The Weeknd and Justin Bieber didn’t bounce into the media Zoom Sunday evening (June 6) to speak about their Juno wins, however there have been many different winners and performers from The Tragically Hip and Feist to JP Saxe and Jann Arden who did log in to talk a few vary of topics. Similar to our protection for the Opening Night time Awards, FYI Music Information has compiled a pattern of the solutions:
Jann Arden, inducted into the Canadian Music Corridor of Fame, by Anne Murray, and carried out.
On being signed some 30 years in the past by Allan Reid — who now heads up the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which places on the Junos — after he listened to her demo following a break-up:
“I ought to preface that story — he turned me down. They handed on me. A&M had handed on me. He stated there is not any place for you on our roster. You are not what we’re searching for. It was Nirvana, Pearl jam. It was all this West Coast grunge. He was 26 years outdated and he hadn’t signed anyone but. After which Jill Snell, who’s additionally within the music enterprise, broke up with him. And when he bought again into his automotive my cassette was nonetheless in his frigging automotive. And the music that got here on. When he cranked it up, it was a music referred to as ‘I Simply Do not Love You Anymore,’ which might be one of the miserable issues I’ve ever written. And I’ve written numerous miserable issues and I am pleased with that.
“And he phoned us and he simply stated, ‘I do not know if you happen to’ll ever promote a file, however I get it. And I believe there’s a spot for you.’ And I have been with Common for nearly 30 years now. I’ve seen lots of people come and go and I simply completed my fifteenth album. We’ll be mixing it in a month. I’ve to present it to Common and I’ve to present it to the individuals which might be there as a result of they may have reduce me unfastened 1,000,000 instances. Ten years in the past, every thing began streaming. I ended promoting data. All of us did, however there was a time on this nation the place I may promote three or 400,000 data and that is numerous earnings. So we have been all scrambling to determine methods to monetize this new world.
“Common needed to reduce acts like loopy. They’ve by no means deserted me. They fund my data. I haven’t got actually anybody that A&Rs me. I write songs. I make a file. I hand it in. I am not on modern radio anymore. I nonetheless tour on a regular basis, however it is a testomony to Common of me getting this award tonight. It is a testomony to considering long-term, so far as artists are going. After I first signed with Common, they signed me for 10 albums, which appeared remarkable on the time, and I accomplished that a part of my contract and now they’re in a renewal stage. So that they renew me every time and so they may reduce me unfastened at anytime. It’s extremely uncommon for an artist on the 30-year mark, actually, to have spent their whole profession on one label.
“So trustworthy to God tonight is the fruits of so many individuals serving to me, Allan Reid; Bruce Allen, my supervisor; all of the those who I’ve labored with. The followers have been unimaginable; they’re so diligent. I have a look at an viewers generally and I see individuals which were to 100 exhibits and I do know their names and I am similar to, ‘Jesus, I would not see me 4 instances. I believe I’d possibly see me 3 times. After which that will be that.’ So there’s so many individuals that make up a 30-year profession and I simply occurred to be the top on the shoulders.”
The Tragically Hip, acquired The Humanitarian Award, offered by Music Canada, from Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, and carried out with [Leslie] Feist at Massey Corridor, launched by Gordon Lightfoot.
On having some nerves about taking part in on the Junos:
Rob Baker: “There are nerves about getting collectively and acting on TV with out Gord [Downie]. As soon as we have been settled on Leslie singing, that made sense. We have been okay to try this. One run via and rehearsal. First run via was a fairly lame, and a second time via sounded actually good. So the nerves shake off fairly rapidly. It is wonderful how rapidly the remainder fell away. We nailed it on a fairly early take final week.
