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The Juno rant – Part 4

It’s now 8:45 PM in Toronto and I’ve kind of lost track of the last 15 minutes, but when I come to my senses we’re treated to a lively performance by Gregory Charles who proves just what a natural he is on stage.

Then, don’t be surprised, Nelly Furtado is handed the last award of the night – which happens to be Album of the Year. No surprises there, but it is a bit annoying that we don’t seem to have any breaks from Nelly on stage.

DJ Champion and his wall of guitar players then perform their huge hit “No Heaven” and while I thought the vocals were a bit nasally, it was still a cool performance. Since the live telecast is really all about performances, more than it’s about awards, it’s great to see them close off the show. Nelly even gets up in her purple dress and dances the show out with the band, and I’m left trying to decide how I feel about this year’s Junos.

I can’t help but wish I’d made it to Saskatoon. From everything I heard it is a cool town, but as far as the telecast is concerned, I can’t help asking… what the heck was all that? There were no surprises, the performances were hardly inspiring, and maybe worst of all, the show just felt like a string of moments thrown together into a two-hour show. The pieces didn’t blend together, nothing stood out to wow me aside from Alexisonfire, and all I can remember is that Nelly and Billy Talent took home a few awards.

I love Canadian music, and I actually love what the Juno Awards stand for, but all I saw tonight was a pale shadow of what’s out there. I can accept all the winners, but I can’t accept that this is the best show CTV, CARAS and Insight Productions can put on. I’d even be willing to bet that the ratings will bear witness to that, but time will tell.

Anyway, that’s it for my Juno blog. Expect photos from the event in the next day, and some wrap-up coverage of tonight’s winners very soon. Whether you loved or hated the show (or my ranting blog posts), I’d also love to hear your thoughts on the show, so feel free to leave your comments.

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