Hosted by 81-year-old William Shatner, the Juno Awards ceremony in Ottawa Sunday night was an eclectic affair. It featured performances by musical acts as variable as Newfoundland indie rockers Hey Rosetta!, electro-house DJ Deadmau5 and a duet by Jim Cuddy and Sarah McLachlan.
Leslie Feist came away the big winner at the Juno Awards this weekend, taking away three trophies, including one for adult alternative album of the year and and artist of the year. “All I can do is express some genuine gratitude,” the singer told the audience at the televised ceremony.
Saskatoon roots-rockers The Sheepdogs also had a big night after a breakthrough year that saw them win a contest to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and tour extensively. In fact, they weren’t on hand to accept their awards—rock album of the year, new group of the year and single of the year for I Don’t Know—since they are currently on tour in Australia.
Meanwhile, Vancouver’s Dan Mangan won new artist of the year, even though he released his third full-length album, Oh Fortune, last year. And Michael Bublé’s collection of Christmas songs beat out Toronto rapper Drake’s Take Care to win album of the year.
Country rock legends Blue Rodeo were also inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.