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Winners Announced for the 2022 JUNO Opening Night Awards Presented by Ontario Creates

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) honoured artists and industry leaders at the helm of Canada’s music scene at the 2022 JUNO Opening Night Awards Presented by Ontario Creates, which took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Co-hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe (CBC Music’s The Block ) and Ann Pornel (The Great Canadian Baking Show), the renowned industry event saw five show-stopping performances and the presentation of 41 JUNO Awards, along with The Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, the Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada and the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.

Montreal’s pop-electro sensation, Charlotte Cardin took the lead this year with three awards: Single of the Year Presented by Live Nation Canada, Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada and Pop Album of the Year. Chart-topping singer-songwriter The Weeknd followed with two awards for Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN. Both Charlotte Cardin and The Weeknd are nominated for this year’s TikTok JUNO Fan Choice Award, which will be presented at the 51st Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast.

Denise Jones, one of the most influential voices in Canada’s Black entertainment community, was posthumously awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Accepting the award on behalf of Denise were her two sons Jesse and Jerimi. Three-time JUNO Award winner, Susan Aglukark, was recognized with the 2022 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada. Aglukark was honoured for her commitment to improving the lives of children and youth in Northern Indigenous communities. Dallas Green was named the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award Presented by Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation with the award for his dedicated support of MusiCounts and music education.

The evening’s celebrations put a spotlight on Canada’s emerging and rising talent with 24 first-time winners taking home JUNO awards. The list includes Allison Russell (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), Afrikana Soul Sister (Global Music Album of the Year), Andrea Jin 金玉琪 (Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada), Archspire (Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year), Avataar (Jazz Album of the Year – Group), Caity Gyorgy (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year), Charmaine (Rap Single of the Year Presented by ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Business Collective), DJ Shub (Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Presented by Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada), Emily D’Angelo (Classical Album of the Year – Solo Artist), Fawn Wood( Traditional Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year), Garth Prince (Children’s Album of the Year), Hill Kourkoutis (Recording Engineer of the Year), HNTR (Underground Dance Single of the Year), Kairo McLean (Reggae Recording of the Year), MONOWHALES (Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented by FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters), Maria Dunn (Traditional Roots Album of the Year), Mustafa (Alternative Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music), Olivia Rodrigo (International Album of the Year), TOR (Electronic Album of the Year) and Will Bonness (Jazz Album of the Year – Solo).

Along with Cardin, artists from La Belle Province came out on top in several categories including Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin (Classical Album of the Year: Small Ensemble), Coeur de pirate (Francophone Album of the Year), Half Moon Run (Adult Alternative Album of the Year Presented by Sonos), L’Harmonie des saisons, conducted by Eric Milnes, feat. Hélène Brunet (Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble), Keiko Devaux (Classical Composition of the Year), Mykaël Nelson, Nicolas Lemieux and Albert Zablit (Album Artwork of the Year), KAYTRANADA (Dance Recording of the Year) and Xavier Dolan (Music Video of the Year).

Five eclectic performances scored the evening: 2022 Francophone Album of the Year nominee Roxane Bruneau; Alternative Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music nominee Ruby Waters; 2021/2022 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class short list artist, Jesse Gold; two-time JUNO Award nominees VALLEY and 2022 JUNO Award winner Allison Russell (Contemporary Roots Album of the Year), who moved audiences with her In Memoriam tribute.

The 51st Annual JUNO Awards Broadcast will be live for the first time from outdoor venue Budweiser Stage in Toronto, broadcast and streamed live across Canada at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m Sunday May 15th. PT on CBC Gem, CBC Listen, and globally at, and CBC Music’s Facebook, Twitter and Youtube pages.

JUNO Opening Night Awards – Award Partners: Adult Alternative Album of the Year Presented by Sonos, Alternative Album of the Year Presented by CBC Music, Artist of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada, Breakthrough Group of the Year Presented By FACTOR, The Government of Canada, and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Presented by Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada, Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Presented by Audio-Technica, Rap Single of the Year Presented by ADVANCE, Canada’s Black Music Collective, Rock Album of the Year Presented by Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Single of the Year Presented by Live Nation Canada, Songwriter of the Year Presented by SOCAN.

