The JUNO Awards returns to Toronto this year, marking its 40th anniversary with a bang. There are tons of events happening in the city including photography and art exhibitions, film screenings, block parties, and outdoor concerts.
Drake, who has the most number of nominations—six in all, will host this year’s award show. It will be interesting to see how he switches back and forth with hosting duties and accepting awards.Montreal's Arcade Fire won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards last month. Once again, the group is nominated for Album of the Year as well as Group of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Alternative Album of the Year.
Artists also dominating the list of nominees include Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Hedley, and Johnny Reid with four nominations each; and Sarah McLachlan with three nominations.
Electronic Album of the Year category is being introduced this year with nominees Caribou for Swim, Chilly Gonzales for Ivory Towers, Crystal Castles for II, Holy Fuck for Latin, and Poirier for Running High.
Neil Young is also expected to make an appearance for the first time in 29 years, as he is the 2011 recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award and is nominated in two categories: Artist of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year.Fun Fact: 40 years ago, the JUNOS was known as the Gold Leaf Awards. In 1971, the name changed to the JUNO Awards in honour of the first chairman of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC), Pierre Juneau.
As part of this year’s anniversary, the JUNO Awards are inviting fans to create and share a 10-song playlist of their favourites from a collection of shortlisted Single of the Year songs over the past 40 years.
Among the 40 shortlisted songs are American Woman (The Guess Who), Sunglasses at Night (Corey Hart), 1234 (Feist), Wavin’ Flag (Young Artists for Haiti), and several other hits. Fans can download the app for free and can vote for their favourite songs through Facebook.