The JUNO Awards were back in person this year, the first since 2019, and celebrated this past weekend with a strong sense of renewed strength in diversity within the Canadian music industry.
Held over two nights, including the May 15th ceremony broadcast ceremony, awards in over 45 different categories were presented. Big winners this weekend included Montreal songstress Charlotte Cardin, who took home four awards total; including Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Pop Album of the Year; and international sensation, the Weeknd, who won Songwriter of the Year and Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year.
The weekend also saw Pickering, ON’s own superstar, Shawn Mendes, celebrated for his achievements both internationally and at home when he was named the TikTok JUNO Fan Choice winner and became the youngest ever recipient of the International Achievement Award.
A lot of JUNO firsts were also celebrated over the weekend, including the induction of celebrated recording artist and world-renowned Broadway, television, film, and fashion icon, Deborah Cox, into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame; making her the first Black woman to receive the honour. In addition, Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class alumni Haviah Mighty became the first female in history to win Best Rap Album/EP of the Year. In addition, the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals whose work has significantly impacted the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, was given posthumously to concert promoter and champion of Afro-Caribbean culture, Denise Jones.
In addition, special award presentations were made by MusiCounts, who honoured teacher Darren Hamilton of David Suzuki Secondary School in Brampton, ON, as their Teacher of the Year; and singer-songwriter Dallas Green, with the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award for his work in supporting music education in Canada.
With the 2022 JUNO Awards wrapped up, the focus now shifts to 2023; when the JUNO Awards will return to Edmonton, Alberta.
For all news updates and special presentations regarding the JUNO Awards, please be sure to visit junoawards.ca.
TikTok JUNO Fan Choice: Shawn Mendes
Single of the Year: “Meaningless” – Charlotte Cardin
International Album of the Year: Sour – Olivia Rodrigo
Album of the Year: Phoenix – Charlotte Cardin
Artist of the Year: Charlotte Cardin
Group of the Year: Arkells
Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Jessia
Breakthrough Group of the Year: Monowhales
Songwriter of the Year: Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye
Country Album of the Year: What is Life? – Brett Kissel
Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Inwards & Onwards- Half Moon Run
Alternative Album of the Year: When Smoke Rises – Mustafa
Pop Album of the Year: Phoenix – Charlotte Cardin
Rock Album of the Year: Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album) – The Beaches
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: Now Pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy – Caity Gyorgy
Jazz Album of the Year (solo): Change of Plans – Will Bonness
Jazz Album of the Year (group): Worldview – Avataar
Instrumental Album of the Year: That Tall Distance – David Myles
Album Francophone De l’Année: Impossible à aimer – Cœur de pirate
Children’s Album of the Year: Falling in Africa – Garth Prince
Classical Album of the Year (solo): enargeia – Emily D’Angelo
Classical Album of the Year (large ensemble): Solfeggio L’Harmonie des saisons conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Hélène Brunet
Classical Album of the Year (small ensemble): Beethoven: Sonates pour violon et piano / Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5 Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin
Classical Composition of the Year: Arras – Keiko Devaux
Rap Album/EP of the Year: Stock Exchange – Haviah Mighty
Dance Recording of the Year: Caution – Kaytranada
Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year: “Take My Breath” The Weeknd
Reggae Recording of the Year: “Easy Now” – Kairo McLean
Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year: DJ Shub
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: Outside Child Allison Russell
Traditional Roots Album of the Year: Joyful Banner Blazing Maria Dunn
Blues Album of the Year: Open Road – Colin James
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: No Greater Love The Color
Global Music Album of the Year: Kalasö Afrikana Soul Sister
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year: WondaGurl
Recording Engineer of the Year: Hill Kourkoutis
Album Artwork of the Year: Mykaël Nelson (Art Director, Designer, & Illustrator), Nicolas Lemieux (Art Director & Designer), Albert Zablit (Photographer) Histoires Sans Paroles – Harmonium Symphonique Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Simon Leclerc
Music Video of the Year: “Easy On Me” Xavier Dolan (Adele)
Electronic Album of the Year: Oasis Sky TOR
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year: Bleed the Future Archspire
Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: The Art of Falling Apart – Serena Ryder
Comedy Album of the Year: Grandma’s Girl 姥姥的孩子 Andrea Jin 金玉琪
Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: 24hrs Savannah Ré
Rap Single of the Year: “BOLD” Charmaine
Underground Dance Single of the Year: “Shadows In The Dark (ft. Elliot Moss) HNTR
Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year: Fawn Wood
MusiCounts Teacher of the Year: Darren Hamilton (David Suzuki Secondary School, Brampton, ON)
Humanitarian Award: Susan Aglukark
Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award: Denise Jones
International Achievement Award: Shawn Mendes
Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Deborah Cox
MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award: Dallas Green
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.