REVIEW-OPENING NIGHT 51st Annual JUNOS GALA and Awards, May 14th, 2022, and the Winners are!!!
What an incredible night celebrating the best Canada musically has to offer. A lot of 1sts throughout the magical evening and the most diverse JUNOS ever with 105 1st time JUNO Nominees in over 46 categories, the largest the JUNOS has ever had!!!. I was honored to cover for my 3rd year, unfortunately, from home due to covid and fractures in my spine, but I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the night! A total of 1400 people gathered-musicians, producers, songwriters, engineers, singers, and fans…..hardworking talented people all gathered in one room under one roof for the 1st time in 3 years, hard to believe the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
105 First-time Nominees and 46 categories THE FIRST TIME EVER THIS AMOUNT!!
24 1st time recipients took home the golden statuette..
1st female ever in her category nominated for Recording Engineer of the year for Hill Kourkatos.
74 percent of all nominations went to Canadian Independent Artists in 2022.
4 was the age of the youngest nominee this year and the youngest nominee in the history of the JUNOS for ROMEO EATS (Walk Off The Earth’s Sarah Blackwood and Gianni (Luminati) Nicassio’s son).
41 Awards were presented plus 3 Special Awards, 1. Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, 2. The Humanitarian Award, and 3. MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award (MIMAA).
2022 is the year that Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe got to share the debut of 3 new award categories: Underground Dance Single of the Year, Rap split into 2 categories for Rap Recording Single of the Year and Rap Recording Album/EP of the Year, and also, the Indigenous Artist or Group split into 2 categories for Contemporary Indigenous Artist/Group and Traditional Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year. #JUNOS
1st Black Artist received the Juno for Canadian Music Hall of Fame presented to Deborah Cox on May 15 presented by TD.
The full house inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre held 1400 music lovers who joined the 2 hosts, CBC’s Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and The Great Canadian Baking Show’s Ann Pornel.
GIIMA R. STACEY LAFORME – ELECTED CHIEF of The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) opened the JUNOS Gala and Industry Awards Opening night on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 by acknowledging Mother Earth with the Land Acknowledgement from the Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas and the Anishinaabe, honoring the awards were held on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The City also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
1st of 5 performers tonight and the 1st 2-time Juno nominated act, Valley and their hit Like 1999.
1. Pop Album of The Year – Charlotte Cardin – Cult Nation.
2. Reggae Recording of the Year – Kairo McLean
3. Jazz Album of the Year GROUP – Avataar
4. Album Artwork – Mykael Nelson, Nicholas Lemieux, and Albert Zablit for Histories San Paroles – Harmonium Symphonique Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal conducted by Simon LeClerc.
5. R & B Recording of the Year – The Weeknd for Take My Breath
6. Teresa Ryder presented Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group award to DJ Shub for War Club
7. Jazz Album – Solo – Will Bonness.
8. Classical Album Solo Artist – Emily D’Angelo.
9. Jack Richardson Producer of the Year by Audio Technica (60 years in the biz) presented by the multi-award-winning artist – StoRRy went to Wonder Girl her 2nd consecutive win for this 25-year-old.
VP of CBC Barb Williams spoke.
FYI MusiCounts has an online Auction musicounts.ca/auction
2nd host and comedian, Ann Pornel (Great Canadian Bake Show) introduced the 2nd performer Roxane Bruneau from Quebec, 1st time Juno nominee!
FACTOR spoke on their 40th yr of assisting musicians-4 decades of working with Canadian artists.
10. The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez the Minister of Canadian Heritage alongside artist Haviah Mighty who presented Breakthrough Artist of the Year to MONOWHALES by the Government of Canada, Factor, and Private Broadcaster.
11. Contemporary Christian Gospel Album of the Year – The Color for No Greater Love.
12. Classical Album of The Year – LARGE ENSEMBLE – L’Harmonie Des Saisons conducted by Eric Milnes Ft Helene Brunet
13. Single of The Year was presented by Live Nation Canada and JP Saxe that went to Charlotte Cardin for her song – Meaningless.
14th Award was Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award presented by Ashante Infantry recognizing Denise Jones who passed away in 2020.
15. Comedy Album of The Year which was presented by Just 4 Laugh’s Ben Mina to Andrea JIN by SiriusXM Canada
16. Dance Recording of The Year went Kaytranada for Caution.
17. Children’s Album of the Year – Garth Prince
18. Instrumental Album of The Year – David Myles for That Tall Distance.
Ontario Creates’ president and CEO Karen Thorne-Stone who spoke and introduced the 3rd performer and 1st time Juno Nominee, Ruby Waters with her hit Glow.