Nominee frontrunner Charlotte Cardin took home three awards, for single, pop album and artist of the year, while the Weeknd won for songwriter and contemporary R&B recording of the year. Olivia Rodrigo's Sour nabbed the international album of the year, and Polaris Music Prize shortlister Mustafa won alternative album of the year.


TikTok Juno Fan Choice

  • 347aidan

  • bbno$

  • Charlotte Cardin

  • Forest Blakk

  • Jessia

  • Justin Bieber

  • Loud Luxury

  • Pressa

  • Shawn Mendes

  • The Weeknd

Single of the year

  • "Make a Life, not a Living," Brett Kissel

  • "Meaningless," Charlotte Cardin

  • "I'm not Pretty," Jessia

  • "Peaches," Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar feat. Giveon

  • "Take my Breath," the Weeknd

International album of the year

  • 30, Adele

  • Planet Her, Doja Cat

  • Sour, Olivia Rodrigo

  • Evermore, Taylor Swift

  • F--k Love 3+: Over You, the Kid Laroi

  • How Canada helped shape pop-punk

Album of the year

  • Phoenix, Charlotte Cardin

  • Dangerous Levels of Introspection, JP Saxe

  • Justice, Justin Bieber

  • Wonder, Shawn Mendes

  • Too Young to be Sad, Tate McRae

Artist of the year

  • Charlotte Cardin

  • JP Saxe

  • Justin Bieber

  • Shawn Mendes

  • The Weeknd

  • How Charlotte Cardin became more herself — by leaning on others

Group of the year

  • Arkells

  • Loud Luxury

  • Mother Mother

  • The Reklaws

  • Valley

Breakthrough artist of the year

  • 347aidan

  • Faouzia

  • Jessia

  • Pressa

  • Tesher

Breakthrough group of the year

  • Black Pistol Fire

  • Cleopatrick

  • Monowhales

  • Ocie Elliott

  • Spiritbox

Songwriter of the year

  • Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye: "Hurricane," Kanye West and the Weeknd feat. Lil Baby (co-songwriters Albert Daniels, Cailin Russo, Charles Njapa, Christopher Raelas, Cydell Young, Daniel Seeff, Dexter Mills, Dominque Armani Jones, Henry Walter, Jahmal Gwin, Josh Mease, Kanye West, Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Malik Yusef, Mark Mbogo, Mark Williams, Mike Dean, Nasir Pemberton, Raul Cubina, Ronald Oneil Spence Jr., Sam Barsh, Tobias Smith, orlando wilder); "Moth to a Flame," Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd (co-songwriters Axel Hedfors, Carl Nordström, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello); "Take my Breath" (co-songwriters Ahmad Balshe, Max Martin, Oscar Holter).

  • Allison Russell: "4th Day Prayer" (co-songwriter Jeremy Lindsay); "Montreal" (co-songwriter Jeremy Lindsay); "Nightflyer" (co-songwriter Jeremy Lindsay).

  • Charlotte Day Wilson: "I can Only Whisper" feat. BadBadNotGood (co-songwriters Alexander Sowinski, Chester Hansen, Dylan Wiggins, Jack Rochon, Leland Whitty, Matthew Tavares, Teo Halm); "If I Could" (co-songwriters Jack Rochon, Merna Bishouty); "Wish it was Easy" (co-songwriters Bram Morrison, Dylan Wiggins, Lois Lilienstein, Sharon Hampson).

  • Mustafa Ahmed: "Air Forces" (co-songwriters Adam Feeney, Mickey Newbury, Simon Hessman); "The Hearse" (co-songwriters Adam Feeney, Jane Smith, Matthew Tavares, Simon Hessman); "What About Heaven" (co-songwriters Adam Feeney, Dylan Wiggins, Simon Hessman).

  • Tobi: "Off the Drugs" (co-songwriters Harper Gordon, James Colwell, Jun Ha Kim, Mick Jenkins); "Shall I Continue" (co-songwriters Alex Goose, Phil Chang, Andrew Joseph Gradwohl Jr.); "Too Hot" (co-songwriters Alex Goose, Phil Chang, Ramon Ibanga Jr.).

