Sun, Apr 21, 2013.
The main broadcast of the Juno Awards is Sunday night, but New Brunswick musicians scored big wins on Saturday in Regina. The awards are split into two evenings, as there are far too many to hand out on one broadcast. All four categories featuring New Brunswickers were featured on the first night, and the local folks took three of the four possible trophies.
Guitarist Joel Violette of Fredericton saw his group Woods Of Ypres win for Metal/hard music album of the year, for the disc Woods 5: Grey Skies and Electric Light. It's a bittersweet win for Violette, as the group sadly no longer exists. Founder and mainstay David Gold of Sault-St. Marie, Ontario died in a traffic accident in December or 2011, just weeks before the release of the album. leaving Violette as the lone member, but he's moving ahead in his own career.
Photo courtesy Mat Dunlop
Also winning was Sackville's Joel Miller, taking home Contemporary Jazz album of the year, for his Swim. That repeats his recent victory in the same category at the East Coast Music Awards in Halifax. The third trophy for a New Brunswick artist was taken by David Myles, in an unlikely category for him: Rap recording of the year. It comes from Myles' guest vocal on the hit single Inner Ninja by Halifax hip-hop star Classified. More Myles/Classified tracks are forthcoming on the singer-songwriter's new album, coming in May.
It's a bit of surprise that New Brunswick didn't walk away with a fourth Juno. Lisa LeBlanc of Rosaireville was nominated for Francophone album of the year for her self-titled debut release. A huge hit in the Quebec and Acadian markets, it was award a Gold disc for sales, but the Juno went to Louis-Jean Cormier of Montreal instead.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).