By Stevie Connor
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It's JUNO week and for those outside of Canada not familiar with the term, these are the biggest music awards in Canada.
Presented annually by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), The JUNO Awards is Canada’s premier awards show and the Canadian music industry’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in recorded music.
Founded as The Gold Leaf Awards in 1970, the JUNO Awards has grown from a one-night industry event held in Toronto, ON, to a national weeklong music celebration hosted in a different city each year. Since the first broadcast of The JUNO Awards in 1975, more than 155 million Canadians have tuned in to celebrate the country’s musical achievements in 41 categories, representing multiple genres.
The Awards help tell the story of our collective past, chronicling more than four decades of musical highlights and unforgettable JUNO moments
It's very exciting to see so many of the artists that appear on our show playlists making it to the nomination stage with a chance of winning on March 25th.
To all who were entered and considered as well as those that made it onto the final lists a big congratulations and good luck for those that are eagerly awaiting the results on Sunday evening.
They are being held in Vancouver this year, a beautiful city by all accounts, it's on my bucket list to visit. I have been there, for approximately two hours, while travelling to Australia and changing planes, so that doesn't really count !!
Burnaby born singer Michael Bublé will host the annual celebration of Canadian music. 2018 JUNO events take place from March 19-25 in Vancouver.
This is the fourth time that Vancouver has played host to Canada’s Music Awards ceremony; shows previously took place in 1991, 1998, and 2009. This will mark Bublé’s second appearance as host. The awards aim to honour the artistic and technical achievements of Canadian recording artists.
In addition to the award ceremony, the City of Vancouver, CreativeBC and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), in partnership with the JUNO Awards Host Committee, have announced a selection of local programming initiatives, including JUNOfest, a two-night multi-venue festival featuring 100 Canadian artists. Other events include Junior JUNOS, JUNO Fan Fare and the JUNO Cup.
For me personally, I love the system that is used, it has integrity, voted on by panels of judges in every category except the fans choice. The judges are all connected in some way to the industry and are seen as experts in their respective fields, so it really does have the respect and backbone that any top awards should.
Who do I think will pick up a trophy ?
That is extremely hard to say, when you talk about artists that are of the level of being nominated for a JUNO you are getting into the realms of outstanding
releases / contributions.
It can be game changing for artists also, as a win elevates them to a new level and opportunities to perform at bigger events are presented, and of course, their fees will rise too !
I was so pleased to see that The Jerry Cans will be performing at the ceremonies, I have seen them many times and they are fantastic performers, and really down to earth people.
They have two nominations in the ' Contemporary Roots Album Of The Year ' and ' Breakthrough Group Of The Year ' Categories.
The Dead South is a five-piece acoustic ensemble based in Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts’ gritty vocals and aggressive guitar, Scott Pringle’s soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Eliza Mary Doyle’s blazing banjo licks, and prominent cello melodies by Danny Kenyon and Erik Mehlsen.
TDS blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin’ acoustic music.
They also have two nominations, for ' Traditional Roots Album Of The Year ' and ' Breakthrough Group Of The Year '
The Blues Album Of The Year category is really strong too .....
Steve Strongman has been described as ' a Juggernaut ' and a ' Shape Shifter ', the reason ? Well his talent is endless and he is constantly pushing the boundaries whilst still retaining the tradition, he is a former JUNO winner and to be honest this release is even better than his last ...
And then there is the unstoppable musical force that is MomkeyJunk.... one of the best live bands I have ever seen, outstanding musicians and a close runner to pick up the award.
That barely scratches the surface of the awards, there is a complete list of all the moninees at the link >>>> JunoAwards
We can't make it to Vancouver so we are throwing a JUNO party in our home instead, I very much look forward to finding out who walks away with the trophies !
Good luck to all