The Juno awards honours excellence and achievement in Canadian music. And this year’s Juno awards certainly did that. From honouring old names like the late Leonard Cohen to celebrating new artists like Alessia Cara, the 2017 Juno Awards honoured artists of all ages.
Winning a Juno award is no easy task – but Gord Downie won three of them at this year’s Canadian Juno Awards.
Gord Downie is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has walked many paths on his road to achievement. He is the lead singer and songwriter of the band Tragically Hip and has a career as an independant artist. His latest album called The Secret Path shines a light on the treatment of children in residential schools in Canada. He follows the story of Chanie Wenjack, an indigenous boy who ran away from a residential school and tries to find his way home. You can visit his website to listen to his album and see the accompanying graphic novel.
That isn’t the only exciting thing that happened at the 2017 Juno awards. Sarah McLachlan is to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame. She made a speech about being Canadian, talking about how it might be naive of her to say that love is stronger than hatred or division, but believing that as Canadians and humans, we can do it.
The late Leonard Cohen won album of year with his album You Want It Darker. Ruth B won breakthrough artist, Alessia Cara‘s Know-It-All won the pop album, Tragically Hip won group of the year, Jess Moskaluke won the country album with his Kiss Me Quiet, and the Juno Fan Choice award went to Shawn Mendes.
The whole theme of this year’s Juno awards seemed to be coming together and learning to love and accept. Ruth B made a speech after performing her song Lost Boy, talking about the Orkidstra foundation that helps at-risk youth have a safe place to learn music and make friends. Sarah McLachlan, after being inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, made a speech about love being stronger than hate.
All in all, this year’s Juno awards recognized not only Canadian music, but also love and acceptance over hatred and division.