2015 JUNO Award Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 2015 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto this morning, as Canada’s top artists now get ready for a trip to JUNO Week in Hamilton, March 9 – March 15, 2015.

MAGIC! garnered a leading five nominations: JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Group of the Year*, Songwriter of the Year*, Pop Album of the Year*.

Close behind with four nods were Kiesza (Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year*, Dance Recording of the Year, Video of the Year*) and Leonard Cohen (JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year).

Artists with three nods each are Hedley (JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*), Nickelback (JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Group of the Year), and Serge Fiori (JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Francophone Album of the Year).

*Award Sponsors for THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS listed above include JUNO Fan Choice (presented by TD), Breakthrough Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Radio Starmaker Fund), Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada), Songwriter of the Year (sponsored by SiriusXM Canada), Pop Album of the Year (sponsored by TD), Breakthrough Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Radio Starmaker Fund), Video of the Year (sponsored by MuchFACT, exclusively funded by Bell Media).

Tickets for THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS are on sale now. Tickets range from $39 to $149 (plus service charges) and are available through the FirstOntario Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-855-872-5000, and online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD (PRESENTED BY TD)
Arcade Fire – Arcade Fire Music*Universal
Bobby Bazini – Universal
Drake – Cash Money*Universal
Hedley – Universal
Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
Magic! – Sony
Michael Bublé – Reprise*Warner
Nickelback – Nickelback II Productions*Universal
Serge Fiori – GSI*eOne
You+Me – RCA*Sony

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake ft. Majid Jordan – Cash Money*Universal
Crazy for You – Hedley – Universal
Hideaway – Kiesza – Island*Universal
Rude – Magic! – Sony
We’re All in This Together – Sam Roberts Band – Secret Brain*Universal

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PRISM – Katy Perry – Capitol*Universal
Pure Heroine – Lorde – Universal
Midnight Memories – One Direction – Sony
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith – Capitol*Universal
1989 – Taylor Swift – Big Machine*Universal

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUSIC CANADA)
Where I Belong – Bobby Bazini – Universal
Wild Life – Hedley – Universal
Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
No Fixed Address – Nickelback – Nickelback II Productions*Universal
Serge Fiori – Serge Fiori – GSI*eOne

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bryan Adams – Badman*Universal
Deadmau5 – Mau5trap*Universal
Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
Sarah McLachlan – Verve*Universal
The Weeknd The Weeknd – XO*Universal

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Arkells – Arkells Music*Universal
Chromeo – Last Gang*Universal
Mother Mother – Mother Mother Music*Universal
Nickelback – Nickelback II Productions*Universal
You+Me – RCA*Sony

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Glenn Morrison – Robbins Entertainment*Sony
Jess Moskaluke – MDM*Universal
Kiesza – Island*Universal
Mac DeMarco – Captured Tracks*Outside
Shawn Mendes – Island*Universal

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Adventure Club – BMG Rights*Sony
Alvvays – Royal Mountain*Universal
Magic! – Sony
USS – Coalition*Warner
Zeds Dead – Mad Decent*Ultra

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
Bahamas
“All the Time”, “Bitter Memories”, “Stronger Than That”
BAHAMAS IS AFIE – Bahamas Barchords*Universal
Catherine MacLellan
“Jack’s Song”, “Tell Me Luella”, “The Raven’s Sun”
THE RAVEN’S SUN – Catherine MacLellan Independent
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
“Birthday” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Luke Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee
“Dark Horse ft. Juicy J” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Jordan Houston, Luke Gottwald, Sarah Hudson, Max
Martin
PRISM – Katy Perry Capitol*Universal
“Wild Wild Love” – co-songwriters Armando C. Pérez, Luke Gottwald, Michael Everett, Max Martin,
Ammar Malik, Alexander Castillo Vasquez
GLOBALIZATION – Pitbull Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA*Sony
Jenn Grant
“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”
COMPOSTELA – Jenn Grant Outside
Magic!
“Don’t Kill the Magic” – co-songwriter Adam Messinger, “Let Your Hair Down”, “Rude” – co-songwriter
Adam Messinger
DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic! Sony

