First Round of Junos Goes to Feist and Sheepdogs
OTTAWA â Saskatchewan rockers Sheepdogs and indie darling Feist were the big winners in the first round of Juno Awards, handed out Saturday during an industry-only gala dinner at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
The Sheepdogs, who are touring in Australia and were among the many winners unable to attend the gala, picked up the first two Junos of their career. In New Group of the Year, they dominated a field that included great bands like Rural Alberta Advantage, Mother Mother, Braids and Hey Rosetta! They were also a surprise winner of the Rock Album of the Year trophy, beating out established acts Sloan, Sam Roberts Band and Matthew Good.
The band heard about their win within minutes and responded on Twitter: âJust heard we won Rock Album Of The Year at the #JUNOAwards. Very excited. Is 8am in Perth too early to start celebrating?â
Feist, on the other hand, was one of the biggest stars in Ottawa for Saturdayâs festivities, adding another two awards to her lifetime total. Her latest album, Metals, was named the yearâs best adult-alternative album award, while her DVD, Look at What The Light Did Now, earned the Music DVD of the Year award for producers Jannie McInnes, Chip Sutherland and Anthony Seck.
In a fitted black-and-gold dress, Feist looked surprised to hear her name called in the adult-alternative category. âI really didnât know this category was up tonight so Iâm shocked,â she said, going on to praise the âfortitude, belief and sense of humourâ of the team that helps bring her creations to fruition.
It was also a landmark night for Vancouver pop-punk band Hedley, who won Pop Album of the Year, only the second award of their career, despite 18 nominations over the last six years. âThank you so much,â said singer Jacob Hoggard. âWe didnât see that coming.â
Group of the Year went to Hamiltonâs Arkells, not Nickelback, Hedley, Sam Roberts or Down With Webster. The band members joked about how their win will make them the target of Twitter attacks by Hedley fans.
Popular Toronto-based rapper Drake earned his first Juno Award (for rap recording of the year), but was not in town to accept it. Neither was Melanie Fiona, who won the R&B/Soul award, nor Ottawa native Bruce Cockburn, whose Small Comforts album was named the best Roots and Traditional Album, Solo. The Roots & Trad Group award went to Winnipegâs Wailinâ Jennys, who were bubbling with excitement.
In all, winners in 34 categories were announced, many of them first-time nominees who never expected to win. This year, 99 nominees were celebrating their first Juno recognition, a record number according to CARAS president Melanie Berry.
Artist after artist expressed their surprise, including Dan Mangan, the formerly unkown singer-songwriter who raked in a whopping four nominations this year. On Saturday, his acclaimed album, Oh Fortune, picked up the award for Alternative Album of the year. âI honestly came here with no expectations whatsoever,â said the bearded Vancouverite, whose parents and fiancee were in the audience. âIâm a big fan of all the other bands (in the category) so this is mindblowing.â
Speaking of firsts, the first award of the night was a first for the Junos, recognizing the new category of best Metal/Hard Music album. Canadian metal veterans Anvil were widely expected to reel in the trophy, but instead it went to the metallic noise-rock of Winnipegâs KENmode.
Hosted by CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, the gala featured performances by several nominees, including synth-pop singer Lights, jazz pianist Oliver Jones, alt-country sweetheart Lindi Ortega, singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, folk group Wailinâ Jennys and blues trio MonkeyJunk.
The music industry also paid tribute to veteran broadcaster Gary Slaight and rockers Simple Plan. Slaight received the Walt Grealis Award in recognition of his long career as an industry builder, while Simple Plan was honoured with the Allan Waters Humanitarian award for their fund-raising efforts in helping young people.
Other winners included country singer Terri Clark, Hedley producer Brian Howes, Aboriginal singer Murray Porter, Quebec jazz singer Sonia Johnson, francophone rockers Malajube and Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia.
The remaining awards will be handed out Sunday during a live-television event from Scotiabank Place, to be hosted by William Shatner.
Complete list of pre-broadcast Juno winners:
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 carrÃ© 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.
CHILDRENâS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Charlie Hope, Songs Stories and Friends: Letâs Go Play!
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Marc AndrÃ© Hamelin, Liszt Piano Sonata.
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR, LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT: Alexandre Da Costa/Orchestre Symphonique de MontrÃ©al, 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, âSepia Fragments,â 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 Wailinâ 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, âHeavens Gonna Waitâ (from Storms) and Nickelback, âTrying Not to Love Youâ (from Here and Now).
RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: George Seara for Michael Kaeshammer, âA Little Bit of Loveâ (from Kaeshammer) and Laila Biali, âLet Goâ (from Tracing Light).
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: The Sadies, âRumbleseat,â 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