He has Jack Johnson’s easy optimism, a maritime feel that is reminiscent of Joel Plaskett, and the cronning voice of classic folk music. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is fond of wearing suits. He has won five East Coast Music Awards. He recently won the Juno for rap recording of the year for Inner Ninja.
The Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan was packed with music lovers tonight as the 2013 Juno Awards telecast brought some of Canada’s best and brightest stars out to perform, and to pick up their hardware.
It’s Canada’s night for music, and I’m live from Toronto as the 2013 Juno Awards are about to take over CTV from the Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, with singer Michael Bublé hosting the big night of awards and performances.
The Juno Awards took to the streets of Ottawa over the last week, wrapping up tonight, Sunday, April 1, with the live awards telecast at Scotiabank Place where some of Canada’s top musicians walked the red carpet.
Part two of my coverage of the Juno Awards: After another break, Bryan Adams arrives on stage to introduce Shania Twain’s tribute video, followed by Shania coming up to receive her award. The second I spot her I have to admit I’m floored–she frankly looks stunning in a sparkling dress that makes her stand out in the crowd from six floors away.
Welcome to my 12th annual Juno Awards coverage. That’s right, I’ve been covering the Junos since 2000 when they were last in Toronto, but I’ve only been to the awards five times, including tonight. The special oddity of the night though is that this is the first year I’ve actually watched the show live. This should be interesting.
Shania Twain, 2011 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee
It’s just before 4pm and that means it’s not long before I leave for the Juno telecast at the Air Canada Centre. I’ve been covering the Juno Awards for 11 years now, but the big difference this year is that I’m actually going to be watching the show for the first time ever instead of being in the media room.
Tonight was the first night that I saw the new Juno Awards, and I can honestly say I’m kind of appalled.
Winners announced to date for the 2011 Juno Awards, held in Toronto. Thirty-two award winners were announced during the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards, with the remaining eight awards handed out during the Juno Awards telecast on CTV.