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Junos 2010 – And the winners are…

In the age of Twitter, you just can’t keep a secret.  News of the Juno winners announced at last night’s gala dinner are out there on the web well ahead of tonight’s national broadcast.  Congratulations and pats-on-the-back go to all of the winners and particularly to the winners in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year categories – Newfoundland’s own Amelia Curran (solo) and Good Lovelies (group).   A doubly sweet congratulations go to this reporter’s bandmates, Digging Roots, winners in the Aboriginal Album of the Year, or as we liked to nickname it “Best Album Ever” category!

Getting double duty during the show, Digging Roots also presented the award for World Music Album of the Year, on behalf of the Canada Council, to Dominic Mancuso and Curran serenaded the crowd in a heartfelt memorial segment remembering those friends of the industry who left us this year.  The crowd was audibly moved when young Taylor Mitchell’s photo was shown.  The crowd also fittingly rose to their feet to honour Artist of the Year award winner K’naan.

These awards were handed out in an entertaining and well-paced awards show marshaled gracefully and lightly by Seamus O’Reagan of CTV’s Canada A.M.

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