This past weekend, the 50th Annual JUNO Award winners were revealed. In partnership with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the award show was broadcasted across CBC stations nationally and included performances from some of Canada’s top musicians. This year, seven of The Orchard’s distributed releases took home JUNO Awards.
The indie rock singer-songwriter and former member of the band Karkwa, Louis-Jean Cormier took home the prize for Album Francophone de l’Année for Quand la nuit tombe. This is not the first award Cormier has received for this release. Last November Quand la nuit tombe won the ADISQ Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, while Cormier and associated writers received the award for Writer/Composer of the Year.
A familiar name in any country, Alanis Morissette, was also a winner of the evening earning Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for her Epiphany/Thirty Tigers release, Such Pretty Forks in the Road. Alanis has a memorable history alongside the JUNOS having hosted in the past. She recently discussed her experience with the JUNOS as it relates to censorship and activism.
Congratulations to all of our winners! See The Orchard’s list below and the full list of JUNO Award winners here.
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO / ALBUM DE JAZZ DE L’ANNÉE
Elegant Traveler – Jocelyn Gould (Posi-tone)
ALBUM FRANCOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE / ALBUM FRANCOPHONE DE L’ANNÉE
Quand la nuit tombe – Louis-Jean Cormier (Simone Records)
CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR / ALBUM POUR ENFANTS DE L’ANNÉE
Heart Parade – Splash’N Boots (Splash’N Boots)
CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE / ALBUM CLASSIQUE DE L’ANNÉE : GRAND ENSEMBLE
Ginastera – Bernstein – Moussa: Œuvres pour violon et orchestre / Works for Violin and Orchestra – Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Kent Nagano, feat. Andrew Wan (Groupe Analekta)
CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR / COMPOSITION CLASSIQUE DE L’ANNÉE
Violin Concerto “Adrano” – Samy Moussa (Analekta*Select)
METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR / ALBUM DE MUSIQUE MÉTAL/HARD DE L’ANNÉE
Abyss – Unleash The Archers (Napalm Records)
ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR / ALBUM ADULTE CONTEMPORAIN DE L’ANNÉE
Such Pretty Forks in the Road – Alanis Morissette (Epiphany Music/Thirty Tigers)