The 51st edition of the JUNO AWARDS took place tonight at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage, a return to an in-person format after the Pandemic halted celebrations last year. Held outdoors to pivot around Covid-19, the event was a welcomed return to outdoor music and this also is the first time the event was held in Toronto since 2011’s edition at Air Canada Centre (now Scotiabank Arena). Tonight’s Broadcast Gala, aired live on CBC, concluded a weekend of celebrations honouring the best in the Canadian Recording Industry, including a Comedy Showcase, the Cadillac Fairview JUNO Fan Fare allowing fans to meet some of their favourite emerging Artists, plus the Opening Night Awards, held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
It was a star-studded affair on the outdoor Red Carpet as stars, including those performing, being honorued and nominated, made their way through, including the like of Shawn Mendes, Avril Lavigne and fiancé Mod Sun, Deborah Cox, Chris Bosh, Mustafa, Charlotte Cardin and several more. Host Simu Liu, star of Marvel’s SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS also graced us with his presence in a hot pink suit.
See Liu‘s Opening tonight, getting a little help from Michael Buble, Kim’s Convenience Co-star Andrew Phung.
Winning top honours tonight was Montreal’s Charlotte Cardin, who has had a career year and now is touring in support of her Album PHOENIX, which garnered her Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year and Single of the Year for “Meaningless” which she performed live on the Broadcast.
Pickering’s Shawn Mendes also fared very well not only being honoured with the International Achievement Award, but also received the TikTok JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD, based on fan votes.
Scarborough’s Deborah Cox was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The R&B Vocalist known best for her smash hit “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here“, was supposed her ber friend and NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh who surprised. Several stars like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Angela Bassett and John Legend recorded video greetings congratulating her.
Global Superstar Avril Lavigne might not have received any awards tonight, but added tons of starpower to the Awards this year, performing a Medley of her hits including “Complicated”/”Bite Me”/”Girlfriend”/”Sk8r Boi” and “I’m With You”. At her Ricoh Colisseum show last night, her label honoured her with a plaque for single “Bite Me” which has reached gold status in Canada.
The 2022 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada was given to SusanAglukark, recognizing her commitment to improving the lives of children and youth in Northern Indigenous communities.
Some magical Red Carpet moments we snapped tonight:
The 2022 JUNO Opening Night Awards were held tonight at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in advance of tomorrow night’s Broadcast Gala at Budweiser Stage!
Taking home top honours was Montreal’s CHARLOTTE CARDIN, taking three awards: Single of the Year Presented by Live Nation Canada, Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada and Pop Album of the Year for PHOENIX.Scarborough’s THE WEEKND followed Cardin with two awards for Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN.
The Opening Night Awards marked the first time 24 Artists won JUNOs, including the likes of Allison Russell (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), Andrea Jin 金玉琪 (Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada), Charmaine (Rap Single of the Year Presented by ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective), youngest ever JUNO winner Kairo McLean at age 13 (Reggae Recording of the Year), MONOWHALES (Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), Mustafa (Alternative Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music) and more. Global Pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo also won International Album of the Year for her debut LP SOUR.
Major honourees tonight also included Denise Jones, posthumously awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Accepting the award on behalf of Denise were her two sons Jesse and Jerimi. Three-time JUNOAward winner, Susan Aglukark, was recognized with the 2022 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada. Aglukark was honoured for her commitment to improving the lives of children and youth in Northern Indigenous communities. Dallas Green was named the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation with the award for his dedicated support of MusiCounts and music education.
The JUNOS celebrations continue in Toronto, honouring the best in Canadian Music! The Cadillac Fairview JUNO FAN FARE took place this afternoon at Eaton Centre as some of the biggest names to emerge in music from Canada graced the stage at the Meet & Greet, giving fans an opportunity to meet some of their new faves! A welcome return to in-person events, encouraging safety protocols to be observed despite social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines loosening-up recently in Toronto. Delighted fans even walked away with Cadillac Fairview Gift Cards!
Appearing at the event were Toronto’s own JP Saxe, who has built a massive following worldwide, and his smash hit “If the World Was Ending” with Julia Michaels, has dominated airwaves globally. Vancouver Island’s Lauren Spencer-Smith, who is known for advancing to the Top 20 of American Idol, but also her 2019 effort UNPLUGGED, VOL. 1 EP also garnered her a JUNO nomination. Among the others to appear were Regina’s Tesher known for his viral hit on TikTok, “Jalebi Baby”; double nominee Savanna Ré from Toronto; JUNO-winning Rap Artist TOBi from Toronto; Ottawa’s Elijah Woods who was nominated in 2020 for hit “Ain’t Easy“; and of course, Toronto Band Valley, who also are JUNO-nominated.
