The 2013 JUNO Awards will glitz up Regina on April 21 and last week’s nominations saw Canadian legends sitting beside fresh-faced burning stars. In the 42 categories, Canadian music is represented across the full spectrum – heartthrob Leonard Cohen finds himself listed with Carly Rae Jepsen in Artist of the Year, and Fan Choice Award. The Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Group awards recognized Cold Specks, Elisapie, Grimes, Kira Isabella, The Weeknd, Hey Ocean!, Monster Truck, The Pack a.d., Walk off the Earth and Yukon Blonde – a solid group of artists who have risen through small club sets and independently produced albums making it into the mainstream. k.d. lang will also gain entry into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this year, while Larry LeBlanc will receive the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.
The Grammys lit up earlier this month and Canadian artists were not feeling the love. Notably, Justin Beiber didn't make in into any categories – prompting his manager to sound off on Twitter. However, not all Canadian artists were snubbed so viciously, with Drake scoring three noms and taking home Best Rap Album – no small thing considering his fellow nominees. Unfortunately, fellow Canadian nominees Carly Rae Jepsen, Tamia, Arcade Fire, Michael Bublé, Deadmau5, Melanie Fiona, Loreena McKennitt, Howard Shore, and Tegan and Sara all left with little more than a hangover.
And over at the Academy Awards last night, Canadian composer Mychael Danna took home the Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on the visually stunning Life of Pi. Danna had also picked up the Golden Globe award for Best Score earlier this month, on the film adapted from Saskatchewan author Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel.
In out-of-this-world news, famed Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield performed a duet with Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson, in the first-ever song to premiere from outer space. “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)” has become a sky-rocketing favourite and there is no doubt that this video is nothing short of amazingly cool.
Around the world: there is a proposal to name a Canadian geographical feature after celebrated pianist Glenn Gould; Thom Yorke's latest project “Atoms for Peace”gets leaked and Yorke celebrates by playing tracks at a DJ set with Nigel Godrich; and lastly, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake announced last week a 12-stop summer tour, blowing up hearts across North America.