Wailin’ Wednesday: The JUNO Award Nominees You Must Know
We are bursting with pride over the roster of great Canadian artists up for JUNOs this year! The nominations were announced yesterday and we’re happy to see so many festival-friends getting recognition at the awards show.
Songwriter of the Year is one of the most prestigious categories of the whole show. Bahamas is nominated for his well-crafted tracks on Bahamas Is Afie (he’s also up for Adult Alternative Album of the Year for it!). Jenn Grant is also nominated for her songwriting on Compostela, which we heard and loved at her show at The Park Theatre back in November. Past Folk Fest performer Catherine MacLellen is also getting a nod in this distinguished category.
Joining Bahamas in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category are Jenn Grant (again!), Jeremy Fisher, The Barr Brothers and Leonard Cohen who all released outstanding records this year.
We were excited to co-present Leela Gilday at an outdoor songwriter circle this summer with Aboriginal Music Week. She is up for Aboriginal Album of the Year alongside Folk Fest alumni Digging Roots and Tanya Tagaq, who was also the recipient of the coveted 2014 Polaris Prize.
When the JUNOs were hosted in Winnipeg last year, we sponsored the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group award and The Strumbellas took it home! This year, a fine looking group of performers are vying for the title: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Elliott Brood, The Bros. Landreth, The Deep Dark Woods and The Once.
The Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Solo award will also go to a well-deserving past Folk Fest performer: Amelia Curran, Catherine MacLellan, Del Barber, James Hill or Matt Andersen.
When The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer aren’t blowing minds at Folk Fest, they’re selling out shows here in our fair city. A Real Fine Mess is up for Blues Album of the Year.
Songs with a message are the backbone of folk music. In 2012, ex-child soldier Emmanuel Jal played our festival stages and discussed world peace. It’s great to see he’s up for World Music Album of the Year.
A diverse mix of artists are up for Alternative Album of the Year, including Chad VanGaalen, Tanya Tagaq and Timber Timbre.
Check out all the great Canadians nominated for JUNO Awards here. The big show will be broadcast live from Hamilton, ON on Sunday, March 15 on CTV.
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