1984 Lenny Breau Linus*eOne
La vie commence ici Marianne Trudel Justin Time*Universal
Drum Lore Vol. 2 – More Lore Owen Howard Brooklyn Jazz Underground*Independent

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Bristles Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis & David Occhipinti Independent
Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band: X-Treme Latin Jazz Bobby Rice Addo*Conveyor
Fishs Eddy Brian Dickinson Trio Addo*Conveyor
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Jane Bunnett and Maqueque Justin Time*Universal
The Where Myriad3 Addo*Conveyor

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Great Wall of China Canadian Brass Linus*eOne
Flesh and Machine Daniel Lanois Anti*F.A.B.
Off With the Cuffs John Stetch Addo*Conveyor
Encuentro Quartango Tangovation
Symphony! Sultans of String Independent*Red River

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Maladie d’amour Jimmy Hunt Dare To Care*D.E.P.
L’alchimie des monstres Klô Pelgag Coyote*D.E.P.
Ornithologie, la nuit Philippe B Bonsound*Select
Valse 333 Sagot Simone*Select
Serge Fiori Serge Fiori GSI*eOne

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Wave Your Antlers Bobs & LoLo Nettwerk*Sony
Where In The World Fred Penner The Children’s Group*eOne
Le chat botté LuLu et le Matou Independent
Love Bug Raffi Troubadour*Universal
Happy Times Splash’N Boots Independent

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Blanc Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà Analekta*Select
Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz,
Socalled, Jonathan Crow & Geoffrey Burleson Oxingale*S.R.I.
Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3 James Ehnes Chandos*Naxos
Prokofiev: Sonates & Mélodies Jonathan Crow & Paul Stewart ATMA*Naxos
Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin Karl Stobbe Avie

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE
ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24 Angela Hewitt Hyperion*HM
Khachaturian/Shostakovich James Ehnes Onyx*HM
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7, Departure – Utopia Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Kent Nagano
Analekta*Select
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian Chandos*Naxos
Bruckner 3 Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Orchestre Métropolitain ATMA*Naxos

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Schubert: Winterreise Gerald Finley & Julius Drake Hyperion*HM
Handel & Porpora: The London Years Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en concert & Luc Beauséjour
Analekta*Select
Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias Karina Gauvin, Les Violons du Roy & Bernard Labadie Audiogram*Select
Terra Tremuit Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal ATMA*Naxos
The Heart’s Refuge Theatre of Early Music, Schola Cantorum & Daniel Taylor Analekta*Select

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Glistening Pianos Alice Ping Yee Ho GLISTENING PIANOS Centrediscs*Naxos
Airline Icarus Brian Current AIRLINE ICARUS – COMPLETE OPERA Naxos
Magister Ludi Gordon Fitzell MAGISTER LUDI Centrediscs*Naxos
Sextet, OP. 71 Jacques Hétu COMPLETE CHAMBER WORKS FOR STRINGS Naxos
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra John Estacio A CONCERT FOR NEW YORK
Independent

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
PA2: The Director’s Cut Marco Polo Soulspazm*Independent
The Legends League Presents: Naturally Born Strangers Naturally Born Strangers Legends
League*Independent
Dear America P Reign RCA*Sony
Amani Saukrates Culvert*Universal
Stigmata Tre Mission Last Gang*Universal

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Calling All Heroes Adventure Club BMG Rights*Sony
White Women Chromeo Last Gang*Universal
Goodbye Glenn Morrison Robbins Entertainment*Sony
Sound Of A Woman Kiesza Island*Universal
Soundwave Trevor Guthrie Interscope*Sony

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Dirty Laundry Ben Stevenson Culvert*Universal
Got To Have It jacksoul Megawatt*Sony
JRDN JRDN Kuya*Fontana North
Four Seasons Melanie Durrant Independent
Often The Weeknd The Weeknd XO*Universal

