B.C. Musicians Hit All the Right Notes
Credit: courtesy of CARAS 2013 JUNO Awards. Host Michael Buble and wife Louisana Lopilato. Red Carpet arrivals. Brandt Centre, Regina, SK. April 21, 2013. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto - See more at: http://junoawards.ca/2013-juno-awards-photos/2013-juno-red-carpet/#sthash.4lFpgNCG.dpuf 2013 JUNO Awards. Host Michael Buble and wife Louisana Lopilato. Red Carpet arrivals. Brandt Centre, Regina, SK. April 21, 2013. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto - See more at: http://junoawards.ca/2013-juno-awards-photos/2013-juno-red-carpet/#sthash.4lFpgNCG.dpuf 2013 JUNO Awards. Host Michael Buble and wife Louisana Lopilato. Red Carpet arrivals. Brandt Centre, Regina, SK. April 21, 2013. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto - See more at: http://junoawards.ca/2013-juno-awards-photos/2013-juno-red-carpet/#sthash.4lFpgNCG.dpuf 2013 JUNO Awards. Host Michael Buble and wife Louisana Lopilato. Red Carpet arrivals. Brandt Centre, Regina, SK. April 21, 2013. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto - See more at: http://junoawards.ca/2013-juno-awards-photos/2013-juno-red-carpet/#sthash.4lFpgNCG.dpuf

B.C. Musicians Hit All the Right Notes

Every year, the Juno Awards recognize Canadian musicians for their artistic talents and achievements in the recording industry. This year’s 44th annual awards ceremony will be held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg and will broadcast live on CTV on Sunday, March 30. Previous Juno Award winners Classified, Johnny Reid, and Serena Ryder will share duties hosting the event. The lengthy list of nominees features an impressive amount of B.C. talent – click through to find out who the most promising and successful nominees are from across the province.

Michael Buble
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Michael Buble

Born and raised in Burnaby, Michael Bublé is undeniably one of the most successful artists to come out of B.C. Since releasing his major-label debut in 2003, the charming crooner has sold millions of albums all over the world and earned countless prestigious awards, winning over fans of all ages with both his original songs and renditions of standards from eras past. Riding the success of his latest album, To Be Loved, Bublé is up for five awards this year: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Single of the Year (“It’s A Beautiful Day”), as well as the Juno Fan Choice Award. A former Juno host and 11-time award-winner, Bublé surely won’t go home empty-handed. In fact, very few would be surprised if he took home all of the statues he's nominated for.

Wake Owl
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Wake Owl

The man behind the Wake Owl moniker, Colyn Cameron, was not born and raised in B.C., but rather southern California. After studying organic agriculture in England, working on farms in many countries and travelling the world, Cameron chose to make Vancouver his home and launching pad for a brand new career in music. His 2012 debut EP, the folk-oriented Wild Country, garnered plenty of praise and the song “Gold” was even featured on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. With the addition of Vancouver multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Aiden Briscall, Wake Owl took an unexpected but well-received turn from quiet folk to experimental pop songs on its recently released full-length, The Private World of Paradise. Nominated for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Wake Owl is a surefire bet to take home the prize.

SonReal
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SonReal

Aaron Hoffman, better known by his pseudonym SonReal, is at the forefront of the Canadian hip-hop scene along with fellow nominees Shad and Classified. Born in Vernon and based in Vancouver, the 28-year-old rapper has been working hard and steadily releasing mixtapes every year since 2008. Channeling Drake with his rap/sing combination and introspective lyrics, SonReal has a personal style that has caught the attention of critics and hip-hop fans alike. For the second year in a row, SonReal earned a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, this time for the impossibly catchy single “Everywhere We Go."

Hedley
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Hedley

Although named after an unincorporated town in southern B.C., Hedley actually hails from Abbotsford. The pop-rock band has been releasing hit albums for nearly a decade now, somehow always managing to stay young and relevant. All five of their albums, including the recently released Wild Life, have achieved double platinum status in Canada. Fresh off of two Top 10 hits and a performance at this year’s Grey Cup half-time show, the group is nominated for a handful of Junos: Group of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and the Juno Fan Choice Award. The instantly recognizable frontman Jacob Hoggard is also nominated for Producer of the Year alongside partner Brian Howes for the infectious hits “Anything” and “Crazy For You”.

Matthew Good
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Matthew Good

During the mid- to late-'90s, Vancouver’s Matthew Good Band was all over Canadian radio and music television. When the highly successful alternative rock group eventually disbanded in 2002, Good embarked on a solo career, a move that has turned out to be fairly prolific; to date, he has released six albums under his own name. Having won Junos both with the group and as a solo artist, Good is no stranger to critical success in Canada, although he has remained steadfast in his refusal to accept these awards, always citing personal reasons. This year, Good is nominated for Rock Album of the Year thanks to his latest effort, Arrows of Desire. He may very well win the award, but it is unlikely that he will make the trip from Vancouver to Winnipeg to accept it.

Dean Brody
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Dean Brody

Born in Smithers and raised in the small village of Jaffray, Dean Brody is a true B.C. country boy. In 2004, he headed to the city that everyone who wants to be a country star must go to to follow their dreams: Nashville. There, he was able to hone his craft, and eventually signed a deal to record his self-titled debut album. The two efforts that followed were both nominated for Country Album of the Year at the Junos, although Brody has yet to take home an award. His fourth and latest effort, Crop Circles, is up for the prize this year and may just be the recording that finally gives him the recognition he deserves.

AC Newman
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AC Newman

Best known as the leader of successful indie-rock band The New Pornographers, Vancouver’s own A.C. Newman has also been releasing underappreciated delicate pop albums as a solo artist for the last decade. His latest effort, the critically acclaimed Shut Down the Streets, is up for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. The only nominee in his category not hailing from Ontario (other contenders being Basia Bulat, Hayden, Ron Sexsmith and The Sadies), Newman may seem like the odd one out, but perhaps it is precisely what makes him stand out, along with his incomparable songwriting talents.