Big Wins for Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dear Rouge, The Weeknd, and Whitehorse

juno awardsThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) crowned 35 new JUNO Award winners during the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards Presented by SOCAN this evening in Calgary. A night of big wins and even bigger talent, more than 1,100 music industry guests and JUNO Award nominees joined host Jessi Cruickshank at the Telus Calgary Convention Centre to celebrate the best in Canadian music from the past year.

The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards are the prelude to CTV’s nationally televised broadcast of The 2016 JUNO Awards tomorrow night, live from The Scotiabank Saddledome, where six remaining JUNO Award categories will be announced.

Following a hugely successful year with the release of his chart-topping album Beauty Behind the Madness,alternative R&B singer-songwriter The Weeknd scored a hat-trick tonight, snagging wins for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year*, and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. The multiplatinum-selling artist will also grace the JUNO stage for his second year in a row with a special performance during Sunday night’s live broadcast of The 2016 JUNO Awards on CTV.

Three other broadcast performers also took home statuettes including double-winner Buffy Sainte-Marie, who earned Aboriginal Album of the Year* and Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, Dear Rouge, who were named Breakthrough Group of the Year* and Whitehorse, who won Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

Calgary natives, BRAIDS were the hometown heroes of the night who received an award for Alternative Album of the Year* and Bragg Creek, Alberta’s Shawn Everett won Recording Engineer of the Year*.

Additional highlights of the evening included special award presentations by Tom Cochrane to commendArcade Fire with the 2016 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award (sponsored by Bell Media), and 2016 Canadian Hall of Fame inductee Burton Cummings, who honoured legendary former Music Director Rosalie Trombleywith the 2016 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.

Guests at the entertainment-filled Gala enjoyed a special three-course dinner curated by Canadian celebrity chef Roger Mooking, who was also on hand to speak to the menu, and musical performances by 2016 JUNO Award nominees Afiara Quartet & Skratch Bastid (Instrumental Album of the Year), Fortunate Ones (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), SonReal (Rap Recording of the Year, Video of the Year*), Young Empires (Breakthrough Group of the Year*), as well as Jazz All-Stars Performers Al Muirhead, Allison Au, Jerry Granelli, Kodi Hutchinson, Mark Kelso, Rich Brown, Robi Botos, and Tommy Banks.

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