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52nd Annual JUNO Awards Announce Nominees

52nd Annual JUNO Awards Announce Nominees

The 52nd Annual JUNO Awards revealed their nominees for the 2023 season. Held in Edmonton, Alberta, the annual award show celebrates the best musicians, producers, and releases from the Canadian music sector. This year, The Orchard distributed partners received 31 nominations! 

For the second year in a row, the show will be hosted by famed actor Simu Liu. The ceremony will be hosted live from Rogers Place on March 13, but a majority of the awards will be presented pre-ceremony at The Juno Opening Night Awards on Saturday, March 11. 

Dine Alone Records artist Alexisonfire is among the list of performers for the evening. In 2022, the Ontario group released their fifth studio album, Otherness – their first album featuring new recorded music in thirteen years. The record received a 2023 JUNO Award nomination for Rock Album of the Year. 

Find the full list of JUNO nominees here and The Orchard distributed nominees below.

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

The Sadies – Colder Streams (Dine Alone Records) 

Blues Album of the Year

The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer – Live at The King Eddy (The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer)

Harrison Kennedy – Thanks for Tomorrow (Electro-Fi Records) 

Children Album of the Year

Splash ‘N Boots – I Am Love (Splash ‘N Boots Inc.) 

Walk off the Earth and Romeo Eats – Walk off the Earth and Romeo Eats, Vol 2 (Golden Carrot Records)

Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Shelley – Clara – Robert – Johannes: Lyrical Echoes (Analekta)

Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)

Elinor Frey and Rosa Barocca, conducted by Claude Lapalme – Early Italian Cello Concertos (Analekta)

Classical Album of the Year (solo artist)

Isabel Bayrakdarian – La Zingarella: Through Romany Songland (AVIE Records)

James Ehnes – Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (Onyx) 

Classical Composition of the Year

Nicole Lizée – Prayers for Ruins (Analekta) 

Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year

Dylan Sinclair – No Longer in the Suburbs (Five Stone Records Inc.) 

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Fortunate Ones – That Was You and Me (Sonic Records) 

The Bros. Landreth – Come Morning (Birthday Cake Media) 

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Jordan St. Cyr – Jordan St. Cyr (BEC Recordings)

Country Album of the Year

High Valley – Way Back (Cage Free Music) 

Francophone Album of the Year

Les Louanges – Crash (Bonsound) 

Lisa LeBlanc – Chiac Disco (Bonsound) 

Hubert Lenoir – PICTURA DE IPSE: Musique directe (Simone Records) 

Group of the Year

Metric (Thirty Tigers) 

Jazz Album of the Year (Group)

Andrew Rathbun Quintet – Semantics (Fresh Sound Records) 

Jazz Album of the Year (Solo)

Renee Rosnes – Kinds of Love (Smoke Sessions) 

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Cancer Bats – Psychic Jailbreak (Dine Alone Records) 

Get The Shot – Merciless Destruction  (Dine Alone Records) 

Wake – Thought Form Descent (Metal Blade Records)

Rap Single of the Year 

Dom Vallie – “Been Himma” (Awesome Music)

Recording Engineer of the Year

Gus Van Go [Metric – What Feels Like Eternity (Thirty Tigers)]

Rock Album of the Year 

Alexisonfire – Otherness (Dine Alone Records) 

Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Pharis & Jason Romero – Tell ‘Em You Were Gold (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) 

Underground Dance Single of the Year

Greg Gow – “I Knew Techno” (Restructured Recordings Inc.) 

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Caity Gyorgy – Featuring (La Reserve Records) 

The Ostara Project – The Ostara Project (Cellar)

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