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Welcome the King Exco Levi Kheilstone*Independent
Love Inna Wi Heart Kirk Diamond ft. Bob da Builda Don Dem/Galang*Independent
Wake Up Mikey Dangerous Dub Avenue*D.E.P.
Hold On Till I Die Steele Mobs*Independent
Real Talk Tasha T RasVibe*VP

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Whole World’s Got the Blues Crystal Shawanda New Sun*Fontana North
For The Light Digging Roots Sugar Bush*Outside
Heart of the People Leela Gilday Diva Sound*Outside
Animism Tanya Tagaq Six Shooter*Universal
The (Post) Mistress Tomson Highway Independent

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
They Promised You Mercy Amelia Curran Six Shooter*Universal
The Raven’s Sun Catherine MacLellan Independent
Prairieography Del Barber True North*eOne
The Old Silo James Hill Borealis*eOne
Weightless Matt Andersen True North*eOne

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
South Blackie and The Rodeo Kings File Under: Music*Outside
Work and Love Elliott Brood Paper Bag*Outside
Let It Lie The Bros. Landreth Independent*Fontana North
Jubilee The Deep Dark Woods Six Shooter*Universal
Departures The Once Nettwerk*Sony

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Belmont Boulevard JW-Jones Blind Pig/Stony Plain*Warner
Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 Steve Hill Independent*Outside
Let Me Prove It To You Steve Strongman Independent*Sonic Unyon
Wicked The 24th Street Wailers Independent
A Real Fine Mess The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer Tonic*Fontana North

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Introducing Chelsea Amber Chelsea Amber Independent*David C. Cook
Analog Love in Digital Times Drew Brown Independent
The Moment Manafest Manafest Productions*Fontana North
VIP Manic Drive Bema Media*David C. Cook
The Joy Tim Neufeld Independent*David C. Cook

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ayrad Ayrad CFM*Select
Singing in Tongues Eccodek Black Swan/Big Mind*Outside
The Key Emmanuel Jal Gatwitch*Universal
Le dernier empereur bantou Pierre Kwenders Bonsound*Select
500 Years of Night Quique Escamilla Lulaworld*Outside

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Adam Messinger “Change Your Life” (co-producer Nasri Atweh) THE NEW CLASSIC – Iggy Azalea
Island Def Jam*Universal | “Rude” DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic! Sony
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Leather Jacket” – HIGH NOON – Arkells
Arkells Music*Universal
Gavin Brown “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace RCA*Sony | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD THING
– Mother Mother Mother Mother Music*Universal
Jesse Zubot “Caribou”, “Uja” ANIMISM – Tanya Tagaq Six Shooter*Universal
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter “Soundwave”– Trevor Guthrie Interscope*Sony | “Up We Go” LITTLE
MACHINES – Lights Lights Music*Universal

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Satellite Hotel” BLACK BUFFALO – One
Bad Son 604*Universal
George Seara “Got To Have It”, “Whole Day” GREATEST HITS – jacksoul Megawatt*Sony
Jeremy Darby “Mosaic”, “Nomad’s Arrival” MANDALA – Monsoon Independent
John “Beetle” Bailey “Any Day Now” JUST PASSING THROUGH – The Breithaupt Brothers
Alma*Universal | “Fine and Mellow” BECAUSE OF BILLIE – Molly Johnson Molly Johnson*Universal
Lenny Derose “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace RCA*Sony | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD
THING – Mother Mother Mother Mother Music*Universal

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors) FREE WILL – Bry
Webb Idée Fixe*Outside
Caroline Blanchette (Art Director) WONDERS OF THE WORLD – The Lost Fingers Tandem*Sony
Menno Versteeg (Art Director), Zack Mykula (Designer), Jason Bartell (Illustrator), Yoshi Cooper
(Photographer) PUP – PUP Royal Mountain*Universal
Roberta Hansen (Art Director/Designer/Illustrator), Mike Latschislaw (Photographer)
PILGRIMAGE – Steve Bell Signpost*Outside
Taylor Kirk (Art Director/Designer/Photographer), Robyn Kotyk (Designer), Laura Margaret
Ramsay (Photographer) HOT DREAMS – Timber Timbre Arts & Crafts*Universal

