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Here are your 2023 Juno nominees in the roots, global and Indigenous categories


It’s a big week for awards this week.

Last night, the Toronto Blues Society announced the winners of the 2023 Maple Blues Awards, and today? The Juno nominations are out.

There are some wonderful stories in this list: two nominations for Canada’s new Indigenous record label, Ishkode, headed by ShoShona Kish and Amanda Rheaume; a posthumous nomination for Vince Fontaine for Indian City; second consecutive nominations in as many albums for Julian Taylor and Crystal Shawanda; and hello Lenka Lichtenberg in the global category! Plus lots more love for many old favourites like Le Vent du Nord and Pharis and Jason Romero.

The awards will be handed out in Edmonton in March of this year. Juno week happens from March 9 through March 13.

Reggae Recording of the Year

Water – Ammoye (Lulaword/Symphonic)
Like A Star – Celena (Independent)
Jah Love – Exco Levi (Independent)
In The Streets – Kairo McLean (Soul Survival/Independent)
Reggae Party feat. Kairo McLean & Finn Kirk Diamond, Kairo McLean and Finn (Independent)

Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year

Watin – Aysanabee (Ishk?dé/Universal)
Zhawenim – Digging Roots (Ishk?dé/Universal)
Code Red – Indian City (Rising Sun/Warner)
Beyond The Reservoir – Julian Taylor Howling Turtle*Warner
The Crossing – Susan Aglukark (Aglukark/Universal/IDLA)

Contemporary Roots Album of the Year

Oh Glory – Blackie and The Rodeo Kings (Divine/Warner)
That Was You and Me – Fortunate Ones (Sonic/Warner)
Hold on to Love – Shakura S’Aida (Independent)
Come Morning – The Bros. Landreth (Birthday Cake/The Orchard)
House of Dreams – The East Pointers (Nettwerk/Amped)

Traditional Roots Album of the Year

Hurricane Clarice – Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves (Free Dirt/AMPED/MNRK)
20 printemps – Le Vent du Nord (La Compagnie du Nord/IDLA)
Narrow Line – Mama’s Broke Free (Dirt/AMPED/MNRK)
Tell ‘Em You Were Gold – Pharis & Jason Romero (Smithsonian Folkways/AMPED/The Orchard)
The Empress – The McDades (Independent)

Blues Album of the Year

Long River – Angelique Francis (Independent)
Midnight Blues – Crystal Shawanda True North*Universal/IDLA
Thanks For Tomorrow – Harrison Kennedy (Electro-Fi/Isotope Music/The Orchard)
Preach To My Soul – Spencer Mackenzie (Gypsy Soul/Warner)
Live at the King Eddy – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer (Fontana North/The Orchard)

Global Music Album of the Year

In the Footsteps of Rumi – Ghalia Benali, Constantinople, Kiya Tabassian (Glossa/Naxos)
Thieves of Dreams – Lenka Lichtenberg (Sunflower/Independent)
José Louis And The Paradox Of Love – Pierre Kwenders (Arts & Crafts/Universal)
Vox.Infold – Ruby Singh (Independent)
Tradisyon – Wesli (WUP/Disques Les Nuits d’Afrique/Cumbancha/Believe)

Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year

kâkîsimo ????? – Cikwes (Nehiyaw Soul/Bigstone Cree Nation
Katajjausiit – Iva & Angu (Independent)
Mikwanak Kamôsakinat – Joel Wood (Independent)
Ôskimacîtahowin: A New Beginning – Northern Cree (Independent)
Unbreakable – The Bearhead Sisters (Independent)


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