Monday, April 7, 2008

Between the covers:: Amos the Transparent vs. Alanis

My little nod to Juno Winner's past. It's no secret I think the Juno's don't exactly have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to showing the world the great music Canadians create. This year (at least with the winners), in spite of trying to sabotage the night, I think they got it mostly right.

Seriously. Look at some of the categories:
Fan Choice:
Avril Lavigne J/RCA*SONY BMG
Celine Dion SONY BMG
Claude Dubois Zone 3*Select
Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner
Nelly Furtado Geffen*Universal

Album of the Year:
Duets: Friends and Legends Anne Murray EMI
The Best Damn Thing Avril Lavigne J/RCA*SONY BMG
D’elles Céline Dion SONY BMG
Taking Chances Celine Dion SONY BMG
The Reminder Feist Arts&Crafts*EMI
Call Me Irresponsible Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner

Avril Lavigne J/RCA*SONY BMG
Celine Dion SONY BMG
Feist Arts&Crafts*EMI
Michael Bublé Reprise*Warner
Pascale Picard Zone 3*DEP/Universal

Arcade Fire Merge*FAB
Blue Rodeo WEA*Warner
Finger Eleven Wind-Up*Warner
Hedley Universal
Kaïn Disques Passeport*DEP

These nominees look like they were selected by my Mom. It's like the way my Dad picks his NCAA Final Four bracket. Duke is still good right? Anne Murray? She's still cool. Undoubtedly, no Canadian had a bigger year than Feist, so her 1,2,3,4 & 5 awards sit fine with me, but it's the process. I hate that Canada treats the year in music like fans are shopping for records at Costco. Celine Dion is the exact same as John Grisham or Tom Clancy. Sure people buy the product, but does it matter?

Can't we do better than nominating Buble or Blue Rodeo? I mean, I actually really like Blue Rodeo but I think presenting our music to the rest of the world is important. Should we just hand out awards to whoever sells the most? Case in point. Critics everywhere panned Avril's new record (plus she is one of the worst people going), so why give help promote her as the face of Canadian music? Couldn't someone like Joel Plaskett freshen up the mix, and get people excited about Canadian music? Probably not. He hasn't written an Xmas album yet (Blood pressure rising as I pencil Bryan Adams and his new record into next year's nominations).

There were some great moments - Halifax's Wintersleep getting to take home an award and of course Ben Mulroney introducing host Russell Peters as Russell Simmons - but this was a year that could have really showcased what we have to offer. Sadly, like usual, we chose to go the other direction. So, anyway, enough bitching. Here is a great cover of a former Juno award winner by an up and comer whose record was one of my favs of the year.

Posted at 10:06 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 10:09 PM, Blogger The R.O.B. did sayeth:

Yeah... its a shame, I expressed my frustration also.

But, at least we have the polaris prize now....


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