Thursday, 21 April 2016

The 2016 Juno Awards Brought Out the Best in Canadian Country Music


An unparalleled guest list of Canada’s top talent was on hand for The 2016 JUNO Awards Red Carpet and Broadcast earlier this month at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome.

Hosts Jon Montgomery and Jann Arden pose in front of the stage during rehearsal for THE 2016 JUNO AWARDS broadcast in Calgary, Alberta, April 1, 2016. (Alex Urosevic/CTV photo) 
JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. Paul Brandt arriving.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) crowned 35 new JUNO Award winners during the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN. A night of big wins and even bigger talent, more than 1,100 music industry guests and JUNO Award nominees joined host Jessi Cruickshank at the Telus Calgary Convention Centre to celebrate the best in Canadian music from the past year.

The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards were the prelude to CTV’s nationally televised broadcast of The 2016 JUNO Awards where six remaining JUNO Award categories were announced.

JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. Autumn Hill arriving.
Following a hugely successful year with the release of his chart-topping album Beauty Behind the Madness, alternative R&B singer-songwriter The Weeknd scored a hat-trick tonight, snagging wins for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year*, and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. The multiplatinum-selling artist will also grace the JUNO stage for his second year in a row with a special performance during Sunday night’s live broadcast of The 2016 JUNO Awards on CTV.

Three other broadcast performers also took home statuettes including double-winner Buffy Sainte-Marie, who earned Aboriginal Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, Dear Rouge, who were named Breakthrough Group of the Year and Whitehorse, who won Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Calgary natives, BRAIDS were the hometown heroes of the night who received an award for Alternative Album of the Year and Bragg Creek, Alberta’s Shawn Everett won Recording Engineer of the Year. (Shawn is an old friend of ours so we are thrilled to see how well he is doing following Grammy and Juno wins this year!!!)

JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards. Shawn Everett, Recording Engineer of the Year. Calgary Telus Convention Centre. April 2, 2016. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto
Additional highlights of the evening included special award presentations by Tom Cochrane to commend Arcade Fire with the 2016 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award (sponsored by Bell Media), and 2016 Canadian Hall of Fame inductee Burton Cummings, who honoured legendary former Music Director Rosalie Trombley with the 2016 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.



JUNO Fan Fare. Chad Brownlee. CF Chinook Centre. April 2, 2016.
Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

JUNO week in Calgary also brought in Canadian talent to meet and greet with fans at Fanfare and even inspired a little friendly competition for the JUNO Cup.









Brett Kissel performs during Juno Cup Jam.
Alex Urosevic/CARAS/iPhoto)
Chad Brownlee performs during Juno Cup Jam (Alex Urosevic/CARAS/iPhoto)



Juno cup -Gord Bamford and members of his band perform during Juno Cup Jam held in Calgary, March 31,
as part of Juno Awards Festivities. (Alex Urosevic/CARAS/iPhoto)
Mark Napier (left) and GordBamford face off during Juno Cup practice at Max Bell Centre in Calgary, March 31, 2016. Juno Cup featuring NHL Greats and Canadian Rockers will be played tomorrow as part of Juno Awards events being held in Calgary, Alberta. (Alex Urosevic/CARAS/iPhoto)
JUNO Cup. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is escorted on the ice by musician Brett Kissel for the ceremonial puck drop. Max Bell Arena, Calgary, AB. April 1, 2016. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto.

The 2016 JUNO Awards Broadcast aired Sunday, April 3 live on CTV from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome was hosted by Jon Montgomery and Jann Arden

The 2016 JUNO Awards. Dean Brody, winner, Country Album of the Year. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB. April 3, 2016.
The 2016 JUNO Awards. Dean Brody performs "Bring Down the House". Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB. April 3, 2016.
The Canadian country music industry was out in full force with artists representing the industry being nominated in a number of different categories. Dean Brody was nominated for the JUNO Fan Choice Award (the award went to Justin Bieber). 
The 2016 JUNO Awards. Paul Brandt arriving. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB. April 3, 2016.
The 2016 JUNO Awards. Brett Kissel stops for a photoshoot with a selfie stick. Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB. April 3, 2016.
JUNO Songwriters' Circle. Host Paul Brandt. Jack Singer Concert Hall. April 3, 2016.
Photo: CARAS/iPhoto
JUNO Songwriters' Circle. Tareya Green and Mike Robins of Autumn Hill. Jack Singer Concert Hall. April 3, 2016. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto
Dean Brody beat out High Valley (check out our interview with them HERE)Brett Kissel (check out clips of him opening for Garth Brooks HERE), Autumn Hill (check out our interview HERE), Paul Brandt and Dean Brody to take home the award for Country Album of the Year. Bob Ezrin won Jack Richardson Producer of the Year for Johnny Reid's “Honey, Honey” and “What Love Is All About” and Johnny also won for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.

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