  • 5 takeaways from the Weeknd's new album, Dawn FM

Country album of the year

  • What is Life?, Brett Kissel

  • Boys, Dean Brody

  • Girl to Girl, Tenille Arts

  • Sophomore Slump, the Reklaws

  • Campfire Troubadour, Tim Hicks

Adult alternative album of the year

  • Wilds, Andy Shauf

  • Live to Tape: Volume I – EP, Bahamas

  • Inwards & Onwards, Half Moon Run

  • All That Emotion, Hannah Georgas

  • Ignorance, the Weather Station

Alternative album of the year

  • Hope for Sale, Chiiild

  • Death of an Optimist, grandson

  • When Smoke Rises, Mustafa

  • If it Comes Down to It, Ruby Waters

  • The Fool, Sate

  • Folk music was missing something. Then came Mustafa

Pop album of the year

  • Phoenix, Charlotte Cardin

  • How are You?, Jessia

  • Justice, Justin Bieber

  • Wonder, Shawn Mendes

  • Too Young to be Sad, Tate McRae

Rock album of the year

  • Blink Once, Arkells

  • Look Alive, Black Pistol Fire

  • Sisters not Twins (The Professional Lovers Album), the Beaches

  • Hidden Gems, the Blue Stones

  • F--k Art, the Dirty Nil

Vocal jazz album of the year

  • You are the Light and the Way, Alex Bird and the Jazz Mavericks

  • Earth Voices, Amanda Tosoff

  • Now Pronouncing: Caity Gyorgy, Caity Gyorgy

  • The Weight of Hope, Elizabeth Shepherd & Michael Occhipinti (ES:MO)

  • Montreal (Live), Holly Cole feat. Holly Cole Trio

Jazz album of the year (solo)

  • When is Ancient?, Andrés Vial

  • Aesthetics, Efajemue

  • Bridges, Jesse Ryan

  • Stranger Than Fiction, Jon Gordon

  • Change of Plans, Will Bonness

Jazz album of the year (group)

  • Worldview, Avataar

  • Voyage intérieur, Christine Tassan Quintette

  • The Prophet, Esteban Herrera Quintet

  • Vegetables, Lina Allemano Four

  • Arancina, David Restivo Trio

Instrumental album of the year

  • Perséides, Cœur de pirate

  • That Tall Distance, David Myles

  • Madison Archives, Frank Evans & Ben Plotnick

  • Then is Now Rhapsody in Blue, Jens Lindemann with Jon Kimura Parker, Matt Catingub & Canadian All Star JazzPops Orchestra

  • Hemenetset, Jorane

Francophone album of the year

  • Impossible à aimer, Cœur de pirate

  • Grignotines de Luxe, FouKi

  • Le ciel est au plancher, Louis-Jean Cormier

  • Acrophobie, Roxane Bruneau

  • Toute beauté n'est pas perdue, Vincent Vallières

Children's album of the year

  • Words Words Words, ABC Singsong

  • Falling in Africa, Garth Prince

  • Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule, the Oot n' Oots

  • Walk off the Earth & Romeo Eats Vol. 1, Walk Off the Earth & Romeo Eats

  • Maestro Fresh Wes Presents: Young Maestro "School Days," Young Maestro

Classical album of the year (solo artist)

  • Remote Together, Catherine Lee

  • Enargeia, Emily D'Angelo

  • Chopin: Complete Nocturnes, Jan Lisiecki

  • Songs for Murdered Sisters, Joshua Hopkins

  • Introspection: Solo Piano Sessions, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Classical album of the year (large ensemble)

  • Messiah/Complex, Against the Grain Theatre with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Debus

  • Solfeggio, L'Harmonie des saisons, Eric Milnes, Hélène Brunet

  • Sibelius 3, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

  • L'Homme armé, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Andrew McAnerney

  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 & Symphonic Dances, Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Classical album of the year (small ensemble)

  • Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5, Andrew Wan and Charles Richard-Hamelin

  • Immersion, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà

  • Klebanov: Chamber Works, ARC Ensemble

  • No Time for Chamber Music, Collectif9

  • 20C Remix, Standing Wave

Classical composition of the year

  • Flight, Dorothy Chang

  • Chamber Symphony No. 2 "Children's War Diaries," Jaap Nico Hamburger

  • Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra, Kati Agócs

  • Arras, Keiko Devaux

  • Breathing in the Shadows, Saman Shahi

Rap album/EP of the year

  • See You Next Wednesday, Belly

  • Stock Exchange, Haviah Mighty

  • Emergency Tsunami, NAV

  • The Extravagant Collection, NorthSideBenji

  • Gardner Express (Deluxe), Pressa

Dance recording of the year

  • See, Ceréna

  • Sleep, DVBBS

  • Get Away (Radio Edit), Karl Wolf

  • Caution, Kaytranada

  • Hypnocurrency, Rezz & Deadmau5

Contemporary R&B recording of the year

  • Tabula Rasa, a l l i e

  • "Vibe for Me (Bob for Me)," Aqyila

  • "Gifted," Kallitechnis

  • "Supernovas," k-os

  • "Take my Breath," the Weeknd

Reggae recording of the year

  • Herb Dream, Blessed

  • By any Means, Exco Levi

  • Don't let it get to You, Josemar Starliners

  • Easy Now, Kairo McLean

  • Too Ruff, Kirk Diamond and Finn

  • At just 13 years old, Kairo McLean is the youngest reggae nominee ever at the Juno Awards

Contemporary Indigenous artist or group of the year

  • When the Magic Hits, Adrian Sutherland

  • War Club, DJ Shub

  • Wild Whisper, Jayli Wolf

  • Shawnee Kish, Shawnee Kish

  • Life After, Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Contemporary roots album of the year

  • Prospect, AHI

  • Outside Child, Allison Russell

  • Without People, Donovan Woods

  • My Name is Suzie Ungerleider, Suzie Ungerleider

  • Open House, the Fretless

Traditional roots album of the year

  • Back to the Harbour, Alan Doyle

  • New Time & old Acoustic, John Reischman

  • Joyful Banner Blazing, Maria Dunn

  • Chinook Waltz, Over the Moon

  • Trench Songs, the Fugitives

Blues album of the year

  • Open Road, Colin James

  • bLOW, Colin Linden

  • Live at the Isabel, Miss Emily

  • Hope Dies Last, Steve Marriner

  • Pinky's Blues, Sue Foley

Contemporary Christian/gospel album of the year

  • Songs of the Lord, Jennifer Lewin

  • For the Kingdom, Kevin Adams & Voices of Praise

  • Vol. 1, Manic Drive

  • Moments, Movement Worship

  • No Greater Love, the Color

Global music album of the year

  • Kalasö, Afrikana Soul Sister

  • Mendó, Alex Cuba

  • Northside Kuisi, A New Tradition Vol.3, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

  • Oya, Donné Roberts

  • SMS for Location Vol.4, Moonshine

Jack Richardson producer of the year

  • Charlotte Day Wilson: "I can Only Whisper," Charlotte Day Wilson feat. BadBadNotGood (co-producer Thomas Brenneck); "If I Could," Charlotte Day Wilson (co-producer Jack Rochon).

  • Chromeo: "On my Mind," Chromeo and Anomalie (co-producer Anomalie); "Tango," Onyx Collective.

  • Kaytranada: "Caution," Kaytranada; "Teen Scene," Maeta Roc Nation.

  • WondaGurl: "Fair Trade," Drake feat. Travis Scott (co-producers Jahaan Sweet, OZ, Patron, Travis Scott); "Made a Way," Faze Kaysan feat. Lil Durk and Future (co-producers Allen Ritter, FaZe Kaysan).

  • YogiTheProducer: "24hrs," Savannah Ré (co-producer adamjosh); "Solid," Savannah Ré.

Recording engineer of the year

  • Evan Miles: "Told You," Jon Vinyl; "Use Me," Plaza.

