Charlotte Cardin and The Weeknd were among the big winners at the Juno Opening Night Awards in Toronto on Saturday, as more than 40 awards were given out in a variety of categories.
Streamed live from the Metro Toronto Convention Center, the ceremony was broadcast by CBC the block Host Angeline Teteh-Wyo and Canadian comedian Ann Pournelle. The second night of the Juno Awards will take place on Sunday night and will air live on CBC.
Montreal’s Cardin won three awards, including Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year marvel and Artist of the Year. Cardin also had the most nominations of the evening.
“It’s very special to me,” she said after winning the Artist of the Year award. “I’ll keep working so hard.”
“It’s the most beautiful gift. There are no words to describe that feeling. I put on that album with very, very pride,” she said of her sophomore release.
Toronto singer-songwriter Mustafa, who won Juno for Alternative Album of the Year when the smoke risesAcknowledging the loss of his friends in the neighborhood of Regent’s Park accepted his award.
“I wrote a record on death, I wrote a record on loss,” he said, adding that it was important for him to document the loss. He also mentioned being the first black Muslim winner in this category and why we should reconsider “first.”
“Being the first of anything now deserves to be criticized more than celebrated.”
The artist stated that he is in good company within the Canadian songwriting community. “I feel so privileged to come from a legacy – or to live in a country that has such a legacy of great songwriters.”
Toronto’s The Weeknd won two awards, taking home Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year take my breath and songwriter of the year,
The evening also included performances by several 2022 Juno Award nominees: Roxanne Bruno, Ruby Waters, Allison Russell and indie band Wally, as well as Jesse Gould, the 2021–22 Alan Slight Juno Master Class Short List Artist.
Honoring Canadian Pioneers
It was also a night to recognize some of Canada’s most prolific names in music. Dennis Jones, who passed away in 2020, was awarded the 2022 Walt Greales Special Achievement Award for championing Canada’s Afro-Caribbean culture.
His sons Jeremy and Jesse, who accepted the award on his behalf, said that his mother was a true embodiment of hope and was the reason Junos introduced the reggae category in 1985.
Jeremy said, “My brother and I stand before you tonight as proof of how love, guidance, wisdom is being poured into young people.”
Juno Award-winning Inuk artist Susan Aglukerk received the Humanitarian Award and told Nation World News that her songwriting and singing were healing.
Aglucark, who grew up in Nunavut, also started the Arctic Rose Foundation, bringing guest artists to schools and after-school programs for Northern Inuit, First Nations and Metis children to create art.
“I just know how lucky I’ve been. That wasn’t the plan when I got here – look no further!”
A Miscellaneous List of Winners
This year’s list of Juno nominees was one of the most diverse in history, with a handful of newly minted winners taking the podium to accept their awards.
R&B artist Savannah Ray won for traditional R&B/soul recording for the second time in a row – the category was only introduced in 2021.
She pointed to Canadian singer-songwriters Melanie Fiona and Deborah Cox as women who have helped her throughout her career.
“I’m a big fan of these women and they’re nothing but open and welcoming, so I’m always going to do the same thing. I’m always going to pay it forward.”
Garth Prince, a Namibian-Canadian musician whose album fall in africa Won for Children’s Album of the Year, Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa.
He said the songs inspired by that experience resonate with Canadians and people around the world who are losing their language and culture because of colonialism.
In the previous Juno Awards, there was only one category for indigenous music. That award has now been divided into two parts – one for the traditional and the other for the contemporary.
DJ Shub, a first-time winner in the latter category, is an alum of electronic group A Tribe Called Red.
Mohawk artist says his new album war club Uses recordings of drummers and singers from its traditional region, the Six Nations of the Grand River.
Thirteen-year-old Caro McLean took home reggae recording of the year for her album easy now, The young musician said that he plans to make music and “get better from here”.
“It’s really thanks to people like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh… my dad. He’s a bass player.”
Below is the full list of winners:
Pop Album of the Year
phoenix, charlotte cardin
reggae recording of the year
easy nowCairo McLean
Jazz Album of the Year (Group)
Album Artwork of the Year
Michael Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux, Albert Zablite
Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year
take my breathWeekend
Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
war clubdj shub
Jazz Album of the Year (Single)
change of planswill bonness
Classical Album of the Year (Soloist)
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year
judging group of the year
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
no greater Lovethe color dream
Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)
solfeggioL’Harmony des Saisons by Eric Milnes ft Helen Brunet
single of the year
Walt Greylis Special Achievement Award
Comedy Album of the Year
grandma’s girl andrea gin
dance recording of the year
children’s album of the year
fall in africagarth prince
instrumental album of the year
that long distanceDavid Miles
MusicQuotes Inspired Minds Ambassador Award
Alternative Album of the Year
when the smoke risesMustafa
classical composition of the year
hanging curtainKeiko Devoux
Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
24 hoursavanna ray
Rock Album of the Year
Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lover album)beach
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
Pronounced now: Katy György
International Album of the Year
Tart tasteOlivia Rodrigo
Global Music Album of the Year
Kalasoafricana soul sister
Adult Alternative Album of the Year
inside and outhalf moon run
Country Album of the Year
what is life?Brett Kissel
Francophone Album of the Year
Impossible Goalcour de pirate
Traditional Roots Album of the Year
joyful banner blazingmaria dunno
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
the art of falling apartSerena Ryder
Blues Album of the Year
open roadColin James
Classical Album of the Year (Short Ensemble)
Beethoven: Sonatas Inserted Violin and Piano/Violin Sonata Numbers 1, 2, 3, and 5Andrew Vann and Charles Richard-Hamlin
Recording Engineer of the Year
Rap Single of the Year
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
bleed the futurearcspire
electronic album of the year
music video of the year
easy on me (Adele), Xavier Dolan
songwriter of the year
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
outside childAllison Russell
Underground Dance Single of the Year
shadow in the dark ft elliot moss hntr
Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
artist of the Year
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