Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy wins blues album of the year at Junos

WhatsOn Apr 02, 2016 by Graham Rockingham Hamilton Spectator

CALGARY – It took six tries, but veteran Hamilton blues singer Harrison Kennedy finally has a Juno for his mantelpiece.

Kennedy, 73, won the Juno for blues album of the year Saturday night at a gala awards banquet attended by some 1,200 music industry insiders at the Calgary Convention Centre.

Kennedy was among some 35 award winners announced prior to Sunday night’s live Juno Awards broadcast from the Calgary Saddledome (CTV, 7 p.m.). Six more awards will be presented Sunday, including the prestigious album of the year and single of the year honours.

“It’s the first time I’ve won something in my country, Canada … you make me feel all right,” Kennedy sang on accepting the award. “I didn’t expect to win this thing, because it’s been six times.”

[ Bringing back the Junos ]

R&B sensation The Weeknd (a.k.a. Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye) took home three awards Saturday, winning Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as R&B/Soul Album of the Year for “Beauty Behind the Madness,” and songwriter of the year. The Weeknd can add to his total Sunday night with nominations in three more categories.

The Weeknd was not at the dinner to collect his awards, but he is performing Sunday night during the broadcast awards’ show.

Folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie won two awards Saturday for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for “Power in the Blood,” released by Waterdown-based True North Records.

“Thank you to True North Records who got this album heard,” Sainte-Marie, 75, said. “Thank you (True North owner), Geoff Kulawick.”

Toronto superstar Drake won for rap album of the year, while 22-year-old international pop star Justin Bieber took home best pop album honours.

Other winners included former Hamilton residents Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, the husband and wife team known as Whitehorse, for adult alternative album of the year. McClelland, who grew up in Burlington, said her mother and father were both in the audience Saturday when their award was announced.

Juno Award Winners

As announced Saturday, April 2 at the Calgary Convention Centre

• International Album of the Year: “25,” Adele

• Artist of the Year: The Weeknd

• Breakthrough Group of the Year: Dear Rouge

• Songwriter of the year: Abel Tesfaye (the Weeknd)

• Jazz Album of the Year, Group: “Forest Grove,” Allison Au Quartet

• Instrumental Album of the Year: “Never Were the Way She Was,” Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld

• Adult Alternative Album of the Year: “Leave No Bridge Unburned,” Whitehorse

• Alternative Album of the Year: “Deep in the Iris,” Braids

• Pop Album of the Year: “Purpose,” by Justin Bieber

• Rock Album of the Year: “The Physical World,” Death From Above 1979

• Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: “Clear Day,” Emilie-Claire Barlow

• Jazz Album of the Year, Solo: “Movin’ Forward,” Robi Botos

• Children’s Album of the Year: “More Sheep, Less Sleep,” The Swinging Belles

• Classical Album of the Year, Solo or Chamber Ensemble: “Franck & Straus, Violin Sonatas,” James Ehnes

• Classical Album of the Year, Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment: “Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra,” Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal with Olivier Latry and Jean-Willy Kunz

• Classical Album of the Year, Vocal or Choral Performance: “Las Ciudades de Oro,” L’Harmonie des Saisons

• Classical Composition of the Year: “Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems,” Dinuk Wijeratne

• Rap Recording of the Year: “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” Drake

• Dance Recording of the Year: “Save Me, featuring Katy B,” Keys N Krates

• R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: “Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd

• Reggae Recording of the Year: “Nah Complain, featuring Daddy U Roy,” Kafinal

• Aboriginal Album of the Year: “Power in the Blood,” Buffy Sainte-Marie

• Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: “Power in the Blood,” Buffy Sainte-Marie

• Traditional Roots Album of the Year: “A Wanderer I’ll Stay,” Pharis and Jason Romero

• Blues Album of the Year: “This Is From Here,” Harrison Kennedy

• Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: “Where the Light Is,” Dan Bremnes

• World Music Album of the Year: “Neo-Reconquista,” Boogat

• Producer of the Year: Bob Ezrin (Johnny Reid)

• Recording Engineer of the Year: Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes)

• Recording Package of the Year: Clyde Henry Productions

• Video of the Year: “Hello,” Xavier Dolan (Adele)

• Electronic Album of the Year: “The Other Day,” Pomo

• Heavy Metal Album of the Year: “Of Ghosts and Gods,” Kataklysm

• Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: “What Love Is All About,” Johnny Reid.

Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy wins blues album of the year at Junos

WhatsOn Apr 02, 2016 by Graham Rockingham Hamilton Spectator

CALGARY – It took six tries, but veteran Hamilton blues singer Harrison Kennedy finally has a Juno for his mantelpiece.

Kennedy, 73, won the Juno for blues album of the year Saturday night at a gala awards banquet attended by some 1,200 music industry insiders at the Calgary Convention Centre.

Kennedy was among some 35 award winners announced prior to Sunday night’s live Juno Awards broadcast from the Calgary Saddledome (CTV, 7 p.m.). Six more awards will be presented Sunday, including the prestigious album of the year and single of the year honours.

“It’s the first time I’ve won something in my country, Canada … you make me feel all right,” Kennedy sang on accepting the award. “I didn’t expect to win this thing, because it’s been six times.”

[ Bringing back the Junos ]

R&B sensation The Weeknd (a.k.a. Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye) took home three awards Saturday, winning Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as R&B/Soul Album of the Year for “Beauty Behind the Madness,” and songwriter of the year. The Weeknd can add to his total Sunday night with nominations in three more categories.

The Weeknd was not at the dinner to collect his awards, but he is performing Sunday night during the broadcast awards’ show.

Folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie won two awards Saturday for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for “Power in the Blood,” released by Waterdown-based True North Records.

“Thank you to True North Records who got this album heard,” Sainte-Marie, 75, said. “Thank you (True North owner), Geoff Kulawick.”

Toronto superstar Drake won for rap album of the year, while 22-year-old international pop star Justin Bieber took home best pop album honours.

Other winners included former Hamilton residents Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, the husband and wife team known as Whitehorse, for adult alternative album of the year. McClelland, who grew up in Burlington, said her mother and father were both in the audience Saturday when their award was announced.

Juno Award Winners

As announced Saturday, April 2 at the Calgary Convention Centre

• International Album of the Year: “25,” Adele

• Artist of the Year: The Weeknd

• Breakthrough Group of the Year: Dear Rouge

• Songwriter of the year: Abel Tesfaye (the Weeknd)

• Jazz Album of the Year, Group: “Forest Grove,” Allison Au Quartet

• Instrumental Album of the Year: “Never Were the Way She Was,” Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld

• Adult Alternative Album of the Year: “Leave No Bridge Unburned,” Whitehorse

• Alternative Album of the Year: “Deep in the Iris,” Braids

• Pop Album of the Year: “Purpose,” by Justin Bieber

• Rock Album of the Year: “The Physical World,” Death From Above 1979

• Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: “Clear Day,” Emilie-Claire Barlow

• Jazz Album of the Year, Solo: “Movin’ Forward,” Robi Botos

• Children’s Album of the Year: “More Sheep, Less Sleep,” The Swinging Belles

• Classical Album of the Year, Solo or Chamber Ensemble: “Franck & Straus, Violin Sonatas,” James Ehnes

• Classical Album of the Year, Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment: “Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra,” Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal with Olivier Latry and Jean-Willy Kunz

• Classical Album of the Year, Vocal or Choral Performance: “Las Ciudades de Oro,” L’Harmonie des Saisons

• Classical Composition of the Year: “Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems,” Dinuk Wijeratne

• Rap Recording of the Year: “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” Drake

• Dance Recording of the Year: “Save Me, featuring Katy B,” Keys N Krates

• R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: “Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd

• Reggae Recording of the Year: “Nah Complain, featuring Daddy U Roy,” Kafinal

• Aboriginal Album of the Year: “Power in the Blood,” Buffy Sainte-Marie

• Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: “Power in the Blood,” Buffy Sainte-Marie

• Traditional Roots Album of the Year: “A Wanderer I’ll Stay,” Pharis and Jason Romero

• Blues Album of the Year: “This Is From Here,” Harrison Kennedy

• Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: “Where the Light Is,” Dan Bremnes

• World Music Album of the Year: “Neo-Reconquista,” Boogat

• Producer of the Year: Bob Ezrin (Johnny Reid)

• Recording Engineer of the Year: Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes)

• Recording Package of the Year: Clyde Henry Productions

• Video of the Year: “Hello,” Xavier Dolan (Adele)

• Electronic Album of the Year: “The Other Day,” Pomo

• Heavy Metal Album of the Year: “Of Ghosts and Gods,” Kataklysm

• Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: “What Love Is All About,” Johnny Reid.

