The Juno Awards (Canadian Recording Industry Awards) take place on April 6, 2008, in Calgary, Alberta. The list of nominees is impressive and, what is particularly of note with the Junos over something like the Grammys is the inclusion of a "Songwriter of the Year" category (though I'm not included this year for some reason). Look for the Junos on CTV on Sunday night.
The weekend also brings with it other events, with the most interesting one from the songwriter's perspective being the 2008 June Songwriters' Circle on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST (live on CBC Radio). One of the Songwriter of the Year nominees will be participating (Joel Plaskett) along with a few other Canadian singer/songwriters. Click the link for all the info/bios... and here's the blurb about the event itself from the website:
The intimate afternoon concert will be hosted by one of today’s most exciting songwriters, Joel Plaskett, the front man of Joel Plaskett Emergency and 2008 JUNO Award nominee for Songwriter of the Year. Plaskett will join fellow esteemed Canadian songwriters and JUNO Award nominees AlexCuba, Jeremy Fisher, Serena Ryder and Tegan and Sara.
The writers will share with fans some of their unique creative processes, challenges and songwriting successes, all the while telling personal anecdotes behind their favourite songs. More artists will be announced to join Songwriters’ Circle in the coming weeks.
This year’s CBC broadcast will be hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, CBC Radio One’s daily dose of arts, culture and entertainment. Although he is best known as a national on-air personality, Ghomeshi is also a musician, singer and songwriter at heart.
May the Muse be Canadian this weekend!