Ewan Currie and Ryan Gullen from 2019 JUNO Awards double-nominees The Sheepdogs briefly discuss the making of their JUNO-nominated album Changing Colours, their songwriting process, and their reaction to the nominations.

Shawn Mendes is nominated for a leading six JUNO Awards in 2019, and The Weeknd for five, with both of them in the running for Single, Album

Loud Luxury

Loud Luxury

and Artist of the Year, as well as the JUNO Fan Choice honour. For his fifth and sixth nominations, Mendes is tipped for Songwriter and Pop Album of the Year, while the Weeknd’s fifth nod is for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year – an award he’s already won four times.

Close behind with four nominations apiece are newcomers Bülow and Loud Luxury, both nominated for JUNO Fan Choice and Single of the Year. Bülow is also recognized with nominations for Breakthrough Artist and Pop Album of the Year, and Loud Luxury for Breakthrough Group and Dance Recording of the Year.

SOCAN members with three nominations include Alessia Cara, Bahamas, Hubert Lenoir, KILLY, Michael Bublé, Three Days Grace, and Tory Lanez.

The nominees for the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award are:

Jessie Reyez

Jessie Reyez

So far, Corey Hart, Bülow, and Loud Luxury have been confirmed to perform and Sarah McLachlan to host at the 2019 Gala JUNO Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 17, broadcast live from Budweiser Gardens in London, ON, on CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada, and globally at www.cbcmusic.ca/junos.

The nominations for Classical Composition of the Year are:

  • Ana Sokolović for Golden Slumbers Kiss your Eyes
  • Bekah Simms for Granitic
  • Cassandra Miller for About Bach
  • Nicole Lizée for Katana of Choice
  • Vincent Ho – Arctic Symphony

Francophone Album of the Year nominees are:

Cœur de Pirate

Cœur de Pirate

  • Cœur de pirate for en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé
  • Hubert Lenoir for Darlène
  • Loud for Une année record
  • Philippe Brach for Le silence des troupeaux
  • Tire le coyote for Désherbage

In addition to presenting the Songwriter of the Year Award, and for the fourth year in a row, SOCAN is the presenting sponsor of the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, at which most of the awards are handed out. As well, during the week of events leading up to the awards, SOCAN will once again serve as a co-presenting sponsor of the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle – widely known as “The Jewel of the JUNO Week” – with Alan Doyle hosting, and performers TBD. Past participants include Paul Brandt, Alex Cuba, Ria Mae, Randy Bachman, Shad, July Talk, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jann Arden, Joel Plaskett, Johnny Reid, Ron Sexsmith and Dan Mangan.

For more information and a complete list of award nominees, visit the JUNO Awards website.

And stay tuned to www.socanmagazine.ca for video interviews from the JUNO nominee press conference, held in Toronto on Jan. 29, 2019.