The 2017 Juno’s and the Rise of Daniel Caesar

Each year, the Juno Awards honour the finest names in Canadian music, and 2017 is no exception. Following a pre-show gala on Saturday night, the remaining trophies were handed out in Ottawa this evening (April 2) over the course of a star-studded ceremony hosted by Canuck favourites Bryan Adams and Russell Peters.

Tonight, we saw Junos go to many Canadian artists. Leonard Cohen won Album of the YearGord Downie took home Songwriter of the Yearthe Tragically Hip nabbed Group of the Year and Alessia Cara won Pop Album of the Year.

Early winners also included Cohen and the Tragically Hip as well, along with the Weeknd, Grimes and Kaytranada, among many others.

Now that all the hardware has been handed out, you can see the complete list of 2017 Juno winners down below.

The highlight of tonight’s show was Daniel Caesar’s performance, who in many eyes, is Canada’s next big music superstar. The world has come to understand R&B and soul music as a multi-faceted genre that transcends sound waves into the inner core of our existence – a genre that makes listeners feel, rather than just hear. For 21-year-old Toronto native Daniel Caesar, the R&B/soul genre serves as a skeleton to which he builds up with jarring gospel undertones, heart-tugging guitar chords, and soothing harmonious vocals.His debut effort

His debut effort Praise Break successfully captured the attention of many major publications and outlets, and was ranked in the 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014 by Rolling Stone Magazine. Caesar’s follow-up project Pilgrim’s Paradise was met with even greater praise, subsequently capturing the attention of both the Canadian and international music markets. Conveying moody anecdotes about life’s most pertinent lessons – love, loss, faith, desire and determination, Caesar tells a coming-of-age tale that is not only relatable, but genuine. With raw talent and an unwavering mystic, layer by layer, Caesar is writing a melodic story rooted in his authentic self — a story that has only just begun.


2017 Juno Awards Winners:

Indigenous Music Album of the Year

Crystal Shawanda Fish Out Of Water
Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie Round Dance & Beats (Powwow)
Quantum Tangle Tiny Hands
Silla + Rise Debut
William Prince Earthly Days

JUNO Fan Choice Award

Hedley
Justin Bieber
Drake
Shawn Mendes
Alessia Cara
Belly
Ruth B
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez
The Strumbellas

Single of the Year

Shawn Mendes “Treat You Better”
Drake “One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla”
Alessia Cara “Wild Things”
The Weeknd “Starboy “ft. Daft Punk
The Strumbellas “Spirits”

International Album of the Year

Sia This is Acting
Rihanna ANTI
One Direction Made in the A.M.
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman

Album of the Year

The Weeknd Starboy
Shawn Mendes Illuminate
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Drake Views
Céline Dion Encore un Soir

Artist of the Year

Shawn Mendes
Drake
Alessia Cara
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

Group of the Year

Billy Talent
The Tragically Hip
Arkells
Tegan and Sara
The Strumbellas

Breakthrough Artist of the Year

KAYTRANADA
Ruth B
Tory Lanez
Andy Shauf
Jazz Cartier

Breakthrough Group of the Year

Bleeker
Cold Creek County
Bob Moses
The Zolas
The Dirty Nil

Songwriter of the Year

Donovan Woods “Leaving Nashville,” “What Kind of Love Is That,” “They Don’t Make Anything in that Town”
Tegan & Sara “Boyfriend,” “100x,” “Stop Desire”
Gord Downie “The Stranger,” “The Only Place to Be,” “Son”
Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “Traveling Light”
Ruth B “Lost Boy,” “Superficial Love,” “2 Poor Kids”

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

Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Basia Bulat Good Advice
Gord Downie Secret Path
Wintersleep The Great Detachment
Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Andy Shauf The Party

Alternative Album of the Year

July Talk Touch 
Grimes Art Angels 
Black Mountain IV
Weaves Weaves
Dilly Dally Sore

Pop Album of the Year

Alessia Cara Know-It-All
Coleman Hell Summerland 
Marianas Trench Astoria 
Shawn Mendes Illuminate 
Tegan and Sara Love You to Death

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

Vocal Jazz Album of the Year

Matt Dusk & Florence K Quiet Nights 
Heather Bambrick You’ll Never Know
Barbra Lica I’m Still Learning
Bria Skonberg Bria
Amanda Tosoff Words

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Brandi Disterheft Blue Canvas
Renee Rosnes Written in the Rocks 
Shirantha Beddage Momentum 
Seamus Blake Superconductor 
Mike Janzen Nudging Forever

Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Real Enemies
Dave Young Quintet One Way Up
Metalwood Twenty 
Quinsin Nachoff’s FLUX Flux 
Order of Canada Band Sweet Canadiana

Instrumental Album of the Year

Sarah Neufeld The Ridge
David Braid Flow 
Blitz//Berlin Movements 1
The Fretless Bird’s Nest
Pugs & Crows and Tony Wilson Everyone Knows Everyone

Francophone Album of the Year

Karim Ouellet Trente 
Yann Perreau Le fantastique des astres 
Fred Fortin Ultramarr
Koriass Love Suprême
Laurence Nerbonne XO

