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Meeting and greeting fans at the JUNO Fan Fare

Jacob Hoggard of Hedley taking a photo with a fan. photo credit: Jenkin Au for justalilhype! Magazine.

Crowds of teenagers lined up at the Much Music building yesterday to meet their favourite JUNO winners and nominees at the JUNO Fan Fare. Last week, teens braved the snow storm just to get a wristband for the event. 

The fan fare was sponsored by Virgin Mobile, and gave fans an opportunity to get their favourite items autographed. There was also a photo booth on site where they can get their photos taken to commemorate the day. 

Down with Webster's drummer, Andrew Martino, taking photos of fans. photo credit: Michael Evoy.

Teen fans Megan and Lauren were brought to tears after Hedley’s Jacob Hoggard gave them a hug. The two caught a 7:41 am train from Bowmanville, a suburb near Oshawa, and lined up for nearly four hours in the cold.

I managed to interview some of the artists before they came out to meet their fans who were waiting patiently in the tented parking lot next door. I was curious to find out who they were fans of in terms of past and present JUNO nominees and winners. Here's what they had to say:

Mission, BC's Faber Drive are Pop Album of the Year nominees in this year's JUNO Awards. photo credit: Michael Evoy.

“As far as the nominees are this year, we’re big fans of the Down with Webster guys. They’re in our category as well. They’re awesome dudes, they make good music," says Krikit of Faber Drive.

“Nickleback has always been a big influence of ours. I remember when the JUNOS were in Vancouver, they had a lot to do with that. We did our first album at Chad’s house and it was great. He’s a great dude, good band, and always pumping out the hits. They’re probably our biggest inspirations in so far as past JUNO winners go.”

photo credit: Michael Evoy

“I’m a big fan of Drake. I’m a big fan of his music. I love Down with Webster too,” says pop singer Keshia Chante who is nominated for both Dance Recording and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.


photo credit: Michael Evoy

Classified and Shad, who were both nominated in the Rap Recording of the Year category are big fans of each other as well as Canadian music icons Joni Mitchell, Alan Thicke, and Robin Thicke.  

photo credit: Michael Evoy

“In terms of the nominees this year, I’m a big fan of Shad. If the underdog wins our category this year, I would be very happy,” says Eternia who is also nominated for Rap Recording of the Year. “I’m also a big fan of Maestro Fresh Wes. He was in the first ever rap recording category and he will always be a legend in my books.”

photo credit: Michael Evoy

“I’m a fan of Caribou, Shad, Neil Young, Arcade Fire… there’s so many big ones that are amazing,” says Vancouverite Hannah Georgas who is nominated for Songwriter of the Year. 

Of all the JUNO award winners and nominees of the last 40 years, she says she's a fan of Jan Arden and Feist. “Those two ladies are very courageous and strong beautiful women,” says Georgas.

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