Your 2017 JUNO Award Nominees Are…

The Canadian award show season is ramping up again, which means it’s time to learn our 2017 JUNO Award nominees.

While most award shows would choose to have an exclusive formal announcement ceremony, the JUNOs brought us this:

Your 2017 JUNO Award Nominees Are... //

Talk about the “friendly Canadian” stereotype. I think we’ve just witnessed the most comfortable, down to earth press conference on earth.

(To be fair, there was an official press conference as well… but we just really appreciate this way of sharing it with the world)

So without further ado…your 2017 JUNO Award nominees & performers.

Album of the Year

Celine Dion – Encore Un Soir

Drake – Views

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Shawn Mendes – Illuminate

The Weeknd – Starboy

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Arion Baroque Orchestre, Alexandre Weimann – Bach: Magnificat BWV 243

The Trinity Choir, Daniel Taylor – Four Thousand Winter

Tapestry Opera, Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers – Dark Star Requiem

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Sir Andrew Davis – Handel Messiah

Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagand – L’Aiglon

Instrumental Album of the Year

Blitz//Berlin – Movements 1

David Braid – Flow

Pugs And Crows And Tony Wilson – Everyone Knows Everyone

Sarah Neufeld – The Ridge

The Fretless – Bird’s Nest

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Corin Raymond – Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams

Kacy & Clayton – Strange Country

Lisa Leblanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?

Matthew Barber & Jill Barber – The Family Album

William Prince – Earthly Days

Dance Recording of the Year

Adventure Club – Limitless ft. Delaney Jane

Bit Funk – Off The Ground ft. Shae Jacobs

Jacques Greene – You Can’t Deny

Shaun Frank – Let You Get Away ft. Ashe

Zeds Dead – Northern Lights

Francophone Album of the Year

Fred Fortin – Ultramarr

Karim Ouellet – Trente

Koriass – Love Suprême

Laurence Nerbonne – XO

Yann Perreau – Le Fantastique des Astres

Single of the Year

Alessia Cara – Wild Things

Drake – One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla

Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better

The Strumbellas – Spirits

The Weeknd – Starboy ft. Daft Punk

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber

Charles Richard-Hamelin – Beethoven, Enescu & Chopin: Works For Piano (Live)

Janina Fialkowska – Schubert: Sonatas and Impromtus

Matt Haimovitz – Overtures To Bach

New Orford String Quartet – Brahms: String Quartets, Op. 51 Nos. 1 & 2

Stewart Goodyear – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 TH14

Video of the Year

Claire Boucher – Kill V Maim (Grimes)

Jodeb – Killa (Wiwek/Skrillex)

Justin Stephenson – The Stranger (Gord Downie)

Martin C. Pariseau – Lite Spots (Kaytranada)

Yassin ‘Narcy’ Asalman – R.E.D. ft. Yasiinbey, Narcy & Blackbear (A Tribe Called Red)

Reggae Recording of the Year

Ammoye – Sorry

Blessed – Cry Every Day

Dubmatix – Roll ‘Dem ft. Gappy Ranks

Exco Levi – Siren

Jay Kartier – Who Feels It Knows

Recording Engineer of the Year

Andy Shauf

Eric Ratz

George Seara

Jason Dufour

Matty Green

Rap Recording of the Year

Belly – Another Day In Paradise

Drake – Views

Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia

Tasha The Amazon – Die Every Day

Tory Lanez – I Told You

Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Real Enemies

Dave Young Quintet – One Way Up

Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux – Flux

Metalwood – Twenty

Order of Canada Band – Sweet Canadiana

International Album of the Year

Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

One Direction – Made In The A.M.