  • George Seara: "Coldest Fire," Ahi; "Teach me how to Love," Shawn Mendes.

  • Hill Kourkoutis: "Howler," Sate; "The Drought," Tania Joy.

  • John "Beetle" Bailey: "Maybe This Year," Molly Johnson; "Mi Santuario," Sultans of String feat. Juan Carlos Medrano.

  • Serban Ghenea: "Leave the Door Open," Silk Sonic; "Stay," the Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber.

  • Meet Hill Kourkoutis, the 1st woman nominated for a recording engineer Juno

Album artwork of the year

  • Lyle Bell (art director, designer, photographer): Strike me Down, Whitehorse.

  • Mykaël Nelson (art director, designer, illustrator), Nicolas Lemieux (art director, designer), Albert Zablit (photographer): Histoire sans paroles: Harmonium Symphonique, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Simon Leclerc.

  • Roberta Landreth (art director, designer): Wouldn't you Love to Know?, Steve Bell.

  • Sarah Marcotte-Boislard (art director, illustrator), Jules Boislard-Gauthier (photographer): Astronomie (Suite), Dany Placard.

  • Sarah Marcotte-Boislard (art director, illustrator): Le Ciel est au plancher, Louis-Jean Cormier.

Music video of the year

  • "Ta main" by Adrian Villagomez (Ariane Roy)

  • "Meaningless" by Norman Wong (Charlotte Cardin)

  • "Neeye Oli" by Shan Vincent de Paul & Kalainithan Kalaichelvan (Shan Vincent de Paul, Navz-47 & Santhosh Narayanan)

  • "La nuée" by Vincent René-Lortie (Simon Leoza)

  • "Easy on Me" by Xavier Dolan (Adele)

Electronic album of the year

  • Out Here With You, Attlas

  • Conviction, Sydney Blu

  • One More Saturday Night, the Halluci Nation

  • Oasis Sky, Tor

  • Catching Z's, Zeds Dead

Metal/hard music album of the year

  • Bleed the Future, Archspire

  • Lifeblood, Brand of Sacrifice

  • Power Trio, Danko Jones

  • Eternal Blue, Spiritbox

  • Days Before the World Wept, the Agonist

Adult contemporary album of the year

  • Meet you at the Light, Desirée Dawson

  • Nothing is Lost, Luca Fogale

  • The Outer Circle, Mathew V

  • The Art of Falling Apart, Serena Ryder

  • The way you see Me, Tafari Anthony

Comedy album of the year

  • Grandma's Girl, 姥姥的孩子 Andrea Jin 金玉琪

  • All Inclusive Coma, Gavin Stephens

  • Tigre King, Hisham Kelati

  • Trillipino, Keith Pedro

  • Airports, Animals, Seán Devlin 叶 世民

Traditional R&B/soul recording of the year

  • Alpha, Charlotte Day Wilson

  • Alt Therapy, Emanuel

  • Lost in You, Jon Vinyl

  • 24hrs, Savannah Ré

  • Love and be Loved, Zenesoul feat. Aaron Ridge

Rap single of the year

  • "What I Like," Anders and FrvrFriday

  • "Edamame," bbno$ feat. Rich Brian

  • "Bold," Charmaine

  • "30,000 ft.," NorthSideBenji & Dj Charlie B

  • "Attachments," Pressa feat. Taliban Glizzy

  • Welcome to Charmaine's Hood Avant Garde

Underground dance single of the year

  • "Waves," Blond-ish feat. Grace Tither

  • "Hood Shit," Carlo Lio feat. MC Flipside

  • "Shadows in the Dark,," HNTR feat. Elliot Moss

  • "All I Need (DJ-Kicks)," Jayda G

  • "Sobriety," Korea Town Acid

Traditional Indigenous artist or group of the year

  • Kakike, Fawn Wood

  • Singing is Healing, Joel Wood

  • Manitou Mkwa Singers II, Manitou Mkwa Singers

  • Nang Giizhigoong, Nimkii & the Niniis

  • Angel Eagle: Cree Round Dance Songs, Young Spirit



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