Juno Awards 2022: Charlotte Cardin wins big on opening night

Charlotte Cardin and The Weeknd were among the big winners of the Juno Opening Night Awards in Toronto on Saturday, as more than 40 awards were presented in different categories.

Streamed live from the Metro Toronto Convention Center, the ceremony was attended by CBC’s The block host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Canadian comedian Ann Pornel. The second night of the Juno Awards will take place Sunday night and will be broadcast live on CBC.

Cardin from Montreal won three awards, including Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year for phoenix and artist of the year. Cardin also had the most nominations of the night.

“This is so special to me,” she said after winning Artist of the Year. “I keep working so hard.”

“It’s the most beautiful gift. There are no words to describe that feeling. I released that album because I was very, very proud,” she said of her second release.

Toronto singer-songwriter Mustafa, who won a Juno for Alternative Album of the Year for When smoke risesaccepted his award by acknowledging the loss of his friends near Regent Park.

Toronto recording artist Mustafa won Alternative Album of the Year. He told the crowd that his album was a work that captured loss. (CARAS/iPhoto)

“I wrote a record on death, I wrote a record on loss,” he said, adding that it was important for him to document this loss. He also noted that he was the first black Muslim winner in this category and why we should rethink “firsts”.

“Being first of all should now be criticized more than celebrated.”

The artist added that he is in good company within the Canadian songwriting community. “I feel so privileged to come from a legacy — or to be in a country with such a legacy of great songwriters.”

Toronto’s The Weeknd took home two awards, winning Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year for take my breath and songwriter of the year

The evening also featured performances from several Juno Award 2022 nominees: Roxane Bruneau, Ruby Waters, Allison Russell and indie band Valley, as well as Jesse Gold, a 2021-22 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class shortlist.

Toronto-based Jesse Gold was one of five performers at the ceremony. (CARAS/iPhoto)

In honor of Canada’s pioneers

It was also an evening to recognize some of Canada’s most prolific names in music. Denise Jones, who passed away in 2020, was honored with the 2022 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for championing Canadian Afro-Caribbean culture.

Her sons Jerimi and Jesse, who accepted the award on her behalf, noted that their mother was the true embodiment of hope and was the reason the Junos introduced a reggae category in 1985.

“My brother and I stand before you tonight as testimonies of what love, guidance and wisdom looks like that is poured into young people,” said Jeremi.

Humanitarian Award Recipient Susan Aglukark at the Juno Opening Night Awards. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Juno Award-winning Inuk artist Susan Aglukark received the Humanitarian Award and told CBC News her songwriting and singing were healing.

Growing up in Nunavut, Aglukark also founded the Arctic Rose Foundation, brought guest artists to schools, and created spaces for Northern Inuit, First Nations, and Métis children to create art in after-school programs.

“I just know how lucky I was. This wasn’t the plan when I moved here – and look!”

A diverse list of winners

This year’s Juno nominees list was one of the most diverse in history, with a handful of newly minted winners taking the podium to receive their awards.

R&B artist Savannah Ré won the traditional R&B/soul recording of the year for the second consecutive time – the category was not introduced until 2021.

She identified Canadian singer-songwriters Melanie Fiona and Deborah Cox as women who have helped her throughout her career.

“I’m big fans of these women and they’ve just been open and welcoming, so I’ll always do the same. I’ll always pay it in advance.”

Garth Prince, a Namibian-Canadian musician whose album Fall in Africa won for children’s album of the year, grew up under apartheid in South Africa.

The songs inspired by that experience resonate with Canadians and people around the world who are losing their language and culture to colonialism, he said.

From left, Savannah Re, Kairo McLean and Garth Prince. This year’s list of Juno nominees was one of the most diverse in history. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

At previous Juno Awards, there was only one category for indigenous music. That price has now been split in two: one for traditional and one for contemporary.

DJ Shub, the very first winner in the latter category, is an alumnus of electronic group A Tribe Called Red.

The Mohawk artist said his new album war club uses recordings from drummers and singers from its traditional territory, the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Thirteen-year-old Kairo McLean took home the reggae recording of the year for his album Easy now† The young musician said his plan is to keep making music and “get better from here”.

“It’s really thanks to people like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh … my dad too. He’s a bass player.”

DJ Shub, an alum of electronic group A Tribe Called Red, won Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Below is a full list of winners:

Pop album of the year
Phoenix, Charlotte Cardin

Reggae recording of the year
Easy nowCairo McLean

Jazz album of the year (group)
world viewAvatar

Album artwork of the year
Mykaël Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux, Albert Zablit

Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year
take my breathThe weekend

Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
war clubDJ Shubo

Jazz album of the year (solo)
Changed plansWill Bonnes

Classic Album of the Year (solo artist)
enargeiaEmily D’Angelo

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Breakthrough Group of the Year

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
No greater loveThe color dream

Classic Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)
solfege, The Harmony of the Seasons, conducted by Eric Milnes ft. Helen Brunet

Single of the year
meaninglessCharlotte Cardin

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award
Denise Jones

Comedy album of the year
granny’s girl Grandma’s Child, Andrea Jin Jin Yuqi

Dance recording of the year

Children’s album of the year
Fall in AfricaGarth Prince

Instrumental album of the year
That great distanceDavid Myles

Musiccounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award
Dallas Green

Alternative album of the year
When smoke risesMustafa

Classic composition of the year
ArrasKeiko Devaux

Traditional R&B/soul recording of the year
24 hoursSavannah Re

Rock album of the year
Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album)The beaches

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
Now pronounced: Caity Gyorgy

International album of the year
PicklesOlivia Rodrigo

Worldwide Music Album of the Year
FishAfrican Soul Sister

Alternative Adult Album of the Year
In and beyondHalf Moon Run

humanitarian prize
Susan I’m opening

Country album of the year
What is life?Brett Kissel

French album of the year
Impossible to lovepirate heart

Traditional roots album of the year
Joyful Banner BlazingMaria Dunno

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
The art of falling apartSerena Ryder

Blues album of the year
open roadColin James

Classic Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)
Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano/Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3, & 5Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin

Recording Engineer of the Year
Hill Koukoutis

Rap single of the year

Metal/hard music album of the year
Bleed the futureArchspire

Electronic album of the year
Oasis HeavenTOR

Music video of the year
easy for me (Adele), Xavier Dolan

Songwriter of the Year
The weekend

Contemporary roots album of the year
outside childAllison Russell

Underground dance single of the year
Shadows in the dark ft. Elliot Moss HNTR

Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
kakikeFawn Wood

Artist of the year
Charlotte Cardin

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