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lifted – Dallas Smith – 604*Universal
Light Up The Night – Jess Moskaluke – MDM*Universal
Caffeine & Big Dreams – Kira Isabella – Sony
MacKenzie Porter – Mackenzie Porter – Road Angel*Warner
Wheels – The Road Hammers – Open Road*Universal

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bahamas Is Afie – Bahamas – Barchords*Universal
Compostela – Jenn Grant – Outside
The Lemon Squeeze – Jeremy Fisher – Hidden Pony*Universal
Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
Sleeping Operator – The Barr Brothers – Secret City*Universal

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE)
Alvvays – Alvvays – Royal Mountain*Universal
Shrink Dust – Chad VanGaalen – Flemish Eye*Outside
July Talk – July Talk – Sleepless*Universal
Animism – Tanya Tagaq – Six Shooter*Universal
Hot Dreams – Timber Timbre – Arts & Crafts*Universal

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY TD)
Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne –  Epic*Sony
Party For Your Life – Down With Webster – Down With Webster Entertainment*Universal
Little Machines – Lights – Lights Music*Universal
Don’t Kill The Magic – Magic! – Sony
Little Secret – Nikki Yanofsky – A440*Universal

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
High Noon – Arkells – Arkells Music*Universal
Ghost – Big Wreck – Anthem*Warner
Lo-Fantasy –  Sam Roberts Band – Secret Brain*Universal
The Union – The Glorious Sons – Black Box*Universal
Between Illness and Migration – Your Favorite Enemies – Hopeful Tragedy*D.E.P.

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Angela Galuppo – Angela Galuppo Justin Time*Universal
Red – Diana Panton – Diana Panton*eOne
The Signal – Elizabeth Shepherd – Linus*eOne
Counting Dreams – Julie Crochetière – Vega*D.E.P.
Because of Billie – Molly Johnson – Molly Johnson*Universal

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Zoetrope – Jim Head – Independent
Vista Obscura – Kirk MacDonald – Addo*Conveyor
LA Bootleg 1984 – Lenny Breau – Linus*eOne
La vie commence ici – Marianne Trudel – Justin Time*Universal
Drum Lore Vol. 2 – More Lore – Owen Howard – Brooklyn Jazz Underground*Independent

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Bristles – Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis & David Occhipinti – Independent
Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band: X-Treme Latin Jazz – Bobby Rice – Addo*Conveyor
Fishs – Eddy Brian Dickinson Trio – Addo*Conveyor
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – Justin Time*Universal
The Where – Myriad3 – Addo*Conveyor

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Great Wall of China – Canadian Brass – Linus*eOne
Flesh and Machine – Daniel Lanois – Anti*F.A.B.
Off With the Cuffs – John Stetch – Addo*Conveyor
Encuentro – Quartango – Tangovation
Symphony! – Sultans of String – Independent*Red River

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Maladie d’amour – Jimmy Hunt – Dare To Care*D.E.P.
L’alchimie des monstres – Klô Pelgag – Coyote*D.E.P.
Ornithologie, la nuit – Philippe B – Bonsound*Select
Valse 333 – Sagot –  Simone*Select
Serge Fiori – Serge Fiori – GSI*eOne

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Wave Your Antlers – Bobs & LoLo – Nettwerk*Sony
Where In The World – Fred Penner – The Children’s Group*eOne
Le chat botté – LuLu et le Matou – Independent
Love Bug – Raffi – Troubadour*Universal
Happy Times – Splash’N Boots – Independent

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Blanc – Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà – Analekta*Select
Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz,
Socalled, Jonathan Crow & Geoffrey Burleson – Oxingale*S.R.I.
Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3 – James Ehnes – Chandos*Naxos
Prokofiev: Sonates & Mélodies – Jonathan Crow & Paul Stewart – ATMA*Naxos
Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin – Karl Stobbe – Avie

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE
ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24 – Angela Hewitt Hyperion*HM
Khachaturian/Shostakovich – James Ehnes – Onyx*HM
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7, Departure – Utopia – Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Kent Nagano – Analekta*Select
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian – Chandos*Naxos
Bruckner 3 Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Orchestre Métropolitain – ATMA*Naxos

