2022 Juno Awards: Live Music and Simu Liu’s Safe Landing Guidance Ceremony

The 51st Juno Awards brought the music back to a live audience on Sunday and marked a triumphant return for the beleaguered ceremony showcasing Canadian talent.

Organizers staged a tight and impressive entertainment showcase in Toronto. Montreal’s Charlotte Cardin capped off an outstanding performance as this year’s big winner, Ontario’s Arkells were voted best band for a historic fifth time since 2012, and live music reigned supreme once again.

With energetic performances from everyone from Avril Lavigne to the Arkells, it was a definite comeback for live music at the annual event. Held virtually for the past two years (after the 2020 event in Saskatoon was canceled) due to COVID-19, this year’s ceremony marked the first in-person show since 2019.

It was also the first-ever Junos show held outdoors, a strategy organizers hoped would allow the night to go ahead regardless of any pandemic restrictions introduced, if any.

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Juno Awards 2022: stars walk the red carpet

Singers Shawn Mendes, Avril Lavigne and more walked the 2022 Juno Awards red carpet.

The strategy has produced an incredible number of performances from some of the biggest names in Canadian music. Pop-punk legend Lavigne performed a medley of songs from his debut album let’s gosinging hits Complicated, Friend, Sk8er boi and I am okay, 20 years after the release of the album and 19 years after its first Juno nomination.

From there, the night swung between awards and almost too many performances to count. This included the previous night’s winner for Alternative Album of the Year, Mustafa, delivering a clean acoustic version of his song. Stay aliveHaviah Mighty singing a mashup of her tracks So so and ExpressionArcade Fire performing their new song Unconditional I (Lookout Kid), and Alberta’s Tesher even managed to get Junos host Simu Liu to dance during his TikTok smash Jalebi baby.

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Simu Liu opens the 2022 Juno Awards: “I am Canadian”

Host Simu Liu opened the 2022 Juno Awards with a very Canadian monologue, paying homage to coming home.

But Liu’s involvement was not an afterthought. the Shang Chi The Superhero brought live hosting back to the Junos in a big way – leading what Junos President and CEO Allan Reid called one of the best shows they’ve ever put on.

Liu started the night with a sketch alongside his former Kim’s Convenience co-star Andrew Phung, before moving on to jokes about Canadianisms (“It’s pronounced bubble tea, OK, not boba, bubble tea Goddammit!”), The pandemic (“Crazy energy in Toronto – it’s almost like you had been locked up for two years straight”) and even Will Smith’s recent moment at the Oscars.

After welcoming the audience to the Budweiser stage in Toronto, Liu noted that the show was being broadcast live: “So if anyone’s ever wanted to go viral…this is your chance,” he quipped. a challenge. “Come up.”

But instead of angry actors, audiences were treated to grateful musicians.

Charlotte Cardin cemented her favorite status by winning album of the year for Phoenix. After winning Single of the Year, Pop Album of the Year (also for Phoenix) and entertainer of the year at a gala on Saturday, Sunday’s win left the Montreal entertainer with four trophies in total — the most of any entertainer.

Montrealer Charlotte Cardin, who performed at the 2022 Juno Awards in Toronto on Sunday, also won four Junos in two nights. (The Canadian Press)

In addition to this year, Arkells have won group of the year awards in 2021, 2019, 2015 and 2012. BC’s Jessia rode a wave of popularity that started on TikTok to win the breakthrough artist of the Year 2022 (beating fellow TikTok come-ups 347aidan and Tesher) and Shawn Mendes won Fans’ Choice for the fourth time.

Mighty Haviah won Best Rap Album/EP, an honor created this year after the rap recording award was split into two categories. After Toronto’s Charmaine won a rap single at home on Saturday for her track Fatthe two became the first women to win in the previously male-dominated category.

“For those who haven’t heard of Haviah Mighty, I’ll be back on stage to show you why,” she said after her rap album win, and shortly before returning for her performance. . “This one’s for women in hip hop.”

There was more to the evening than just the main rewards, however.

Toronto-born Deborah Cox was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in the early evening, a feat she described as bittersweet in a red carpet interview with CBC, as it required her to first travel outside of Canada to find fame and recognition.

Deborah Cox was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Junos. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Even still, she said receiving the honor — and becoming the first black woman in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame — was a significant step forward.

“I’m really inspired that this moment is just going to serve as a springboard and inspire more people,” she said. “Little girls like me who weren’t represented to get into this industry and have the same opportunity as anyone else,”

Mendes also won recognition — the Junos Award for International Achievement.

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Avril Lavigne performs her hit medley | Juno Awards 2022

Avril Lavigne performs “Complicated”, “Bite Me”, “Girlfriend”, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m with You” at the 2022 Juno Awards

Despite being a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer, he gave an emotional acceptance speech about learning to believe in himself.

“When I was younger, I really really thought, if I could just write a hit song, people would like me…then I’d be enough,” he said.

“What I know to be true now is that I was enough before anyone knew my name. I’m not here to tell you to give up on your dreams, I’m just here to tell you that while you carry on, remember to enjoy the process and remember, you are already enough.”

Sunday’s event saw some surprising shutouts.

Along with fellow TikTok stars, Mother Mother failed to win the Group of the Year award despite returning to the limelight through the app, nearly 20 years after releasing their debut album.

Toronto rapper Pressa – one of the main nominees, in four categories – failed to win an award in the two categories he was eligible for on Sunday: rap album or fan choice.

Meanwhile, international star Justin Bieber was ruled out on both nights. He was up for five awards – in the exact same categories as in 2021. He missed out on Fans’ Choice – a category he’s won five times in the past – and his album Peaches lost against Cardin Phoenix.