The envelopes were opened, the names were read, and artists from Manitoba are heading home with JUNOS. The hardware was handed out at the glittery 2017 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, which took place at Ottawa's Shaw Centre on April 1.
Singer/songwriter William Prince, who was a double nominee this year, won in the Contemporary Roots Album of the Year category for his debut solo recording, Earthly Days. Prince, who was also nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year, took the stage at the gala to perform the In Memoriam Tribute. Prince earned a 2016 Western Canadian Music Award and nods from the Canadian Folk Music Awards for Earthly Days. Read Lessons in Grace: William Prince Builds Community and Shares a Legacy One Song at a Time
DJ collective A Tribe Called Red, which features Winnipeg-based producer Tim “2oolman” Hill alongside DJ NDN and Bear Witness, picked up the Jack Richardson Producer of the Year for its latest album, Halluci Nation.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation -- which features the music of Steve Wood (Mistikwaskihk Napesis), the Northern Cree Singers, Tanya Tagaq, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra -- won for Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment.
Manitoba-born, B.C.-based Tim Neufeld landed his second Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year award, this year for his album Hootenanny! with his band The Glory Boys.
For a complete list of 2017 JUNO Awards winners from the gala, go to junoawards.ca.