The 40th Juno Awards were held in St.John’s, Canada during the last weekend. Crooner Michael Buble was the big winner this year, the 39th edition, with 4 wins. His fourth album Crazy Love took album of the year and pop album honours, while the song Haven’t Met You Yet snagged the trophy for single. Buble also won the fan choice award, beating out last year’s winners Nickelback. Held at a sold-out Mile One Centre in St. John’s and featuring a who’s who of Canadian artists as presenters and performers instead of a single host. After being shut out at this year’s Grammys, Toronto rapper Drake snagged two Junos — the new artist trophy and rap recording honours for the song So Far Gone — even though his debut album Thank Me Later isn’t due until June.
Somali-born singer-songwriter K’Naan, whose song Wavin’ Flag has become an anthem for Canada’s Haitian relief efforts and the FIFA World Cup, was named songwriter of the year & artist of the year. Metric, the Toronto rockers fronted by Emily Haines won group of the year, their second trophy of the weekend. On Saturday, their fourth album Fantasies captured the alternative album prize. Rising country star Johnny Reid crooned Dance With Me, the title cut on his Juno-winning album. And rockers Billy Talent cranked out Saint Veronica from their third self-titled disc, this year’s top rock album.
inger-songwriter Bryan Adams was given the Allan Waters humanitarian award for his long record of fundraising efforts and charity work on behalf of causes such as breast cancer research and Ethiopian famine relief. The 50-year-old singer-guitarist accepted his award via satellite from London after being unable to fly across the Atlantic because of volcanic ash clouds covering Europe. Halifax rockers April Wine — fronted by singer-guitarist Myles Goodwyn — were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.