The 2014 Juno Awards

Top 5 moments from a Canadian music weekend


The 2014 Juno Awards are in the books, and this year’s darlings were Calgary-bred twin-sisters Tegan and Sara – three-time winners in a year when the indie duo finally “broke through” or “crossed over” in a major way with their pop album, Heartthrob.

Near-universal appreciation for the sisters aside, it’s hard for most Canadian music journalists to contain their snark during the annual broadcast (see Twitter), and that’s because the Junos – held this year in Winnipeg – have some very real problems, two that seem the most immediately problematic.

The first is that if you watched them with the sound off, you really would not know what year you were in. Serena Ryder won Junos last year Serena Ryder won Junos this year (she also co-hosted). Classified performed at the Junos last year, and there he is performing (and hosting) again this year. There’s Sarah McLachlan at the piano and there’s Kardinal Offishall making a special appearance. There’s Justin Bieber winning the fan choice award. The Junos, more than most awards shows, seem to get stuck on familiar faces and deny new, exciting artists the opportunity to perform or present in favour of people that were relevant two decades ago (the Raine Maidas) or buzz-worthy three years ago (the Sheepdogs).

The second is the appalling lack of diversity. Again, like last year, there were only white performers. Is CTV afraid that channel-surfing Canadians will flip away from a non-white face? Uncomfortable question, but one that the Junos forces us to ask year after year.

But, despite the bad and questionable, there were moments, as always, that inspired us and reminded us why we love Canadian music so much. Here, our top 5 moments from Junos 2014.

1. A Tribe Called Red wins breakthrough group of the year

The Ottawa trio has had a hell of a run the past year and a half or so. Two excellent albums, two appearances on the Polaris Prize shortlist, a Now magazine cover. And, it actually didn’t take the Junos too, too long to catch on. The Ottawa electronic, pow-wow-step musicians are always diplomatically political, and their acceptance speech last night was no different. Said Deejay NDN, “To Native youth everywhere…this moment right here is proof that whatever moments you strive for in life are completely attainable.”

Such a shame they weren’t asked to perform.

2. Drake vs. Shad, round 2

It’s beyond me that in 2014 they still don’t announce rap recording of the year on the Sunday night show. And even more perplexing that songs are pitted against albums in a strange apples vs. oranges, impossible-to-adjudicate fashion. But, this year’s outcome was at least satisfying. Three years after Shad upset Drake for the win (the night Drizzy hosted, no less), Drake finally won the category for September’s Nothing Was The Same. We loved Shad’s Flying Colours just as much, but this makes for a fun and healthy rivalry, no? To Drake and Shad: keep releasing albums the same year, please.

3. Serena Ryder’s impassioned Bieber defence

Artist of the year winner Serena Ryder had kind words to say about Justin Bieber after he was booed for winning the fan choice award (Bieber was not there.) “I really think that Justin Bieber is an amazing musician and he deserved every bit of that award because he’s been working his ass off his entire life and we need to support how awesome he is,” she said. Well, we’re not totally sure about that. And maybe Ryder was just trying to sway some of those Beliebers into her camp (can you blame her?). But we are sure that booing someone who you consider immature is equally immature. And it was very cool of Ryder to say the hard, unpopular thing in that moment.

4. BTO tribute

The Sheep Dogs, Matt Mays and Travis Good from the Sadies performed a nice Let It Ride tribute to Bachman-Turner Overdrive earlier in the show, but it was way cooler when BTO themselves closed the show with Takin’ Care of Business.

5. Tegan and Sara & Choir! Choir! Choir!

After being shut out of five previous career Juno nominations, Tegan and Sara finally took home the hardware – for pop album, single and group of the year. Even better than their heartfelt speeches and solid comedic sketches, though, was the duo’s performance of their hit, Closer, with Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir!, who joined them onstage and added some Glee-ish oomph to the hit single.


Here is the fully list of 2014 Junos winners:

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD (PRESENTED BY TD)

Arcade Fire

Avril Lavigne

Céline Dion

Drake Cash

Hedley

WINNER Justin Bieber

Michael Bublé

Robin Thicke

Serena Ryder

Walk Off the Earth

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Reflektor, Arcade Fire

Inner Ninja, Classified

It’s a Beautiful Day, Michael Bublé

What I Wouldn’t Do, Serena Ryder

WINNER Closer, Tegan and Sara

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

WINNER Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars

The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem

Night Visions, Imagine Dragons

Take Me Home, One Direction

The Truth About Love, P!nk

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUSIC CANADA)

