JUNO weekend kicked off on Friday, April 1, with a star-studded welcome reception at Studio Bell, the new home of the National Music Centre, and a landmark building which will open to the public in July of 2016. The event was bursting at the seams with JUNO nominees, artists, music industry, media, and arts & culture VIP.
The crowds from the National Music Centre hit the city after the welcome reception, taking in JUNOFEST performances which featured 100 bands over two nights in 15 live music venues throughout downtown Calgary. Boom made our way to Lolita’s to see up-and-coming Calgary artist Jordan Ostrom, who performs under the name Sykamore, and then on to the Palomino to see indie-rockers and recent winners of Rock Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, 36? We expect to hear great things from both of these artists in the coming years.
Saturday was an early start at the Telus Convention Centre for the JUNO gala dinner and awards, hosted by the fabulous and funny Jessi Cruikshank, and with food by Chopped Canada judge Roger Mooking. Boom president, Derek MacDonald, also attended along with Boom friend and Canadian fashion designer, Paul Hardy, who dressed the lovely Danielle McTaggart, the vocalist from Dear Rouge, who went on to win and accept the award for Breakthrough Group Of The Year.
Part way through the evening Boom bumped into HUMANS artist Robbie Slade, the group having been nominated for Electronic Album Of The Year. HUMANS worked with Boom in the past and performed as part of LOOK2015. Robbie and Peter from the band were delighted to hear that BOOM won the award for Best Fundraising Event for a High Profile Charity at the recent Special Event Awards for LOOK2015, and congratulated us on our win.
The next day was the official JUNO awards ceremony, which featured performances from Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, The Weekend and more. From both a production and entertainment perspective, the evening was a complete success, and one of the best JUNO Awards in recent history. Afterwards, we headed over to Cowboys for the official JUNO after party which featured loads of performances, including Calgary’s The Dudes and Tom Wilson.We moved on to celebrate into the wee hours at the Warner Music after party at the Palomino, where we saw incredible performances by nominees Scott Helman, Alan Doyle, Tom Cochrane, Francesco Yates and many, many more!
Congratulations to the City of Calgary for hosting a simply fantastic JUNO Awards, and to all of the vendors and producers who worked to ensure its success!