While we didn’t get a chance to see them in-person based on scheduling during Saxe‘s slot, Manitoba’s Faouzia and London’s Emanuel also were at the event too – a shame as we wish we didn’t have to choose!
Saxe performed a two-songset for the audience and will be back in Toronto this July for a two-night stint at The Danforth Music Hall as part of his Feelings are Stupid Tour. He also is building his following internationally collaborating with American-Chinese Megastar Eric Chou on “A Little Bit Yours“.
Some Snaps from the event:
… and of course, we’re just like you. We’re a fan too! Do you think we’d miss our chance to meet these stars?
The 2022 JUNO Awards celebrations officially have begun in Toronto and kicking things off tonight at Massey Hall was the JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle. The event held annually brings together Canada’s top Singer/Songwriters in an intimate roundtable, delivering the stories and anecdotes behind some of their most acclaimed material. After a two-year hiatus, the event known as “The Jewel of the JUNOs” is finally back!
Split into two groups, the two-hour live broadcast featured a who’s-who of this year’s nominees as we celebrate the best in Canadian Music. While CBC personality Tom Power was to host the night originally, he had fallen ill with Covid-19 and Talia Schlanger stepped-in to moderate.
Group One: Allison Russell, Devon Portielje and Conner Molander from Half Moon Run, Serena Ryder and TOBi.
Group Two: Charlotte Day Wilson, Metric and Mustafa.
Missed it? You can watch the stream here:
Some snaps from the event:
Stay tuned as we’ll being covering the JUNOs this weekend with more sightings and snaps!
The JUNOs air Sunday, May 15, 2022 on CBC at 8 PM ET.
CF JUNO FAN FARE is about to touch-down in Toronto JUNOS weekend and it promises to be amazing!
The fan-centric event will feature photo sessions with treasured Canadian artists including: 347aidan, Elijah Woods, Emanuel, Faouzia, JP Saxe, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Savannah Ré, Tesher, TOBi and Valley. With over 160 million likes and 8 million followers combined on TikTok, this year’s CF JUNO Fan Fare is sure to have more than a few Instagrammable and viral moments.
CF JUNO Fan Fare begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Tickets are FREE and available for all ages through junofanfare.ca. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We are thrilled to welcome back JUNO Fan Fare in person to showcase incredible Canadian artists,” said Sheila Jennings, General Manager, CF Toronto Eaton Centre. “CF Toronto Eaton Centre is no stranger to hosting memorable community events. This year’s performance allows us to safely welcome fans and music enthusiasts alike to connect with and support our amazing homegrown talent in a meaningful way that’s been greatly missed over the past two years.”
About CF JUNO Fan Fare
WHAT: CF JUNO Fan Fare gives fans the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet, interact and take photos with their favourite Canadian artists. This will make your JUNOS experience one to remember!
WHO: 347aidan, Elijah Woods, Emanuel, Faouzia, JP Saxe, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Savannah Ré, Tesher, TOBi and Valley with host Shannon Burns
WHEN: Saturday, May 14 | 1 p.m. ET – 3 p.m. ET
WHERE: CF Toronto Eaton Centre in Albert’s Way, Level 2 | 220 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M5B 2H1. Free Tickets are available at junofanfare.ca
The 2022 JUNO Awards are set to return to Toronto this May at Budweiser Stage! Announced today are the first round of performers including Arkells, pop punk icon Avril Lavigne, Montreal music maven Charlotte Cardin and acclaimed singer, songwriter and poet Mustafa. The open-air event will be hosted by none other than Toronto’s own Simu Liu, star of SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS!
Allan Reid of CARAS spoke to Media earlier today about the decision to bring the JUNOs outdoors. “The whole idea behind it was let’s make the JUNOs the kick-off to summer concert season. Let’s get everyone back and gathered. This is the first time since 2019 we’ve been in-person”, says Reid. “We can’t change mother nature or weather. I went to Budweiser Stage on May 15 last year to see what it felt like and it was 22°c, the sun was setting at 8 pm. This is our first ever outdoor JUNOs!”.
Nominations also were unveiled as well today and leading the way with six nominations is Cardin with six nods. Following closely behind are international icons The Weeknd and Justin Bieber with five nods each. Shawn Mendes and Jessia received four nominations.
The Awards will have an interactive component with fans being invited to vote for the TikTok JUNO Fan Choice, Fans are encouraged to vote on TikTok and at junofanchoice.ca
Winners will be revealed during the closing weekend of JUNO Week, at The JUNO Opening Night Awards Presented by Ontario Creates on Saturday May 14, 2022 and The JUNO Awards Broadcast on Sunday, May 15, 2022.