Rihanna – Anti

Sia – This Is Acting

Artist of the Year

Alessia Cara


Leonard Cohen

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Andy Shauf

Jazz Cartier


Ruth B

Tory Lanez

World Music Album of the Year

Lorraine Klaasen – Nouvelle Journée

Nomadica – Dance of the Infidels

Okavango African Orchestra – Okavango African Orchestra

Sultrans of String – Subcontinental Drift

Turkwaz – Nazar

Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

Annihilator – Suicide Society

Despised Icon – Beast

Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence

Mandroid Echostar – Coral Throne

Protest The Hero – Pacific Myth

Children’s Album of the Year

Diana Panton – I Believe In Little Things

Kattam – De Tombouctou À Bombay

Raffi – Owl Singalong

Splash ‘N Boots – Big Yellow Tunes

Will Stroet – Wordplay

Indigenous Music Album of the Year

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie – Round Dances & Beats (Powwow)

Crystal Shawanda – Fish Out Of Water

Quantum Tangle – Tiny Hands

Silla + Rise – Debut

William Prince – Earthly Days

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

A Tribe Called Red

Eric Ratz

Howie Beck

Ian D’Sa


Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Jenny Whiteley – The Original Jenny Whiteley

Maria Dunn – Gathering

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Auprès du Poêle

The East Pointers – Secret Victory

The High Bar Gang – Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind

Alternative Album of the Year

Black Mountain – IV

Dilly Dally – Sore

Grimes – Art Angels

July Talk – Touch

Weaves – Weaves

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Brandi Disterheft – Blue Canvas

Mike Janzen – Nudging Forever

Renee Rosnes – Written In The Rocks

Seamus Blake – Superconductor

Shirantha Beddage – Momentum

Rock Album of the Year

Arkells – Morning Report

Billy Talent – Afraid Of Heights

Monster Truck – Sittin’ Heavy

Sam Roberts Band – Terraform

The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Andy Shauf – The Party

Basia Bulat – Good Advice

Gord Downie – Secret Path

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Wintersleep – The Great Detachment

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble

Jan Lisiecki Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Schumann

Les Violons du Roy & Mathieu Lussier – Vivaldi: Concertos

Louis Lortie, Hélène Mercier, BBC Philharmonic – Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade

Steve Wood & The Northern Cree Singers, Tanya Tagaq, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Going Home Star: Truth And Reconciliation

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir – Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Celine Dion – Encore Un Soir

Chantal Kreviazuk – Hard Sail

Heather Rankin – A Fine Line

Mark Masri – Beating Heart

Sarah McLachlan – Wonderland

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Daniel Caesar – Pilgrim’s Paradise

DVSN – Sept. 5th

Partynextdoor – Partynextdoor 3

Tanika Charles – Soul Run

The Weeknd – Starboy

Recording Package of the Year

Claire Boucher, Rankin – Art Angels (Grimes)

Josh Wellman, Chris Sheppard, Joshua Geary – L’Heptade (Harmonium)

Jonathan Shedletzky, Isis Essery, Jeff Lemaire – Secret Path (Gord Downie)

Justin Ellsworth, Dustin Rabin – Live At Copps (Alexisonfire)

Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Olivier Charland, Scottie Cameron – Odbopopop (Valaire)

Blues Album of the Year

Colin James – Blue Highways

Colin Linden – Rich In Love

Paul Reddick – Ride The One

Sean Pinchin – Monkey Brain

Whitehorse – The Northern Soul Vol. 1

Group of the Year


Billy Talent

Tegan And Sara

The Strumbellas

The Tragically Hip

Country Album of the Year

Aaron Pritchett – The Score

Chad Brownlee – Hearts On Fire

Dallas Smith – Side Effects

Gord Bamford – Tin Roof

Jess Moskaluke – Kiss Me Quiet

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Amanda Tosoff – Words

Barbra Lica – I’m Still Learning

Bria Skonberg – Bria

Heather Bambrick – You’ll Never Know

Matt Dusk & Florence K – Quiet Nights

Classical Composition of the Year

Ana Sokolovic

Andrew Staniland

Christos Hatzis

Jordan Nobles

Kati Agócs

Songwriter of the Year

Donovan Woods

Gord Downie

Leonard Cohen

Ruth Berhe

Tegan Quin & Sara Quin

Breakthrough Group of the Year


Bob Moses

Cold Creek County

The Dirty Nil

The Zolas

Juno Fan Choice

Alessia Cara




Justin Bieber

Ruth B

Shawn Mendes

The Strumbellas

The Weeknd

Tory Lanez


Ruth B

A Tribe Called Red

The Strumbellas

Alessia Cara

Shawn Mendes

Who are you most excited to see at the 2017 JUNO Awards?

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