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUCHFACT, EXCLUSIVELY FUNDED BY BELL MEDIA)
Preach Dane Collison SONREAL Black Box*Universal
Lost You Grandson & Son ZEDS DEAD FT. TWIN SHADOW Mad Decent*Ultra
Guilt Trip Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack PUP Royal Mountain*Universal
Hideaway Kiesza, Blayre Ellestad, Rami Afuni and Ljuba Castot KIESZA Island*Universal
Not Up To Me Natalie Rae Robison KANDLE Dare to Care*D.E.P.

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Our Love Caribou Merge*F.A.B
While (1<2) Deadmau5 Mau5trap*Universal
Right From Real Lydia Ainsworth Arbutus*F.A.B.
EX Plastikman Mute*Warner
Alone For The First Time Ryan Hemsworth Last Gang*Universal

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Z² Devin Townsend Project HevyDevy*eOne
Waiting for the End to Come Kataklysm Nuclear Blast*Sony
Brotherhood of the Ram Shooting Guns RidingEasy*Pre-Rock
Negative Qualities Single Mothers Dine Alone*Universal
Chasing the Dream Skull Fist NoiseArt*Fontana North

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Womyn Alysha Brilla Sunny Jam*Independent
Everything Almost Jann Arden Universal
Trauma: Chansons de la série télé (saison no. 5) Coeur de pirate Dare to Care*D.E.P.
Dark Swing Ndidi Universal
Shine On Sarah McLachlan Verve*Universal

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Album of the Year Nominees

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The final analysis we shall do leading up to the 2015 JUNOs this weekend is for Album of the Year nominees.

Bobby Bazini’s Where I Belong was the best-selling Canadian album of the year in the country and the only one to surpass 100,000 in sales. It was certified platinum. Bobby has not yet won a JUNO. He was nominated twice in 2011 and is up for two this year, the other being for the JUNO Fan Choice Award. Despite his popularity, radio did not play the album’s songs and the Canadian media seemed more interested in promoting international soul singers like Sam Smith and John Legend.

Another injustice is Hedley’s to date winning of only two JUNO Awards despite tremendous success. The fact that frontman Jacob Hoggard is hosting may be an indication that the band will nab one or two more this year. Wild Life (platinum) was one of the most successful albums of the year and was the only album among the five nominated that spawned considerably big hit singles. We predict this one will take the award.

Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems (platinum) was the 24th biggest album overall of the year. Some have predicted it will win this year’s award. Len has won six JUNOs to date. He is not recognized as the country’s best singer but has been as one of our finest songwriters, certainly in terms of the lyrical component. We like him because he has been able to create a unique style he can call his own.

Nickelback is the frontrunner in terms of the number of JUNOs won: 12 to date! No Fixed Address was the most successful album of the year internationally, recently going platinum at home. As so-called post grunge is less in vogue now, the band we feel did a good job at tweaking its sound to something a little more in keeping with today’s vibes while not at all sacrificing its consistently catchy songwriting.

Serge Fiori made the big comeback. Among all five, the music seemed to resonate most with the public as the album was voted as best of the year via a CBC poll. Yes, it has an older style of progressive rock but that is the same sort of music that enabled groups like Supertramp to tap right into the Canadian soul. The platinum album finished just slightly behind Bazini’s in terms of sales through the year. What we question is whether CARAS members yet have the maturity to call a Franco work the year’s best album. We hope so.

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Single of the Year Nominees

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Nominated for Single of the Year are “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Toronto’s Drake featuring Majid Jordan; “Crazy For You” by Abbotsford, BC’s Hedley; “Hidaway” by Calgary’s Kiesza, “Rude” by Toronto’s MAGIC!, and “We’re All In This Together” by Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band. All five songs encompass a different style under the pop-rock umbrella: R&B, pop, dance, reggae, and rock respectively.

