The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) took over London, ON for the weekend for the 2019 JUNO Awards, with JUNO Awards Gala on Saturday night at the London Convention Centre and the JUNO Awards Broadcast from Budweiser Gardens.
The live broadcast, hosted by Sarah McLachlan and broadcasted and live streamed by the CBC, opened with London’s own Loud Luxury who took the stage with an electrifying performance alongside the Western University Marching Band for their London homecoming.
The country’s cream of the crop took home some of JUNO Weekend’s most coveted awards. Emerging pop-singer bülow was awarded 2019 Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The Canadian-German songstress also took the stage with a medley of “Two Punks in Love” and her multi-platinum hit, “Not a Love Song.”
One of Canada’s most exciting talents, Jessie Reyez, was presented with R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for her second EP, Being Human in Public. Critically acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll band Arkells, who won Rock Album of the Year award at the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, added Group of the Year award during the broadcasted event. Canadian country star Brett Kissel was awarded Country Album of the Year for his latest album, We Were That Song. Eight-time JUNO Award winner Avril Lavigne took home JUNO Fan Choice.
Following his four major wins on Saturday night, Shawn Mendes also took home Album of the Year award and delighted fans with a special performance from his current tour in Europe.
The night was capped with a very special and memorable occasion – the induction of legendary singer-songwriter Corey Hart into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Presented by host Sarah McLachlan, Hart was honoured for being one of Canada’s biggest success stories of all time. Fans were treated to the singer’s first live television performance in over 20 years – a stirring rendition of his massive hit, “Never Surrender.”
During the JUNO Awards Gala on Saturday, where the majority of awards are given out, Shawn Mendes took the lead this year with an impressive four award sweep including Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.
An abundance of new faces were welcomed to the podium with more than half the evening’s awards presented to first time winners. The Washboard Union (Breakthrough Group of the Year), Dizzy (Alternative Album of the Year), Loud Luxury (Dance Recording of the Year), Jeremy Dutcher (Indigenous Music Album of the Year), Donovan Woods (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), LOVECOLLIDE (Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year), Wesli (World Music Album of the Year), Mike Milosh (Album Artwork of the year), Ali Eisner (Video of the Year), Laila Biali (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Andy Milne & Dapp Theory (Jazz Album of the Year: Group), Gordon Grdina (Instrumental Album of the Year), Loud (Francophone Album of the Year), Splash’N ‘Boots (Children’s Album of the Year), Ana Sokolović (Classical Composition of the Year), Milk & Bone (Electronic Album of the Year), Voivod (Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year), Dave Merheje (Comedy Album of the Year), and Post Malone (International Album of the Year) all took home their first JUNO statuettes.
Five live performances lit up the gala, including Hubert Lenoir kicking off the event.
Additional highlights of the evening include the presentation of three special awards: The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, presented by Jan Haust to broadcast pioneer, Duff Roman for his ongoing contributions and dedication to the Canadian music industry; multiple JUNO Award winner Michael Bublé introduced Canadian icon David Foster as the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian Award, honoured for his outstanding philanthropic contributions and commitment to supporting and inspiring others to give back; lastly, the 2019 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award presented to Kim Hastings by Canadian icon and multiple JUNO Award winner Jann Arden.
The full list of 2019 JUNO Awards winners is:
JUNO FAN CHOICE (Presented by TD)
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes - Universal
INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
beerbongs & bentleys by Post Malone Universal
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Music Canada)
Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes - Universal
ARTIST OF THE YEAR (PRESENTED WITH APPLE MUSIC)
GROUP OF THE YEAR (Presented by Apple Music )
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Sponsored BY FACTOR)
BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by FACTOR)
The Washboard Union
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (Presented by SOCAN)
“Lost In Japan” – co-songwriters Nate Mercereau, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger, “Youth” – cosongwriters Geoff Warburton, Khalid Robinson, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger
“In My Blood” – co-songwriters Geoff Warburton, Scott Harris, Teddy Geiger
COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We Were That Song by Brett Kissel - Warner
ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Earthtones by Bahamas - Universal
ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Long & McQuade)
Baby Teeth Dizzy by Royal Mountain- Universal
POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes - Universal
ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Rally Cry by Arkells - Universal
VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Laila Biali by Laila Biali - Chronograph*Fontana North/Universal
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Old Soul by Robi Botos A440 - Universal
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
The Seasons of Being by Andy Milne & Dapp Theory - Sunnyside AMPED/AEC/eOne
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
China Cloud Gordon Grdina madic - Independent/Universal
FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Une année record by Loud Joy Ride - Universal
CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
You, Me and the Sea by Splash'N Boots
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER
The End of Flowers: Works by Clarke & Ravel
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE
Vaughan Williams Toronto Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Peter Oundjian featuring Louis Lortie,
Sarah Jeffrey, & Teng Li Chandos* Naxos
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR
Vienna: Fin de siècle Barbara Hannigan with
Reinbert De Leeuw
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
"Golden Slumbers Kiss your Eyes" by Ana Sokolović
RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
"LoVE me NOw" by Tory Lanez
[Photo at top of page: Loud Luxury ft. Brando perform "Body" with Western Mustangs Marching Band & Cheerleaders. Photo: CARAS\iPhoto]