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Schubert: Winterreise – Gerald Finley & Julius Drake – Hyperion*HM
Handel & Porpora: The London Years – Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en concert & Luc Beauséjour
– Analekta*Select
Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias – Karina Gauvin, Les Violons du Roy & Bernard Labadie – Audiogram*Select
Terra Tremuit – Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal – ATMA*Naxos
The Heart’s Refuge – Theatre of Early Music, Schola Cantorum & Daniel Taylor – Analekta*Select

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Glistening Pianos – Alice Ping Yee Ho – GLISTENING PIANOS – Centrediscs*Naxos
Airline Icarus – Brian Current – AIRLINE ICARUS – COMPLETE OPERA – Naxos
Magister Ludi – Gordon Fitzell – MAGISTER LUDI – Centrediscs*Naxos
Sextet, OP. 71 – Jacques Hétu – COMPLETE CHAMBER WORKS FOR STRINGS – Naxos
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra – John Estacio – A CONCERT FOR NEW YORK –
Independent

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
PA2: The Director’s Cut – Marco Polo – Soulspazm*Independent
The Legends League Presents: Naturally Born Strangers – Naturally Born Strangers Legends – League*Independent
Dear America – P Reign – RCA*Sony
Amani – Saukrates – Culvert*Universal
Stigmata – Tre Mission – Last Gang*Universal

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Calling All Heroes – Adventure Club – BMG Rights*Sony
White Women – Chromeo – Last Gang*Universal
Goodbye – Glenn Morrison – Robbins Entertainment*Sony
Sound Of A Woman – Kiesza – Island*Universal
Soundwave – Trevor Guthrie – Interscope*Sony

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Dirty Laundry – Ben Stevenson – Culvert*Universal
Got To Have It – jacksoul – Megawatt*Sony
JRDN – JRDN – Kuya*Fontana North
Four Seasons – Melanie Durrant – Independent
Often – The Weeknd – The Weeknd XO*Universal

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Welcome the King – Exco Levi – Kheilstone*Independent
Love Inna Wi Heart – Kirk Diamond ft. Bob da Builda – Don Dem/Galang*Independent
Wake Up – Mikey Dangerous – Dub Avenue*D.E.P.
Hold On Till I Die – Steele – Mobs*Independent
Real Talk – Tasha T – RasVibe*VP

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK)
The Whole World’s Got the Blues – Crystal Shawanda – New Sun*Fontana North
For The Light – Digging Roots – Sugar Bush*Outside
Heart of the People – Leela Gilday – Diva Sound*Outside
Animism – Tanya Tagaq – Six Shooter*Universal
The (Post) Mistress – Tomson Highway – Independent

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
They Promised You – Mercy Amelia Curran – Six Shooter*Universal
The Raven’s Sun – Catherine MacLellan – Independent
Prairieography – Del Barber – True North*eOne
The Old Silo – James Hill – Borealis*eOne
Weightless – Matt Andersen – True North*eOne

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
South – Blackie and The Rodeo Kings-  File Under: Music*Outside
Work and Love – Elliott Brood – Paper Bag*Outside
Let It Lie – The Bros. Landreth – Independent*Fontana North
Jubilee – The Deep Dark Woods – Six Shooter*Universal
Departures – The Once – Nettwerk*Sony

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY STINGRAY MUSIC)
Belmont Boulevard – JW-Jones – Blind Pig/Stony Plain*Warner
Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 – Steve Hill – Independent*Outside
Let Me Prove It To You – Steve Strongman – Independent*Sonic Unyon
Wicked – The 24th Street Wailers – Independent
A Real Fine Mess – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Tonic*Fontana North

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Introducing Chelsea Amber – Chelsea Amber – Independent*David C. Cook
Analog Love in Digital Times – Drew Brown – Independent
The Moment – Manafest – Manafest Productions*Fontana North
VIP – Manic Drive – Bema Media*David C. Cook
The Joy – Tim Neufeld – Independent*David C. Cook

