Unless you’ve been out of the province for the last couple of weeks, you probably are aware that the 45th annual JUNO Awards were held last night in Calgary. By all accounts, it was one heck of a party, with a week full of events leading up to the awards, including a hockey game, an art show and tons more. And in case you missed it, you can read about the Alberta nominees here, here, here and here. But the big question is “How did Albertans do?”
First things first: The big Alberta winner last night was BRAIDS, the three-piece alt-rock band from Calgary. Their album, Deep in the Iris took home the best Alternative Album of the Year, edging out fellow Alberta band, Viet Cong for the award. Check out the band’s acceptance speech:
Alberta also had a win for one of the people behind the music: Bragg Creek’s Shawn Everett won the JUNO for Recording Engineer of the Year for his work on the album Sound & Color by the Alabama Shakes. Here’s one of the songs Shawn worked on, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Probably the biggest winner of the JUNOs was the City of Calgary itself! Not only did they get to host the biggest party in Canada music, and not only did they get to show off venues like Studio Bell, the home of the new National Music Centre, but according to Mayor Naheed Nenshi, hosting the JUNOs also brought in a pretty significant economic impact for the city as well, around $10 – 15 million.
Speaking to the Calgary Herald, Nenshi said:
“…having this happen at the same time as the opening of the National Music Centre really helps the rest of the country see Calgary’s diverse music scene and that’s really important as with think about diversification and a creative economy. That doesn’t mean every musician is going to move here. But it does mean people will see Calgary as a place where creation happens.”
The JUNOs now move over to Ottawa, playing in the nation’s capital to coincide with Canada’s 150 birthday.