Artists Earn Honours in Breakthrough Artist, Jazz, Contemporary Christian/Gospel, and Album Artwork
Artists from Manitoba are strong contenders for top honours in four categories at the 2022 JUNO Awards. The nominees for the 51st annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) on March 1.
Internationally-renowned singer/songwriter Faouzia earned her first JUNO nomination with a top nod for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Pianists and composer Will Bonness has picked up his first JUNO nomination this year for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo for Change of Plans (Independent).
Jon Gordon is also up for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo for his album Stranger Than Fiction (Independent). Both Bonness and Gordon are Jazz Studies faculty at the University of Manitoba.
The Color earned their second JUNO nomination for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for their album, No Greater Love (Dream Records*Universal). They won in the same category in 2018 for The First Day of My Life.
Local record label Birthday Cake release Open House by The Fretless, is up for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for Open House, which features homegrown acts as guests, including The Bros. Landreth and Ruth Moody of The Wailin' Jennys.
Local management company RAS Creative works with Adrian Sutherland, who has earned a nod for Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year for When The Magic Hits.
MusiCounts also announced nominees for the Prestigious Teacher of the Year Award, including Jewel Casselman of Lakewood School in Winnipeg. The honours will be revealed at the JUNO Award broadcast.
Winners will be announced at the 2022 JUNO Awards on May 15 from the Budweiser Stage in Toronto. For a complete list of 2022 JUNO Awards nominees, go to junoawards.ca.