The 2020 JUNOs have been cancelled – so check out some Canadian music.

Arts Coverage, Commentary

The news broke today that the 2020 JUNO Awards had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While this decision was probably wise, it’s also a huge blow to the Canadian music industry.

Many Canadian artists — not just the performers and nominees, but the local acts slated to perform JUNOfest shows in Saskatoon this weekend — rely on the JUNOs for exposure. I know I’ve discovered many of my favourite Canadian artists — The Beaches, William Prince, Lisa Leblanc, iskwē and many others — from JUNO season events, and I imagine I’m not alone. 

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been listening to most of the nominated albums and putting together a primer on each category. Whatever happens with the Awards, I’m sure these artists could use a shout-out right now.

Below is a rundown of the nominees for the following categories, along with a link to one standout track from each: Rock Album; Alternative Album; Adult Alternative Album; Metal / Hard Music Album; Indigenous Artist or Group; Traditional Roots Album; Contemporary Roots Album; Pop Album; and Country Album.

Give these tunes a listen, and if you find something you like, feel free to share with your friends. Give the artists a follow. Download a song or buy an album, if you can.

Let’s support Canadian music.

Beyond Creation / Kavara / smrtdeath @ 765 Old East

Arts Coverage, JUNO Awards

JUNOfest kicked off in London, Ontario last night as the city ramps up to host the 2019 JUNO Awards, with Canadian bands taking the stage at small venues across the city.

London’s Old East 765 showcased a sprawling (and very heavy) set of progressive death metal by JUNO nominees Beyond Creation.