Canada’s music industry celebrated its most outstanding artists during the annual Juno Awards ceremony broadcast live from Ottawa’s sold-out Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday.
The two-and-a-half hour broadcast was hosted by stand-up comedian Russell Peters and Canadian rock music legend in his own right Bryan Adams.
The show opened with a greeting from this year’s recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, the Saskatchewan-born Cree singer-songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie.
The Ottawa-based group A Tribe Called Red, celebrated Canada’s indigenous culture with a performance featuring the Black Bear Drum Circle, Sainte-Marie, and internationally-renowned Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq from Nunavut.
Legendary Canadian poet and bard Leonard Cohen who received the Album of the Year award at Saturday’s Juno Gala Dinner & Awards, was honoured again Sunday night, with a moving tribute by Feist, who interpreted Cohen’s classic Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau delivered a touching tribute to Cohen, who won six previous Junos during his lifetime and was inducted into the hall of fame in 1991.
Teenage pop sensation Shawn Mendes, who got the crowd on their feet with his sizzling single Mercy, won Juno Fan Choice Award.
Adams inducted 10-time JUNO Award winner Sarah McLachlan to the Canadian Hall of Fame. McLachlan later performed a stirring rendition of her song “World on Fire”.
With files from The Canadian Press