Canadian music is great, and the Juno Awards celebrate that, in….a mainstream kind of way. I’m not going to rant about “mainstream versus underground”, too much, but I can’t remember another year where I felt slick production/ mainstream radio staples have dominated the winners category more.
The Fan Choice Award was won by, unsurprisingly, Justin Beiber. Though he wasn’t in attendance, there was a huge flock of “boo-birds” when he was announced, which was refreshing. Time for some good P.R., Justin, “your people” should be telling you this. Single Of The Year went to Tegan And Sara for “Closer“, that slick and boring single currently racing up the charts. They also won Group Of The Year, and Pop Album Of The Year, so it looks like their plan of changing sound/ shifting units is paying off.
Album Of The Year and Alternative Album Of The Year went to Arcade Fire for Reflektor, which surprised nobody, and I thought well deserved; same goes for A Tribe Called Red winning Breakthrough Artist. Adult Alternative went to critical fave Ron Sexsmith, beating out the amazing Internal Sounds album by The Sadies. Oh well.
The real battle (for me) was in the Metal/ Hard Music category, where we had some great albums going head to head: Heart Of Oak by Anciients, Coloured Sand by Gorguts, Entrench by KEN Mode, Dead Language by The Flatliners, and Volition by Protest The Hero. While all vastly different – and the Flatliners are punk not metal – all five albums were great in their own way. Protest The Hero won, and that’s fair, but my pick would’ve been Heart Of Oak by Anciients, an album I’m still not sick of, after over a year of play.
That’s it for this week, now I’m going to try my best to avoid the inevitable overplay of Tegan and Sara’s album….