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
Ayrad – Ayrad – CFM*Select
Singing in Tongues – Eccodek Black – Swan/Big Mind*Outside
The Key – Emmanuel Jal – Gatwitch*Universal
Le dernier empereur bantou – Pierre Kwenders – Bonsound*Select
500 Years of Night – Quique Escamilla – Lulaworld*Outside

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SLAIGHT MUSIC)
Adam Messinger “Change Your Life” (co-producer Nasri Atweh) THE NEW CLASSIC – Iggy Azalea
Island Def Jam*Universal | “Rude” DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic! Sony
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Leather Jacket” – HIGH NOON – Arkells
Arkells Music*Universal
Gavin Brown “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace RCA*Sony | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD THING
– Mother Mother Mother Mother Music*Universal
Jesse Zubot “Caribou”, “Uja” ANIMISM – Tanya Tagaq Six Shooter*Universal
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter “Soundwave”– Trevor Guthrie Interscope*Sony | “Up We Go” LITTLE
MACHINES – Lights Lights Music*Universal

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF AUDIO
RECORDING TECHNOLOGY [OIART])
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Satellite Hotel” BLACK BUFFALO – One
Bad Son 604*Universal
George Seara “Got To Have It”, “Whole Day” GREATEST HITS – jacksoul Megawatt*Sony
Jeremy Darby “Mosaic”, “Nomad’s Arrival” MANDALA – Monsoon Independent
John “Beetle” Bailey “Any Day Now” JUST PASSING THROUGH – The Breithaupt Brothers
Alma*Universal | “Fine and Mellow” BECAUSE OF BILLIE – Molly Johnson Molly Johnson*Universal
Lenny Derose “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace RCA*Sony | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD
THING – Mother Mother Mother Mother Music*Universal

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors) FREE WILL – Bry
Webb Idée Fixe*Outside
Caroline Blanchette (Art Director) WONDERS OF THE WORLD – The Lost Fingers Tandem*Sony
Menno Versteeg (Art Director), Zack Mykula (Designer), Jason Bartell (Illustrator), Yoshi Cooper
(Photographer) PUP – PUP Royal Mountain*Universal
Roberta Hansen (Art Director/Designer/Illustrator), Mike Latschislaw (Photographer)
PILGRIMAGE – Steve Bell Signpost*Outside
Taylor Kirk (Art Director/Designer/Photographer), Robyn Kotyk (Designer), Laura Margaret
Ramsay (Photographer) HOT DREAMS – Timber Timbre Arts & Crafts*Universal

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUCHFACT, EXCLUSIVELY FUNDED BY BELL MEDIA)
Preach – Dane Collison – SONREAL – Black Box*Universal
Lost You – Grandson & Son – ZEDS DEAD FT. TWIN SHADOW – Mad Decent*Ultra
Guilt Trip – Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack – PUP – Royal Mountain*Universal
Hideaway – Kiesza, Blayre Ellestad, Rami Afuni and Ljuba Castot – KIESZA – Island*Universal
Not Up To Me – Natalie Rae Robison – KANDLE – Dare to Care*D.E.P.

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Our Love – Caribou – Merge*F.A.B
While (1<2) – Deadmau5 – Mau5trap*Universal
Right From Real – Lydia Ainsworth – Arbutus*F.A.B.
EX – Plastikman – Mute*Warner
Alone For The First Time – Ryan Hemsworth – Last Gang*Universal

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– Devin Townsend Project – HevyDevy*eOne
Waiting for the End to Come – Kataklysm – Nuclear  Blast*Sony
Brotherhood of the Ram – Shooting Guns – RidingEasy*Pre-Rock
Negative Qualities – Single Mothers – Dine Alone*Universal
Chasing the Dream – Skull Fist – NoiseArt*Fontana North

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Womyn – Alysha Brilla – Sunny Jam*Independent
Everything Almost – Jann Arden – Universal
Trauma: Chansons de la série télé (saison no. 5) – Coeur de pirate – Dare to Care*D.E.P.
Dark Swing – Ndidi – Universal
Shine On – Sarah McLachlan – Verve*Universal