Sheridan Performers Bode Well at Junos (Obviously)

So, if the Junos show us a couple of things, they are: Critically panned bands (Nickelback) can still clean up. Some talent actually squeaks through here and there (Serena Ryder), and that the Juno panel is way behind the times (The Stills, who debuted in 2003, won for New Group of the Year.) Oh, and not to forget that Sheridan brings in some of the best talent out there; three Canadian artists which graced the stage at Sheridan this year walked away clutching Juno statues. 

Sam Roberts Band, who played Sheridan’s Frosh Week, surprisingly but deservedly, picked up Best Artist of the Year and Rock Album of the Year (Love at the End of the World.) Kardinal Offishall, who rapped to Davis a couple months back, also fared well at the show, picking up Best Single of the Year, “Dangerous” and Rap Record of the Year, with Not 4 Sale. And then you get to Toronto-bred Lights, who also rocked out at Sheridan. The young pop-techno rocker appropriately won Best New Artist.

As for the show, it was a little too try-hard at times to match the Grammy’s and commercialism sometimes got the best of the event held in Vancouver. Dallas Green and Gordon Downey’s performance of “Sleeping Sickness” was stellar. As was Serena Ryder’s scratchy voiced performance. And the Stills, in their true Montreal ways, let the crowd hear how it’s done with “Being Here.” And Russell Peters was funny enough — but his schtick ran short with bad pot jokes. We get it, Peters, it’s Vancouver.

So what did we all learn, kids? That Canada has a boatload of talent, but only a handful of artists are ever recognized by award shows. And the ones that do, are repeatedly recognized ad infinitum. But damn, Canada does have talent — talent which evidently likes to hit up Sheridan College.

Lights celebrates as she wins Best New Artist of the Year

Lights celebrates as she wins Best New Artist of the Year

Sam Roberts Band walked away with Best Artist of the Year

Sam Roberts Band walked away with Best Artist of the Year

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