At the start of the Juno broadcast last night (June 6), CARAS CEO Allan Reid came into the “media Zoom” and addressed a question about holding the biggest celebration of Canadian music two years in a row in Toronto. It was one of several big thoughts he wanted to share. Karen Bliss was on hand to catch the conversation.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) and all involved in producing the two Juno Awards broadcasts over the weekend deserve credit for a fine job in tough circumstances. The Junos return to Toronto in 2022, and a far more party-hearty celebration is eagerly anticipated by all. Pictured here is Jann Arden in her Canadian Music Hall of Fame acceptance speech.
There’s really no one else in the world who wisely donates his wealth to a wide spectrum of music, musicians and need-worthy organizations, including MusiCounts that has benefited from over $1M to put musical instruments into the hands of high school students.
Some might call her an acquired taste, others the loudest mouth in the room, but she’s become an icon for women in the music business. One tough broad, in the parlance of Mickey Spillane, and a well-versed freedom fighter who has earned her mark with valour and her achievements by always believing in her client’s best interests.
There were two major themes addressed during Friday’s 2021 Juno Opening Night Awards Presented by Music Canada – the effect the pandemic has had on artists and the revelations of the past week of the graves of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school in Kamloops.
Friday’s opening night for the 2021 Juno Awards was a virtual ceremony presented by Music Canada and streamed by the CBC. It was a show with many highlights, as we will comment on later today. For now, know that June 4 was another night of a formation for The Weeknd, the top winner who was honoured in three categories: contemporary R&B recording of the year, songwriter of the year and single of the year.
The media “room” for the Juno Opening Night Awards June 4 was obviously different from past years in-person, but no different from what we have all learned to do the past 15 months of the pandemic. The winners logged into Zoom one category at a time, announced by Goldblatt, and proceeded to take a few questions from the unmuted media. We have compiled a sample of their answers (note: some quotes are attributed to the collective, not individuals).