The annual Juno Awards were held last weekend and the world was reminded of the large level of talent grown in the True North. This year's award ceremony was filled with noteworthy moments including an emotional reunion of the Barenaked Ladies, who came together to perform one song after the group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Michael Bublé, who has taken some time off from his career to focus on his son's cancer treatment, also returned to the stage for a performance.
The 2018 Juno Awards recognized some fantastic talent from the last year, including Arcade Fire's fifth studio album Everything Now and Daniel Caesar's debut album Freudian. Being the proud Canadian music fans that we are, we've curated a list of 9 Canadian Juno-winning artists, albums and songs you need to synch up to your spring playlist. Let the countdown to concerts at Budweiser Stage and weekend-long festivals begin!
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Her raspy vocals and soulful songwriting scored her a nod as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at this year's Juno Awards. Jesse Reyez is most known for her hit "Figures", which flooded all North American radio stations this past year, but we recommend checking out some of her other 2017 singles including "Gatekeeper" and "Shutter Island".
Album of the Year
Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Everything Now is the fifth studio album from one of Canada's most iconic indie rock bands. Everything Now includes groovy jams like "Everything Now" and electro-pop tunes like "Creature Comfort". Everything Now is the ultimate addition to your spring playlist to get you stoked for summer road trips.
Breakthrough Group of the Year
The Beaches are a totally badass alt-rock girl group who released 2017 hits like "Money". Their moody vocals and retro sound have us dreaming of the months to come when we can enjoy warmer days with friends.
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Daniel Caesar - Freudian
We could probably do an entire article about our love for Daniel Caesar and what Freudian meant to us and what it did for Canadian R&B. This album features blissfully smooth transitions and iconic ballads and although this album was released almost a year ago, we're still not over it!
Video of the Year
Grimes - "Venus Fly"
Grimes received some much deserved recognition for her futuristic music video of "Venus Fly", the song itself is super catchy. Synch your playlist with this tune if you're in search of a spring/summer pre-game song.
Alternative Album of the Year
Alvvays - Antisocialites
A spring playlist wouldn't be complete without a good indie pop album. Alvvays was awarded Alternative Album of the Year for their easy-listening and dreamlike second studio album Antisocialites.
Pop Album of the Year Lights - Skin & Earth
Canada's pop queen is back! After a short break from music to focus on her family, Lights released her fourth studio album Skin & Earth, which was awarded Pop Album of the Year at this year's Juno Awards. This album features fiery hits like "We Were Here", which need a spot on your spring/summer playlist.
Rap Recording of the Year
Tory Lanez - "Shooters"
Tory Lanez received an award for Rap Recording of the Year for his single "Shooters". This gritty anthem was the first released track off of his second album, Memories Don't Die. A spring playlist wouldn't be complete without a powerful rap track, and this one definitely fits the bill.
Juno Fan Choice Award and Single of the Year
Shawn Mendes - "There's Nothin' Holding Me Back"
Canada's hunky sweetheart cleaned up at this year's Juno Awards, walking away with an award for Single of the Year and a Juno Fan Choice Award. Shawn's earlier songs from his album Illuminate have arguably become overplayed on radio stations, but his latest singles "Lost in Japan" and "In My Blood" are swoon-worthy.