JUNO Weekend Memories
I’m still allowing the energy of the past few days to catch up to me — but The JUNO Awards in Vancouver this past weekend were so, so beautiful. It was one of the highest honours of my career to be nominated for my latest album in such good company. And that was just one part of a hugely memorable weekend.
On Thursday, I paid a visit to The Warehouse Studio, a fantastic recording facility owned by Bryan Adams, to take part in a really cool collab with producer supreme WondaGurl (who makes beats for Drake and Jay Z and Rihanna). She is a massive talent and though we come from different spheres of music, we found common ground and wrote a tune together.
On Friday, after I performed a few songs in the TD Green Room at The Parq Hotel, SOCAN presented me with with a No. 1 Song Award for my song “Paradise”, which topped the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 in the month before New Mistakes was released. My mom was there and she was very proud. An adorable and heartwarming moment.
Later that night I had the chance to play alongside a jaw-dropping roster of musical all-stars as part of the annual Outlaws and Gunslingers showcase at The Imperial, where I returned the next night to headline the Women in Music Canada JUNOfest showcase alongside The Weather Station, Evy Jane & Kimmortal — all powerful and inspiring artists.
My highlight from Saturday was when I performed my song “Norma Gale” during the JUNO Gala’s In Memoriam segment, backed by friends Rose Cousins, Nuela Charles, Melissa McClelland, The Weather Station, and Miranda Mulholland. We sang our hearts out for all those in the industry who passed away this year, including Saint Gord Downie.
If you missed the webcast, you can watch the performance here:
Over the weekend we were also featured on CBC Music’s JUNO 365 Sessions, where a host of next-generation Canadian artists covered a selection of past JUNO-winning Singles of the Year. We covered Glass Tiger’s “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)“, which took home a JUNO for Single of the Year in 1986, and found the blues somewhere inside the pop sensibility of the original.
Another JUNO weekend highlight was performing with Jim Cuddy at CBC Music’s Playlist Live after-party on Sunday night. I love this man. He has done so much for me and always has an intelligent word of advice or kind sentiment. It’s a plus that he has the voice of an angel, and amazing timeless songs, and that I get to share the stage with him sometimes. (I joined Jim on Blue Rodeo’s “Til I Am Myself Again” and performed my own “Stars Over Dakota” — you can watch the set here.)
I also had the opportunity to rep some local fashion over the weekend, wearing a black number from Angela DeMontigny to Saturday’s Gala and a red dress from Blackbird Studios to Sunday’s Awards and Playlist Live afterparty. All women designers, all from Hamilton. Yes, please.