Shocking no one, the Weeknd won both Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
At the Juno Awards, jazz gets three categories (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, Traditional Jazz Album of the Year) and classical music gets four (three album categories plus a prize for classical composition).
Meanwhile, rap gets one measly prize - Rap Recording of the Year - lumping songs and albums together in a comparing-apples-to-oranges bit of senselessness. R&B/Soul, Dance and Reggae get the same treatment. It's a good example of the Junos being unaware of (or purposefully disregarding) what is relevant in the national and international musical landscape.
Despite the merging and melding, tonight's live, televised Junos still aren't long enough to present each award, so on Saturday night, most of this year's winners were announced at the annual Juno Gala Dinner & Awards.
Whether its representatives showed or not, Toronto did pretty well, victorious in a number of high-profile categories. The prince of new-school R&B, the Weeknd, won both Breakthrough Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for his Trilogy compilation. Drake secured Video of the Year honours for his most-ridiculous-bar-mitzvah-ever HYFR music video. Metric's Synthetica was honoured twice, for Alternative Album of the Year and Producer of the Year (James Shaw), and local legends Rush scored Rock Album of the Year.
Below, a full list of Saturday's local (and non) winners.
Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen
Breakthrough Artist: The Weeknd
Country Album: Fire It Up, Johnny Reid
Alternative Album: Synthetica, Metric
Pop Album: Kiss, Carly Rae Jepsen
Rock Album: Clockwork Angels, Rush
Vocal Jazz Album: Seulee ce Soir, Emilie-Claire Barlow
Contemporary Jazz Album: Swim, Joe Miller
Traditional Jazz Album: Test of Time, Murley, Bickert & Wallace
Instrumental Album: Fantastic Pictures, Pugs & Crows
Francophone Album: Le Treizieme Etage, Louis-Jean Cormier
Children's Album: The Stella and Sam Album, Emilie Mover
Classical Album, Large Ensemble: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, James Ehnes
Classical Album, Vocal or Choral: Prima Donna, Karina Gauvin
Classical Compostion: Violin Concerto, Vivian Fung
Rap Recording: Inner Ninja, Classified
R&B/Soul Recording: Trilogy, The Weeknd
Reggae Recording: Storms of Life
Aboriginal Album: Just Like You, Crystal Shawanda
Roots & Traditional Album, Group: Days Into Years, Elliott Brood
Roots & Traditional Album, Solo: We Have Made A Spark, Rose Cousins
Blues Album: A Natural Fact, Steve Strongman
Contemporary Christian/Gospel: I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home), The City Harmonic
World Music Album: Tribute to Miriam Makeba, Lorraine Klaasen
Producer of the Year: James Shaw, Synthetica by Metric
Recording Engineer: Kevin Churko
Recording Package: Justin Broadbent
Video of the Year: HYFR by Drake, Director X
Music DVD of the Year: Bobcaygeon (The Tragically Hip) by Andy Keen, Patrick Sambrook, Shawn Marino
Electronic Album: Visions, Grimes
Metal/Hard Music Album: Woods 5, Grey Skies and Electric Light by Woods of Ypres
Adult Contemporary Album: Lead With Your Heart, The Tenors