March 16, 2015
Although some thought it was a bit messy, last night’s JUNO Awards proved it could still deliver a few surprises.
Aside from a few self-deprecating jokes from host Jacob Hoggard, the JUNO Awards featured a performance by Deadmau5, numerous awards for Kiesza, and the announcement of a major financial donation from SiriusXM Canada to the MusiCounts Band Aid Program, which provides funding to schools for musical instruments and music education.
There was even an appearance from Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who gave a televised shout out to the National Music Centre and next year’s host city for the 2016 JUNO Awards.
Kiesza, a power-packed, song-and-dance machine of pure fun stunned the crowd with her vocal ability and dance skills. Much has been written about the young star, but it was Maclean’s who snagged a sweet interview to talk about her rise to fame, citing the LGBTQ* community as a major help when she was beginning her career.
“I probably wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the gay community supporting me…because that was the only community that let me try, let me perform without knowing who I was.”
Kiesza – Hideaway (Official Video)
Indeed, newcomers Kiesza, the Weeknd, and Hamilton hometown heroes the Arkells played incredible performances at the FirstOntario Centre, but it may have been ’90s alt-music queen Alanis Morissette that saved the best for last, as she received a standing ovation for her performance.
Morissette stole the show when she effortlessly sutured “Thank You,” “Uninvited” and “You Oughta Know” into the most audience pleasing medley of the evening.
Canada still loves Alanis and it shows, with tones of buzz on social media after she made the announcement for a remastered Jagged Little Pill album, calling the project “half-book, half-music”. The National Post also shared video footage of fellow musicians on the red carpet sharing their appreciation for the 40-year-old singer and her music, even going as far as belting-out a few tunes.
A full list of winners is available here.
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– Leyland Bradley
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