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Diana Panton and Dirty Nil take home Juno Awards this weekend

The Arkells are up for group of the year during the televised awards Sunday.

The Arkells are up for group of the year during the televised awards Sunday

The Dirty Nil said they felt a bit out of place at Saturday's gala. "I feel like we’ve done a little bit of a swindle here." The Dundas trio took home the breakthrough group of the year trophy. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Two Hamilton artists took home Juno Awards on Saturday — The Dirty Nil for breakthrough group of the year, and Diana Panton for children's album of the year.

The awards were handed out at a Junos gala dinner in Ottawa Saturday night. More will be awarded during a televised show Sunday night, when the Arkells are in the running for group of the year.

The Dirty Nil, an alternative/punk band trio from Dundas, was up against Bleeker, Bob Moses, Cold Creek Country and The Zolas.

Panton's I Believe in Little Things was nominated alongside albums by Raffi, Splash'N Boots, Kattam and Will Stroet.

Those weren't the only Hamilton nominees Saturday. Two-time Juno Award winner and jazz pianist David Braid was nominated for instrumental album of the year for Flow.

In the rock album of the year category, Arkells were nominated for Morning Report and Monster Truck for Sittin' Heavy. The Tragically Hip took the award for Man Machine Poem.

The Tragically Hip, Billy Talent, Tegan and Sara and The Strumbellas are also nominated for group of the year.