The Juno Awards telecast may not get underway until tomorrow, but the awards we care about were handed out Saturday night in Edmonton, and there’s lots of wonderful news in this list of winners: Digging Roots taking home their second career Juno; Lenka Lichtenberg winning the global category for an album derived from poetry that her grandmother wrote in a concentration camp during the Second World War; Pharis and Jason Romero winning their fourth consecutive Juno in as many nominations and emerging victorious in the battle of titans that was that category this year; and Angelique Francis putting the cherry on top of an impressive rise up the Canadian blues ranks.
Congratulations to everyone who took home a trophy!
Here’s the list of the winners in the categories we watch here at Roots Music Canada.
Reggae Recording of the Year
“Reggae Party” – Kirk Diamond, Kairo McLean and Finn feat. Kairo McLean
Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
Contemporary Roots Album of the Year
Come Morning – the Bros. Landreth
Traditional Roots Albums of the Year
Tell ‘Em You Were Gold – Pharis & Jason Romero
Blues Album of the Year
Long River – Angelique Francis
Global Music Album of the Year
Thieves of Dreams – Lenka Lichtenberg
Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year
Unbreakable – The Bearhead Sisters