19. Dallas Green received the 2022 JUNO MusicCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award (MIMAA) by VP Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation Peter Lewis and MusiCounts CEO Kristy Fletcher. FYI, MusicCounts is celebrating its 25 years of providing schools and children with instruments raising a total of 16 million dollars across Canada last 25 years.
20. Instrumental Album of The Year which was presented by Grammy-winning, 2-time Juno winning and 2022 Juno Nominee, Alex Cuba, to Mustafa for When Smoke Rises.
21. Classical Composition of the Year – Keiko Devaux for Arras.
22. Traditional R&B Soul Recording of The Year – Savannah Re for 24 Hrs.
23. Rock Album of the Year which was presented by 6-time Juno Winning Serena Ryder who spoke on 66 years of Long and McQuade the sponsor of this category and the award went to The Beaches for Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album).
24. Vocal Jazz Album of the Year – Caity Gyorgy for Now Pronouncing Caity Gyorgy
25. International Album of the Year – Olivia Rodrigo for Sour.
26. Global Music Album of the Year – Afrikana Soul Sister for Kalaso
27. Adult Alternative Album of the Year presented by Sr Marketing for Sonos by Mathieu Whalen went to Half Moon Run for Inwards and Onwards.
28. The Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by Her Excellency The Right Honorable Mary May Simon, Governor-General of Canada (she is the 1st ever Indigenous Governor General since Confederation). She presented to Susan Aglukarka for her recognition for her outstanding commitment to improving the lives of many children and youth in the northern Indigenous communities sponsored by Ontario Creates. Susan’s blend of Inuik Country and Pop with her philanthropic ways in the insudtry as a Canadian artist and industry pioneer who made a meaningful impact on social welfare globally. Thus making Susan the 1st winner of this award in Nunavut who received a standing ovation post-speech.
REMEMBRANCE of those we lost this past years and music was down by the engaging Allison Russell with her song You’re Not Alone. Man did i cry when I saw they remembered the contributions of our dear friend, Phil Naro.
29. Country Album of the Year and it once again went to Brett Kissell for What Is Life?
30. Francophone Album of the Year going to CCeur De Pirate for Impossible a aimer
31. Traditional Roots Album of the Year going to Maria Dunn for Joyful Banner Blazing.
32. Adult Contemporary Album of the Year went to Serena Ryder for The Art of Falling Apart presented by Jamie Grant.
33. Blues Album of the Year went to Colin James. What an impressive and challenging category, WOW the outstanding award-winning names on this list, blew my mind, as I knew them personally, interviewed them, or reviewed their shows in the last 7 years.
34. Classical Album of the Year – Small Ensemble went to Andrew Wan & Charles Richard Hamelin for Beethoven Senates pour violin et piano Violin Sonatas No 1, 2, 3, & 5 Analekta F A B The Orchard
35. Recording Engineer of the Year and this was another 1st. 1st-time ever that a female won this category! Congrats to Hill Kourkoutis.
36. Rap Single of the Year presented to Charmaine for Bold by Executive Director of Advance Koziah Meyers and 2021 JUNO winning artist TOBI.
The JUNO Awards and Slaight Music have partnered since 2016 to create the Canadian premiere Emerging Artist Development Program, The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, and this year there at 3 nominees as program alumni Haviah Mighty, Monowhales, and Shawnee Kish.
The last performance was by pop R&B singer Songwriter, and Allan Slaight Juno Masterclass artist, Jesse Gold with his hit One in A Million.
37. Metal Hard Music Album of the Year and went to Archspire for Bleed the Future.
38. Electronic Album of the Year went to TOR for Oasis Sky
39. Music Video of the Year – Xavier Dolan Adele for Easy On Me.
40. Songwriter of the Year went to The Weeknd presented by CEO SOCAN Jen Brown and 2-time Juno winning artist, AHI.
41. Contemporary Roots Album of the Year went to Allison Russell for Outside Child.
42nd award a 1st time ever award and it was for Underground Dance Single went to HNTR
43. Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year went to Fawn Wood for Kakike
The 44th award was the last of the night by SiriusXM Canada presented by Jeff Leake for Artist of the Year and went to Charlotte Cardin.
Tune in to all CBC platforms tomorrow night for the 2022 51st Annual JUNOS live in-person outside at Budweiser Stage (Molson Amphitheatre) at Ontario Place.