The broadcast for the Junos is just like any other TV show: It’s all about producing a mainstream network TV show that can attract as big an audience as possible to satisfy advertisers.
In other words, the Junos are a Sunday night variety show that focuses on star power and performances instead of handing out awards. That’s why we’ll only see a half-dozen awards handed out as part of the broadcast.
The real meat of the Junos happens the night before at the gala dinner during which 36 awards are handed out. This year’s event took place at the London Convention Centre and was co-hosted by my boy Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent (who, by the way, did an awesome job.)
The full list of winners can be found here, but since if you’re reading this, you’re more interested in the rock and rock-ish categories, right? Here’s what happened.
Alternative Album of the Year: Dizzy, Baby Teeth
Rock Album of the Year: Arkells, Rally Cry
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year: Eric Rantz for Rally Cry by The Arkells
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: Voivod, The Wake
Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Bahamas, Earthtones
Video of the Year: Ali Eisner for Bahamas’ “No Depression”
Electronic Album of the Year: Deception Bay, Milk & Bone
Rap Recording of the Year: Tony Lanez, LoVE me NOw
Breakthrough Group of the Year: Washboard Union.
Indigenous Music Album of the Year: Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (This album also won the Polaris Music Prize last September)