Vancouverites Said the Whale and Lil'Bit take home JUNOS
Last night the JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards was held in Toronto's Allstream Centre. Seamus O’Regan and Jian Gomeshi, hosted the evening and exchange funny banter throughout the evening.
Guests were treated to performances by Shad, Justin Nozuka, Basia Bulat, The Sojourners and Karkwa.
Vancouver-based rock group, Said the Whale, won the New Group of the Year award while Richmond's Lil'Bit won the Reggae Recording of the Year award.
"I'm so happy, I did cartwheels... and I didn't even know I could do those!" says Ben Worcester, one of the founding members of Said the Whale, to media after winning the award.
Lil'Bit (aka Elaine Shepherd) in the media room after winning Reggae Recording of the Year. photo credit: Jenkin Au for justalilhype! Magazine.
Neil Young in the Q&A room after winning the Adult Alternative Album of the Year award.
Neil Young spoke very little when he came up on stage to receive his JUNO for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Later in the evening when his friend and collaborator Daniel Lanois won the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year, Lanois coaxed Young to come share the stage with him.
"Neil, come up on stage! You didn't say enough!" says Lanois. After much applause from the crowd, Young walked to the podium and shared a story about the making of Le Noise, which Lanois produced.
"We collaborated our asses off... That was a very Canadian experience," says Young.
Shad proudly holding his JUNO for Rap Recording of the Year. photo credit: Michael Evoy
Shad's win for Rap Recording of the Year was an exciting moment last night. He was the underdog of the category and was not expecting to beat out Drake in the running.
"I didn't even prepare a speech," says Shad in the Q&A room.
The ever-charming Johnny Reed won Country Album of the Year and was in good spirits joking, "I never really saw myself as a country singer or a folk singer. They used to call my grandfather a folk singer 'cause every time he started singing people said, 'Oh, folk!'" His scottish accent completes the punch line.
Johnny Reed kissing his JUNO for Country Album of the Year. photo credit: Michael Evoy