The 2009 Juno Awards are only 3 weeks away and the official list of performers has finally been announced. The complete lineup consists of 14 Canadian performers including the 18 time Juno award winner, Bryan Adams. Here is the list of performers taken directly from the press release.
2009 JUNO Award nominee for Artist of the Year, Bryan Adams, is one of the world’s most highly acclaimed musicians whose career has spanned more than three decades. Constantly in demand, the celebrated rocker is on the road over 150 days a year to sold out audiences on six continents. He continues to push those boundaries, becoming the first westerner to play in both Pakistan and Vietnam. He has achieved #1 status in over 40 countries. Holder of the record for the longest running #1 hit in the history of the British charts (16 weeks), Adams’ has had four #1 singles as well as racked up an impressive array of Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, a Grammy Award, American Music Awards, JUNO Awards and ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as well as Canada’s Walk of Fame. Bryan Adams is currently touring in support of his most recent CD, 11, performing both stadium shows as well as critically acclaimed solo concerts in both Canada and the U.S.
Nominated for two 2009 JUNO Awards, Divine Brown is set to light up the stage on this year’s JUNO Awards show. Fresh off a Canadian tour, the Canadian rhythm and blues singer is being recognized this year for her album The Love Chronicles, with nods for Single of the Year "Lay It On The Line" and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Until a couple of years ago, Dallas Green was better known as the dulcet voice of the platinum-selling band, Alexisonfire. In 2005, he quietly debuted his full-length album Sometimes under the solo moniker, City and Colour, and undertook a cross'Canada tour resulting in long line-ups for sold-out shows. Exceeding everyone's expectations, Sometimes achieved platinum certification in 2006. Remaining sincere and affable, Green gave a heartfelt performance at the 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards, where City and Colour won the People's Choice Favourite Canadian Artist award, and in the following year took home The 2007 JUNO Award for Alternative Album of The Year. Bring Me Your Love is City and Colour's sophomore studio album featuring a dozen tracks including "The Girl," "Waiting..." and "Sleeping Sickness" with guest vocals by Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip.
Official Website: www.cityandcolour.ca
Eccodek is the brainchild of Canadian producer, remixer and multi-instrumentalist, Andrew McPherson. But more than that, it is the tapestry of sound created when a visionary producer, inspired singers and gifted multi-instrumentalists from the four corners of the globe find a common love for dub, funk, jazz and cinematic electronics. 2003 saw the beginning of their story with the release of More Africa in Us, followed by the success of 2005’s Voices Have Eyes, which went to #1 on the Canadian campus charts and lead to increased touring and worldwide distribution. Shivaboom, is Eccodek’s third chapter in this ongoing cross-cultural dialogue, featuring the beguiling voices of JUNO Award-winning ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia, expat Malian griots Jah Youssouf and Mansa Sissoko and many more. 2009 marks Eccodek’s first JUNO Award nomination for World Music Album of the Year (sponsored by The Canada Council for the Arts).
Ottawa native and four-time JUNO Award nominated songstress Kathleen Edwards has had career experiences enviable by many. Two years after her 2003 debut album Failer was released, she has since opened for Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer and fellow Canadian Bryan Adams, in addition to having performed at Farm Aid, the Grand Ole Opry and the Late Show with David Letterman. Asking For Flowers is Edwards’ first new album in over three years and definitively one of her most penetrating collections to-date. The album features 11 new songs, all self-penned, and backed by master musicians including her own talents on violin, guitar and piano. Kathleen Edwards is nominated for a 2009 JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year (sponsored by Galaxie, Rising Stars Program of the CBC).
Hailing from Newfoundland Labrador, Great Big Sea has traversed the globe, all the while wearing their hometown on their sleeves. The band released their debut album Up in 1995, and their relentless touring and raucous live shows quickly propelled the record to platinum. Their next effort Play enjoyed even bigger success and the band moved their show into hockey stadiums across the nation. For this, their ninth album Fortune’s Favour, the nine-time JUNO Award nominated band boldly embraces new sounds and new ideas, fearlessly pushing the boundaries of their own art and music. On the strength of this new album, produced by indie gadfly Hawksley Workman, Fortune’s Favour is certified gold and garnered Great Big Sea a nomination for Group of the Year, their tenth JUNO Award nomination to-date.
