Manitoba Shines at 2003 Juno Awards

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Manitoba is coming home from the Junos with three trophies after the April 6th awards in Ottawa. Internationally-acclaimed children’s entertainer Fred Penner won Best Children’s Album for his Sing with Fred while Brandon violinist James Ehnes won Classical Album of the Year (soloist or large ensemble) at the non-televised portion of the Junos. During the televised awards show, Remy Shand’s Motown release The Way I Feel was named R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

While Shand was not able to attend the successful reception for Winnipeg’s bid for the 2005 Junos on April 5th at Ottawa’s Empire Grill, he made mention of his home town during his acceptance speech and exclaimed “We’ll see you at the Junos in 2005!” Shand also gave a dynamic performance during the show, singing while playing both organ and electric guitar for sold-out crowd.

Portage la Prairie nominees for Country Recording of the Year, Doc Walker - joined by culture minister Sheila Copps - were presenters along with pop chanteuse Chantal Kreviazuk – fresh from a Winnipeg performance at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Lynn Lake-born Tom Cochrane was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and ended the event with a medley of his popular songs with former bandmates Red Rider.

Also nominated for Junos were The Duhks for Roots & Traditional album of the year while Holly McNarland’s Home is Where My Feet Are” was nominated for Album Design of the Year. Winnipeg-based label Arbor Records saw one from its roster, Derek Miller, take home the Juno for Aboriginal Recording of the Year.

To see a complete list of 2003 Juno winners, please visit visit www.juno-awards.ca.

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