For those that live outside of Canada and may not know, The JUNO Awards celebrate and acknowledge artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of the Canadian music industry. Dubbed “Canada’s Music Awards”, the 43rd Annual event and its various events was hosted in the prairie provintial capital of Regina, Saskatchewan from April 19th to 21st.
There were various events open to music fans through the three days: JUNO Cup – a celebrity hockey game in support of MusiCounts, pitting NHL great against musicians. JUNO Fan Fare – a free meet & greet for fans to get up close with some of the country’s biggest music stars. JUNOFest – a two-night music festival featuring over 100 artists across various venues. And finally, Songwriter’s Circle – featuring some of music’s top singer/songwriters in an intimate acoustic setting.
JUNO Welcome Reception
Upon our arrival in Regina on April 19th, we attended the JUNO Welcome Reception, featuring a list of who’s who in the Canadian Music Industry and performances by 2013 JUNO Award nominees Colin James and Joel Stouffer (Dragonette).
Hosted in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot, Drill Hall, we were treated to an endless array of hors d’oeuvres served by members of Canada’s national police force and sipped on the 2013 JUNO Awards signature cocktails; The JUNO Spiced Apple & Ginger (1 oz. Wiser’s Spiced Whisky, 3 oz. Apple Juice, 3 oz. Ginger Ale) and the “Canada Rocks! Martini” (2 oz. Polar Ice Vodka, ½ oz. Lemon Juice, ½ oz. Maple Syrup and 2 oz. Cranberry Juice). I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the next few days of music celebration.
JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards
Saturday night the first set of JUNOS were handed out at the Gala Dinner and Awards. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Jian Ghomeshi, the evening featured performances by Dean Brody, Colin James, Kira Isabella, Donny Parenteau, Monster Truck, and Adam Cohen, while thirty-five JUNOS were handed out. For a complete list of winners please visit the following link: https://junoawards.ca/nominees-winners
2013 JUNO Awards Broadcast
Sunday night was the night everyone was waiting for. The stars of Canadian music arrived on the Red Carpet at the Brandt Centre, while photographers and CTV’s eTalk hosts scrambled for on the spot interviews and that perfect shot.
Hosted by Michael Buble’, the live to broadcast show kicked off with a performance by Serena Ryder. Other performers of the night were The Sheepdogs, Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench, Hannah Georgas, Metric, KD Lang and the night’s host, Mr. Buble’. Seven awards were handed out, as well as a very special presentation by Canada’s Country Music Queen, Anne Murray for KD Lang and her induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Easily the highlight of the evening was during KD’s acceptance speech, thanking her country for such an honour, when she spoke the words “only in Canada could there be such a freak as K.D. Lang receiving this award”, and she assured her fellow Canadians that “It is OK to let your freak flags fly. Embrace the quirkmeister that is inside all of us.”
For a complete list of winners please visit the following link: https://junoawards.ca/nominees-winners
What would be Canada’s Music Awards without MUSIC. The PORTAL Magazine hit the clubs in Regina to check out some of the performances by the week’s JUNO Nominees.
Our first night we invaded McNally’s Tavern for an evening of live music that lasted well into the wee hours of the morning. Treated to sets by JUNO Nominees, Ammoye, Elaine Shepheard, Five Alarm Funk, Melanie Durrant and Makeshift Innocence.
After our coverage of the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards on Saturday night we ventured down to The Exchange to rock the night away with The Pack A.D., One Bad Son and Monster Truck.
With over 100 artists performing over two nights, it was virtually impossible to catch all the amazing talent performing, but what we did catch was truly memorable.