Who is Dizzy? Get to know the Juno breakthrough group nominee

The Oshawa-based band is making low-key dream pop for a new generation.

The Oshawa-based band is making low-key dream pop for a new generation.

The Oshawa-based band Dizzy is nominated for the 2019 Juno for breakthrough group. (Elliott Armstrong)

The Juno categories of breakthrough artist and group of the year have gone through a few different identities in their 45-year history, but what's never changed is the incredible pedigree of the categories' winners. A veritable who's who of now-established and future Canadian music industry icons have taken home these coveted Junos.

Breakthrough artist winners include Burton Cummings, k.d. lang, Colin James, Alanis Morissette, Jann Arden, Avril Lavigne, Michael Bublé, Feist, Drake, the Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Jessie Reyez. The list of breakthrough group winners is equally star-studded: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Rush, Glass Tiger, the Tragically Hip, Nickelback, Alexisonfire and A Tribe Called Red.

Think of the Junos as an opportunity to survey just a little bit more of the country's music scene, its depth and breadth, and then keep checking back as CBC Music posts its handy primers for each artist and group, as well as some context to help deepen your appreciation of these great musicians.

Who: Dizzy.

Where: Oshawa, Ont.

Sound: Dreamy indie pop

Why they're nominated: Since the release of the band's brilliantly titled debut album, Baby Teeth in 2018, fans have fallen hard for Dizzy's distinctive vibe: a lush and low-key sonic landscape paired with evocative lyrics that run the gamut from confessional, specific and heartfelt to esoteric, universal and wry.

Previously: Vocalist and songwriter Katie Munshaw and Charlie Spencer starting playing together in high school and were more of an acoustic folk-pop duo than anything fully resembling Dizzy. You can hear some of their covers on Charlie's old SoundCloud page.

Fun fact: Three of the band's four members are siblings, all one year apart: Charlie, Alex and Mackenzie Spencer.

Quote: "We watched Partner earlier ... and I was like, 'I kinda wanna be them.' Every show that we go to, I kinda wanna be that other band, I feel like I'm drawing inspiration from all these different people." — Munshaw to the AU Review, 2018

'Stars and Moons' (2017)

'Pretty Thing' (2018) 

'Bleachers' (2019)


Wherever you are in the world, you can watch the 2019 Juno Awards on Sunday, March 17, broadcast live from London's Budweiser Gardens at 8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBC Radio and online at cbc.ca/junos.


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