Hedley Dropped from List of JUNO Performers

At Canadian Music Blog, we’re loving these Olympics.

Last off, we had 10 Olympic medalists as follows:

Justine Dufour-Lapointe – Silver – Freestyle Skiing: Ladies’ Moguls
Max Parrot – Silver – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Mark McMorris – Bronze – Snowboard: Men’s Slopestyle
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Silver – Speed Skating: Men’s 5,000m
Team Canada – Gold – Figure Skating: Team Event
Mikael Kingsbury – Gold – Freestyle Skiing: Men’s Moguls
Laurie Blouin – Silver – Snowboard: Ladies’ Slopestyle
Team Canada – Gold – Curling: Mixed Doubles
Alex Gough – Bronze – Luge – Women’s Singles
Kim Boutin – Bronze – Short Track Speed Skating: Ladies’ 500m

We can now add three more:

Team Canada – Bronze – Figure Skating: Pair Skating
Team Canada – Silver – Luge: Team Relay
Ted-Jan Bloemen – Gold – Speed Skating: Men’s 10,000m

Last night in women’s hockey, Team Canada took on the USA and beat them 2-1 despite being outshot 45-23 and stopping cold a penalty shot. During the CBC broadcast, Michael Bublé appeared in a live interview to voice support of our athletes, reminisce a little on performing at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, and promote the upcoming JUNO awards which he will be hosting.

The JUNOs announced yesterday that pop group Hedley, one of a few thus far booked to perform at the gala next month, has been scratched from the bill. The band, currently on tour, has been hit with allegations concerning unseemly conduct with female minors. Coincidentally, a joke about this kind of conduct from last year’s JUNO host drew criticism prompting an apology from organizers.

Hedley penned a Facebook statement calling the allegations “unsubstantiated” acknowledging that in the past members engaged in “a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches,” but added “there was always a line that we would never cross.”

Hedley is nominated for JUNO Fan Choice, Pop Album of the Year, and Group of the Year.

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Quebec Group Arcade Fire Leads 2018 JUNO Nominations

With five nods, American-led, Montreal-based alternative group Arcade Fire leads the pack in the 2018 JUNO awards nominations which were announced this morning. The band is nominated for Album of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Group of the Year, and Album Artwork of the Year.

With four nominations is novice Jessie Reyez from Toronto. The squeaky, fingernails down a chalkboard singer made the Hot 100 last year with “Figures” which peaked outside the Top 40 at #58 and went platinum. She’s up for Video of the Year, JUNO Fan Choice, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

Though it failed to make the Canadian Hot 100, “Get You” by Oshawan newcomer Daniel Caesar was certified a gold single helping to secure for him three nominations – R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Album Artwork of the Year. For their work on his music, Daniel’s personnel are nominated for Producer of the Year and Recording Engineer of the Year.

Notably absent from the nominations is Drake whose album More Life was the only 2017 Canadian artist album to be certified multiplatinum by the end of the year. As with the U.S. Grammy Awards, Drake did not submit the album for contention.

Find nominations below in selected categories. You can view them all at the JUNO Awards website here.

THE 2018 JUNO AWARDS

Where:  Vancouver
When:  March 25
Host:  Michael Bublé
Performers:  TBA

SPECIAL AWARDS

Music Hall of Fame:  Barenaked Ladies + Steven Page
Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award:  Denise Donlon

SELECTED NOMINATIONS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Revival, Johnny Reid
Nobody But Me, Michael Bublé
Safe Haven, Ruth B
Now, Shania Twain
Everything Now, Arcade Fire

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, Shawn Mendes
I Feel It Coming, The Weeknd
How Far I’ll Go, Alessia Cara
Knocking at the Door, Arkells
Everything Now, Arcade Fire

JUNO FAN CHOICE
Jessie Reyez
Shawn Hook
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Theory
Walk Off The Earth
Justin Bieber
Hedley
Arkells
Alessia Cara

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ruth B
Shania Twain
Gord Downie
Daniel Caesar
Lights

GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Tribe Called Red
Arcade Fire
Alvvays
Broken Social Scene
Hedley

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jessie Reyez
NAV
Virginia to Vegas
Allan Rayman
Charlotte Cardin

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR
James Barker Band
The Beaches
The Dead South
The Franklin Electric
The Jerry Cans

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Game On, James Barker Band
Past the Past, Jess Moskaluke
Shake These Walls, Tim Hicks
Beautiful Freakshow, Dean Brody
Dear Life, High Valley

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Skin & Earth, Lights
My Love, Ria Mae
Safe Haven, Ruth B
Hȏtel de Ville, Scott Helman
Cageless, Hedley

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
L’étoile thoracique, Klȏ Pelgag
La science du Coeur, Pierre Lapointe
Almanach, Patrice Michaud
Nos Eldorados, Alex Nevsky
Paloma, Daniel Bélanger

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Deeper, KAPRI
Closer, Nick Fiorucci
Almost Home, Sultan + Shepard
Get What You Give, Felix Cartal
Not Going Home, DVBBS

INDIGENOUS MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Here & Now, Indian City
The Fight Within, Iskwé
Sedna, Kelly Fraser
Medicine Songs, Buffy Sainte-Marie
PowWowStep, DJ Shub

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
LEAVING THE TABLE – Leonard Cohen
Christopher Mills
THE DRUGS – Mother Mother
Emma Higgins
VENUS FLY – Grimes
Grimes (Claire Boucher)
GATEKEEPER – Jessie Reyez
Peter Huang
KNOCKING AT THE DOOR – Arkells
Shane Cunningham & Mark Myers

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Music To Draw To: Satellite, Kid Koala
Mass Manipulation, Rezz
Tenderness, Blue Hawaii
Someone Else, CRi
Two Hearts, Dabin

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Revival, Johnny Reid
Nobody But Me, Michael Bublé
The Grand Hustle, Nuela Charles
Christmas Together, The Tenors
Rooted, Alysha Brilla