2019 JUNO Gala Honours Corey Hart

The 2019 main televised JUNO gala took place tonight in London being hosted by Sarah McLachlan. It was perhaps the most diverse night in the history of the awards show with performances across the genre spectrum, the inclusion of indigenous and Asian Canadians, and performances in French. The host inducted pop icon Corey Hart into the Music Hall of Fame who along with just about all in attendance shed tears. He closed out the show with a performance of his two best-known songs, “Never Surrender” and “Sunglasses at Night”. The gala was opened by hometown duo Loud Luxury who performed smash dance hit “Body”. There was a surprise appearance by British icon Sting and Canadian figure skating hero and Olympic gold medalist Tessa Virtue of London. And the final six JUNO trophies were handed out with a couple of upsets or surprises.

Shawn Mendes won his fifth and final 2019 JUNO award (he won four at the dinner gala and awards last night). This was for Album of the Year. Arkells took the prize for Group of the Year and international newcomer bülow Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Exclaim’s Anthony Easton was no doubt writhing in agony when Brett Kissel won Country Album of the Year for We Were That Song. Jessie Reyez, the epitome of gratefulness, took R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for Being Human in Public. She it was who announced the evening’s final award – the coveted JUNO Fan Choice, and it went to Avril Lavigne. Below is a list of nominees in the six categories with the winner indicated.

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Arkells – Winner!
Chromeo
Metric
The Sheepdogs
Three Days Grace

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Twos, Anders
Pain & Pleasure, Black Atlass
Stone Woman, Charlotte Day Wilson
Being Human in Public, Jessie Reyez – Winner!
My Dear Melancholy, The Weeknd

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
bülow – Winner!
grandson
Johnny Orlando
KILLY
Meghan Patrick

JUNO FAN CHOICE
Alessia Cara
Avril Lavigne – Winner!
bülow
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
KILLY
Loud Luxury
NAV
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Darlène, Hubert Lenoir
These Are the Days, Jann Arden
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes – Winner!
My Dear Melancholy, The Weeknd
Outsider, Three Days Grace

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We Were That Song, Brett Kissel – Winner!
A Small Town Christmas, Jess Moskaluke
Country Music Made Me Do It, Meghan Patrick
Feels Like That, The Reklaws
New Tattoo, Tim Hicks

CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Corey Hart

Shawn Mendes Wins Four JUNO Awards

The JUNO Awards handed out 36 trophies tonight in London, Ontario on the eve of the main televised gala tomorrow evening. David Foster was presented with the special humanitarian award, presented by Michael Bublé. Duff Roman was graced with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award honouring his work in the industry. Shawn Mendes won four awards: Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. He was not present, as he is currently in Europe. Francophone Album of the Year went to popular rapper Loud. The Washboard Union took Breakthrough Group of the Year. Oshawa newcomer Dizzy took Alternative Album of the Year. Loud Luxury won Dance Recording of the Year (London is the duo’s hometown). Jeremy Dutcher won Indigenous Album of the Year. For his work on Grammy award winning album Golden Hour by US singer Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Everett took the trophy for Recording Engineer of the Year. The Video of the Year Award was given to Ali Eisner for directing “No Depression” by Bahamas. The latter won Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Milk & Bone won Electronic Album of the Year. In its first JUNO in the band’s 36-year history together, Voivod won Metal Album of the Year. The aforementioned Michael Bublé won Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. Find a list of all JUNO winners per category from tonight’s ceremony below.

By process of elimination then, the awards that will be presented at the main gala tomorrow will be for JUNO Fan Choice, Album of the Year, Group of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Country Album of the Year, and the Music Hall of Fame induction.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
In My Blood, Shawn Mendes

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Shawn Mendes

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Washboard Union

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
“Lost In Japan” – co-songwriters Nate Mercereau, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger
“Youth”- co-songwriters Geoff Warburton, Khalid Robinson, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger
“In My Blood”- co-songwriters Geoff Warburton, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Earthtones, Bahamas

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Baby Teeth, Dizzy

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Rally Cry, Arkells

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Laila Biali, Laila Biali

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Old Soul, Robi Botos

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
The Seasons of Being, Andy Milne & Dapp Theory

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
China Cloud, Gordon Grdina

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Une année record, Loud

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
You, Me and the Sea, Splash’N Boots

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER
The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke & Ravel
Gryphon Trio

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE
Vaughan Williams
Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Oundjian featuring Louis Lortie, Sarah Jeffrey, & Teng Li

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL
Vienna: Fin de siècle, Barbara Hannigan with Reinbert De Leeuw

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Golden Slumbers Kiss your Eyes, Ana Sokolović

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Love me Now, Tory Lanez

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Body, Loud Luxury

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix – Overdubbed, Dubmatix

INDIGENOUS MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Jeremy Dutcher

CONTEMPORARY ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Both Ways, Donovan Woods

TRADITIONAL ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Sweet Old Religion, Pharis and Jason Romero

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Miles To Go, Colin James

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Tired Of Basic, LOVECOLLIDE

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Rapadou Kreyol, Wesli

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
“People’s Champ”, “Relentless” RALLY CRY – Arkells, Eric Ratz

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
“Slow Burn”, “Space Cowboy” GOLDEN HOUR – Kacey Musgraves
Shawn Everett

ALBUM ARTWORK OF THE YEAR
BLOOD – Rhye
Mike Milosh (Art Director, Designer, Illustrator, & Photographer)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
No Depression – Bahamas, Ali Eisner

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Deception Bay, Milk & Bone

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The Wake, Voivod

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Love, Michael Bublé

COMEDY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Good Friend Bad Grammar, Dave Merheje

HUMANITARIAN AWARD
David Foster

WALT GREALIS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Duff Roman

Coeur de Pirate and Others Added to JUNO Performance Lineup

Additional performers at the upcoming 2019 JUNO Awards have been announced. Previously slotted in, Loud Luxury, bülow, and Corey Hart will be joined by bilingual singer-songwriter and pianist Coeur de pirate, Indigenous neo-classical artist Jeremy Dutcher, Francophone rapper Loud, Classical Album of the Year nominee, violinist Blake Pouliot, and Anglophone country sibling duo The Reklaws.

Performing before a hometown crowd in London, ON at the JUNOs on Saint Patrick’s Day, Loud Luxury is nominated for its first four awards this year thanks especially to 7x platinum single “Body” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Youthful, German-born newcomer Bülow is also nominated for her first quad of trophies this year. Her “Not a Love Song” has achieved platinum status. Corey Hart is a diamond-certified (via album Boy in the Box) Montrealer having won two JUNOs. His song “Never Surrender” was the biggest song of 1985. Corey will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame this year.

Coeur de pirate a.k.a. Beatrice Martin of Outremont, QC is a platinum, Billboard Hot 100 charting recording artist, nominated for four Junos in the past. New Brunswick’s Jeremy Dutcher took home the coveted Polaris Prize this year. He turned heads by recording an album of songs in his Indigenous language. Loud’s “Toutes les femmes savent danser” (Billboard #94) has passed the platinum milestone, and the Montrealer is nominated for his first Juno trophy this year. “Long Live the Night” by Ontario’s The Reklaws has gone gold! The duo is nominated for its first Juno in 2019 as well.

Jeremy will be accompanied by Blake Pouliot, and Coeur de pirate will team up with Loud. Speculation is that the latter pair will perform “Dans la nuit” from her 2018 album. If this happens, it will be the first time in a long time, perhaps in the history of the JUNO main gala, for a French-language performance. This would be a key signal for the maturation of Canada as a country. Hopefully the performance will be entirely in French and not be made disappointingly short.