This weekend Canada celebrated its musical talent at the Juno Awards in Regina. Events took place all weekend, starting off with the Juno Cup charity hockey game in Moose Jaw on Friday night, Juno Fan Fair, Juno Jam – a massive guitar jam session, and Juno Fest. Saturday night say a private gala and awards banquet in which the bulk of the 44 categories were presented.
Sunday night, the televised awards show was presented live on CTV by Michael Buble from Regina’s Brandt Centre and featured performances by Buble along with Carley Rae Jepsen, Metric, Serena Ryder, Marianas Trench, and Billy Talent.
k.d. lang was inducted to the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame by another Canadian Legend Anne Murray. Tom Cochrane was presented the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for his extensive charitable works.
Major category winners included Leonard Cohen – Artist Of The Year, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Tenors, Anjulie and The Weekend picking up their first Junos. Metric went home with Alternative Album Of The Year, Johnny Reid took Country Album Of The Year and Mumford & Sons were presented with International Album Of The Year.
The winners of the categories presented on the telecast were:
Group Of The Year: Marianas Trench
Breakthrough Group Of The Year: Monster Truck
Fan Choice Award: Justin Bieber
Songwriter Of The Year: Leonard Cohen – “Amen”, “Going Home” (co-songwriter Patrick Leonard), and “Show Me the Place” (co-songwriter Patrick Leonard) from Old Ideas
Album Of The Year: Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss
Adult Alternative Album Of The Year: Serena Ryder, Harmony
Single Of The Year: Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe