The JUNOs Are Here!

JunoDisplayUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that it’s JUNO Week here in Winnipeg! Are you excited yet? Metro News has a list of 5 reasons you should be excited.

Still not convinced? Do you know, there are so many great events going on in the city that’s it’s hard to NOT find something to do! You could compete in the JUNO Cup, check out the JUNO Fan Fare (I will definitely bring my daughter), spend two nights hitting multiple venues and hearing great Canadian music at JUNOfest, or check out Jian Ghomeshi when he brings Q to Winnipeg. Visit the JUNO website for more information on all of the events leading up to the awards on March 30th. Looking for some great Canadian music to get you in the mood? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a small sampling of what we have to offer from the nominees. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t put up whole list – I would run out of space and time!

Alternative Album of the Year

Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Rah Rah – The Poet’s Dead
Royal Canoe – Today We’re Believers
The Darcys – Warring
Yamantaka //Sonic Titan – Uzu

Country Album of the Year
Brett Kissel – Started With a Song
Dean Brody – Crop Circles
Gord Bamford – Country Junkie
Small Town Pistols – Small Town Pistols
Tim Hicks – Throw Down

Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year
Brandi Disterheft – Gratitude
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra – Habitat
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Brooklyn Babylon
Earl MacDonald – Mirror of the Mind
Marianne Trudel-Trifolia – Le refuge

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensembles
James Ehnes – Prokofiev Complete Works for Violin
Jan Lisiecki – Chopin: Études Op. 10 & 25
Janina Fialkowska/The Chamber Players of Canada – Concertos Nos. 13 & 14
Louis Lortie – Liszt at the Opera
Stewart Goodyear – Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo
Daniel Romano – Come Cry With Me
David Francey – So Say We All
Donovan Woods – Don’t Get Too Grand
Justin Rutledge – Valleyheart
Lindi Ortega – Tin Star

Blues Album of the Year
David Gogo – Come on Down
Downchild – Can You Hear the Music
Harrison Kennedy – Soulscape
James ‘Buddy’ Rogers – My Guitar’s My Only Friend
MonkeyJunk – All Frequencies

World Music Album of the Year
Adonis Puentes – Sabor A Café
Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian – Lamentation of Swans-A Journey Towards Silence
David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana – Walk to the Sea
Kobo Town – Jumbie in the Jukebox
Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Lume, Lume

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
Anciients – Heart of Oak
Gorguts – Colored Sands
KEN Mode – Entrench
Protest the Hero – Volition
The Flatliners – Dead Language

Finally, what blog post would be complete without my favourite KITH, Kevin McDonald, and the Random Acts of Juno? My favourite, naturally, takes place at Millennium Library.

— Barbara


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