On how the band knew Feist was the suitable individual to carry out with:
Paul Langlois: “We have really been beneath strain from the individuals within the music enterprise in Canada, a minimum of, and it is no offense to them, however been beneath strain in all probability three, 4 months after Gord died to get collectively and play. ‘It is best to do a tribute present for Gord and it’s best to do that and it’s best to try this. And also you guys bought to play.’ We did not actually discuss it amongst the 4 of us, we actually did not. However I believe all of us knew that we did not need to try this. It did not really feel proper. It wasn’t like we have been collectively for six years; we had a 32-year run. So it did not really feel proper to play. After which the Junos got here at us, no offense to them, however ‘You are getting this humanitarian award, it’s best to play.’ And we have been like, ‘No.’ We weren’t assembly with them. We have been speaking to clearly a fairly closed circle, the 4 of us, Pat Downie [Gord’s brother] and Jake [Gold, manager]. And, it was like, ‘No, we’re not going to do it.’ And there have been just a few individuals urged; I am not going to say names, however numerous them have been male. So it was a ‘No.’ After which a few month later, we’re on a Zoom name with Jake and he is like, ‘Hey, I bought a little bit thought. Simply wait, simply wait. I bought a great one. How about Leslie Feist?’ And I may inform across the Zoom name that everybody was sort of like, ‘Nicely, geez, that will be cool,’ as a result of we love Leslie and Gord liked Leslie. We now have a previous expertise together with her, felt like it might be totally different. And actually, truthfully, it is a woman, not a man attempting to no matter he would attempt to do, but it surely simply sort of laborious if he had a voice like Gord to tug it off. So anyway, Leslie was very interesting to us. We felt like we may make it totally different and we actually felt like Leslie would make it her personal. And that is what she did tonight.”
“My cellphone name from you [laughs]. I can genuinely say I’ve gotten numerous fairly loopy cellphone calls within the final 20 years, however this was the one, it simply hit dwelling. I used to be in my kitchen. I stay within the States more often than not, today. And I used to be fairly removed from dwelling in some ways, the pandemic, I used to be simply type of remoted away from numerous what my Canadian life is and to get that decision actually simply, I used to be like, ‘Sure!’ It was one of many first and quickest yeses I’ve ever stated in my life. I simply felt just like the 22-year-old, who was on the street with them, was such a major and main early schooling to get to tour with them. I imply, the joke was I used to be in a tremendous little band referred to as By Divine Proper, with a implausible man; José Contraras wrote these nice songs and I simply commend the fellows for bringing us on the street. I used to be the rhythm guitar participant, 5 toes again and over to the suitable.”
On taking part in Massey Corridor whereas it’s closed for a large renovation:
“It was good. I’ve been dying to see it. I believe all people’s been dying to see what’s occurring in there. It’s very a lot a piece in progress. However to see numerous the stuff revealed, alongside the edges, the frescos, and stained glass and so they’ve performed an enormous quantity of labor on the stage, I simply can’t wait. It is such a venerable constructing. The primary time we performed there, it was previous to ta earlier renovation. They nonetheless had the black and white images up onstage of Neil Younger and clearly Gordon Lightfoot, the Miles Davis Quintet. You step again and also you ask your self, ‘What the fuck are we doing right here?’ Clearly, it’s a landmark. Each present that I see there, artists from all around the world, they are saying it has been circled of their calendar. It is an honour to play there and it really is. And, um, I believe we’ve got the glory of being possibly the one musicians to really play on the ground dealing with the stage. That’ll be one for the file books.”
JP Saxe, winner of breakthrough artist of the 12 months (offered by Issue, The Authorities Of Canada and Canada’s Non-public Radio Broadcasters), Arista/Sony, and carried out with Julia Michaels. He simply introduced a Canadian tour.
On getting emotional throughout his acceptance speech, what it meant to win this Juno Award and the place he’ll preserve it:
“I have never considered the place I’ll put it. I’ll put it subsequent to my grandfather’s Grammy, however pending; I have never absolutely determined. In fact, I bought emotional. That is my homeland validating my music. I had a very nostalgic day as a result of I used to be simply wanting via images of myself performing in little Toronto venues so I may put up a nostalgic factor on Instagram. It actually caught with me as a result of as a lot as I’m ecstatic about this occurring, if I may inform 15-year-old me taking part in each open-mic he may discover within the GTA that this was going to occur, he’d be fairly stoked too.”
