Calgary plays host to 178 nominees during a week-long celebration of Canadian music
Calgary was swept up in a storm of musical appreciation during the 2016 JUNO Awards, playing host to performances at some of Calgary’s most iconic venues, including the Nite Owl, Palomino, Ironwood Stage and Dicken’s Pub.
Venues were filled to capacity, many with lineups of eager concert-goers winding around the block. Local acts such as Chron Goblin, AM Static, Cowpuncher and The Dudes shared stages with some of Canada’s iconic artists such as Mariana’s Trench, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Calgary artists even managed to stir up some JUNO award buzz themselves, with eight local nominees in the running. BRAIDS snatched Alternative Album of the Year, while indie-electronic act AM Static picked up a nomination for Electronic Album of the Year, among others.
A big winner this year was Toronto’s The Weeknd, walking away with five JUNOs in total, including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
The Calgary Journal gives you an inside look at some JUNO week events.
For a complete list of winners visit junoawards.ca
Canadians celebrate The Weeknd, Burton Cummings, Alessia Cara at 2016 JUNO Awards
Great Big Sea frontman and well-known Canadian songwriter Alan Doyle joins Canadian Heritage Minister Mèlanie Joly to present the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the 2016 JUNO Awards ceremony. This award goes to young pop singer Alessia Cara whose career exploded this past year. Photo by Jodi Brak
Calgary’s own AM Static, nominated for Electronic Album of the Year, headlines as part of Junofest at Broken City on April. 1. Their indie-rock energy and subtle electronic soundscapes make for a great show. Photo by Jodi Brak
JUNOfest sweeps up Calgary in a frenzy of music and good times, with concert venues and clubs across the city packed to capacity. Local music lovers and visitors line up around the block at many locations, supporting some of Calgary’s artists including AM Static keyboard artist Nils Mikkelsen playing here at Broken City. Photo by Jodi Brak
The JUNO Awards are about honouring Canadian artists young and old, with newcomers to the scene mingling with icons like Bryan Adams. The Canadian rocker plays a set partway through the live CTV broadcast and showcases a little bit of Canada’s rock and roll roots. Photo by Jodi Brak
Named for their hometown Red Deer, Alberta, Dear Rouge won Breakthrough Group of the Year. Dear Rouge performed their hit single “I Heard I Had” from their debut album Black to Gold. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer
An enormous amount of prep work goes into the JUNO Awards every year, with staff working around the clock at many special events around the host city. Telus Convention Centre staff set up for the gala dinner and awards on April 2. Photo by Jodi Brak
Seven years after bringing his music to Canada from his home country of Jamaica, reggae artist Kafinal takes home the Reggae Recording of the Year Award for his number one single, “Nah Complain.” Photo by Jodi Brak
oronto indie-pop performer The Weeknd walks away with five awards including Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards in Calgary. The Weeknd performs a set during the ceremony at the Scotiabank Saddledome, complete with pyrotechnics and a joint performance with rapper Belly. Photo by Jodi Brak
Ontario funk rockers Walk Off The Earth claim a long awaited JUNO in 2016, walking away with the Group of the Year Award. The five-piece group from Ontario, known for their creative music videos, mixes rock, funk and reggae stylings. From left to right, Joel Cassady, Gianni Luminati, Sarah Blackwood, Ryan Marshall, and Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor. Photo by Jodi Brak
The Weeknd and Belly perform the single “Might Not,” from the Belly mixtape Up For Days. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer
[Left]: Jessi Cruickshank was the hilarious host of the Gala Dinner Awards ceremony. Cruickshank poked fun at the transformation Canada has undergone since last year’s JUNO Awards, with regards to the change in federal leadership, and stated that 2016 was a great year for “sexual assault” in reference to the wrap-up of the Jian Ghomeshi trail. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer
[Centre]:Feeling dangerous, Dean Brody juggles his Juno Award for Country Album of the Year backstage at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Brody took a moment to acknowledge the slim chances that the only non-Albertan nominated for the award would be the winner, jokingly adding that his two years spent in Calgary make it acceptable. Photo by Jodi Brak
[Right]:Burton Cummings was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the 2016 JUNO Awards in recognition of his outstanding solo career. Cummings dedicated the award to his home city, Winnipeg. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer
Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy (left) singing during the skills portion of the JUNO Cup Friday, April 1 at the Max Bell Centre. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer
The JUNO Cup wraps up with a series of skills competitions after a period of standard hockey. Country singer George Canyon tests his accuracy, attempting to snipe foam targets from the corners of the net Friday, April 1. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer
Calgary Flames defenceman Jamie Macoun (right) competes against Blue Rodeo singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy . Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer
- By Jodi Brak