Feist, Blue Rodeo double winners at early Junos
Toronto-based singer Feist beat out the likes of Céline Dion, Michael Bublé and Avril Lavigne to capture the artist of the year prize as well as the songwriter award at the Junos.
Many awards honouring the best in Canadian music were handed out at a gala on Saturday night in Calgary. And for the viewing public, there is still a glitzy, televised gala on Sunday night where several more awards will be given out.
Feist, whose full name is Leslie Feist, is up for three more honours on Sunday: single, album and pop album of the year for The Reminder.
The awards cap a stellar year for the 32-year-old musician, who grew up in Calgary. She had four Grammy nominations in February and a Brit Award nomination for best international female.
She shot to international fame with the tune 1 2 3 4 and accompanying video, which were featured in an IPod commercial
Other major winners on Saturday night included industry veterans Blue Rodeo, who snatched best adult alternative album for Small Miracles, and best video for C'mon. They're also up for best group on Sunday.
|JUNO AWARDS - Saturday||ARTIST|
|Artist of the Year||Feist|
|Songwriter of the Year||Feist|
|New Artist of the Year||Serena Ryder|
|Alternative Album of the Year||Neon Bible, Arcade Fire|
|Rock Album of the Year||Them vs. You vs. Me, Finger Eleven|
Vocal Jazz Album
|Make Someone Happy, Sophie Milman|
|Classical Album: Vocal or Choral||Surprise, Measha Brueggergosman|
|Rap Recording of the Year||The Revolution, Belly|
|R&B/Soul Recording of the Year||Revival, Jully Black|
|Roots & Tradition Album||Right of Passage, David Francey|
|Blues Album of the Year||Building Full of Blues, Fathead|
|Music DVD of the Year||666 Live, Billy Talent|
|World Music Album of the Year||Agua Del Pozo, Alex Cuba|
Other winners included Montreal's Arcade Fire for best alternative album (Neon Bible), Toronto jazz singer Sophie Milman in the vocal jazz album division and Jully Black for R&B/Soul recording of the year.
Finger Eleven from Burlington, Ont., beat out Matthew Good, Sum 41, The Saint Alvia Cartel and Pride Tiger for the rock album trophy.
Violinist James Ehnes, conductor Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra won classical album of the year for large ensemble or soloist(s) with large ensemble for Korngold, Barber & Walton Violin Concertos. The same piece took home a Grammy award in February.
Still, songbird Dion and crooner Bublé both have four nominations heading into Sunday while punk princess Lavigne is up for three trophies.
Comedian Russell Peters hosts Sunday's televised ceremony from the Saddledome, with performances by nominees Anne Murray, Feist, Hedley and Lavigne, as well as a country tribute featuring Paul Brandt, Shane Yellowbird and Aaron Lines.
With files from the Canadian Press