Hamilton's Harrison Kennedy wins blues album of the year at Junos

WhatsOn Apr 02, 2016 by Graham Rockingham Hamilton Spectator

CALGARY – It took six tries, but veteran Hamilton blues singer Harrison Kennedy finally has a Juno for his mantelpiece.

Kennedy, 73, won the Juno for blues album of the year Saturday night at a gala awards banquet attended by some 1,200 music industry insiders at the Calgary Convention Centre.

Kennedy was among some 35 award winners announced prior to Sunday night’s live Juno Awards broadcast from the Calgary Saddledome (CTV, 7 p.m.). Six more awards will be presented Sunday, including the prestigious album of the year and single of the year honours.

“It’s the first time I’ve won something in my country, Canada … you make me feel all right,” Kennedy sang on accepting the award. “I didn’t expect to win this thing, because it’s been six times.”

[ Bringing back the Junos ]

R&B sensation The Weeknd (a.k.a. Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye) took home three awards Saturday, winning Artist of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as R&B/Soul Album of the Year for “Beauty Behind the Madness,” and songwriter of the year. The Weeknd can add to his total Sunday night with nominations in three more categories.

The Weeknd was not at the dinner to collect his awards, but he is performing Sunday night during the broadcast awards’ show.

Folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie won two awards Saturday for Aboriginal Album of the Year and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for “Power in the Blood,” released by Waterdown-based True North Records.

“Thank you to True North Records who got this album heard,” Sainte-Marie, 75, said. “Thank you (True North owner), Geoff Kulawick.”

Toronto superstar Drake won for rap album of the year, while 22-year-old international pop star Justin Bieber took home best pop album honours.

Other winners included former Hamilton residents Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, the husband and wife team known as Whitehorse, for adult alternative album of the year. McClelland, who grew up in Burlington, said her mother and father were both in the audience Saturday when their award was announced.

Juno Award Winners

As announced Saturday, April 2 at the Calgary Convention Centre

• International Album of the Year: “25,” Adele

• Artist of the Year: The Weeknd

• Breakthrough Group of the Year: Dear Rouge

• Songwriter of the year: Abel Tesfaye (the Weeknd)

• Jazz Album of the Year, Group: “Forest Grove,” Allison Au Quartet

• Instrumental Album of the Year: “Never Were the Way She Was,” Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld

• Adult Alternative Album of the Year: “Leave No Bridge Unburned,” Whitehorse

• Alternative Album of the Year: “Deep in the Iris,” Braids

• Pop Album of the Year: “Purpose,” by Justin Bieber

• Rock Album of the Year: “The Physical World,” Death From Above 1979

• Vocal Jazz Album of the Year: “Clear Day,” Emilie-Claire Barlow

• Jazz Album of the Year, Solo: “Movin’ Forward,” Robi Botos

• Children’s Album of the Year: “More Sheep, Less Sleep,” The Swinging Belles

• Classical Album of the Year, Solo or Chamber Ensemble: “Franck & Straus, Violin Sonatas,” James Ehnes

• Classical Album of the Year, Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment: “Symphony and New Works for Organ and Orchestra,” Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal with Olivier Latry and Jean-Willy Kunz

• Classical Album of the Year, Vocal or Choral Performance: “Las Ciudades de Oro,” L’Harmonie des Saisons

• Classical Composition of the Year: “Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems,” Dinuk Wijeratne

• Rap Recording of the Year: “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” Drake

• Dance Recording of the Year: “Save Me, featuring Katy B,” Keys N Krates

• R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: “Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd

• Reggae Recording of the Year: “Nah Complain, featuring Daddy U Roy,” Kafinal

• Aboriginal Album of the Year: “Power in the Blood,” Buffy Sainte-Marie

• Contemporary Roots Album of the Year: “Power in the Blood,” Buffy Sainte-Marie

• Traditional Roots Album of the Year: “A Wanderer I’ll Stay,” Pharis and Jason Romero

• Blues Album of the Year: “This Is From Here,” Harrison Kennedy

• Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: “Where the Light Is,” Dan Bremnes

• World Music Album of the Year: “Neo-Reconquista,” Boogat

• Producer of the Year: Bob Ezrin (Johnny Reid)

• Recording Engineer of the Year: Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes)

• Recording Package of the Year: Clyde Henry Productions

• Video of the Year: “Hello,” Xavier Dolan (Adele)

• Electronic Album of the Year: “The Other Day,” Pomo

• Heavy Metal Album of the Year: “Of Ghosts and Gods,” Kataklysm

• Adult Contemporary Album of the Year: “What Love Is All About,” Johnny Reid.