Earlier today the nominees for the 2018 JUNO Awards were revealed at a press conference at Toronto’s Great Hall. Music Canada is proud to return as sponsor of the Album of the Year category for the 47th annual JUNO Awards. The 2018 Album of the Year nominees are:
Everything Now – Arcade Fire (Sony)
Revival – Johnny Reid (Halo*Universal)
Nobody But Me – Michael Bublé (Warner)
Safe Haven – Ruth B (Sony)
Now – Shania Twain (Mercury*Universal)
“Congratulations to everyone involved in the making of these fantastic albums. We at Music Canada are incredibly proud to help recognize Canadian artists, their record label teams, and other individuals who have helped them reach the pinnacle of celebration and achievement in Canadian music,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada.
“Whether celebrating success at the highest level through our support for institutions like the JUNO Awards and our Gold/Platinum program or fostering the next generation of artists through music education in Canadian schools, Music Canada’s advocacy supports artists at every stage of their career,” says Henderson. “Our Music Cities work aims to make cities more music and musician friendly, promoting sustainability and growth of music ecosystems at the municipal level. And through our federal copyright advocacy, we strive to ensure music creators are properly compensated whenever their work is commercialized by others.”
In addition to the Album of the Year, Music Canada will return as sponsor of the 2018 Welcome Reception for JUNOs weekend, happening Saturday, March 23 in Vancouver. The 47th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast live on CBC beginning at 5pm PT and 8pm EST on Sunday, March 25. You can also watch the live steam on CBC Music’s Facebook page.
Ticket information for the 2018 JUNO Awards broadcast and other 2018 JUNO Awards events is available on the JUNOs website.
Montreal-based indie rockers Arcade Fire closed the North American leg of Infinite Content tour, which found the band perform in-the-round at more than two dozen arenas across the continent, with two shows last weekend at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Prior to the shows, the band were surprised with Platinum award plaques for their fifth studio album, Everything Now, by Sony Music Canada.
Everything Now is the bands fourth Canadian Platinum certification, joining their landmark 2003 debut Funeral, 2010’s Double Platinum album The Suburbs, and 2013’s Triple Platinum two-disc set Reflektor.
The video for the album’s title track can be viewed below.
On Monday night, the 2014 Polaris Music Prize was awarded to Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq for her album Animism. Tagaq, who received a standing ovation from the gala attendees following her uplifting performance, was awarded a cash prize of $30,000 for her Polaris win. The winner was decided by a panel of selected music critics and announced during the 9th annual gala event at The Carlu in Toronto, hosted by actor Jay Baruchel.
The evening consisted of performances from 6 of the 10 nominees including Mac Demarco, Basia Bulat, Owen Pallett, Jessy Lanza, Shad and winner Tanya Tagaq. Timber Timbre, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan and Win Butler of Arcade Fire were in attendance but did not perform. Drake, who was nominated for Nothing Was The Same was not able to attend the gala due to a scheduled concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Lil Wayne.
Music Canada is a proud sponsor of the Polaris Music Prize and would like to congratulate Tanya Tagaq on winning this year’s award, as well as all of the nominees for making the 2014 short list. Photos of the gala can be seen below:
Basia Bulat taking a break during a photoshoot backstage
The short list for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize was announced today at The Carlu in Toronto, ON. The Polaris Music Prize is an annual event that honours the works of Canadian artists over the past year regardless of genre, sales or record label. The Polaris Prize awards gala will take place at The Carlu on September 22 and will be hosted by Canadian actor, writer and producer Jay Baruchel, who was on hand Tuesday to reveal the 10 short list nominees. The gala will be televised and webcasted by AUX, but those wishing to attend will have the chance to purchase tickets in the coming weeks.
Each year, the prize is awarded to one artist voted upon by a panel of selected music critics. After revealing the 2014 long list earlier this June, jurors then resubmitted their top 5 picks, narrowing down the nominees to only 10. In 2006, the first Polaris Music Prize was awarded to Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy for the album He Poos Clouds. Pallett, who has since dropped the Final Fantasy moniker, is nominated once again this year for his album In Conflict. Montreal’s Arcade Fire, who also won the prize in 2011 for The Suburbs, are nominated once again for Reflektor.
The full list of finalists for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize are:
Last night, the 2nd annual Prism Prize Award Reception took place at The Everleigh in Toronto, ON. The Prism Prize is a national juried award established to recognize the artistry of the modern music video in Canada. The 2014 Prism Prize was awarded to director/photographer Emily Kai Block for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife” from their Triple Platinum-certified album Reflektor. Bock, who was also nominated for Majical Cloudz’s “Childhood’s End” this year, was on hand to accept the $5,000 prize.
“Emily made some truly remarkable videos last year,” said Prism Prize Founder and Director Louis Calabro, “it says something that two of Emily’s pieces were on the Top Ten Shortlist. Ultimately, I think our jurors chose Afterlife because it’s thoughtful and well-paced, and because – frankly – it looks beautiful.”
The Prism Prize Audience Choice Award, which is awarded based on thousands of online votes collected in collaboration with Exclaim! Magazine, was presented to director Kheaven Lewandowski for The Belle Game’s “River”.
Other videos on the shortlist, which was selected by a jury of more than ninety Canadian music and film industry professionals, included Hollerado, Keys N Krates, Shad, Jessy Lanza, Young Galaxy and Drake.
Writer/director Scott Cudmore and producer/cinematographer Michael Leblanc received the inaugural Arthur Lipsett Award, which recognizes an innovative and unique approach to music video art. Floria Sigismondi received the inaugural Prism Prize Special Achievement Award, presented to a Canadian music video artist for their artistic achievements and exceptional contribution to music video art on a world stage.
Plans for the third annual Prism Prize will be announced later this year. Congratulations to all of the 2014 Prism Prize winners and nominees.
thank you minister @s_guilbeault & parliamentary secretary @juliedabrusin for your time today. the artist community appreciates your leadership. i look forward to continued discussions with you and @GFHenderson and i will share the results of our artist impact survey.
Thank you to Minister @s_guilbeault & Parl. Sec. @juliedabrusin for meeting with @MiraMulholland and Me via video conference today. @Music_Canada appreciates working with you through these difficult times. Your concern, empathy and compassion shine through!
Today, Music Canada President & CEO @GFHenderson and @MiraMulholland, Chair of the Music Canada Advisory Council, met with Min. @s_guilbeault & Parl. Sec. @juliedabrusin by video call. Thank you both for your time - we appreciate working with you in these difficult times.
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Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and @DeputyPM_Canada Chrystia Freeland spoke with premiers on continued efforts to address the impacts of #COVID19. Read about their discussion: http://ow.ly/CXpH50z4jYT
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We are closely monitoring COVID-19’s impact on the music community, and we extend our sympathy to those affected – particularly the artist community. We are working to understand & capture artists’ experience & convey their stories to all levels of government.