The Zolas and Marianas Trench nominated for Juno Awards
Not many B.C. musicians were nominated for the highest-profile Juno Awards this year.
One of the exceptions was the Zolas, which is up for Breathrough Group of the Year along with Bob Moses (whose members are originally from Vancouver), Bleeker, Cold Creek County, and The Dirty Nil. Bob Moses is also nominated for Electronic Album of the Year for Days Gone By.
Another Vancouver nominee is Mariana Trench, which is in the running for Pop Album of the Year for Astoria. Its competitors are Coleman Hell (Summerland), Shawn Mendes (Illuminate), Tegan and Sara (Love You to Death), and Alessia Cara (Know-It-All).
Abbotsford's Hedley is another B.C. nominee. It's in the running for Juno Fan Choice Award against Justin Bieber, Drake, Mendes, and Cara.
That's not to say that B.C. was completely left off the list.
In the Children's Album of the Year category, Raffi (Owl Singalong) is one of the finalists. Vancouver's Jill Barber (along with Toronto brother Matthew Barber) is nominated for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year for The Family Album. And Renee Rosnes, who was raised in North Vancouver and lives in New Jersey, is up for solo jazz album of the year for Written in the Rocks.
Vancouver born Grimes has been nominated for Video of the Year for "Kill V. Maim", Alternative Album of the Year as well as Recording Package of the Year for Art Angels. And Chilliwack's Bria Skonberg is up for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for Bria.
But in categories that draw the most media attention, the vast majority of nominees are not from Canada's westernmost province.
Contenders for Artist of the Year are Drake, Cara, Mendes, Leonard Cohen, and The Weeknd.
The Group of the Year nominees are Billy Talent, the Tragically Hip, Arkells, Tegan and Sara, and the Strumbellas.
For Album of the Year, Cohen's You Want It Darker is up against Drake's Views, Céline Dion's Encore un Soir, Mendes's Illuminate, and The Weeknd's Starboy.
Arkells's Morning Report, Monster Truck's Sittin Heavy, Billy Talent's Afraid of Heights, Sam Roberts Band's TerraForm, and the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem are nominated for Rock Album of the Year.
The finalists for Single of the Year are Cara's "Wild Things", Drake's "One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla", Mendes's "Treat You Better", Spirits' "The Strumbellas", and The Weeknd's "Starboy ft. Daft Punk".
Rap Recording of the Year naturally included Drake among the nominees for "Views". His competitors are Belly ("Another Day in Paradise), Tory Lanez ("I Told You"), Jazz Cartier ("Hotel Paranoia"), and Tasha the Amazon ("Die Every Day").
In Breakthrough Artist of the Year, the nominees are Kaytrandana, Ruth B, Lanez, Andy Shauf, and Cartier.
Songwriter of the Year nominees are Cohen, Gord Downie, Ruth B, Tegan and Sara (with cosongwriters Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin), and Donovan Woods (with cosongwriters Abe Stoklasa, Charles Kelly, and Tom Douglas).
B.C.'s Sarah McLachlan will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at this year's Junos, which will be broadcast on April 2.
She's also nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for Wonderland.
The full list of Juno nominees is available here.