WINNER Reflektor, Arcade Fire

Loved Me Back to Life, Céline Dion

Nothing Was the Same, Drake

To Be Loved, Michael Bublé

Harmony, Serena Ryder

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Céline Dion

Drake

Michael Bublé

Robin Thicke

WINNER Serena Ryder

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Arcade Fire

Blue Rodeo

Hedley

WINNER Tegan and Sara

Walk Off the Earth

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)

WINNER Brett Kissel

Florence K

Tim Hicks

Tyler Shaw

Wake Owl

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)

WINNER A Tribe Called Red

Autumn Hill

Born Ruffians

Courage My Love

July Talk

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)

Arcade Fire

Henry “Cirkut” Walter

Ron Sexsmith

WINNER Serena Ryder

Tegan and Sara Quin

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Started With a Song, Brett Kissel

WINNER Crop Circles, Dean Brody

Country Junkie, Gord Bamford

Small Town Pistols, Small Town Pistols

Throw Down, Tim Hicks

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Shut Down the Streets, A.C. Newman

Tall Tall Shadow, Basia Bulat

Us Alone, Hayden

WINNER Forever Endeavour, Ron Sexsmith

Internal Sounds, The Sadies

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE)

WINNER Reflektor, Arcade Fire

The Poet’s Dead, Rah Rah

Today We’re Believers, Royal Canoe

Warring, The Darcys

Uzu, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY TD)

Wild Life, Hedley

To Be Loved, Michael Bublé

Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke

WINNER Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara

R.E.V.O., Walk Off the Earth

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUSICIANS’ RIGHTS ORGANIZATION CANADA)

Love + Fury, Headstones

WINNER Coyote, Matt Mays

Arrows of Desire, Matthew Good

Furiosity, Monster Truck

Transit of Venus, Three Days Grace

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Stealing Genius, Amy McConnell & William Sperandei

Courage, My Love, Erin Propp with Larry Roy

My Funny Valentine – The Chet Baker Songbook, Matt Dusk

WINNER Notes On Montréal ft. Sienna Dahlen Mike Rud

Triades, Sonia Johnson, Charles Biddle Jr. & Annie Poulain

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Gratitude, Brandi Disterheft

WINNER Habitat, Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra

Brooklyn Babylon, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Mirror of the Mind, Earl MacDonald

Le refuge, Trifolia

TRADITIONAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Nine, Carn Davidson

The Ian McDougall 12tet LIVE, Ian McDougall 12-tet

Our Second Set, John MacLeod & His Rex Hotel Orchestra

WINNER Ripple Effect, Mike Downes

Look for the Silver Lining, Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson Triplet

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

New History Warfare Vol.3: To See More Light, Colin Stetson

WINNER Dalmak, Esmerine

Senna, Mahogany Frog

Down Home, Petr Cancura

Invitation, The Peggy Lee Band

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FESTIVAL DU VOYAGEUR)

Himalaya mon amour, Alex Nevsky

Omniprésent, Damien Robitaille

Chic de ville, Daniel Bélanger

WINNER Fox, Karim Ouellet

Punkt, Pierre Lapointe

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Sing As We Go! Charlie Hope Little

What’s the Big Idea?!? Gary Rasberry

WINNER Colour It, Helen Austin

Mon coffret à surprises, Marie-Claude

Coconuts Don’t Fall Far From the Tree, Splash’N Boots

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

WINNER Prokofiev Complete Works for Violin, James Ehnes

Chopin: Études Op. 10 & 25, Jan Lisiecki

Mozart: Concertos Nos. 13 & 14, Janina Fialkowska / The Chamber Players of Canada

Liszt at The Opera, Louis Lortie

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas, Stewart Goodyear

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27, Angela Hewitt

WINNER Britten & Shostakovich: Violin Concerti, James Ehnes

Canadian Concerto Project, Volume One, Nadina Mackie Jackson and Guy Few with Group of 27

House of Dreams, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances & Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE

Berlioz: Les nuits d’été – Palej : The Poet & the War – Rorate Coeli Group of 27, Eric Paetkau –

Conductor, Shannon Mercer – Soprano Centaur*Naxos

Ravel, Sayat-Nova & Kradjian: Troubadour & the Nightingale Isabel Bayrakdarian MCO*HM

WINNER Lettres de Madame Roy à sa fille Gabrielle Marie-Nicole Lemieux & André Gagnon Audiogram*Select

Handel: Orlando, HWV 31 Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Alexander Weimann, Owen Willets, Karina

