2012 Juno Award Winners–So Far

First, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke.

With 41 Juno categories and 99 nominees, there’s no way that everything can fit into the Sunday telecast.  That’s why there’s the industry-only pre-Juno dinner on the Saturday night.  Sorry to spoil things for you, but here’s what happened.

Group of the Year:  Arkells

They were drinkin’ in celebration in Hamilton last night.  Arkells over Nickelback?  Well-deserved but still a surprise.  Question:  why isn’t Group of the Year considered important enough for the main awards telecast?  Anyone?

New Group of the Year:  The Sheepdogs

You could see this one from a mile away.  Unfortunately for Juno organizers, the band wasn’t there to accept their award because they’re touring in Australia.  They had to tweet an acceptance from Perth.

Rock Album of the Year:  The Sheepdogs, Learn & Burn

Really?  They beat Sloan and Matthew Good?  How did that happen.  A real surprise–to me, anyway. And again, shouldn’t this award be on the telecast?  Or do the producers thing that Rock is a category equal in importance to the general public as, say, Classical Album, Ensemble or Soloists with Large Ensemble?

Alternative Album of the Year:  Dan Mangan, Oh Fortune

This was the toughest category to handicap.  I might have expected Fucked Up to come out on top, but no one should be disappointed with Mangan’s win.

Adult Alternative Album of the Year:  Feist

She was my pick to win.  Poor Ron Sexsmith goes hope empty-handed.

International Album of the Year:  Adele, 21

This category is based on sales.  It was no contest.

Electronic Album of the Year:  Ravedeath, 1972

Not Austra?  Shock.

Rap Recording:  Drake, Take Care

The dude was nominated for so many awards last year and won zero.  And he was the host!  Give him this one.  And considering its stellar American sales numbers…

Music DVD of the Year:  Feist, Look What the Light Did Now

They still make music DVDs?  When was the last time you bought one?

Best Metal/Hard Music Album:  KENmode

Not Anvil?  Recount!

Pop Album of the Year: Hedley, Storms

Didn’t care about this category yesterday.  Still don’t care today.

There were a bunch of other categories dealt with last night.  The remaining seven will be handled on the CTV broadcast tonight.

Here’s the full list of the 34 pre-Junos:

New Group of the Year: The Sheepdogs

Group of the Year: Arkells

International Album: 21, Adele

Country Album: Roots and Wings, Terri Clark

Adult Alternative Album: Metals, Feist

Alternative Album: Oh Fortune, Dan Mangan

Pop Album: Storms, Hedley

Rock Album: Learn and Burn, The Sheepdogs

Vocal Jazz Album: Le carre d nos amours, Sonia Johnson

Contemporary Jazz Album: Changing Seasons, Phil Dwyer Orchestra

Traditional Jazz Album: Verge, David Braid

Instrumental Album: Stretch Orchestra

Francophone Album: La caverne, Malajube

Children’s Album: Songs, Stories and Friends, Charlie Hope

Classical Album, Solo or Chamber Ensemble: Liszt Piano Sonata, Marc-Andre Hamelin

Classical Album, Large Ensemble or Soloists with Large Ensemble: Daugherty, Fire and Blood, Alexandre Da Costa/Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal

Classical Album, Vocal or Choral: Haydn Arias, Jane Archibald

Classical Composition: Sepia Fragments, Derek Charke

Rap Recording: Take Care, Drake

R&B/Soul Recording: Gone and Never Coming Back, Melanie Fiona

Reggae Recording: Bleaching Shop, Exco Levi

Aboriginal Album: Songs Lived & Life Played, Murray Porter

Roots & Traditional Album: Small Source of Comfort, Bruce Cockburn

Blues Album: To Behold, Monkey Junk

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album: On the Altar of Love, Downhere

World Music Album: Aam Zameen: common ground, Kiran Ahluwalia

Best Producer: Brian Howes (Hedley, Nickelback)

Best Recording Engineer: George Seara (Kaeshammer, Laila Biali)

Recording Package: Jeff Harrison and Kim Ridgewell (Chris Tarry)

Video: Rumbleseat, Mike Roberts (The Sadies)

Music DVD: Feist, Look at What the Light Did Now

Electronic Album: Ravedeath, 1972, Tim Hecker

Metal/Hard Music: Venerable, KEN mode




Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “2012 Juno Award Winners–So Far

  • April 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I bought the K-Os Live at Much concert CD/DVD combo pack, but I also love still buying music and Canadian hip hop so it was a no brainer.

  • April 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I agree that the Junos need to re-evaluate which categories get seen on TV. Add another half hour!


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