The Juno Awards, celebrating Canada’s best in Music are returning to Toronto again this year! Even better, they will be in-person for the first time since 2019. And guess what? Simu Liu will be hosting!
The Awards take place at Budweiser Stage in Toronto, on Sunday, May 15 , 2022 and broadcast and streamed live across Canada at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, CBC Listen, and globally at CBCMusic.ca/junos and CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages.
Taking place at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena tonight, the 47th annual JUNO Awards took place, celebrating the best in Canadian achievements on a national and international stage. The themes of truth and reconciliation were front and center tonight in light of recent social movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo.
The late Gord Downie was honoured winning Artist of the Year. Brothers Patrick and Mike accepted the Award on his behalf, stating “All this love and support is really helping the healing. This is Gord‘s Award. He’s Artist of the Year but he was our man of a lifetime.”. He was paid tribute to also by friends Dallas Green (City and Colour) and Sarah Harmer via song during the CBC Broadcast. Downie himself was awarded post-humously alongside Kevin Drew as Songwriter of the Year for their work on A Natural, Introduce Yerself and The North on his Album Introduce Yerself, released October 2017. He also won for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.
Receiving major recognition tonight also was Montreal’s Arcade Fire winning Album of the Year for Everything Now. The Band also were recognized for their body of contributions, receiving the International Achievement Award.
Michael Bublé, who prior to tonight had won 12 JUNOs, filled hosting duties after being unable to do so last year due to his son Noah falling ill.
He won for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for Nobody But Me and confirmed earlier in the evening that he and his wife Luisana Lopiloto are expecting a second child. Fellow Vancouver native Diana Krall who won Vocal Jazz Album and Producer of the Year for her Album Turn Up the Quiet would join him on-stage in a duet of Nat King Cole‘s Love.
Another major highlight was Canadian Outfit Barenaked Ladies coming together on-stage for a one-night-only reunion, marking the Band’s 30th anniversary. The Band this year are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Steven Page had embarked on a solo career in 2009 and joined his Bandmates on-stage and each of them individually thanked those who were a part of their success in a comical song which drew thunderous applause from the crowd.
Pickering’s Shawn Mendes won Single of the Year for There’s Nothing Holdin’ me Back and also the Fan Choice Award, although he wasn’t in attendance as he preps his upcoming Album.
Kendrick Lamar won International Album of the Year for DAMN.
Toronto’s LIGHTS was awarded Pop Album of the Year for her Disc, Skin & Earth.
Brampton’s Jessie Reyez scored for Breakthrough Artist. Her hit Figures reached #58 on the Canadian Billboard Hot 100, which she performed live on the Broadcast joined by fellow Torontonian Daniel Caesar, who won R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for his Track, Freudian.
Right in-time for JUNOs Weekend, TD MUSICOUNTS and NKPR threw a two-day bash not soon to be forgotten! Homegrown Acts like The Arkells, Eleven Past One, Karl Wolf, North of Nowhere and more graced the intimate stage at Sheraton Hamilton Hotel’s MacNab Room, gifting TD Green Room Attendees with pure, unadulterated great music. Tweezerman offered free facial grooming, wildly-popular DAVIDsTEA offered an open hot/cold Tea Bear, while MAC provided the Ladies with Makeovers. The feel was festive, the sounds were superb.
Wolf, who has been a staple on Canadian Radio for the past decade, performed his popular Toto-interpolated Africa acoustically, plus the Ballad You’ve Got Me. The Lebanese-Canadian Singer/Songwriter is primed to release his new Album Tuesday, titled WOW via Universal Music Canada.
Although they still are emerging Toronto’s North of Nowhere featuring Teen Singer/Songwriter Connor Ross, who recently won a nation-wide Contest in search of a MUSIC MONDAY Anthem, for the Coalition of Music Education. The Song We Are One will be released on Monday, May 4, 2015 and we got a sample of it today. Also in the Soul-Rock Band is Co-Lead Vocalist Duncan Boudreau, who wowed many with his impressive Adam Levine-esque vocals.
Hailing from Bowmanville, Quintet Eleven Past One have had a presence on our airwaves with their Hit The World Is Ours and Wake Up. While we are still enjoying their debut EP released via Warner Music Canada, they played for us a brand-new Cover of Labelmates Spandau Ballet‘s 80s Classic True acoustically and the response was phenomenal from their three-song Set which they played seated. The Track is available on the curious SOUNDS OF THE 80s Canadian Pressing which sees the likes of Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri, Kylie Minogue, Passenger and Birdy covering some of our Faves. More here.
And awesome was it getting a shout-out from our Boys?