Children’s Album of the Year

Diana Panton I Believe in Little Things 
Raffi Owl Singalong 
Splash’N Boots Big Yellow Tunes 
Kattam De Tombouctou à Bombay
Will Stroet Wordplay

Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble

Janina Fialkowska Schubert: Sonatas and Impromptus 
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
Charles Richard-Hamelin Beethoven, Enescu & Chopin: Works for Piano (Live)

Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir Beethoven Symphony No. 9 
Louis Lortie, Hélène Mercier, BBC Philharmonic Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade
Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, Tanya Tagaq, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
Jan Lisiecki, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Schumann
Les Violons du Roy & Mathieu Lussier Vivaldi: Concertos

Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral Performance

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano L’Aiglon
Tapestry Opera, Gryphon Trio, Elmer Iseler Singers Dark Star Requiem
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Sir Andrew Davis Handel Messiah
Arion Baroque Orchestre, Alexandre Weimann Bach: Magnificat BWV 243
Daniel Taylor, The Trinity Choir Four Thousand Winter

Classical Composition of the Year

Christos Hatzis “Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation”
Kati Agócs “The Debrecen Passion”
Jordan Nobles “Immersion”
Ana Sokolović “And I need a room to receive five thousand people with raised glasses…or…what a glorious day, the birds are singing ‘halleluia'”
Andrew Staniland “Dark Star Requiem”

Rap Recording of the Year

Belly Another Day in Paradise
Drake Views 
Tory Lanez I Told You
Jazz Cartier Hotel Paranoia
Tasha the Amazon Die Every Day

Dance Recording of the Year

Adventure Club “Limitless” ft. Delaney Jane
Zeds Dead “Northern Lights”
Shaun Frank “Let You Get Away” ft. Ashe
Bit Funk “Off the Ground” ft. Shae Jacobs
Jacques Greene “You Can’t Deny”

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

The Weeknd Starboy
Dvsn Sept. 5th
Daniel Caesar Pilgrim’s Paradise
Tanika Charles Soul Run
PARTYNEXTDOOR PARTYNEXTDOOR 3

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”

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Matthew Barber & Jill Barber The Family Album 
Lisa LeBlanc Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Corin Raymond Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams
William Prince Earthly Days
Kacy & Clayton Strange Country

Traditional Roots Album of the Year

The High Bar Gang Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind 
Maria Dunn Gathering 
Jenny Whiteley The Original 
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Auprès du poêle
The East Pointers Secret Victory

Blues Album of the Year

Whitehorse The Northern South Vol. 1 
Paul Reddick Ride The One
Colin Linden Rich in Love 
Colin James Blue Highways
Sean Pinchin Monkey Brain

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Warren Dean Flandez Eternally Grateful 
Tim Neufeld & the Glory Boys Hootenanny!
Steve Bell Where the Good Way Lies 
MANAFEST Reborn 
Jaylene Johnson Potter & Clay

World Music Album of the Year

Lorraine Klaasen Nouvelle Journée
Sultans of String Subcontinental Drift
Okavango African Orchestra Okavango African Orchestra
Turkwaz Nazar
Nomadica Dance of the Infidels

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Howie Beck – “Work” (Charlotte Day Wilson), “High Five” (Dragonette)
Eric Ratz – “The Enforcer” (Monster Truck), “Fever” (Royal Tusk)
A Tribe Called Red – “R.E.D.” (A Tribe Called Red ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear), “Sila” (A Tribe Called Red ft. Tanya Tagaq)
Nineteen85 – “One Dance” (Drake), “Too Good” (Drake)
Ian D’Sa – “Afraid of Heights” (Billy Talent), “Rabbit Down the Hole” (Billy Talent)

Recording Engineer of the Year

Eric Ratz – “Afraid of Heights” (Billy Talent), “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” (Monster Truck)
George Seara – “Treat You Better” (Shawn Mendes), “Don’t Be A Fool” (Shawn Mendes)
Andy Shauf – “The Magician” (Andy Shauf), “To You” (Andy Shauf)
Matty Green – “Shine a Light” (Banners), “Armageddon” (Michelle Treacy)
Jason Dufour – “Push + Pull” (July Talk), “Beck + Call” (July Talk)

Recording Package of the Year

Valaire OOBOPOPOP
Harmonium L’Heptade
Gord Downie Secret Path
Alexisonfire Live at Copps
Grimes Art Angels

Video of the Year

Grimes “Kill v Maim”
KAYTRANADA “Lite Spots”
A Tribe Called Red “R.E.D.” ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear
Wiwek/Skrillex “Killa”
Gord Downie “The Stranger”

Electronic Album of the Year

KAYTRANADA 99.9%
Holy Fuck Congrats 
A Tribe Called Red We Are the Halluci Nation
Bob Moses Days Gone By
Harrison Checkpoint Titanium

Heavy Metal Album of the Year

Devin Townsend Project Transcendence 
Protest the Hero Pacific Myth
Despised Icon Beast
Annihilator Suicide Society
Mandroid Echostar Coral Throne

Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Céline Dion Encore un soir
Chantal Kreviazuk Hard Sail
Mark Masri Beating Heart 
Sarah McLachlan Wonderland 
Heather Rankin A Fine Line