Since signing with Nettwerk Records in 1988, Sarah McLachlan has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. Her debut album, Touch, was followed by a string of monumental albums including Solace (1991, gold), Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1994, 3X platinum), Surfacing (1997, diamond), Mirrorball (1999, 4X platinum) and Afterglow (2003, 5X platinum). McLachlan is a multiple JUNO Award winner and received Grammy Awards for her stellar hits, "Building a Mystery," "Last Dance" and "I Will Remember You." Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan (2008) marks her first-ever career anthology featuring new and classic tracks from her award-winning catalogue.
Official Website: www.sarahmclachlan.com
Nickelback’s All The Right Reasons (2005, 6X platinum) is one of the most successful albums of the century, and stoked great expectations for the quartet's sixth album, Dark Horse (2008, currently 3X platinum), which debuted at #1 on the Canadian SoundScan Top 200 Sales Chart. Its lead single, "Gotta Be Somebody" went to #1 at radio and reached #1 overall on the Canadian iTunes store. The nine-time JUNO Award winners have sold 27 million albums worldwide and since the 2001 breakthrough of "How You Remind Me," have sent 18 singles rocketing up the charts.
Official Website: www.nickelback.com
Four-time JUNO Award winner Sam Roberts has been nominated for four more JUNO Awards this year to celebrate his most recent album, Love at the End of the World. This album was named the top selling album in Canada upon its release in May 2008. Sam Roberts is looking to lock down a win for Artist of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Video of the Year (2 nominations) (sponsored by VideoFACT). The band is currently on a North American tour, with multiple dates sold out in both Canada and the United States.
Also rocking out at the awards this year is 2008 JUNO Awards’ New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) recipient Serena Ryder. Nominated for two more JUNO Awards this year for Artist of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year (sponsored by Galaxie, Rising Stars Program of the CBC), Ryder has been winning over audiences since her debut in 1999. Her most recent album, is it o.k., was released in November 2008. Hot off a critically acclaimed U.S. tour, where she has been met with open arms with Billboard even naming her one of Canada’s "most promising" acts, she is about to embark on her much anticipated cross-Canada tour.
Crystal Shawanda is a first-time JUNO Award nominee this year, hoping to bring home the win for New Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) and Country Album of the Year. Releasing her first album in June 2008, Dawn of a New Day soared to #2 on the Canadian Country Albums chart and reached the #16 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Shawanda cleaned up at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, taking home five awards, and then moved on to claim three more awards at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards in 2008.
On the strength of hits such as "When I’m Gone," "Your Love Is A Lie" and "Save You," Simple Plan’s self-titled third album became their third consecutively to be certified platinum in Canada. The release of the album was followed by a sold-out global tour by the Montréal-based band whose worldwide sales have now topped 7 million. As a testament to the band’s popularity, they have been voted Favourite Canadian Band an unprecedented five times by the viewers of MuchMusic at the MuchMusic Video Awards and received the JUNO Fan Choice Award in 2006. The members of Simple Plan have made the most of their popularity by starting the Simple Plan Foundation which raises money for a variety of charities. Most recently proceeds from the sale of the band’s single "Save You" were distributed to various cancer charities.
Official Website: www.simpleplan.com
The Stills are nominated for two JUNO Awards this year, New Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters) and Alternative Album of the Year for Oceans Will Rise. Hailing from Montréal, The Stills will complete an Australian tour before arriving in Vancouver to perform on The 2009 JUNO Awards show. The band will continue to tour western Canada following The JUNO Awards and are slated to play on the main stage at Edgefest this coming June. This past summer the band opened for Paul McCartney in Québec City to a crowd of over 270,000 people, gathered to celebrate the city’s 400th anniversary.
Hawksley Workman is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who paves his own path. Brilliantly original and always spontaneous, his creative talent is boundless having released not one but two albums in 2008. The first of two, Between the Beautifuls, garnered Workman a 2009 JUNO Award nomination for Adult Alternative Album of the Year (sponsored by Galaxie, Rising Stars Program of the CBC) featuring the hit single "Piano Blink"; followed almost immediately by Los Manlicious, lead by the single "When You Gonna Flower?". The album is a catchy collection of songs that once again demonstrates that while the two-time JUNO Award winner may be difficult to categorize; there’s no doubting he’s among the sharpest and hardest working artists today. Along with his own recordings, Workman has helped produce tracks for Serena Ryder, Sarah Slean and Great Big Sea.