SiriusXM looks at what to expect at the 2017 JUNO Awards


This Sunday April 2nd, the 2017 JUNO Awards are live from Ottawa starting at 6:30pm EST and SiriusXM Canada will have recaps for you next week.

Your JUNO hosts this year are Bryan Adams and Russell Peters. Alessia Cara, Arkells, A Tribe Called Red, Billy Talent, Dallas Smith, July Talk, Ruth B., Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Mendes, and The Strumbellas will all perform live at the annual celebration of Canadian music. There will also be a special tribute to the late Leonard Cohen performed by Feist, who will make her first live Canadian performance since she announced her new LP, Pleasure.

Let’s take a look at some of the nominees:

Group of the Year
Billy Talent
The Tragically Hip
Tegan and Sara
The Strumbellas

Breakthrough Group of the Year
Cold Creek County
Bob Moses
The Zolas
The Dirty Nil

Alternative Album of the Year
July Talk Touch
Grimes Art Angels
Black Mountain IV
Weaves Weaves
Dilly Dally Sore

Rock Album of the Year
Arkells Morning Report
Billy Talent Afraid of Heights
Monster Truck Sittin’ Heavy
Sam Roberts Band TerraForm
The Tragically Hip Man Machine Poem

Blues Album of the Year
Whitehorse The Northern South Vol. 1
Paul Reddick Ride The One
Colin Linden Rich in Love
Colin James Blue Highways
Sean Pinchin Monkey Brain

Country Album of the Year
Aaron Pritchett The Score
Chad Brownlee Hearts on Fire
Dallas Smith Side Effects
Gord Bamford Tin Roof
Jess Moskaluke Kiss Me Quiet

Also Notable:

Our friends in The Tragically Hip have had an emotional year after revealing frontman Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer and getting on the road for one of the most remarkable tours our country has ever witnessed. In the same year, Gord Downie released his legacy project, Secret Path.

With the help of a team that includes Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Gord Downie tells the story of Chanie Wenjack and the suppression of Indigenous children and families in the residential school system.

By bringing forward untold stories from a darker part of Canada’s history, Downie has earned three JUNO nominations; Songwriter of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year, and Recording Package of the Year. Proceeds from Secret Path have gone to The Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation via The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at The University of Manitoba.

Watch the JUNOS TV Backstage Livestream

Get ready for the 2017 Junos with The Strumbellas:

Arkells are up for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year for ‘Morning Report’:

A little fun with USS’ Jay Parsons [HMV Employee of the Month]:

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