2019 JUNOS Gala night highlights

Loud Luxury

Loud Luxury

By Sinejan Ozaydemir  (Photos by Wendy Wei)

The gala night is where it all starts! Where 36+ JUNO award winners were awarded, as well as the recipients of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award and the Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada have been honoured.

Among these winners were recipients of the Jack Richardson Producer of the year award, recording engineer of the year, Dance Recording of the Year award as well as Electronic Album of the year award. 

Here are the winners: 

Dance Recording of the Year
Gotasoul AZARI - Get Physical - *Independent/Zebralution
Jackie Chan (ft. Preme & Post Malone) - Dzeko & Tiësto - Universal
Avatar Beach - Jacques Greene - Arts & Crafts*Universal
CURA - Keys N Krates - Keys N Krates*Dim Mak
Body - Loud Luxury - Armada Music B.V*Sony 

Milk & Bone

Milk & Bone

Electronic Album of the Year
Crystal Eyes - Ekali - OWSLA/Atlantic*Warner
Next Season- Felix Cartal - Physical Presents*Fontana North/Universal
Give It a Rest - iamhill - Independent
Deception Bay - Milk & Bone - Bonsound*Sony
Certain Kind of Magic - REZZ - mau5trap*Kobalt

Eric Ratz

Eric Ratz

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
David Foster and Michael Bublé “My Funny Valentine”, “Where or When” (co-producer Jochem van der Saag) LOVE – Michael Bublé Warner
Eric Ratz “People’s Champ”, “Relentless” RALLY CRY – Arkells Arkells*Universal
Greg Wells “Waving Through a Window” DEAR EVAN HANSEN (BROADWAY CAST RECORDING) DELUXE – Katy Perry Atlantic*Warner, “This Is Me” – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) – Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman Ensemble Atlantic*Warner
Mike Wise “Not A Love Song”, “Two Punks In Love” DAMAGED – bülow Universal
Thomas D’Arcy “I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be” CHANGING COLOURS – The Sheepdogs Warner, “Love The Way You Are” (co-producers James Younger, Jeffrey Innes) CRITICAL HIT – Yukon Blonde Dine Alone*Universal

Shawn Everett

Shawn Everett

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY 3M)
Ben Kaplan “Get Up”, “It’s Alright” DANCE AND CRY – Mother Mother Universal
Jason Dufour “Truck Full Of Money” BOTH WAYS – Donovan Woods Meant Well*Fontana North/Universal “When My Body Breaks” HOLY SMOKE – Kandle Sleepless*Universal
Robbie Lackritz “No Wrong”, “Way With Words” EARTHTONES – Bahamas Universal
Shawn Everett “Slow Burn”, “Space Cowboy” GOLDEN HOUR – Kacey Musgraves Universal
Steve Bays “Flashes” PHASES – Dear Rouge Universal, “UnAmerican” UNAMERICAN – Said The Whale Arts & Crafts*Universal

There are 80 First time nominees this year, including Loud Luxury, who are the EDM artists nominated for the greatest number of JUNOs this year with 4 nominations in the JUNO Fan Choice, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Group of the Year and Dance Recording of the Year categories. 

With regards to their Dance Recording of the Year win, Loud Luxury stressed how amazing it was to win the award in their home town. They gave a special shout out to Sony talking about how hard it is to get a dance music song on the radio and thanking them for their support! "We know how hard it is to get a dance music song on the radio, to have it #1 all year is amazing".

In the media room. they talked again about the connection to London, Joe was born and raised there and met Andrew in London while attending Western University.  They talked about how it feels like they have come full circle. That where it started is where they receive their first Juno! They spoke about the dance music scene in Canada, expressing that they believe it is thriving and how fans are so supportive and excited to see, not only Loud Luxury but many dance music artists live. “Every single DJ that we speak to says that Canada is one of their favourite places to play. It deserves a little bit more credit for that so that’s what we are here to do. To recognize and show people how special Canada is”. 

Electronic Album of the Year, winners Milk & Bone ran up to the stage shocked saying “what the fuck first of al!” they thanked their colleagues and followed that by saying that they are so excited of having more women in the category and all across the board. They spoke about how hard it is to be a musician and asked their fellow musicians in the room to take good care of themselves in this industry. 

The first time they were at the JUNOS was three years ago when they were nominated for Breakthrough group. “I think we write in a very personal way, everything in the album comes from a real place, the raw emotion that we share together.” They talked about being very lucky to be close friends and go through things together and talk to each other about it, so it is a lot easier to finish songs. They also talked about growing as humans and how the experience of having done this for 5 years now has helped them develop as artists and become more confident. “With the second album, we really knew what we wanted to say and we really knew what our worth in the creative process was and that has helped us make this album extremely personal, an album that we are extremely proud of."

The awards will be broadcast live tonight, Sunday, March 17th on CBC worldwide at cbcmusic.ca/junos

For the full list of nominees in all categories visit: https://junoawards.ca/2019-juno-award-nominees/
Congratulations to all the winners so far! We are excited to see who else will make the winners list at the 49th Annual JUNO Awards!