Music News Monday: Canadians win big at last night’s Grammy Awards, and ‘My Prairie Home’ on NFB


Album cover for Jennifer Gasoi's Grammy winning Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well.

Montreal-based musician Jennifer Gasoi won best children’s album for Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well—a first for Gasoi, and Canada.
 
Support from the twitter world poured out for Gasoi as she accepted her award from Cyndi Lauper during the pre-telecast ceremony.
 

Jennifer Gasoi, both gracious and clearly thrilled with her win, said she has “dreamt of this day for 20 years.” She thanked her friends, family, and her “beautiful musicians in Montreal.”
 

Album cover for Michael Bublé's Grammy winning To Be Loved.

Michael Bublé earned his fourth Grammy award for best traditional pop vocal album, To Be Loved. Bublé’s first win goes back to 2008 when he won for best traditional pop vocal album for Call Me Irresponsible. Bublé was not available to accept his award last night, as he is currently touring Europe.


Bublé said his thank-yous via social media, taking the time to Instagram a photo enjoying a lovely dinner in Milan with his wife and friends.
 
Montreal-born pianist Chilly Gonzales also earned a Grammy for album of the year, with his piano playing accompaniment on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Gonzalez and more than a dozen other engineers, musicians, and artists compiled a wealth of expertise in putting together what Pitchfork called “[an album] rendered with an amazing level of detail, with no expense spared.”
 
Gonzalez’ playing is best heard on the track “Within”, a song Billboard describes as, “a disco-fied version of the [Radiohead] 'Kid A' title track.”
 

Daft Punk – “Within”
 
Gonzalez took to twitter to compare the opportunity to working with Daft Punk as “bigger than any prize” although winning the Grammy “ties a nice bow on it.” Gonzalez also contributed towards Toronto rapper Drake’s album Nothing Was the Same, which could have earned Gonzalez another Grammy had it won for best rap album.
 
The Canadian nominees who went without a statue last night included Drake, Neil Young, and dual citizen Robin Thicke. Drake led the pack with five nominations including best rap song for “Started from the Bottom.” When it comes to Grammy nominations, most Canadian representation is apparent in co-writing and collaborative credit. For example, Katy Perry’s “Roar,” co-written by Halifax-raised Henry Walter, was up for song of the year.
 
A complete list of winners is available here.
 
Lastly, Chelsea McMullan’s documentary-musical of Rae Spoon’s My Prairie Home is streaming for free at the NFB's website for the next 48 hours. Make sure to read fellow NMC blogger Barbara Bruederlin’s review of Spoon’s album of the same name here, as it offers great insight into the creative direction of this project.

Watch the trailer below:

 
Leyland Bradley 
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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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