Juno Awards 2022: Charlotte Cardin wins big at opening night

Charlotte Cardin and The Weeknd were among the big winners at the Juno Opening Night Awards in Toronto on Saturday, as more than 40 awards were handed out in various categories.

Broadcast live from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the ceremony was hosted by CBC’s The block host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe and Canadian actress Ann Pornel. The second night of the Juno Awards will take place on Sunday evening and will be broadcast live on CBC.

Montrealer Cardin won three awards, including single of the year, pop album of the year for Phoenix and artist of the year. Cardin also had the most nominations of the night.

“It’s so special to me,” she said after winning Entertainer of the Year. “I will continue to work so hard.”

“It’s the greatest gift. There are no words to describe that feeling. I released this album feeling very, very proud,” she said of her second release.

Toronto singer-songwriter Mustafa, who won a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year for When the smoke risesaccepted his award recognizing the loss of his friends in the Regent Park area.

Toronto artist Mustafa won alternative album of the year. He told the crowd that his scrapbook was a work documenting the loss. (CARAS/iPhoto)

“I wrote a file on the death, I wrote a file on the loss,” he said, adding that it was important for him to document that loss. He also noted that he was the first black Muslim winner in this category and why we should rethink “firsts”.

“Being first of all should now be criticized more than celebrated.”

The artist added that he is in good company within the Canadian songwriting community. “I feel so privileged to come from a heritage – or to be in a nation that has such a heritage of great songwriters.”

Toronto’s The Weeknd took home two awards, winning Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year for Take my breath and Songwriter of the Year.

The evening also included performances by several 2022 Juno nominees: Roxane Bruneau, Ruby Waters, Allison Russell and the indie band Valley, as well as 2021-22 Allan Slaight Juno Master Class Shortlist Artist Jesse Gold. .

Jesse Gold of Toronto was one of five performers at the ceremony. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Tribute to Canada’s Pioneers

It was also an evening to pay tribute to some of the most prolific names in Canadian music. Denise Jones, who died in 2020, received the 2022 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for championing Canada’s Afro-Caribbean culture.

Her sons Jerimi and Jesse, who accepted the award on her behalf, noted that their mother was the true embodiment of hope and was the reason the Junos introduced a reggae category in 1985.

“My brother and I stand before you tonight to witness what love, guidance and wisdom poured out to young people look like,” Jeremi said.

Humanitarian Award recipient Susan Aglukark at the Juno Awards Opening Night. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Juno award-winning Inuit artist Susan Aglukark received the humanitarian award and told CBC News that her songwriting and singing are healing.

Aglukark, who grew up in Nunavut, also started the Arctic Rose Foundation, bringing guest artists into schools and creating spaces for northern Inuit, First Nations and Métis children to make art as part of after-school programs.

“I just know how lucky I was. That wasn’t the plan when I moved here – and look!”

A diverse track record

This year’s list of Juno nominees was among the most diverse in history, with a handful of new winners stepping onto the podium to accept their awards.

R&B artist Savannah Ré has won traditional R&B/soul recording of the year for the second time in a row – the category was only introduced in 2021.

She named Canadian singer-songwriters Melanie Fiona and Deborah Cox as women who helped her throughout her career.

“I’m big fans of these women and they’ve only been open and welcoming, so I’m always going to do the same. I’m always going to pay it forward.”

Garth Prince, a Namibian-Canadian musician whose album Fall in Africa won children’s album of the year, grew up in apartheid South Africa.

Songs inspired by that experience resonate with Canadians and people around the world who are losing their language and culture to colonialism, he said.

From left to right, Savannah Ré, Kairo McLean and Garth Prince. This year’s list of Juno nominees was among the most diverse in history. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

At previous Junos, there was only one category for Indigenous music. This award has now been split in two – one for traditional and one for contemporary.

DJ Shub, the very first winner in this last category, is a former member of the electronic group A Tribe Called Red.

The Mohawk artist said his new album war club uses recordings of drummers and singers from its traditional territory, the Six Nations of the Grand River.

Kairo McLean, 13, won reggae recording of the year for his album easy now. The young musician said his plan was to keep making music and “improve from here”.

“It’s really thanks to people like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh… also my dad. He’s a bass player.”

DJ Shub, alumnus of the electronic group A Tribe Called Red, won the award for Contemporary Aboriginal Artist or Group of the Year. (CARAS/iPhoto)

Below is the full list of winners:

Pop Album of the Year
Phoenix, Charlotte Cardin

Reggae Recording of the Year
easy nowKairo McLean

Jazz Album of the Year (Band)
World VisionAvatar

Album cover of the year
Mykael Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux, Albert Zablit

Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year
Take my breathThe weekend

Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
war clubDJ Shub

Jazz Album of the Year (Solo)
Change of planWill Goodness

Classical Album of the Year (Solo Artist)
energizedEmily D’Angelo

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Breakthrough Group of the Year

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year
No greater loveThe color dream

Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)
Music theoryThe Harmony of the Seasons, directed by Eric Milnes ft. Helen Brunet

Bachelor of the Year
Without meaningCharlotte Cardin

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award
Denise Jones

Comedy Album of the Year
Grandma’s Daughter 姥姥的孩子, Andrea Jin 金玉琪

Dance Recording of the Year

Youth Album of the Year
Fall in AfricaGarth Prince

Instrumental Album of the Year
This great distanceDavid Myles

Musiccounts Inspired Spirits Ambassador Award
Dallas Green

Alternative Album of the Year
When the smoke risesMustafa

Classic composition of the year
ArrasKeiko Devaux

Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
24hSavannah Re

Rock Album of the Year
Sisters Not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album)The beaches

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year
Current pronunciation: Caity Gyorgy

International Album of the Year
SourOlivia Rodrigo

World Music Album of the Year
KalasöAfrikana Soul Sister

Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Inwards and forwardshalfpipe race

Humanitarian Award
Susan Aglukark

Country Album of the Year
What is life?Brett Kissel

Francophone album of the year
Impossible to lovePirate’s heart

Traditional Roots Album of the Year
Flaming happy bannerMaria Dunn

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year
The art of falling apartSerena Ryder

Blues Album of the Year
open roadColin James

Classical Album of the Year (Small Ensemble)
Beethoven: Sonatas for violin and piano/Violin Sonatas No. 1, 2, 3 and 5Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin

Sound Engineer of the Year
Kourkoutis Hill

Rap single of the year

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year
bleed the futureArchspire

Electronic Album of the Year
Sky OasisTOR

Music Video of the Year
easy on me (Adele), Xavier Dolan

Songwriter of the Year
The weekend

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
outdoor childAllison Russell

Underground Dance Single of the Year
shadows in the dark ft. Elliot Moss HNTR

Traditional Aboriginal Artist or Group of the Year
Khakifawn wood

Artist of the Year
Charlotte Cardin

Watch the 2022 Juno Awards at 8 p.m. ET May 15 on CBCmusic.ca/junos, Radio-Canada Music Facebook, Radio-Canada Music Twitter, Radio-Canada Music YouTube, Radio-Canada Music TikTok and Gem of Radio-Canada.