junofest

YouRockRed at Juno Awards 2017!

I’m headed to the Juno Awards and JunoFest from tomorrow, Thursday, March 30 to April 2nd covering as Canadian Musician Magazine (social updates) and YouRockRed.

I’ll be rooting for YouRockRed clients Bleeker for 2017 Breakthrough Group of the Year. Clearly!

You’ll most likely spot my red hair bobbing along in the background of the red carpets and photo pits throughout the March 30-April 2nd, so please come say hi. I’m from Ottawa originally, so it’ll be really cool to hit up music venues like Zaphods and Mavericks that I used to go to every week or more.

Sidebar, if I get to meet Canadian music icons Bryan Adams and/or Sarah McLaughlin, be warned the floodgates of music-geekery shall be thrown open.

See you at the Junos!!!

Full list of nominees below:

Single of the Year
“Treat You Better,” Shawn Mendes
“One Dance,” Drake (ft. Wizkid & Kyla)
“Wild Things,” Alessia Cara
“Starboy,” The Weeknd (ft. Daft Punk)
“Spirits,” The Strumbellas

International Album of the Year Sponsored by IDLA Associated Label Distribution
This is Acting
, Sia
ANTI, Rihanna
Made in the A.M., One Direction
A Head Full of Dreams, Coldplay
Dangerous Woman, Ariana Grande

Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada
Starboy
, The Weeknd
Illuminate, Shawn Mendes
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen
Views, Drake
Encore un Soir, Céline Dion

Artist of the Year
Shawn Mendes
Drake
Alessia Cara
Leonard Cohen
The Weeknd

JUNO Fan Choice Award Presented by TD
Hedley
Justin Bieber
Drake
Shawn Mendes
Alessia Cara
Belly
Ruth B
The Weeknd
Tory Lanez
The Strumbellas

Group of the Year
Billy Talent
The Tragically Hip
Arkells
Tegan and Sara
The Strumbellas

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and Radio Starmaker Fund
KAYTRANADA
Ruth B
Tory Lanez
Andy Shauf
Jazz Cartier

Breakthrough Group of the Year Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, and Radio Starmaker Fund
Bleeker
Cold Creek County
Bob Moses
The Zolas
The Dirty Nil

Country Album of the Year
The Score, Aaron Pritchett
Hearts on Fire, Chad Brownlee
Side Effects, Dallas Smith
Tin Roof, Gord Bamford
Kiss Me Quiet, Jess Moskaluke

Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Good Advice, Basia Bulat
Secret Path, Gord Downie
The Great Detachment, Wintersleep
You Want It Darker, Leonard Cohen
The Party, Andy Shauf

Alternative Album of the Year Sponsored by Long & McQuade
Touch
, July Talk
Art AngelsGrimes
IV, Black Mountain
Weaves, Weaves
Sore, Dilly Dally

Pop Album of the Year Sponsored by TD
Know-It-All
, Alessia Cara
Summerland, Coleman Hell
Astoria, Marianas Trench
Illuminate, Shawn Mendes
Love You to Death., Tegan and Sara

Rock Album of the Year
Morning Report, Arkells
Afraid of Heights, Billy Talent
Sittin’ Heavy, Monster Truck
TerraForm, Sam Roberts Band
Man Machine Poem, The Tragically Hip

** For a complete list visit junoawards.ca

How to Not be a Dick at Showcases

  1. Show up on time.  If you are playing another show the same day the promoter should be made aware well in advance.  Don’t expect there to be a clear path for your load in if a band is already playing since you are late. Wait between sets or ask about an alternative load-in entrance.
  2. Don’t expect special treatment. To quote Sophia Amuruso, “You are not a special snowflake”.  Chances are there are hundreds of bands playing from all over the world. Urgent things like trying to sort out their visas, electrical adapters, or lost gear may take priority for the promoter.  You’re all good enough to get offered a spot on this showcase.  Rock it.
  3. Reply to emails in advance but more importantly READ all of them and make sure to communicate that info to the rest of your band. E.g. Set-time, load-in time. Don’t assume everyone knows what’s up unless you have management, in which case, that’s their role to communicate with you the important, non-mundane details.
  4. Don’t expect finding parking to be easy.  Ask about it instead of pissing off promoters.  Sports games (hello, world cup), summer street festivals can all come into play.
  5. Don’t play a 15 minute sound check if there is a no-sound check policy, or 4 other bands that want to do so an hour before doors open.
  6. Don’t ask for more than your allotted guestlist limit, if there is one. If there’s an important media person or photographer you’re expecting to show, the showcase folks probably already have been in touch.
  7. Don’t take over another band’s merch space unless asking. Same goes for touching other bands’ gear.
  8. Don’t say shitty things about the venue space.  There could be special event staff there to help that are not as familiar with the space.  Be patient, not condescending.
  9. Don’t criticize the festival or promoters that have booked you. Their reps are urrrywurrr with social media in their pocket.
  10. Don’t be rude.  Don’t let your band members be rude. Don’t let your management be rude. Don’t let anyone associated with you be a dick. This is a simple one, but damn, there’s horror stories I could tell you.  It reflects badly on the whole team.
  11. Don’t expect free drinks and for that matter, don’t drink too much if you are offered stuff on the house.
  12. Be prepared to play at your exact set-time. Don’t show up late. Don’t play an encore if that’s not allowed.
  13. Don’t try to change your place on the line-up to accommodate late friends.
  14. Set your expectations of being “discovered” aside and just play a damn good show for everyone there, be it 5 people or 5,000.
  15. Say thank you and mean it.