Michie Mee appeared as a part of the 30th anniversary tribute to rap. Her new single, “Keen and Ready,” drops July 8:
On why, 30 years since she debuted, there haven’t been many female-identifying Canadian rappers come up behind her. Haviah Mighty is the primary in a really very long time to get important recognition:
“It’s a query I have been asking for years. From the start, I’ve all the time been combating for feminine MC class. It is virtually like nobody’s searching for us. I believe we’re on the market. And as soon as every thing blossoms and everybody has unbiased platforms to actually get on the market, there’s going to be no method you could ignore us. I am very pleased with Miss Haviah. It’s good that once we get the chance, we even have somebody that may characterize. We now have to characterize worldwide so we’ve got to have that caliber of artists can get acknowledged so it could’t be denied. So it has been a minute. And now all of the Canadian artists, together with the feminine rappers, are all the similar caliber because the worldwide artists. So I believe issues are going to vary. Issues are altering. It is only a matter of individuals which might be on the market which might be speaking about Canadian feminine artists really simply have fun us, and also you’ll see. Put us up there towards the world’s finest. We’re able to go. We’re actually all attempting to only transfer the style alongside.”
Haviah Mighty, appeared as a part of the 30th anniversary tribute to rap.
On being the following wave of hip hop:
“I am excited. I see a few of my friends like Savannah Ré, who I bear in mind from Honey Jam, I believe was the primary time I met her and [her] successful a Juno tonight and collaborating with Tobi, a really proficient artist, in addition to him additionally successful a Juno final evening I consider. Seeing my friends who’ve been working so laborious who’re Black artists, who do have setbacks however are capable of nonetheless obtain this 12 months, it is only a great second to see issues that we have not seen earlier than or issues that we have hoped to see earlier than. And I believe what we have to proceed to see going ahead. It is undoubtedly lengthy overdue, however we nonetheless must struggle for the change that we hope to see. There’s been numerous conversations about elevated acknowledgment. There’s sure classes and being very trustworthy with rap and hip hop, R&B, these are a few of the hottest genres of music on this nation and in lots of different international locations in 2021 and for a few years, previous to 2021. It is time that we’ve got the acknowledgement.”
“I’ve all the time hoped to be acknowledged as an artist that will be acknowledged as somebody to hope for good issues from. So it is an excellent, clearly pressurized place to be in, however strain’s good. I like a problem and I believe it’s going to push me to make, hopefully, my finest spherical of music going ahead. I am simply very excited to be acknowledged by the Junos, the place as soon as we have been doing a Masterclass and now it is the precise ceremony. I used to be capable of converse tonight and, hopefully, the following time I will be really doing a efficiency and possibly I am going to win sometime.”
Jully Black, carried out as a part of the 30th anniversary tribute. Her new album, Three Rocks & A Slingshot, is at present being mastered.
On the significance of getting an infrastructure within the Canadian music enterprise for Black music:
“So necessary. I imply, we have been blessed with allies and after I say allies and I say this in a method that I hope everybody hears my coronary heart. We have been allowed to establish the allies. We have been allowed to say, ‘you are an ally based mostly in your actions. You are an ally based mostly on what you have been doing,’ and from again then. And so recognizing that Kardi, for instance, saying, ‘It is time for me to turn out to be an government and tackle this function at a file label,’ for some generations, it’s ‘Is he transitioning from being an artist?’ We each have to actually proceed waving that flag and saying, ‘The artwork begins with the artists,’ and that may by no means finish. We’ll be artists without end. When individuals ask, ‘Do you continue to sing?’ I say, ‘Do you continue to see? ‘Do you continue to converse? Do you continue to eat and swallow? Do you continue to bathe? Do you continue to brush your tooth?’ That is one thing that we’ll do without end. And so the extra of us which might be keen to step into these roles, and embrace growing older — my mother used to all the time say, ‘There is a distinction between growing older and rising up.’ — Many people have been growing older. We’re now rising up and maturing and in our maturity, it is time for us to proceed to share our experiences and be like, ‘Yeah, I may really be Haviah’s mom [laughs], and really feel nice about it.’ So an increasing number of of us must even humble ourselves and apply for these positions, increase our arms, say, ‘I need to be on that board. I am trying to be part of your workers, part of your change workforce, your variety and inclusion workforce.’ Let’s get in there on a systemic degree and alter infrastructure. Break all the way down to rebuild.”
William Prince ft. Serena Ryder, who carried out on the present.
