Two Canadian powerhouses and an under-the-radar roots artist are among CBC host Tom Power's top musical picks for the upcoming Juno Awards.
It's been a massive year for Toronto singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, with the Junos recognizing her in numerous categories. Her new album Harmony shot the Canadian favourite into international sensation territory: she toured worldwide, sang at the NBA All-Star Game and also appeared on The Tonight Show.
Montreal's Arcade Fire is also on top of the world and leading among Juno contenders after releasing their buzz record Reflektor last fall. Some loved it, some were nostalgic for earlier work, but it undoubtedly made a splash.
For his dark horse pick, Power is tapping Sarnia, Ont. artist Donovan Woods as winner of best roots/traditional album of the year for his latest release Don't Get Too Grand — which is filled with "personal and unconventional music," he says.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of music from Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire and Donovan Woods.
The Juno Awards take place in Winnipeg on Sunday, March 30.