Gauvin, Allyson McHardy, Amanda Forsythe, Nathan Berg ATMA*Naxos

A Quiet Place: Music for Healing III Vancouver Chamber Choir Grouse*Independent

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR

WINNER Field Notes Allan Gordon Bell GRAVITY AND GRACE

Isomorphia for Orchestra and Electronics James O’Callaghan MAHLER SYMPHONY 9

Quatuors à cordes No. 12 R. Murray Schafer QUATUOR MOLINARI ATMA

Magnificat Stephen Chatman MAGNIFICAT: SONGS OF REFLECTION

Atacama: Symphonie No. 3 Tim Brady ATACAMA: Symphonie No. 3 ATMA

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Classified, Classified

WINNER Nothing Was the Same, Drake

In My Opinion, Rich Kidd

Flying Colours, Shad

Everywhere We Go, SonReal

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

WINNER This is What it Feels Like, Armin van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie Armada*Sony

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Tsunami, DVBBS & Borgeous

Locked Down, Jacynthe

Heartbreaker, Mia Martina

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Kaleidoscope, Joanna Borromeo

WINNER Can’t Choose, JRDN ft. Kardinal Offishall

There’s Only One, Kim Davis

Gone, Melanie Durrant

Kiss Land, The Weeknd

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Mandela Akustix, Independent

Baby It’s You, Ammoye Flava

Love Collision, Dru

Rebel Massive, Dubmatix

WINNER Strive, Exco Levi & Kabaka Pyramid

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK)

Keep a Fire, Amanda Rheaume

Small Town Stories, Desiree Dorion

WINNER Surrender, George Leach

Burn Me Down, Inez Jasper

Road Renditions, Nathan Cunningham

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO

Come Cry With Me, Daniel Romano

So Say We All, David Francey

Don’t Get Too Grand, Donovan Woods

WINNER Valleyheart, Justin Rutledge

Tin Star, Lindi Ortega

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP (SPONSORED BY WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL)

The Folk Sinner, Lee Harvey Osmond

Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five

Volume One, The Devin Cuddy Band

WINNER We Still Move On Dance Floors, The Strumbellas

Island of Echoes, The Wilderness of Manitoba

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY GALAXIE, YOUR MUSICAL UNIVERSE)

Come on Down, David Gogo

WINNER Can You Hear the Music

Soulscape, Harrison Kennedy

My Guitar’s My Only Friend, James Buddy

All Frequencies, MonkeyJunk

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Search the Heavens, Fraser Campbell

Jordan Raycroft, Jordan Raycroft

Heart The City, Harmonic

Lost & Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion, The High Bar

WINNER Trees, Tim Neufeld

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)

Sabor A Café Adonis Puentes Tumba

Lamentation of Swans – A Journey Towards Silence Azam Ali and Loga R.Torkian

WINNER Walk to the Sea David Buchbinder & Odessa/Havana

Jumbie in the Jukebox Kobo Town

Lume, Lume Lemon Bucket Orkestra

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SLAIGHT MUSIC)

Brian Howes and Jacob Hoggard

Eric Ratz

WINNER Henry “Cirkut” Walter

Ryan Guldemond and Ben Kaplan

Thomas “Tawgs” Salter

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

David Travers-Smith

WINNER Eric Ratz

Kevin Churko (co-engineer Kane Churko)

Randy Staub

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR

Bones, Bodhi Jones

Lullabies and Wake-Up Calls, Dinah Thorpe

White Paint, Hollerado

WINNER Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013

La Mort Pop Club, We Are Wolves

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUCHFACT, EXCLUSIVELY FUNDED BY BELL MEDIA)

Je t’aime comme tu es, Agathe Bray-Bourret (Daniel Belanger)

Friend of Mine, Briin ‘Briin?’ Bernstein & Daniel AM Rosenberg (D-Sisive)

Anything, John Poliquin (Hedley)

King and Lionheart, WeWereMonkeys (Of Monsters and Men)

WINNER Feeling Good, Matt Barnes (The Sheepdogs)

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ROLAND)

Nation II Nation, A Tribe Called Red

Untogether, Blue Hawaii

Graze, Graze

Third Culture, Noah Pred

WINNER Guilt Trips, Ryan Hemsworth

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Heart of Oak, Anciients

Colored Sands, Gorguts

Entrench, KEN Mode

WINNER Volition, Protest the Hero

Dead Language, The Flatliners

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

In My Head, Alysha Brilla

Loved Me Back To Life, Céline Dion

Dream Catcher, Chloe Albert

The Year He Drove Me Crazy, Coral Egan

WINNER A Christmas Gift To You, Johnny Reid

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