Winnipeg played host to 43rd annual Juno Awards
Recently named one of the Culture Capitals of Canada, the wintery and windy city of Winnipeg, Manitoba was host to the 43rd annual Juno Awards.
Like you don’t know, but the Juno Awards are a Canadian celebration of talent and achievements amongst Canada’s latest and greatest musical artists.
Winnipeg is home to such acts as The Wailin’ Jennys, Del Barber, Doc Walker, The Weakerthans, Imaginary Cities and many others. The city has a wide diversity of music genres, including award-winning Aboriginal and Francophone artists. Even the legendary Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and of course Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO.) This year was BTO’s time to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
The awards themselves took place over two days, March 29-30, with the majority of the 42 awards being handed out on Saturday night at the untelevised Gala Dinner. The higher caliber awards were handed out during the televised ceremony on Sunday.
It was a night that contained many surprises, such as triple-threat winners Tegan and Sara, who picked up their first ever Juno Awards, despite being on the Canadian music scene since the early 90s. Serena Ryder won Artist of the year, and Montreal’s Arcade Fire again won for album of the year. Justin Bieber (who was not in attendance this year) was given the Juno Fan Choice Award and, according to most accounts, promptly booed by the audience. He thanked his fans on Twitter.
It was also a big year for several Martyr Magazine interviewees, with several nominations and wins:
• Courage My Love from Burlington, Ont., received their first nomination, for Breakthrough Group of the Year, with Born Ruffians of Midland, Ont. also being nominated in the same category. Congrats to Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red who took the award.
• Halifax, N.S., rapper Classified was up for nomination for Rap Recording of the year for his self-titled track, as well as SonReal of B.C.’s “Everywhere We Go.” The award went to Toronto’s Drake for “Nothing Was the Same.”
• Alterna-Folk rockers, The Strumbellas, took home their second career Juno, for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group
• The Flatliners, album “Dead Language” was nominated for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year. The prize was captured by Protest the Hero for their newest album Volition.
The full list of winners and nominees can be seen on the Junos website. Highlights of the wins include:
JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD (PRESENTED BY TD)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
“Closer” – Tegan and Sara
GROUP OF THE YEAR
Tegan and Sara
POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Heartthrob – Tegan and Sara
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUSIC CANADA)
Reflektor – Arcade Fire
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Tribe Called Red
Story by Brian Talmey