10 books by and about Juno Award winners that hit the right note

The 2019 Juno Awards take place March 17. Let the Junos inspire your reading and check out one of these 10 books written about or written by past winners. 
The Juno Awards will air live from London, Ont. on Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Chris Ensing/CBC News)

The Juno Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in Canadian music. The 2019 awards will air live from London, Ont. on Sunday, March 17, 2019 on CBC Television, CBC Radio and CBC Music.

Let the Junos inspire your reading and check out one of these 10 books written about or written by past Juno winners. 

Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love by Carl Wilson

Céline Dion is an award-winning singer from Charlemagne, Quebec. (Getty Images, Bloombury)

Juno Award wins: 20

With more than 250 million albums sold, Céline Dion is a music superstar and singing legend. Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love, written by Canadian music critic and journalist Carl Wilson, takes a look at the singer's career and her standing in pop culture. The book delves into her impoverished childhood, her husband's struggle with cancer and why her music connects with so many people.

The Never-Ending Present by Michael Barclay

The Never-Ending Present looks at the career of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip. (ECW Press, Junos)

Juno Award wins: The Tragically Hip (16), Gord Downie (6)

The Tragically Hip, fronted by the late Gord Downie, sold more than eight million albums and won 16 Juno Awards over their career. In The Never-Ending Present, music writer Michael Barclay chronicles how five high school students from Kingston, Ont., became Canadian music legends.

Lightfoot by Nicholas Jennings

Gordon Lightfoot is an iconic Canadian singer-songwriter. (Penguin Canada, Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito)

Juno Award wins: 13, inducted into JUNO Hall of Fame/Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986

Gordon Lightfoot has been called Canada's greatest songwriter. Known for classic songs like The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and If You Could Read My Mind, Lightfoot helped define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s. Journalist and biographer Nicholas Jennings had total access to the legendary troubadour in order to document his long career in Lightfoot.

The Flame by Leonard Cohen

The Flame is the final poetry collection by Leonard Cohen. (Canadian Press/DAPD/Kai-'Uwe Knoth, McClelland & Stewart)

Juno Award wins: 9, inducted into JUNO Hall of Fame/Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1991

In the final days of his life, singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen completed The Flame, a collection of unpublished poetry, selections from his notebooks and lyrics from his albums. Cohen curated the book's selections, which include his insights as an artist and thinker.

Buffy Sainte-Marie ​by Andrea Warner

Music critic Andrea Warner wrote the biography of acclaimed singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. (Greystone, Getty Images)

Juno Award wins: 7, inducted into JUNO Hall of Fame/Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1995

Buffy Sainte-Marie is an iconic Cree singer-songwriter. Music critic and CBC Music producer Andrea Warner drew from over 60 hours of interviews with Sainte-Marie for this authorized biography. The book goes deep into Sainte-Marie's childhood and through her career as a groundbreaking artist and tireless activist who won an Oscar and was blacklisted by two U.S. presidents.

Reckless Daughter by David Yaffe

Reckless Daughter, written by music critic David Yaffe, is a biography of folk icon Joni Mitchell. (Nick Procaylo/Canadian Press)

Juno Award wins: 4, inducted into JUNO Hall of Fame/Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981

Joni Mitchell is considered one of the most distinctive voices in Canadian music. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever." With Reckless Daughtermusic critic and professor David Yaffe spent nearly 10 years interviewing Mitchell, along with more than 60 people who knew her, to produce this definitive biography.

When I Get Older by K'naan

K'naan is a Toronto-based recording artist, poet and activist. (Getty Images, Tundra Books)

Juno Award wins: 3

Keinan Abdi Warsame, a.ka. K'naan, is a Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter and activist. His song Wavin' Flag was an international hit and this children's book looks at the success of both the song and the artist. Born in Mogadishu, Warsame moved to North America with his family and settled in Toronto. When I Get Older is a universal story about immigration and hope and the struggle to succeed in a new land.

Something Is Always On Fire by Measha Brueggergosman

Opera star Measha Brueggergosman has documented her life story in Something Is Always On Fire. (Craig Cooper/CBC/HarperCollins)

Juno Award wins: 2

Opera singer and concert artist Measha Brueggergosman has led a remarkable life. Her Grammy-nominated voice was heard by more than three billion viewers at the opening of the Olympic Games in 2010 and she has sang in prestigious concert halls all over the world. Her memoir, Something Is Always On Fire, gives a candid account of the former Canada Reads panellist's highs and lows of her life and career.

Oscar by Mauricio Segura, translated by Donald Winkler

Mauricio Segura's book is inspired by the life of the late jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. (Biblioasis, Getty Images)

Juno Award wins: 2, inducted into JUNO Hall of Fame/Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1978

Mauricio Segura's book, translated from French by Donald Winkler, revolves around the life of legendary Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. The book takes a fictional look back at a Depression-era Montreal neighbourhood and explores how race, class and money shaped the world of the jazz legend.

Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

Split Tooth is Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq's first book. (Penguin Random House, Peter Power/Canadian Press)

Juno Award wins: 1

Tanya Tagaq is an Inuk throat singer, composer and visual artist. Combining memoir with fiction, Tagaq writes about a young girl's coming of age in 1970s Nunavut. She is a witness to the mythic wonders of the Arctic world, which are juxtaposed harshly against the violence and alcoholism in her community. Split Tooth is the first book by Tagaq, a Polaris Prize and Juno-winning Inuk singer.


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