Surprise, Sweat and Saskatchewan pride: 2013 JUNO nominees react to nominations
Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber going head to head with Leonard Cohen and Celine Dion?
At the 2013 JUNO Awards, the nominations are as diverse as the Canadian landscape.
“Of the nominations, I love that out of (42 categories), there are 90 first-time nominees that represent 19 genres and five technical categories, because it really shows the depth of the industry,” says Melanie Berry, president and CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards at the JUNO nominations press conference Tuesday morning.
Check out a full list of nominees.
Berry admits she can’t wait to see Michael Bublé on stage hosting the award show April 21 in Regina. “And I’m excited to see him performing his new single on our show. We love him – he’s so charismatic and entertaining and has a wicked sense of humour.”
“I love that Carly Rae (Jepsen) is a great Canadian musician, who was up for New Artist of the Year in 2010 and here she is, leading the pack with five nominations.”
Perhaps in a few years, Berry will be saying the same thing about musician Kristina Maria, who received her first JUNO nomination for Pop Album of the Year for her debut album “Tell The World.”
Up against the likes of Jepsen and Bieber, the 23-year-old Ottawa-based singer knows she is facing some stiff competition.
“I am sweating!” she says with a laugh. “To be nominated along with (those artists as well as) Victoria Duffield and Nelly Furtado, this is a huge deal, but being up there with them and being nominated alongside them I’m very proud . . . this album is my baby and I’m just so excited.”
Keeping good company
“As artists, we spend a lot of time toiling away with our heads down, and it’s nice to look up every once in a while and see that what you’re doing is appreciated,” says Royal Wood, who was nominated for a JUNO for his newest album, “We Were Born To Glory.”
“I’m in very good company,” he says about the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category. “They’re my friends and peers,” he says of Bahamas, Kathleen Edwards, Serena Ryder and The Barr Brothers.
And Toronto-based band The Wooden Sky are pleasantly surprised about their first ever JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group) and the company they keep – “It’s interesting that a lot of people in our category are friends of ours (like the Great Lake Swimmers),” says lead singer Gavin Gardiner.
“I was pretty excited. I got about 15 texts from my dad the second it happened,” said Gardiner on their nomination for their third studio album “Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun.”
“Maybe (the nomination) will carry a little momentum into the next record. That would be exciting.”
Maestro Fresh Wes: Not resting on any laurels
You might think of “Let your Backbone Slide” when you think of Maestro (and you might be doing the running man while thinking about it), but the two-time JUNO Award winner Maestro is still at it, and has garnered yet another JUNO Award nomination for Rap Recording of the Year.
“I wrote my first rhyme in 1979 . . . and I’m still being acknowledged,” he says about his new tune “Black Tuxedo” – the precursor to his upcoming album called, “Orchestrated Noise.”
“I’m a student,” he says about keeping his music relevant and contemporary. “I listen to up and coming artists a lot and take suggestions and advice from artists I have a lot of respect for.
“I don’t lie on my laurels. That’s the cousin of complacency. I always want to take it to the next level.”
The pride of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Sheepdogs – received three nominations this year (Single of the Year, Group of the Year, Rock Album of the Year), on the heels of three JUNO wins at the 2012 awards in Ottawa.
Bassist Ryan Gullen says as nice as it has been to be featured in “Rolling Stone” magazine and get traction south of the border, it’s nice to be recognized in their own country as well.
“Getting recognition at home just means more ‘cause you grow up being around the JUNOS and successful musicians, and seeing them on the TV and radio.”
It especially means more this year because the JUNOS are being held in Saskatchewan.
“It’s exciting to be going to our home province and kind of waving the Saskatchewan music flag . . . I think it’s always nice when (other people) can see how excited some of the smaller centers and cities are (and how these places) are not just dots on the map but places where people are really excited about music.”
“I’m betting that pretty much every single person will know that we’re coming to town,” concurs Berry about the show. “They’re definitely embracing us with open arms.”
In addition to confirmed performances from Jepsen, Billy Talent, Mariana’s Trench and JUNO Award host himself, Bublé, who else will be on stage in Regina?
“You’ll have to stay tuned,” Berry says grinning. The announcements are going to be pretty exciting.”
Check out photos of the nominees.
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