It’s JUNO Awards nomination day and that means lots of fun Canadian music news to share!
This morning CARAS(Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and CBC came together to announce all the musical goodness that will be apart of the 2018 JUNO Awards. The 47th annual edition of the awards will take place on Sunday, March 25 live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC and broadcast nationally on CBC.
Some of the announced nominees and performers include critically-acclaimed R&B and soul performer Daniel Caesar, JUNO Award-winning pop-rock sensation Hedley, and singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez, who is nominated for an impressive four JUNO Awards. With 2 JUNO Award wins already, Hedley are nominated for an incredible three awards this year including JUNO Fan Choice, Group of the Year and Pop Album of the Year, while Caesar secured two nominations for Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Other notable nominations include Arkells for JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, and Video of the Year; the late Gord Downie for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year; and Arcade Fire, who lead the pack with four nominations: Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Group of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year. Personally, I’m thrilled to see newcomer Ruth B clean up with 3 nominations of her own, including Album of the year. We’re also thrilled to see Alysha Brilla, who’s graced our site a few times, pick up a nom for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, and Charlotte Cardin (with the face of an angel and a voice like Amy Winehouse) scoring a nom for Breakthrough Artist of the year. Check out some of the nominees below and head to the Junos website for the full list of nominees.
Fans can attend the JUNOS, with tickets already on sale now. They start at $59 (plus fees) through the Rogers Arena Box Office, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 and online at ticketmaster.ca. The JUNO Awards has once again partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Plus 1 is a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist partner believes in.
For more information and the full list of nominations and performers announced to date, head to the JUNO’s website below.