“I am really on the point of head over to the UK in September for a run of dates to start out there. After which it’s going to take me into October, over to Jazz Fest by the tip of October that method via the States. I am solely nervous within the sense of what it is going to be wish to be with individuals once more, as a result of that that is the sensation that is possibly turn out to be a little bit distant, not a lot the songs and speaking. I’ve solely been speaking to my companion for the final 12 months and a half, so she’s in all probability wanting ahead to a break after which I can speak to an viewers for some time and simply share. I sort of need to play the sport and never converse concerning the apparent. Let’s simply preserve going as if there weren’t a pause and we are able to nonetheless speak concerning the good issues we’re grateful for and that perspective we have gained ‘trigger that is going to be the opening line of each artist and each present for the primary six months is ‘We’re again.’ We’re again, however I am very a lot able to preserve shifting. So I’ll let the songs do the talking and do some bit by myself, I assume, simply to catch up. I miss the individuals; I actually do.”
“This introduced up numerous the conclusion of lack of management, what’s going to occur.
And I really feel like that’s such an enormous a part of, sort of the worst a part of being a human is worrying concerning the future and worrying concerning the issues you’ll be able to’t management. And so for me, it is actually introduced me again to what do I’ve management over, and what are the issues that encourage me and what do I’ve management over, which is how I react to issues, how I really feel. And I really feel like this time has actually opened up an area for me to write down with those who I’ve by no means been capable of write with. I am extra out there when it comes to co-writing. So I have been doing a number of that, which has been wonderful.”
Savannah Ré, winner of Conventional R&B/Soul Recording Of The 12 months (offered by Advance, Canada’s Black Music Enterprise Collective) for “Strong,” 1Music/Common
On the significance of Advance:
“That meant rather a lot. Clearly, what I characterize — I’m from a marginalized group and to really feel like, one, you’ve a voice, and likewise the award is offered by Advance. After which to win the award is wonderful, however extra so to say that issues like that [Advance] in Canada are wanted. I’m actually glad that we’re shifting in direction of being far more inclusive, embracing Black voices [and] Black expertise as a result of there’s numerous it.”
On the R&B/Soul class cut up into two — Conventional, and Modern — and being the one individual nominated in each: “I really feel just like the cut up is nice for our style of music. It’s laborious for one thing as broad as R&B to be grouped into one class. In order that’s going to present an opportunity to so many extra artists to have a shot. And in addition, I’m honoured. It’s wonderful. That is my first EP [Opia]; that is my first undertaking; that is my child. So to have two separate songs in these classes — I additionally wasn’t eligible for the complete undertaking as a result of I missed the cut-off so that is simply two singles. I really feel affirmed. I really feel grateful. I’m elated. I’m on cloud 9.”
Ali Gatie and Tate McRae, carried out “Lie To Me” and “What If I Instructed You That I Love you,” from Los Angeles. Each are engaged on new albums and will probably be touring.
“It was undoubtedly like one of many largest challenges to be unbiased. For me, I may solely file a lot, in little increments, and could not end songs fairly as you wish to on a regular basis. And it was undoubtedly simply getting issues performed on the run, which is an efficient ability to develop, particularly as soon as touring and stuff begins once more. I really feel like similar to writing within the context the place you are not seeing individuals each single day is certainly one thing the place it’s important to dig into your creativeness and attempt to discover content material from nothing. So I undoubtedly suppose that is going to assist going ahead.”
“As Canadians, I really feel like up till lately we by no means bought like a full sort of respect within the music business, however lately with artists like Drake and The Weeknd, and clearly individuals like Celine Dion and Michael Bublé have put us on the map. So rising up, I really feel like all like younger Canadian artists or individuals who aspire to be artists, we all the time felt like we had that chip on our shoulder to do Canada proud. I am positive you’ll be able to agree now that we getting nominated on the Junos, which is like our Holy Grail for music is a blessing. It is loopy, even for me to see me nominated towards by The Weeknd and Celine and the individuals who , earlier than I ever even made music, I simply listened to them as a fan. I hope it evokes that subsequent child ‘trigger hopefully sooner or later somebody will get nominated beside me and so they’re like, ‘Ah, oh my god, Ali Gatie.’ So [I] undoubtedly watched the Junos since I used to be younger and doubtless without end. And I am simply tremendous grateful to even be part of it now. “