Drake leads the pack in terms of the number of charting singles on the Hot 100. As the main artist alone, he has scored 24. Hedley has 20, Kiesza 2, MAGIC! 4, and Sam Roberts (Band) 4. All five artists have platinum certification or higher for either a single or album. Hedley managed a triple platinum single with “Kiss You Inside Out”. MAGIC! accomplished the same with nominated “Rude”. Drake’s Take Care was a double platinum release. Kiesza’s nominated “Hideaway” went platinum. Sam Roberts’ We Were Born In a Flame was a platinum album.

In terms of the nominated songs, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was a platinum single. It peaked at #5 in 2013 on the Hot 100 and made the year-end charts for both 2013 (#42) and 2014 (#49).

“Crazy For You” has not yet been certified. It reached #7 and finished 2014 as the 22nd biggest song.

“Hideaway” as mentioned hit platinum. It peaked at #5 making it the highest charting CanCon single of 2014, and it finished the year as the 29th most popular song in Canada.

“Rude” attained triple platinum sales, reached #6, and was the year’s biggest CanCon hit at #5 on the year-end chart for 2014.

“We’re All In This Together” did not reach gold sales. It did make the Hot 100 peaking at #70. This is considered high for a rock song.

Both “Hideaway” and “Rude” were significant international hits in 2014. Both topped the British charts and finished the year as the 15th and 13th biggest songs respectively in the United Kingdom. “Hold On We’re Going Home” was #31 on the UK year-end chart for 2013.

The JUNOs do not necessarily give the award to the most successful song. (Remember when The Sheepdogs won the category a few years ago?) We will still predict that “Rude” will take the award.

Bobby Bazini to Perform at the JUNOs, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi to Present

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The hard-working people of Hamilton have spent a year preparing for the JUNO Awards and its associated events. From winning the bid to host the show, they have toiled in preparation for a week-long series of events culminating in the main gala broadcast, televised on CTV Sunday night. The show will be accomplished with 13 television cameras, 40 wireless microphones, 40 production TV monitors, 70 local crew members, 95 TV technical crew members, 176 speakers, 230 wired microphones, 500 lighting fixtures, 600 LED panels, 4,800 logged crew hours, 1 million watts of lighting power, and an estimated 1.4 million TV viewers.

Behind the visual elements of the dynamic sound stage is Grimsby-based company InFrame Designs. Its Alex Nadon says each set will have a unique look. To ensure a smooth running on gala night, many tests and tweaks will be carried out days prior to the broadcast. He explains that by the time show day comes, everyone involved knows where and when they need to be down to the second. The performance stage will be set up like a “ring road”: new set pieces will enter on one side while the previous performer’s gear is removed on the other, all in a matter of minutes.

The unique sets will be for eleven performances. CARAS confirmed today the final performer: best-selling artist of the year Bobby Bazini. Previously confirmed are Alanis Morissette, Arkells, deadmau5, Hedley, Kiesza, Lights, MAGIC!, Sam Roberts Band, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd.

Supervising producer Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions adds that detailed timing down to the exact moment a patch cable is plugged or unplugged must be precise in order for the show to run smoothly. She points out that no one lip syncs or air plays instruments; it’s 100 percent live at the JUNOs.

The show that will go live at 7 p.m. Sunday before a crowd of about 9,000 is a two-hour event and a collaboration among CARAS, CTV, Insight Productions, the artists, record labels, the host city, and several contractors.

Interspersed with the 11 performances are six awards to be handed out – JUNO fan choice, single of the year, album of the year, artist of the year, breakthrough artist of the year and rock album of the year. The other 35 will be awarded at an industry dinner held at the Hamilton Convention Centre on Saturday night, hosted by entertainment personality Jessi Cruickshank. It can be watched via live internet streaming.

Other announcements made by CARAS today are that songwriter and producer Glen Ballard has been chosen to induct Alanis Morissette into the Music Hall of Fame.

