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May 18, 2012

Juno Awards 2012

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Juno Week started off on March 26th, with many exciting events happening all over Ottawa. Juno Cup, Juno Hoops, Juno Fanfare and JUNO Songwriters’ Circle all aided in the build up towards the big night of the Juno awards, as well as all of the Juno Fest concerts that took place over the course of that week.

The Juno Cup and Juno Hoops are charity sports games that, in partnership with MusiCounts, put Canadian artists up against real sports players. The organization raises money and creates awareness for the importance of music programs in schools.

Juno Hoops took place on Thursday, March 29th at OttawaU and included players such as JRDN, Ray Robinson, and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees.

                                                                                                                  (Singer JRDN at Juno Hoops)

The Juno Cup took place the next day on March 30th, 2012 at the Nepean Sportsplex. Tyler Armes (Down With Webster), Classified, Sam Roberts and Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) were only a small portion of the great Canadian artists that participated in this event.

One of Juno week’s most anticipated event for Canadian music fans alike was the Juno Fanfare, the experience that gives opportunities for fans to connect with Canadian musicians. Hosted by Liz Trinnear and Jesse Giddings from Much Music at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre, hundreds of fans lined up to meet their favourite Canadian artist.
The 41st Annual Juno Awards kicked off with a star-studded start, with the weather clearing up just enough for the glamorous red carpet.

 

                                                                                                         Above: Carly Rae Jepsen on the red carpet. Below: Seb from Simple Plan hamming it up on the red carpet!

Now, on to the actual awards. With William Shatner as host, he kept the crowd entertained with his attempt to convince us that he is really a rock star, not just an actor, along with videos of him trying to join Nickelback, and trying to get Jacob Hoggard (Hedley) to work with him.

The night featured an explosive performance by Nickelback, a dance/pop medley by Dragonette, Alyssa Reid, JRDN, Anjulie and Mia Martina, a summery collaboration by Simple Plan and K’naan, the inspiring song One Life by Hedley, a performance by Hall of Fame inductee Feist, a multi-instrumental song by Hey Rosetta!, a heart-felt accoustic performance by City and Colour, a rendition of their song “Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo along with Sarah McLaughlin, and a closing finale by deamau5, LIGHTS, and MC Flipside.

Above: Deadmau5 performing

Full list of winners (including those awarded the night before at the Juno Gala):

JUNO FAN CHOICE: Justin Bieber

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs, “I Don’t Know.”

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Michael Bublé, Christmas.

 

ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Feist

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Dan Mangan

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Dallas Green for “We Found Each Other” and “Weightless,” from Little Hell.

 

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Martin Solveig and Dragonette, “Hello.”

 

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Adele, 21.

 

NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs.

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR: Arkells

 

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Terri Clark, Roots and Wings.

 

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Feist, Metals.

 

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Dan Mangan, Oh Fortune.

 

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Hedley, Storms.

 

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR: The Sheepdogs, Learn & Burn.

 

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Sonia Johnson, Le carré de nos amours.

 

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Phil Dwyer Orchestra featuring Mark Fewer, Changing Seasons.

 

TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: David Braid, Verge.

 

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Stretch Orchetstra, Stretch Orchestra.

 

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Malajube, La caverne.

 

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Charlie Hope, Songs Stories and Friends: Let’s Go Play!

 

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Marc André Hamelin, Liszt Piano Sonata.

 

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT: Alexandre Da Costa/Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Daugherty: Fire and Blood.

 

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE: Jan Archibald/Orchestre Symphonique Bienne/Thomas Rosner, Haydn Arias.

 

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR: Derek Charke, “Sepia Fragments,” Sea to Sea.

 

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Drake, Take Care.

 

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Melanie Fiona, Gone and Never Coming Back.

 

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: Exco Levi, Bleaching Shop.

 

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Murray Porter, Songs Lived & Life Played.

 

ROOTS AND TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SOLO: Bruce Cockburn, Small Source of Comfort.

 

ROOTS AND TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, GROUP: The Wailin’ Jennys, Bright Morning Stars.

 

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR: MonkeyJunk, To Behold.

 

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Downhere, On the Altar of Love.

 

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Kiran Ahluwalia, Aam Zameen: common ground.

 

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Brian Howes for Hedley, “Heavens Gonna Wait” (from Storms) and Nickelback, “Trying Not to Love You” (from Here and Now).

 

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: George Seara for Michael Kaeshammer, “A Little Bit of Love” (from Kaeshammer) and Laila Biali, “Let Go” (from Tracing Light).

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: The Sadies, “Rumbleseat,” directed by Mike Roberts.

 

MUSIC DVD OF THE YEAR: Feist:Look What the Light Did Now.

 

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972.

 

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR: KEN mode, Venerable.

 

WALT GREALIS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Gary Slaight

 

ALLAN WATERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Simple Plan

 






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