June 1st: CBC Music in Studio at JUNOS The Block Session.
Photos by Deb Draper.
They acknowledged the support of our integrated CARAS and CBC sponsors who make the Juno Awards possible: TD Bank Group, SiriusXM Canada, Freedom Mobile, Ford Canada, and TikTok. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. CBC Music in Studio at the JUNOS The Block Session was held in downtown Toronto, the Dish with One Spoon territory, which is a Friendship Treaty between the Anishinaabic, Mississauga’s, and the Haudenosaunee People. Binding them to share the territory and protect the land. Treaties across the country invite all Canadians and newcomers into meaningful relationships with the 1st Peoples in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect. They shone a spotlight on a few past, present, and hopefully, future nominees that represented the Block in R&B, Rap, and Reggae categories. They put together an amazing live showcase for this CBC Music in the Studio at the JUNOS: The Block Session that was Presented by CBC Music on Tuesday, June 1st at 8 p.m. ET via a free stream-lined session via cbcmusic.ca/junos or on CBC Gem or CBC Music’s Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter pages. The evening was hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe who is a Producer, Programmer of the 2-hour show The Block every Weeknight on CBC MUSIC on 53 frequencies nationwide. Online & On-Demand @ cbc.ca/listen and with your CBC LISTEN to the app. “THE BLOCK is “Music of Black Origin” I play a fluid and beautiful mosaic of styles that are rooted in the past, present, and future of Black creation,” shares Angeline. She was a past Host/Producer CBC MUSIC WEEKEND MORNING/CBC MUSIC 2 TOP 20, past Allan Slaight Broadcaster In Residence Canadian radio personality, and currently is a host on the CBC Music network. The Block travels musically across genres. Using hip hop as a central tenet, the show crosses many intersections within Black music from across the diaspora. For this special live JUNOS edition, The Block celebrates the Black musical achievement of the past, present, and future with a selection of live performances from Ammoye, Choclair, DijahSB, DJ Mel Boogie, JRDN, July Soul, Michie Mee, and Tanika Charles. https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/bio/angeline-tetteh-wayoe https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-479-the-block
July Soul Band provided the night’s soundtrack along with the Award-winning DJ Mel Boogie who is the country’s best-known female DJs for over 25 years, her roots have been deeply embedded in radio, both as a host, and mix show format DJ. Then a special mention to 2-time Toronto’s Hip-Hop legend, Solitaire, who is one of the night’s producers, who contributed DJ Mel Boogies with some of the backing tracks she spun that night and this was a Solitair production. Solitair’s many contributions have made an indelible impact on the Canadian urban music landscape, and the music industry as a whole. https://www.instagram.com/julysoulband http://www.solitairmusic.com http://www.djmelboogie.com
Next up was a mention of Denise Deyon, a Toronto-based producer, a performer who won the Canadian Beatmakers league 2020 that lead to song placements on Netflix with Ginny and Georgia, and most recently she is a featured producer on CMW Women in the Studio 2021 edition, and she supplied various beats for this show. https://www.facebook.com/public/Denise-Deyon
We heard from the God Father of Hip-Hop, Maestro Fresh Wes on his JUNO MOMENT, his first and the 1st JUNO for Rap Recording award in 1991. His 1st debut album, Symphony in Effect was the first certified platinum album by a Black Canadian artist. Maestro had this to say, “I have a slogan, don’t make records, make history and that 1st win that day symbolizes history in the making. I was representing Black music in Canada, I knew it was bigger than Hip-Hop, I definitely got to thank the Junos for recognizing not only Rap music but Black music in Canada.” http://maestrofreshwes.net