Confirmed presenters at the Jacob Hoggard (Hedley) hosted gala will be electropop duo Adventure Club, country chart topper Dallas Smith, Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley, actors Jared Keeso and Adrian Holmes, rock band July Talk, country superstar Kira Isabella, R&B/soul sensation Melanie Durrant, Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, Calgary award-winning mayor Naheed Nenshi, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover, Canadian throat-singer Tanya Tagaq, and pop singer Trevor Guthrie.

Beyond votes, nominees, and winners, the JUNO Awards should be seen as a celebration of the Canadian Music Industry as a whole, one that has been painstakingly built up by many hands over a long history and that now stands as one of the largest in the world among 200 countries.

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Artist/Group of the Year Nominees

Nominees for these two categories are determined by an equal weighting of sales, CARAS Academy Delegate votes and Next Big Sound Data.

Up for Artist of the Year are Kingston, ON’s Bryan Adams, Niagara Falls’ deadmau5, Montreal’s Leonard Cohen, Halifax’s Sarah McLachlan, and Toronto’s The Weeknd.

For Group of the Year, we have Hamilton’s Arkells, Montreal’s Chromeo, Quadra Island, BC’s Mother Mother, Hanna, AB’s Nickelback, and half Canadian duo You+Me.

The Artists

Bryan Adams released a gold-certified covers album last year, Tracks of My Years. He has won 19 JUNO Awards placing him in third place after Anne Murray and Celine Dion. Deadmau5 released his album While One Is Less Than Two which placed three tracks on the charts, the most successful being “Seeya”, a gold, Top 20 hit. He’s won four JUNOs to date. Leonard Cohen gave us platinum certified album Popular Problems. His JUNO count stands at six. Sarah McLachlan, winner of eight JUNOs heartened 2014 with her gold album Shine On. The Weeknd’s last album was Kiss Land back in September 2013. Four of his songs made the Hot 100 in 2014 including his Top 10 collaboration with Ariana Grande. Newer on the playing field, The Weeknd has had two JUNOs to date.

We have a feeling The Weeknd will win this one, with his recent international superstardom and thus momentum, but it’s a tough call. Interestingly, none of the artists scored both a Hot 100 charting single and a gold/platinum certified album in 2014.

The Groups

Regarding the groups, two-time JUNO winner Arkells released album High Noon and single “Come to Light” peaked at #81 on the charts. Chromeo had one of the year’s biggest Canadian hits; “Jealous” from album White Women peaked at #12 and became a platinum single. The duo has not yet won a JUNO. Mother Mother graced 2014 with album Very Good Bad Thing. While no certifications or hit singles resulted, the band was signed to a major label, a mark of growth. The band has not yet won a JUNO. Nicelback’s 2014 album was No Fixed Address, recently certified platinum. Three singles made the charts, two landing in the Top 40. The band has won a dozen JUNOs. You+Me scored gold album Rose Ave, three tracks making the Hot 100. The duo was new on the scene in 2014.

Prediction? The JUNOs will probably want to reward Chromeo for its new level of success and finally give the duo an award.

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Breakthrough Artist/Group of the Year Nominees

BreakthroughToronto EDM spin wizard Glenn Morrison definitely broke through. Track “Goodbye” became a platinum single, reaching a peak position of #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke broke through by becoming the first female country artist since Shania Twain to score a gold single. Calgary’s Kiesza made history when her debut single “Hideaway” debuted at #1 on the UK Singles chart. At home, it was the highest charting single of the year and attained platinum sales. Debut single from Toronto teen sensation Shawn Mendes became a Top 10 hit and went gold. As for Edmonton’s Mac DeMarco, we’re not sure in what way he broke through without a hit single or gold album. His music is pretty good, and he’s doing something a little different but perhaps a nomination in another category would have made more sense. It goes to show that titling an album with a Shakespearean expression gives one credit.

Kiesza will probably take the award, though Shawn Mendes has a shot at it. He now has 2.75 million Twitter followers.

