A few of Canada’s high music skills are headed to the Juno Awards in Edmonton this weekend.
The annual celebration of homegrown music takes place over two nights in Alberta’s capital, with pop singer the Weeknd main the nominees with six, although he’s not anticipated to attend.
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A lot of the trophies can be handed out Saturday at a gala dinner for the music trade. The primary present airs Monday on tv — a shift from the Junos’ regular Sunday night time slot as a way to keep away from overlapping with the Oscars.
Kim’s Comfort star Simu Liu returns as host of the Junos broadcast, the place a handful of marquee awards can be handed out, alongside performances from Jessie Reyez, Tenille Townes and a fiftieth anniversary tribute to Canadian hip-hop.
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Listed below are 5 different issues to observe for on Junos weekend:
Amongst his six nominations, Toronto hitmaker the Weeknd is up for album of the 12 months for Daybreak FM, single of the 12 months for “Sacrifice” and artist of the 12 months. However he’s solely certainly one of many acquainted artists in high competition. Calgary newcomer Tate McRae and Napanee, Ont., pop princess Avril Lavigne are tied with 5 nods every. They'll compete in opposition to one another in 4 of these classes — single, album, pop album and fan alternative.
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Threes, threes, threes throughout the board! Hardly ever do the connections align in the best way they've for 3 Juno contenders this 12 months. Rising Montreal producers Banx and Ranx maintain three nominations, certainly one of which they share with collaborator Preston Pablo on “Flowers Want Rain,” up for single of the 12 months. Pablo is a three-time nominee himself, as is Montreal pop newcomer Reve who earned the accolades partly for her work with Banx and Ranx within the studio. All three of them will join once they carry out a medley collectively on the published.
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An eclectic collection of different artists is booked to play Monday’s large present, together with Oji-Cree singer-songwriter Aysanabee, exhausting rockers Alexisonfire, Punjabi-Canadian viral rapper AP Dhillon and Nashville-based nation singer Tenille Townes. However even with a stacked lineup, one query lingers: will host Simu Liu sing once more? Final 12 months, the Marvel star slipped on a guitar for a parody rendition of Lavigne’s hit “Difficult.” Juno organizers gained’t say if viewers can anticipate an encore.
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THE HALL OF FAME
Nickelback will remind us of their legendary standing when the rockers are inducted into the Canadian Music Corridor of Fame by Ryan Reynolds. The actor will seem on Monday’s broadcast in a pre-recorded video message to the band whereas Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid gives an help in individual. The Hanna, Alta., natives will then launch into an explosive medley of their best hits. On Saturday, Chad Kroeger and his buddies may stroll away winners too as they maintain their thirty eighth profession nomination for Get Rollin’ within the rock album of the 12 months class.
JOEL WOOD VS. NORTHERN CREE
Saturday night time can also be the place one of many friendliest of potential Juno showdowns will happen. Cree musician Joel Wooden competes in opposition to his personal Alberta Indigenous singing group Northern Cree within the conventional Indigenous artist or group of the 12 months class. Wooden is nominated for his album Mikwanak Kamosakinat, whereas Northern Cree is within the working for Oskimacitahowin: A New Starting. Joel’s father Steve Wooden, one other member in Northern Cree, advised The Canadian Press it’s “completely fantastic” to see each albums vie for a win in the identical class.
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