Regarding Breakthrough Group, Adventure Club made the Top 40 with “Wonder”. Three tracks from MAGIC!‘s debut album made the Top 40 including international, triple platinum smash “Rude”. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) landed two tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 and one of them went gold. “Lost You” became Zeds Dead‘s first charting single. As for Alvvays, we’re not sure how the band broke through without a hit single or gold record. Perhaps it’s a matter of never underestimating the charm of the Rankins.

MAGIC! will probably take the award.

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Vocal Jazz Album of the Year Nominees

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For this category, CARAS states, “Eligible music includes all vocal music styles with a strong base in the roots of jazz, which can reflect either contemporary or traditional jazz music.”

This is the first JUNO nomination for Angela Galuppo as well as Julie Crochetière for album Counting Dreams. Both are from Montreal. Julie was formerly part of JUNO-nominated group Sugar Jones. Also from Montreal is Elizabeth Shepherd (The Signal). She along with Hamilton’s Diana Panton (Red) are being nominated for the fourth time. Toronto’s Molly Johnson (Because of Billie) is the only one of the bunch to have won a JUNO. She accomplished this in 2009.

Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Jazz Album of the Year Nominees

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To reflect the ever blurring lines between the neo and the trad, the JUNOs no longer have separate categories for traditional versus contemporary jazz. Instrumental jazz is divided into two categories: solo and group. CARAS defines jazz as, “Any style of recording that predominantly features musical elements from the rich and diverse history of jazz music. Sub-genres or styles include: Traditional jazz, stride, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, modal jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, groove-based, nu-jazz, ‘acid jazz’, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced, etc…”

For the solo category, we have Grande Prairie, AB’s Jim Head (Zoetrope) the only first-time nominee of the batch. It is the second nomination for both Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, QC’s Marianne Trudel (La vie commence ici) and Edmonton’s Owen Howard (Drum Lore Vol. 2 – More Lore). Prior JUNO winners (one apiece) are Cape Breton’s Kirk MacDonald (Vista Obscura) and Winnipeg’s Lenny Breau (LA Bootleg 1984). The latter, now deceased, was American though based in Canada from 1957 to 1976.

In the group category are first-time nominees Bobby Rice and the Latin Jazz Big Band (X-Treme Latin Jazz) from Winnipeg and Toronto’s Myriad3 (The Where). Behind Toronto album Bristles, Andrew Downing and Jim Lewis are first-time nominees while David Occhipinti was nominated previously. Guelph’s Brian Dickinson Trio is nominated for album Fishs Eddy. Brian won a JUNO in 1992. Finally, we have high-profile artist Jane Bunnett (and Maqueque). The Toronto ace has won four JUNO awards.

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Ice Conduit to the 2015 JUNOs: Roots and Traditional Album of the Year

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There are two categories under roots music, one for soloists (above) and one for groups (below). CARAS states, the “Roots and Traditional category is comprised of all solo recordings that are traditionally based including ethnically specific music. … To be eligible, an album must be predominantly Roots & Traditional. Predominance means 50% or more of the recording.”

Among the soloists, Perth-Andover, NB’s Matt Andersen is nominated for the first time thanks to album Weightless. Charlottetown’s Catherine MacLellan, via album The Raven’s Sun, is nominated for her first two this year. The other nomination is for songwriter of the year. It’s the second nomination for both Winnipeg’s Del Barber (Prairieography) and Vancouver’s James Hill (The Old Silo). Hill’s first nomination was way back in 1979 for best album graphics. St. John’s Amelia Curran has already won two JUNO awards. They Promised You Mercy is her nominated work this year.

For the groups, Winnipeg’s The Brothers Landreth are nominated for the first time for album Let It Lie. It’s the second nomination for both Saskatoon’s The Deep Dark Woods (Jubilee) and St. John’s The Once (Departures). Hamilton’s Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (South) won a JUNO back in 2000 and Toronto’s Elliott Brood (Work and Love) won one in 2013.

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